Fall 2021 Newsletter | Awards and Updates

Successful Doctoral Dissertation Defenses

Jessica Caballero, Role of the Prefrontal Cortex in Reward Seeking Behaviors, Advisor: David Moorman
Lauren Haliczer, Social Stressors, Emotional Responses, and NSSI Urges and Behaviors in Daily Life, Advisor: Katie Dixon-Gordon
Albert Lo, Acculturative Parenting Cognitions: Bicultural Socialization Beliefs of Chinese American Parents, Advisor: Harold Grotevant
Molly Mather, Neural Precursors of Apathy and Depressive Symptoms in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment, Advisor: Rebecca Ready
Benjamin Zobel, The benefits of Spatial Separation on the Cortical Representations of Speech Sounds, Advisor: Lisa Sanders

Successful Master's Thesis Defenses

Cierra Abellera, Effects of Interracial Contact on University Students' Perceptions of Inclusion, Advisor: Evelyn Mercado
Marielena Barbieri, The Impact of Social Distancing and Loneliness on Adolescents' Mental Health During COVID-19, Advisor: Evelyn Mercado
Brooke Burrows, How Sending and Receiving Impact Statements on Past Ingroup Suffering Influences Conflict Reconciliation Attitudes, Advisor: Bernhard Leidner
Grace Cho, Cultural Influences on the Pathway from Adult Disconnection to Problematic Alcohol Use: A Moderated Mediation Study of Suicide Attempts in Adolescents, Advisor: Hal Grotevant
Eleni Kapoulea, Loneliness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the United States and Japan: The Moderating Effects of Nationality and Interdependence, Advisor: Rebecca Ready
Stylianos Syropoulos, The Dual Process Model of National Identification: Harmonious and Dangerous Worldviews as Antecedents of National Attachment and Glorification, Advisor: Bernhard Leidner
Elinor Waite, Borderline Personality Disorder and Learning: The Influences of Emotional State and Social versus Nonsocial Feedback, Advisor: Katherine Dixon-Gordon

Alumni Updates

Jessica Caballero is currently working as a Project Manager at Genentech.

Alice Coynea recent graduate from the Clinical Psychology program, was recently awarded the following four professional awards: (1) Student Trainee Award, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research; (2) Best Intern Research Paper, Charleston Consortium; (3) Student Travel Award, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research; and (4) Dissertation Award, Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Awards and Honors

Andrew Cohen and Luke Remage-Healey have been promoted to Professor.

Joonkoo Park has been awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.

Natasha de la Rosa-Rivera, a 4th year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, has received a R36 Dissertation Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to complete and further her research looking at the neuroanatomical organization of visual memory and perception across aging. Read about the details of her project here.

Marielena Barbieri has received the Jenessa Shapiro Graduate Research Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. The award is named in memory of UCLA professor Jenessa Shapiro, who promoted diversity and inclusion in her lab, at the university, and in the field of psychology. 

Heather Muir, a 5th-year student in the Clinical Psychology program, was recently awarded the following two professional awards: (1) Student Trainee Award, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research; and (2) Jeffrey E. Barnett Psychotherapy Research Paper Award, Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association.

Averi Gaines, a 3rd-year student in the Clinical Psychology program, was recently awarded the following professional award: Student Trainee Award, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Eleni Kapoulea was selected to be a student representative to the Council of Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP), which promotes the advancement of education and training in clinical psychology.  Eleni also was selected to be the Biopsychology representative on the APA Science Student Council.  The APA Science Student Council (SSC) advocates for the needs of research-oriented graduate students.

Kirby Deater-Deckard is a 2021-22 STRIDE Faculty Fellow. The STRIDE Faculty Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Provost’s office and the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and complements other efforts to support faculty diversity, harnessing the knowledge and experience of our faculty to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment.

Linda Tropp is a 2021-22 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellow. Through a combination of research, programming, and practices, UMass ADVANCE seeks to understand systemic and intersectional inequalities at UMass and to lay the groundwork for a fairer, more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus.