Psych in Action Kicks Off Fall Semester

September 14, 2018

Residents of the Psychology in Action Learning Community kicked off the Fall 2018 semester with a bit of friendly competition in a poster making contest.

Residents worked together to create a vibrant poster that they feel represents the Psych in Action Learning Community. They’ll be competing with other LCs to see who wins the prize for best poster!

The Psychology in Action Learning Community is designed to provide first-year students with an up-close look at the world of psychology and join other students who share your interest in exploring the intriguing domain of human behavior.

Residents of the community visit a psychology lab, chat with faculty about their experiences, meet with professionals who use their expertise in school, business, and human service settings. Students also have the opportunity to challenge themselves to new ways of thinking and experiencing the world as they learn about the fascinating field of psychology through interaction and discussion.

Antshel Inaugural Recipient of Grant for Psych Doctoral Students

September 14, 2018

 

Dr. Kevin Antshel is the inaugural recipient of a grant award that will help psychology doctoral students with their transition to the workforce.

Kevin Antshel, professor of psychology and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology, is using a grant from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Educational Affairs to train fellow faculty members and graduate students in skills central to entrepreneurship. He will spend the next year designing and implementing a range of workshops, seminars and associated materials.

“While most doctoral programs offer professional development seminars and courses, they rarely are explicitly designed for students to turn occupational challenges into opportunities,” Antshel says. “Our goal is to make psychology doctoral students aware of the concept of entrepreneurship and how it can improve their self-efficacy, regardless of their career orientation.”

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PRIDE in 2018

July 2, 2018

The Psychology Research Initiative in Diversity Enhancement (PRIDE) Program recently wrapped up it’s 11th year with the annual research symposium.

PRIDE provides a full-time 7-week mentored summer research experience to psychology majors from underrepresented groups in science. Participants are matched with a faculty and graduate-student mentor in Clinical, Cognitive, Social or School Psychology, or Neuroscience and spend substantial time working in a psychology research lab.

In addition to gaining hands-on research experience in psychology, participants also join a weekly professional development series designed to help prepare them for graduate school application.

On Thursday, PRIDE students wrapped up their summer experience by presenting their seven-week-long research projects in the areas of Cognitive, Brain and Behavior, Clinical, School and Social Psychology.

Congratulations to Charlene, Frankie, Laurie, Noah, Sarina and Valerie on a job well done!

Martens Named Fellow of Association for Behavior Analysis International

June 11, 2018

Dr. Brian Martens was recently named a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Designation as a Fellow recognizes the most outstanding contributors to behavior analysis in one or more of the primary areas of research and scholarship, professional practice, or teaching/administration/service. Congratulations, Dr. Martens!

 

Desalu Accepted to Prestigious APA Minority Fellowship Program

June 11, 2018

Jessica Desalu, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology Clinical Psychology program at Syracuse University, was recently accepted to the prestigious APA Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute (PSI). The PSI provides educational, professional development and mentoring experiences to advanced doctoral students of psychology and psychologists who are in the early stage of their careers. Participants are guided toward developing a grant proposal, postdoctoral fellowship, dissertation, treatment program, publication or program evaluation project. All projects focus on issues affecting ethnic minority communities. Congratulations, Jessica!

 

Wilson Named Board of Trustees Graduate Student Representative

June 6, 2018

Jack Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology Cognition, Brain and Behavior Program, was recently named a graduate student representative to the Board of Trustees at Syracuse University. The Board of Trustees at SU is responsible for the educational mission and fiscal policies of the University. Members of the Board are tasked with guiding the University toward its goals, vision and serving the public trust. Jack will serve another one-year term as the graduate student representative to the Board. Congratulations to all of the newly inducted representatives. Read More

Psych Major Named Learning Community RA of the Year

May 10, 2018
Kaya Weschler, a triple major in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Communication Science and Disorders, recently won Learning Community RA of the year for the Psych in Action Learning Community.
Congratulations, Kaya!

Eight PSY Faculty Awarded CUSE Grant

May 8, 2018

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that out of eight Psychology faculty members who submitted a proposal, all eight have been awarded a CUSE Grant!

The funding effort, named the Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant program, supports faculty research in all disciplines, including basic, translational and applied sciences; social sciences; physical and life sciences; engineering; liberal arts and humanities; and professional studies, as well as creative research and other scholarly activities.

