Winter 2024 Newsletter | Awards and Updates

Doctoral Dissertation Defenses

Sanna Lokhandwala, Associations Between Early Childhood Sleep, Memory Function, and Brain Development Across the Nap Transition, Advisor: Rebecca Spencer
Ramiro Eduardo Rea Reyes, Development of Decision Strategies Under Risk and Uncertainty, Advisor: Youngbin Kwak

Master's Thesis Defenses

Liora Morhayim, Buffering Effects of Negative Intergroup Contact Through Complex Social Identities, Advisor: Linda Tropp
Aanchal Setia, The Paradoxical Influence of Social Identity Threat on Self-Group Distancing in the Context of Gender Discrimination, Advisor: Nilanjan Dasgupta

Awards and Honors

PBS Faculty Member Maria Galano Selected as APS Rising Star

Maria GalanoMaria Galano has been chosen as an APS Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. Rising Stars are in an early stage of their research careers post-PhD. This designation recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

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UMass Social Psychologist Linda Tropp Honored For Decades Of Research And Social Action

Linda TroppSocial psychologist Linda Tropp has been named the 2024 recipient of the Kurt Lewin Award by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), which recognizes “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action.”

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Mohammad Atari Awarded the SAGE Emerging Scholar Award by SPSP

Mohammad Atari

Assistant Professor Mohammad Atari has been awarded the SAGE Emerging Scholar Award by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) recognizing his outstanding achievement in social and personality psychology as an early-career scientist. Congratulations!

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