DATA News: April 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 8:00am

Awards & Accomplishments

Professor Eugene Borgida was invited on March 21, 2017, to address the Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. As a member of the Policy-Makers/Judiciary Panel, his talk addressed "Can bias or prejudice-reduction programs lead to persisting change in policing?" The Commission panels were held at the University of St. Thomas Law School.

Professor Christopher Federico coauthored a Washington Post story explaining President Trump’s support as a form of “collective narcissism.” 

Professor Monica Luciana was selected to receive a Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. This is a tremendous honor that is given to outstanding mid-career scholars at the University of Minnesota. In addition to the title, Monica will receive a monetary award to be used to further her research and career.

Professor Traci Mann discusses results of a study where vegetables were presented to kids before lunch (when they were quite hungry) in this story of how schools are succeeding in increasing the quantity of vegetables kids eat at school in the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Jeffry Simpson was received an award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education. Read more about it here.

Associate Professor Bonnie Klimes-Dougan was named incoming Associate Editor for Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Dr. Rachael Klein (2015 UMN Psychology Ph.D., I-O area), Dr. Stephan Dilchert (2008 UMN Psychology Ph.D., I-O area)and Professor  Deniz Ones (I-O area), along with their co-author Kelly Dages have been named the 2017 recipients of the Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The award is for their article "Cognitive Predictors and Age-Based Adverse Impact Among Business Executives", published in the Journal of Applied Psychology

Graduate student Sha Li received the student travel award from the Vision Sciences Society (VSS). VSS selected 20 awardees among 200+ applicants this year. Sha will be traveling to the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society in May 2017 to present her research on visual attention with Prof. Yuhong Jiang and Adjunct Prof. Roger Remington.

Michelle Thai, a graduate student in the CSPR program, was awarded a MnDRIVE Fellowship in Neuromodulation for 2017/2018 year. She will be mentored by Bonnie Klimes-Dougan and Kathryn Cullen.

Undergraduate senior Selena Wang (mentored by Professor Deniz Ones and recent I-O area graduate Dr. Brenton Wiernik) received the Minnesota Psychological Association's Paterson Award. The Paterson Award is presented to honor a student with superior academic achievement and potential for further work in psychology. Selena has worked with Deniz and Brenton for two years researching measurement equivalence for vocational interest assessments across racial, gender, and language groups. She will present two papers on this research at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference in April. In the fall, Selena will enter the Quantitative Psychology Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University.  


Congratulations to our recent Department of Psychology Ph. D graduates!

Christopher R. Huber
Area: I/O
Advisor: Nathan Kuncel
Dissertation: Faking and the Validity of Personality Tests: Using New Faking-Resistant Measures to Study Some Old Questions


Assistant Professor Chun Wang (co-PI) and Gongjun Xu (PI) from the University of Michigan have been awarded a three-year grant from NSF to study the Cognitive Diagnosis Models with specific focus on model identification, estimation, and applications. This family of models have wide applications in education, psychology, and health domains.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Panel April 20th from 3-4:15 pm in N219 Elliott Hall.
This program would be great for those students who are considering a RESEARCH based graduate school. Come hear from our Associate Director of Grad Studies Lindsey Jendraszak on what makes a competitive applicant for research based grad programs. You'll also hear from a panel of graduate students at the U of M in various research areas to better learn about their process of applying to research based graduate schools, reaching out to faculty about their research, and everything in-between!
Space is limited Please RSVP Today here.

Faculty and graduating doctoral students should save the date for the department's PhD Graduation Celebration, which will be held from 4-6 PM on Thursday, April 27th at the Campus Club. The celebration is open to any PhD student who graduated within the past year or who will graduate by the end of December 2017.