Congratulations, Dr. Burke, Dr. Felver, Dr. Gellis, Dr. Houck, Dr. Jakubiak, Dr. Kalish, Dr. Russo, and Dr. VanderDrift.

Maisto Awarded Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Lifetime Achievement

May 4, 2018

Dr. Stephen Maisto was recently awarded the 2018 Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in the category of Lifetime Achievement. This award recognizes Syracuse University faculty who have made extraordinary contributions toward advancing the four pillars of excellence over the arc of their careers while at Syracuse University and beyond.

Dr. Maisto's research involves the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders; mechanisms of risk perception and risk taking, especially as it relates to substance use; HIV prevention and intervention in psychiatric and other populations; integration of behavioral healthcare in the primary care setting; and he is known as a leading expert in veteran issues.

Congratulations, Dr. Maisto!

Psychology Hosts 25th Annual Poster Session and Award Ceremony

May 3, 2018

The Department of Psychology hosted the 25th Annual Poster Session and Undergraduate Award Ceremony on Wednesday. Poster Session an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to share their hard work with fellow classmates. During the event, participants presented their research projects in the areas of clinical, cognitive, social and school psychology.

In addition to the 25th Annual Poster Session, the Department of Psychology presented Undergraduate Awards to four graduating psychology majors. Departmental awards are presented to students who have demonstrated academic excellence both in and outside of the classroom. Names of award recipients will be displayed in the College of Arts & Sciences commencement program.

Congratulations to this year’s Undergraduate Award recipients:

  • Lynnea Capuano, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
    Successful candidates must have demonstrated academic excellence in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on overall grade point average, as well as other demonstrations of excellence in the classroom, such as active, thoughtful participation in the classroom, outstanding leadership in group projects, or advanced public-speaking skills during presentations. In order to apply, students must: (1) be a graduating psychology major, with a BA or BS degree, (2) have an overall grade point average of at least 3.75, and (3) demonstrate excellence in the classroom beyond overall grade point average.

  • Tori Cedar, Outstanding Service Award  
    This award was established in recognition of Floyd Allport, a pioneer in the field of social psychology who spent nearly three decades as an SU faculty member, where he founded the first ever Ph.D program in social psychology and authored one of the first social psychology textbooks. Successful candidates must have participated as an undergraduate research assistant in a Psychology lab and conducted an independent research project under the supervision of a Psychology faculty member. To apply, students must be a graduating psychology major with a BA or BS degree, be in good academic standing. In addition, ideal candidates will have completed one of the following 1) Authorship or pending authorship on a manuscript to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed Psychology journal OR 2) First author presentation (oral or poster) or pending first author presentation at a local, regional, or national Psychology conference (including SU Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Poster session).

  • Krystal Chung, Allport Outstanding Research Achievement Award
    This award was established in recognition of Floyd Allport, a pioneer in the field of social psychology who spent nearly three decades as an SU faculty member, where he founded the first ever Ph.D program in social psychology and authored one of the first social psychology textbooks. Successful candidates must have participated as an undergraduate research assistant in a Psychology lab and conducted an independent research project under the supervision of a Psychology faculty member. To apply, students must be a graduating psychology major with a BA or BS degree, be in good academic standing. In addition, ideal candidates will have completed one of the following 1) Authorship or pending authorship on a manuscript to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed Psychology journal OR 2) First author presentation (oral or poster) or pending first author presentation at a local, regional, or national Psychology conference (including SU Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Poster session).

  • Joeann Salvati, Eric F. Gardner Outstanding Psychology Student Award
    This award was established in memory of Dr. Eric F. Gardner who, along with being department chair for 15 years, was a scholar and teacher in the field of evaluation, measurement, and statistics. In addition, Dr. Gardner was remembered for his service to the university and surrounding community. As such, this student must have excelled in all aspects of undergraduate activity, including academic achievement, research involvement, and service. In order to apply, students must: (1) be a graduating psychology major with a BA or BS degree, (2) be in good academic standing, (3) demonstrate evidence of excellence in the academic achievement (4) provide evidence of active involvement in one or more Psychology research labs ideally including the production of original scholarly work, and (5) have a demonstrated commitment to service in the field of Psychology.

Cornwell Celebrates 30 Years

April 20, 2018

At this year’s annual One University Award Ceremony, 135 faculty and staff were honored for their significant years of service to Syracuse University. Congratulations to our very own Dr. Catherine Cornwell for celebrating 30 years!

