Winter 2024 Newsletter


Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling method that can assist a person in resolving ambivalent feelings and nervousness about initiating change, helping them to foster an internal motivation to alter their behaviors.
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Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta argues that science and engineering face two mutually reinforcing problems, that STEM research is disconnected from societal problems in the real world and that these fields struggle to attract and retain diverse students and professionals. Dasgupta offers compelling evidence showing that solving one of these challenges can remedy the other.
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Social psychologist Linda Tropp and graduate student Liora Morhayim have developed a toolkit to provide practitioners around the world with an accessible and practical overview of theory and research on social cohesion and intergroup contact.
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Check out the latest activities of a couple of our thriving student organizations

Find out how these bright alumni found their calling

Alicia DucaAlicia Duca '13
User Experience Researcher

Shane ZiembaShane Ziemba '22
Clinical Trial Associate at Acumen Pharmaceuticals

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Upcoming Events

Marjorie Rhodes

We are excited to announce our invited speaker for the 2024 Anderson-Myers Colloquium, Dr. Marjorie Rhodes, Professor of Psychology at New York University

April 24, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. at Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall

More event details coming soon. Zoom option will be available.

Dr. Rhodes's research examines how children learn and reason about the world around them. She is interested in understanding how children form categories of animals, everyday objects, and people, and how children make sense of human social behavior. Learn more about Dr. Rhodes

The Daniel R. Anderson and Jerome L. Myers Colloquium Series is funded with a generous donation by their students, Robert and Elizabeth Lorch, to honor the scholarship of these two UMass Amherst distinguished professors emeriti. The goal of the Anderson-Myers Colloquium Series is to bring in a prominent scholar whose research has revolutionized their field of study and is at the intersection of developmental and cognitive psychology.