Study aims to understand the psychology that threatens American democracy

red and blue figures in political demonstrationAmid an unprecedented democratic decline in the U.S., a new report by Beyond Conflict, co-authored by UMass Amherst social psychologist Linda Tropp, analyzes America’s current social divides through the lens of social science to understand how threats – both real and perceived – shape our sense of identity, our feelings of belonging and our perceptions of status and power relations in society.

Early detection of psychological disorders using lab-based game

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Adam Grabell (Psychological and Brain Sciences) and Tauhidur Rahman (Information and Computer Sciences) have received a Technology Development Fund award from the University of Massachusetts. Across the five-campus UMass system, ten faculty research projects will each receive up to $25,000 from the Technology Development Fund, which helps to commercialize scientific breakthroughs. The fund is overseen by the Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures (OTCV) at the UMass President’s Office in Boston.

Spring 2022 Newsletter

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Catch up with the latest PBS news including spotlights on our talented students, faculty, and alumni!

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Features include:

  • Program to Match Mental Health Patients to Psychotherapists’ Strengths Funded for Large-Scale Implementation
  • 2022 Senior Awards
  • Tweet Blitz: Undergraduate Research
  • Spotlight on Alumni

Institute of Diversity Sciences awarded a Reboot Representation Grant to Support Leadership Academy Program

The Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) at UMass Amherst, directed by Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta (psychology) was awarded a two-year $499,359 grant from Reboot Representation to support the IDS Leadership Academy for students from groups traditionally marginalized in tech & engineering. 

PBS honors faculty and students with Wendy Helmer Memorial Graduate Student Award and Faculty/Staff Ally to Graduate Students Award

Gorana GonzalezGorana Gonzalez has received the Wendy Helmer Memorial Graduate Student Award. 

Joel Ginn and Adrian Rivera-RodriquezJoel Ginn and Adrian Rivera-Rodriquez were given honorable mentions by their fellow graduate students.

Holly LawsHolly Laws has received the Faculty/Staff Ally to Graduate Students Award.


CNS Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards given to PBS faculty and students


Faculty awardee:
Tara Mandalaywala


Student awardees:
SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native American in Science) including Miriam Hernandez-Romero, Natasha De La Rosa, Leah Travis-White, Nadia Fernandez, Estefany Argueta Herrera, and Yaharia Bermudez.

The purpose of the SACNAS Chapter at UMass Amherst is to facilitate and support activities that foster the advancement of academic and professional success of self-identified Indigenous, Chicano, and Hispanic students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.