Russo Presents at Neuroscience Research Day

April 20, 2018
Dr. Natalie Russo recently presented at the fourth annual Neuroscience Research Day! Her talk was all about changing perceptions of autism spectrum disorder through neuroscience. Check out more of Dr. Russo's work here.

Sargent Named Outstanding Teaching Assistant

April 20, 2018

Rikki Sargent, a graduate student in the Social Psychology program, was named a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.This award recognizes Teaching Assistants who have made distinguished contributions to Syracuse University by demonstrating excellence in significant instructional capacities, such as classroom teaching, laboratory or studio instruction, leading recitation or discussion sections, or assisting senior faculty members with high-enrollment courses. Congratulations, Rikki!

Psych in Action Tours Ostrum

April 17, 2018

The Psychology in Action Learning Community recently toured the Ostrom research facility. This facility houses some of the Department of Psychology faculty research labs. Guided by Dr. Leonard Newman, undergraduate students who live in a dorm that focuses on psychology were able to see first-hand what conducting research in a psychology lab is all about! Special thanks to Dr. Burke and Dr. Jakubiak for stopping by to talk research!

Rosenblum Announced VP of Student Association

April 13, 2018
Psychology major, Kyle Rosenblum has been elected as the new Vice President for the Syracuse University Student Association. Congratulations, Kyle! Read More.

Maisto and Woolf-King Receive Rare Perfect Score on NIH Grant Application

April 6, 2018
Dr. Stephen Maisto and Dr. Sarah Woolf-King of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) have earned a rare perfect score on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) planning grant application.

Sarah Woolf-King and Stephen Maisto—assistant professor and professor, respectively, of psychology—are co-recipients of a three-year, $667,000 NIH grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Using a special scoring system, an NIH review committee gave the application an overall impact score of “10”—the highest score possible.

Woolf-King says the score came as a “complete shock” to her. “Even though Steve and I were confident in the quality of the grant submission, I doubt that such a score will happen again in our careers,” says Woolf-King, a licensed clinical psychologist who studies health psychology, epidemiology and behavioral medicine. “We are very excited about this project, and believe it has potential to enhance care and treatment-related outcomes for people living with HIV.” Read More.

Newcombe Gives Slepecky Lecture

April 5, 2018

The Department of Psychology was in full force at this year’s Norma Slepecky Memorial Lecture and Undergraduate Research Prize Award Ceremony. Special guest lecturer and professor of psychology, Dr. Nora Newcombe, presented about Spatial Learning for STEM success and how her research continues to evaluate the effectiveness of the efforts and explore mechanisms.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

Woods Receives Crown Funding

March 22, 2018

Undergraduate psychology major and researcher, Shatira Woods, recently received Renee Crown University Honors Program funding!

Shatira has been awarded funding to support her psychology Honors Capstone project, "Effectiveness of Police Lineup Procedures." Her advisor for this project is Department of Psychology faculty member, Dr. Michael Kalish.

We cannot wait to see how this project comes together. Congratulations, Shatira!

CNYPA and Department of Psychology Host Info Packed Conference

March 16, 2018

The Central New York Psychological Association and the Department of Psychology hosted an information filled conference on Friday with special guest, Dr. Charles Swenson

Dr. Swenson, a psychiatrist on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, has written many articles and book chapters about dialectical behavior therapy and the treatment of borderline personality disorder. After adapting DBT to his own inpatient and day hospital contexts, he began training others across the United States, Canada and Europe.

"My goal here today is that you're all better therapists," said Swenson. Swenson’s talk at the PSC Conference provided local area therapists with the necessary tools to help meet the needs of their clients.

His workshop entitled, Enhancing DBT Skills by Addressing Complex Client Scenarios & Preventing Therapist Burnout, encouraged therapists to expand on their current techniques used with clients and also provided resources for therapists to practice self-care. 

Additional lectures covered topics related to mindfulness practice, case conceptualization in DBT, treatment plans, and identifying, preventing, and treating therapist burnout in DBT.

Special thanks to Dr. Swenson, Nine Stoeckel (Chair of the Program Committee), Jessica Desalu (Clinical Psychology Graduate Student), Nicole Campbell (Mental Health Counselor) , and Afton Kapuscinski (Director of the Psychological Services Center at Syracuse University), for working collaboratively to create an informative and engaging event.

Maisto and Woolf-King Receive NIH Grant

March 16, 2018

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to Dr. Sarah Woolf-King and Dr. Steve Maisto for a project titled “Brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for HIV-Infected At-Risk Drinkers”.

