DATA News: October 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:30pm

Administrative Updates & Announcements

Missy Jones has accepted the position of Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Psychology, replacing Yvette Massey (and formerly Orbe Stricherz). Missy will be dividing her time between S248 (mornings) and the Chair's office (N210) in the afternoons.

Awards and Accomplishments

Professor Traci Mann has been awarded the 2016 SPSP Book Prize for “Secrets from the Eating Lab.” This prize, given by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, honors a book written by a psychologist that makes “a distinctive and important contribution to the field by promoting an understanding of the science of social and personality psychology to the general public.”

Professor Bob Krueger was recently recognized with the 2017 Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association (APPA). The APPA describes this award as follows: "The Paul Hoch award is given to a distinguished and currently active investigator who has produced significant, generative research in the area being highlighted at the meeting. The award is accompanied by the Hoch Award Address."

Professor Krueger was also elected to Fellow Status in the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA). This election recognizes distinguished contributions to research and teaching in personality assessment.

Emerita Professor Jo-Ida C. Hansen received the Society of Counseling Psychology Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award. The Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award acknowledges career contributions to Counseling Psychology via excellence in mentoring. This award is for professionals who have provided mentoring throughout their careers. Dr. Hansen was presented the award at the 2016 APA Annual Convention in Denver, CO.

A paper by graduate student Zara Wright (coauthors Shandell Pahlen and Robert Krueger) was selected by the Society for Personality Assessment to receive the 2017 Mary S. Cerney Memorial Award for outstanding student paper on personality assessment. The manuscript is entitled "Genetic and Environmental Influences on DSM-5 Maladaptive Personality Traits and their Connections with Normative Personality Traits"


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

Nayla Hamdi
Area: CSPR
Advisor: William Iacono
Dissertation: Effects of Youth Cannabis Use on Young Adult Functioning

Kelli Howard
Area: Counseling
Advisor: Patricia Frazier
Dissertation: The Design and Evaluation of an Online Classroom-Based Emotion Regulation Intervention for College Students

Joyce Lee
Area: Counseling
Advisor: Richard Lee
Dissertation: Coping with Racial/Ethnic Discrimination: The Role of Color-Blind Racial Ideology among Asian Americans

John Myers
Area: Social
Advisor: Jeff Simpson
Dissertation: Keeping Your Friends Close: The Influence of Socioeconomic Status, Residential Stability, and Economic Uncertainty on Interpersonal Orientation

Brian Van Meurs Area: CSPR Advisor: Shmuel Lissek Dissertation: Neurocircuitry of Generalization of Avoidance Behavior following Pavlovian Conditioning in Adults with High and Low Trait Anxiety


Professor Krueger (PI) recently received a 5-year subcontract to lead a project on gene expression in a national sample, in the context of a U-19 award from the NIA that funds the Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS) project.

Professors Krueger (PI), Roisman (MPI; from the ICD) and McGue (Co-I) recently received a 5-year R-01 from the National Institute on Aging (total costs 2.9 million dollars) to study the joint influence of personality and relationships on health outcomes in aging twins.

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Andrew Oxenham's Auditory Perception and Cognition lab is pleased to welcome Dr. Sara Madsen from the Technical University of Denmark as a visiting scholar this fall. Dr. Madsen will be collaborating with Dr. Oxenham and colleagues on topics related to pitch perception and auditory scene analysis.