This 3-year grant, supports a project to develop and test a brief, telephone-delivered, treatment for People Living with HIV who are hazardous drinkers. No intervention for People Living with HIV in the U.S. has shown long-term reductions in heavy drinking or a significant effect on HIV-related treatment outcomes.

If successful, this treatment will have broad implications for public health including the potential to decrease alcohol use, improve antiretroviral treatment adherence, and decrease onward HIV transmission.

Congratulations Dr. Maisto and Dr. Woolf-King!

Undergraduate Awards Due March 23

March 12, 2018

The Department of Psychology Undergraduate Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated academic excellence both in and outside of the classroom. All application materials are due electronically to Jessica Shea at jmshea@yr.edu by March 23rd at 5 p.m.

Undergraduate Awards:

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Successful candidates must have demonstrated academic excellence in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on overall grade point average, as well as other demonstrations of excellence in the classroom, such as active, thoughtful participation in the classroom, outstanding leadership in group projects, or advanced public-speaking skills during presentations. In order to apply, students must: (1) be a graduating psychology major, with a BA or BS degree, (2) have an overall grade point average of at least 3.75, and (3) demonstrate excellence in the classroom beyond overall grade point average.

Floyd Allport Outstanding Research Achievement Award
This award was established in recognition of Floyd Allport, a pioneer in the field of social psychology who spent nearly three decades as an SU faculty member, where he founded the first ever Ph.D program in social psychology and authored one of the first social psychology textbooks. Successful candidates must have participated as an undergraduate research assistant in a Psychology lab and conducted an independent research project under the supervision of a Psychology faculty member. To apply, students must (1) be a graduating psychology major with a BA or BS degree, (2) be in good academic standing. In addition, ideal candidates will have completed one of the following 1) Authorship or pending authorship on a manuscript to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed Psychology journal OR 2) First author presentation (oral or poster) or pending first author presentation at a local, regional, or national Psychology conference (including SU Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Poster session).

Outstanding Service Award
Successful candidates have volunteered his/her time and energy to community service related to the field of Psychology, broadly defined. This service may include student leadership and campus involvement, service in the broader community, or other civic engagement. For example, student leadership and campus involvement may include campus programming, leadership positions in student-run organizations, or implementation of new programs across campus. Examples of service in the broader community and civic engagement could include volunteering with at-risk children, volunteering with mental health organizations, organizing STEM events for underrepresented students, etc. In order to apply, students must: (1) be a graduating psychology major with a BA or BS degree, (2) be in good academic standing, (3) demonstrate dedicated time and commitment to service work in an uncompensated role, unless the commitment was above and beyond the normal expectations of paid role.

Eric F. Gardner Outstanding Psychology Student Award
This award was established in memory of Dr. Eric F. Gardner who, along with being department chair for 15 years, was a scholar and teacher in the field of evaluation, measurement, and statistics. In addition, Dr. Gardner was remembered for his service to the university and surrounding community. As such, this student must have excelled in all aspects of undergraduate activity, including academic achievement, research involvement, and service. In order to apply, students must: (1) be a graduating psychology major with a BA or BS degree, (2) be in good academic standing, (3) demonstrate evidence of excellence in the academic achievement (4) provide evidence of active involvement in one or more Psychology research labs ideally including the production of original scholarly work, and (5) have a demonstrated commitment to service in the field of Psychology.

Award recipients will be notified by April 15, 2018.  All award recipients will receive a plaque and a cord to wear during commencement and graduation. Students will receive their award at the department’s undergraduate research poster session on May 2, 2018 (12-3pm). In addition, names will be displayed in the College of Arts & Sciences commencement program.

Applications must include:

  • Your name, email, and SUID#
  • Major, expected graduation date, and cumulative GPA
  • The name of the award(s) for which you are applying
  • The name of a Department of Psychology faculty member (http://psychology.syr.edu/people/faculty.html) who is willing to support your nomination
  • A copy of your resume or CV
  • A copy of your transcript (unofficial copy is fine)
  • At least one of the following:
    • If you are applying for the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
      Please provide a detailed description of your academic achievements (not to exceed 300 words).
    • If you are applying for the Floyd Allport Outstanding Research Achievement Award
      Please provide a detailed description of your accomplishments in research in the psychological sciences. Be sure to include the citation to the article or conference presentation within the Department of Psychology (not to exceed 300 words).
    • If you are applying for the Outstanding Service Award
      Please provide a detailed description of your service related to the field of psychology (not to exceed 300 words).
    • If you are applying for the Eric F. Gardner Outstanding Psychology Student Award
      Please provide a,b, and c.

All application materials are due electronically to Jessica Shea at jmshea@yr.edu by March 23rd at 5 p.m.

Deadline for Slepecky Prize Draws Near

March 5, 2018
The 2018 Norma Slecky Undergraduate Research prize is accepting application through March 16th. With her enthusiastic approval, this Lectureship and Undergraduate Prize has been endowed by her family, friends and colleagues to honor Syracuse University professor Norma Slepecky, who died in 2001. Dr. Slepecky was a distinguished auditory neuranatomist and member of the Institute for Sensory Research.
The Slepecky Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student who has conducted outstanding research. Those who conduct research in the sciences, engineering, computer science, or psychology are eligible to apply. Women students are strongly encouraged to apply. Read more.

Strength in Numbers at NASP

February 20, 2018

Faculty, graduate students, and former students of the Department of Psychology showed that there is strength in numbers at the annual National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention in Chicago. At the 2018 NASP Convention, school psychologists from around the country came together to share information about their favorite subject – school psychology. Of the hundreds of attendees, the Department of Psychology was represented by three faculty members, seven graduate students, and two graduates of the school psychology program at Syracuse University.

Dr. Tanya Eckert along with graduate students Narmene Hamso, Natalie Williams, and Brittany Eggleston, presented a session all about promoting academic success. Their session helped participants determine underlying factors that can impair a student’s writing, explain reasons why writing interventions might not have demonstrated effective results for their students, and assess other interventions to target specific behaviors related to written expression. Dr. Eckert also collaborated with other psychologists on a session that descrived conducting a national survey to examine the ways in which IDEA and RTI have affected the assessment practices of school psychologists. Read more.

Dr. Joshua Felver and his lab members, Adam Clawson, Samantha Sinegar, Melissa Morton, and Emily Koelmel, presented multiple sessions that focused on describing their research that found school-based yoga interventions increased adolescent resiliency. They even taught mindfulness basics to attendees. Read more.

Dr. Larry Lewandowski school psychology graduate student, Heather Potts. Their session at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention in Chicago was all about recent developments in assessment research. In their session, they shared how their study examined the ability of several validity tests to detect malingering from ADHD. Read more.

Graduates of the School Psychology doctoral program, Laura M. Spenceley and Whitney L. Wood, also presented their work on psychological services for specific groups of students. Their poster described a study meant to examine the extent to which a norm-referenced measure of reading, as well as non-cognitive factors such as self-reported anxiety and reading difficulties, predict the amount of time used to complete a reading comprehension task. Read more.

Department Chair Abroad

February 16, 2018
Department of Psychology Chair, Dr. Amy Criss recently spent time across the globe at the University of Western Australia . Dr. Criss is a world-leading expert in the computational modelling of human memory whos research revolves around how we remember, why we forget, and how decisions from memory unfold over time. A key contribution of her research has been to use mathematical models to drive theorising and derive predictions from theoretical propositions about human memory.

While in Australia, Dr. Criss gave a talk that explained how the effects of retrieval on memory can be understood using carefully designed experiments, and showed that the accuracy of memory for an event declines as we repeatedly recall that event. She also discussed how theories of memory can be expressed as computational models, and how we can use computational models to understand how forgetting is caused by remembering.

View the full lecture here.

 

PSY Steps Into the Digital Age

January 1, 2018
If you look around the Syracuse University campus, you'll be sure to see a student, faculty member, parent, or even an esteemed member of the University community, using a mobile device. Can we blame them for wanting to snap a picture of the Hall of Languages or the ever-changing Syracuse weather?
As the Department of Psychology launched into the Fall 2017 semester, we made our first online footprint in the social media world. That being said, we invite you to join us online to stay up-to-date with faculty accomplishments, student acheivements, and much much more!
Connect with us today on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat at @SyracuseUpsych.

VanderDrift Named Advisor for Women in Science and Engineering Future Professional Program

December 14, 2017

Dr. Laura VanderDrift, an advocate for women in science, technology, and engineering (STEM) – has recently been named the Faculty Advisor for Syracuse University's Women in Science and Engineering Future Professional Program (WiSE FPP). This two-year mentoring program, helps women graduate students in science and engineering majors across campus capitalize on their unique strengths, maximize opportunities, and address challenges. The broad goal of this program is to support the persistence and excellence of women in STEM. To learn more about WiSE at SU, visit: http://suwise.syr.edu/.

Dr. VanderDrift has been on the faculty at Syracuse University since 2012. Prior to working in the Department of Psychology, she received her PhD from Purdue University, and her BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. VanderDrift's research is in social psychology, and revolves around why some relationships flourish whereas others fail. One of her recent publications in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology exammined at how pursuing an important personal goal (e.g., to get good grades, get in shape) can cause individuals to be less attentive to their romantic partners. In the Spring 2018 semester, graduate students and research assistants will be busy in her Close Relationships Lab, running studies on myriad topics, ranging from how relationships can help us meet our needs, to how having conflict can have an ironic positive impact on our relationships.

To learn more about her research, visit www.lauravanderdrift.com or send an email to: lvanderd@syr.edu.

 

Psychology Alumnus Awarded Bronze Medal for Dissertation

December 14, 2017
William Aue G’14, who earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a bronze medal for the James McKeen Cattell Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Understanding Proactive Facilitation in Cued Recall.”

"The aim of my research is to better understand when and how we update existing memories with new information,” Aue explains. “It’s well known that old memories can interfere with newer memories. For example, if a friend weds and changes their surname, our memory for their old name may make it hard to recall their new name; a phenomenon called proactive interference. In my dissertation, I examined situations where old memories actually help people recall new information; a phenomenon called proactive facilitation.”

A former mentee of Department Chair Dr. Amy Criss, Dr. Aue is currently working to understand mechanisms that drive learning that occurs when people retrieve information from memory (for example, during a test) and how that knowledge can be applied to educational settings and materials.

“Billy is everything you want in a graduate student,” Criss says, “an incisive and collaborative scholar and a thoughtful mentor,” Dr. Criss said.

Read the full article here!

Psychology Club Relaunches for Spring 2018

December 4, 2017
At the start of the Fall 2017 semester, four students led the charge to reestablish the Psychology Club as a registered student organization at Syracuse University. As part of the recognition process for all new clubs and student organizations at Syracuse University,  executive board members were able to meet Chancellor Kent Syverud at the One University Reception. The event, held at the Chancelor's residence, is a way for newly recognized student organizations to meet one another in the hopes of working collaboratively as one university.

As a new RSO, the Psychology Club intends to host events geared toward academic success, graduate school/career preparation, and to connect students from all backgrounds with one common interest – psychology. If you are a student at Syracuse University or SUNY ESF and have an interest in psychology, contact psychclub@syr.edu for more information about how you can become a member.

Zaso Awarded Prestigious NIH Fellowship

November 30, 2017
Michelle Zaso, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology, is the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (through the National Institutes of Health), the award will support her dissertation research, which focuses on how genetics and environments shape alcohol use in adolescence. Specifically, her dissertation will examine how alcohol metabolism genes interact with alcohol-promoting peer environments to influence drinking trajectories from 13 to 18 years of age.
Zaso’s primary sponsor of the fellowship, Aesoon Park, Associate Professor of Psychology, notes that some people carry variants in alcohol metabolism genes that delay the breakdown of alcohol into a harmless substance; if individuals carrying these genetic variants drink alcohol a lot, they are more likely to develop cancer due to extended exposure to harmful alcohol metabolites. Co-sponsors of her research include Stephen Maisto, Professor of Psychology at Syracuse University, and Stephen Glatt, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Check out the full article at A&S News.

PSY Faculty Participate in Structure Under Monotonicity Conference

November 27, 2017

The Department of Psychology recently participated in a Conference on Structure under Monotonicity. The aim of the workshop was to enable contributors to the ARC-funded research project, State-trace analysis: Theory and application, to reflect on the outcomes that have been achieved, to share their different perspectives, and to identify future directions and outstanding problems.

Featured here are our very own, Dr. Mike Kalish, Dr. Amy Criss, and Dr. Greg Cox.

Salvati Selected as Crown Scholar

November 9, 2017

Undergraduate research assistant, Joeann Salvati, was selected as a Crown Scholar in the Renée Crown University Honors program. Joeann recently received the award for her Honors Capstone project, “Effects and Effectiveness of Confession-Eliciting Tactics in Simulated Interrogation.”

The purpose of her research is to investigate the relative effects and effectiveness of the Reid and Compliance models in simulated interrogation. To investigate, Joeann conducted an online study using hypothetical vignettes that modeled each type of interrogation through the language and tactics used. The data collected serves as a means to provide knowledge about the negative implications of language and tactics used by law enforcement, and how this can prime the suspect for false confessions.

The funding from the Honors Program will be used to present Joeann’s research at the 2018 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This is one of the largest national conferences for social and personality psychologists! At the conference, Joeann will be able to receive feedback from professionals and academics in the field of Social Psychology. This experience will be integral in developing and finalizing her capstone project. 

Cedar Named Remembrance Scholar

Tori Cedar '18

October 27, 2017

As a means to honor 35 students who were killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Remembrance Scholarships were founded. Remembrance Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a highly competetive process. Of the 35 Remembrance Scholarship recipients, three are majoring in Psychology. See what Tori Cedar '18 had to say about the impact that receiving the scholarship has made in her education, professional, and personal life.

"I remember getting the email. I remember where I was, who I was with, etc. The feeling was like no other. It was what I've dreamed of as a first semester freshmen on this campus, when a mentor figure, Angel Winston, was a scholar. Fast forward three years later, I sit here as a Remembrance Scholar trying to answer the question...'What does the scholarship mean to you?' It's a hard question because there are truly no words for this kind of honor. The love and dedication I have to Look Back and Act Forward is a responsibility different than any other kind. This scholarship means living on through Alexander Lowenstein – a fellow Syracuse University student that was very similar to me. He was an English major who dreamed of becoming a clinical psychiatrist. He was a beach kid, a surfer, a best friend, an amazing brother/son, and a guy who made sure everyone around him felt his genuine love and warmth. This scholarship means representing this University, these communities (both in Syracuse and in Lockerbie, Scotland), and most importantly Alex's family – making each component the most proud in knowing that i'm doing everything in my ability to represnt Alex with the utmost love and respect."

Wherry Named Remembrance Scholar

Melissa Wherry '18

October 27, 2017
As a means to honor 35 students who were killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Remembrance Scholarships were founded. Remembrance Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a highly competetive process. Of the 35 Remembrance Scholarship recipients, three are majoring in Psychology. See what Tori Cedar '18 had to say about the impact that receiving the scholarship has made in her education, professional, and personal life. Psychology major Mel Wherry ‘18 shared how receiving the Remembrance Scholarship has been one of the most transformative experiences during her time at Syracuse University.

“I believe the Remembrance message of look back, act forward truly highlights my feeling towards terrorism, specifically in reference to Pan Am 103, where we are still 30 years later, trying to make sense and also within the context of recent terrorist attacks. Applying to be a Remembrance Scholar has been something I have been passionate about since I was first brought to tears seeing the chairs on the quad freshman year. September 11, 2001 shattered the commuter community in NJ, where I grew up, and left me with an anger that I have channeled into a positive force for change. As a Remembrance Scholar, I am able to perpetuate the action of continually taking time to honor the individual and not the terrorist, within our SU community and beyond. I can truly say being a part of the Remembrance Scholar program this year has been one of, if not, the most transformative of my experiences here at Syracuse University. I will continue to look back and act forward in memory of Nicole Elise Boulanger, as well as in the face of everyday forms of terrorism I confront.” - Mel Wherry

Undergrad Researchers Present at Dean's Breakfast

October 11, 2017

During Orange Central, our very own psychology majors were given the opportunity to present their research posters at the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Breakfast. Each poster highlighted a student's research in clinical, cognitive, social, or school psychology.

Keep up the great work!

PSY Welcomes Sweeney

September 30, 2017
The Department of Psychology is happy to announce the addition of Dr. Shannon Sweeney as a new member of the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sweeney received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University and completed her clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is currently teaching undergraduate psychology courses in childhood development and pediatric psychology and enjoys actively mentoring her students. Her research has examines how relational and social contexts impact health behaviors, most recently focusing on how stigma affects treatment adherence in HIV-positive populations.

PSY Welcomes Burke

September 14, 2017
The Department of Psychology is happy to announce the addition of Dr. Sara E. Burke as a new member of the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Burke joins us from Yale University where she completed a PhD and postdoctoral research fellowship. She is currently examining inter-group bias focusing specifically on under-examined groups. Her fascinating research demonstrates that prejudice, sterotyping, and discrimination can show different psychological patterns dependingn on which social group they are targeting. Most recently, her work has focused on stigmatized groups that pervade our social environment yet receive relatively little mainstream attention. For more information on Dr. Burke's work, visit her research page.

PSY Welcomes Jakubiak

September 7, 2017
The Department of Psychology is happy to announce the addition of Dr. Brittany Jakubiak as a new member of the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Jakubiak joins us from Carnegie Mellon University where she received her PhD in Social/Personality/Health psychology. She is excited to be researching and teaching topics related to social and health psychology at Syracuse University. Dr. Jakubiak's current research centers around testing whether/how affectionate touch promotes relational and individual well-being outcomes and investigating how close others facilitate adjustment to chronic illness and stress. To learn more about Dr. Jakubiak's work visit her research page.

Research Night Connects Students with Opportunity

September 1, 2017
The Fall 2017 Research Night drew in a large crowd of undergraduate students, faculty, alumni, and graduate students. Research Night is an event geared towards undergrads who have an interest in honing their research skills by working in a research laboratory with a faculty member. Working in a research lab gives students an opportunity to apply their skills first-hand and helps to prepare those who have an interest in attending graduate or medical school. Interested in working in a lab? Stay tuned for our Fall 2018 Research Night.

Welcome Weekend Draws a Big Crowd

September 1, 2017

The Department of Psychology kicked off the Fall 2017 semester by chatting with incoming students at the College of Arts and Sciences Welcome Reception. Students from all backgrounds had the opportunity to speak with faculty first-hand about recommended courses, potential career paths and tips for success during their time at Syracuse University.

Interested in declaring a major or minor in Psychology? Stop by the Advising Office on the fifth floor of Huntington Hall.

Stromer-Galley Secures $11.5 Million for Decision-Making Research

Members of the TRACE team, from left: Lu Xiao, Carsten Oesterlund, Kate Kenski, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, James Folkestad, Rosa Mikeal Martey, Brian McKernan and Debi Plochocki. Not pictured: David Kellen and Lael Schooler.

January 23, 2017

Can an application help intelligence analysts engage in better reasoning and produce reports that help decision makers make better decisions? A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, Colorado State University and SRC Inc. aims to answer this question by developing digital tools for improving reasoning and decision making.

The team, led by School of Information Studies (iSchool) Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley, will develop TRACE (Trackable Reasoning and Analysis for Collaboration and Evaluation), a web-based application aimed at improving reasoning through the use of techniques—such as debate and analogical reasoning—along with crowdsourcing to enhance analysts’ problem-solving abilities and foster creative thinking in order to provide support and guidance where human reasoning falls short.

The 50-month project is supported by a $11.5 million contract from the CREATE (Crowdsourcing Evidence, Reasoning, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation) Program of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), an arm of the Office for the Director of National Intelligence, which heads the nation’s intelligence services.

Read the full story at SU News.

Research Suggests Further Strengths in Perception of Individuals with Autism.

Natalie Russo

June 17, 2016

Researchers in the Center for Autism Research in Electrophysiology (CARE) Lab in the College of Arts and Sciences have made some important findings in looking at how children with autism process what they see.

The results reveal more evidence of heightened perception among children with autism, which could help explain some symptoms of autism. The findings were published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

“These results suggest that some of the perceptual strengths that are unique to individuals with autism are present both when looking at information over space, as well as over time,” says Assistant Professor Natalie Russo, director of the CARE Lab. “Many theories of autism suggest that temporal processing is atypical, or worse than among typically developing individuals. Our findings put some of this into question, but more research is needed to confirm or refute this.”

Russo, who is the principal investigator, conducts behavioral and psychophysiological research to understand how typically developing children, children with developmental disabilities and children on the autism spectrum process and integrate sensory information.

Read the full article at SU News.

The Psychology of Robots

Michael Kalish

March 10, 2016

Professor Michael Kalish psychology class does not sound like your typical campus lecture. Whirring motors, turning gears and the occasional beep serve as the soundtrack of a new offering in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Supported by the college’s new Science Equipment Excellence Fund (SEEF), both undergraduates and graduate students in PSY 400/600 can explore the methodologies of cognitive science using robots of varying complexities.
Because robots are much more predicable than humans and animals, they are the perfect case study for students learning about information processing, the foundation of cognitive research.
Established in 2014 by an anonymous donor, and cultivated by Dean Karin Ruhlandt, the SEEF helps promote scientific literacy, which is central to a liberal arts education, regardless of one’s major or career path.

Hear more about the robots used in the “Understanding Cognitive Science” class in thsi short YouTube video.