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Upcoming Event: A Presentation from Dr. John Cacioppo
Please join us on Thursday, April 9th for a presentation by Dr. John Cacioppo, a prolific researcher who integrates social psychology, neuroscience, biology, and genetics in an effort to understand our fundamental nature as a social species. Dr. Cacioppo will be discussing social experiences, behavior, and health in the Heritage Room at the Holmes Student Center from 11:00am – 12:00pm.
6th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
Please join us later this week for our department's 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference! The event will be held Friday, December 5th, from 1:30-4:00pm in rooms 103 and 110 of the Psych/Comp-Sci Building. We will have 16 poster presentations from more than 30 presenters, followed by closing comments from the event's organizers. Feel free to come by for refreshments and to browse the day's presentations!
Parenting a child with autism: resisting pressure, finding success
"In a new Psychology Today blog, NIU professor Christine Malecki discusses the pressures faced by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)." Please see here for the complete article.
2014 Research and Artistry Day
Congratulations to Maria Senf and Barbara Ohata for their award-winning presentations at this year's Research and Artistry Day! Ms. Senf took home the first place award in the 'Arts, Education, Health, Humanities, and Social Sciences' area, while Ms. Ohata received the third place award. See here for more details about the event.
2014 Presidential Engagement Professor
Congratulations to Dr. Christine Malecki for being named a Presidential Engagement Professor! This honorary title is meant to acknowledge NIU faculty with outstanding records of community outreach and engagement. See here for more details about the event.
2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Congratulations to Ross Knoll for being one of the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, which acknowledges teaching assistants who have made significant contributions to teaching at NIU.
5th Annual Departmental Research Conference
Our 5th Annual Departmental Research Conference was enormously successful, with 22 student posters co-authored by faculty in our department and dozens of student presenters in total. Congratulations to everyone for another strong showing! See here for details.
The Wide Wide World of Psychology Blog
Click here to visit the department's new blog, The Wide Wide World of Psychology, and read its first posting, written by our own Dr. Angela Grippo and Dr. Brad Sagarin: The Biological Basis for the ‘Thrill of Victory,’ which examines in physiological terms why we prefer to win rather than lose.
2014 MPA Student Paper Award and MPA Fellowship
Congratulations to Jenny Koppen, graduate student in the Neuroscience and Behavior area, who has won the MPA Student Paper Award and been named an MPA Fellow for 2014! Her paper, entitled Hippocampal Cholinergic Deafferentation Causes Retrograde Amnesia in the String-pulling Task, was recognzied for its exemplary quality and contribution to the field of psychology.
2012 APA Distinguished Early Career Scientific Contribution Award
Congratulations to Dr. Angela Grippo for winning the 2012 American Psychological Association Distinguished Early Career Scientific Contribution award! This is among the highest honors for scientific achievement by psychologists, and it identifies Dr. Grippo as an emerging international leader in the field of health psychology.
Potential Genetic Factors in PTSD Recovery
Research conducted by Dr. Holly Orcutt and her collaborator, Dr. Kerry Ressler at Emory University, made national headlines for their work examining genetic influences on the development of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. See here for details.
2012 Presidential Research Professorship
Congratulations to Dr. Joe Magliano for being named as a Presidential Research Professor. This is the highest honor for research and scholarship that NIU offers and is reserved for those individuals who have achieved national and international reputations in their field. Joe is being honored for his internationally recognized research focusing on complex cognitive processing and the impact this work has had on both theory building and applied practice.
2012 Presidential Teaching Professorship
Congratulations to Dr. Anne Britt as recipient of one of the 2012 Presidential Teaching Professorships. This is the highest honor for teaching at NIU and recognizes the profound impact Dr. Britt has had on her students, colleagues, and profession. In addition to her outstanding work in the classroom as a model teacher, Dr. Britt is at the forefront of research on teaching and the development of cutting-edge technology for use in the classroom.
Indirect Exposure to Trauma Linked to PTSD
• Undergraduate students can make advising appointments by signing up at the bulletin board outside of the department office in PM400, although limited online advising is also available via email at PsycAdvising@niu.edu
- Congratulations to Dr. Joe Magliano for being named as a Presidential Research Professor. This is the highest honor for research and scholarship that NIU offers and is reserved for those individuals who have achieved national and international reputations in their field. Joe is being honored for his internationally recognized research focusing on complex cognitive processing and the impact this work has had on both theory building and applied practice.
- Congratulations to Dr. Anne Britt as recipient of one of the 2012 Presidential Teaching Professorships. This is the highest honor for teaching at NIU and recognizes the profound impact Dr. Britt has had on her students, colleagues, and profession. In addition to her outstanding work in the classroom as a model teacher, Dr. Britt is at the forefront of research on teaching and the development of cutting-edge technology for use in the classroom.
- Dr. Michelle Lilly and NIU research associate Heather Pierce have made national headlines for their study linking indirect exposure to trauma with an increased risk of PTSD. See here for details.
- Dr. Melissa-Ann Scotti, a postdoctoral fellow in the Grippo Research Lab, was awarded a Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research is focused on the interactions of social bonding, cardiovascular disease, and oxytocin (a hormone).
- Dr. Michelle Demaray was appointed Associate Editor for theJournal of School Psychology.
- Drs. Anne Britt, Joe Magliano, Keith Millis, and Katja Wiemer have been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Education, totaling over $2.6 million in a five-year period, to develop assessment and instructional strategies that enable all students to read with understanding. These faculty join a team of over 130 researchers across the nation in the areas of linguistics, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, reading, and speech and language pathology, all working to improve reading comprehension for every student from preschool through high school.
- The Illinois Department of Family and Child Services has expanded an innovative program administered by the Department of Psychology (Dr. Greg Waas, Project Director) by over $1.3 million per year. This program provides comprehensive clinical assessments to children in foster care and their families, and is designed to identify critical needs and services for children and their families early in the foster care process.
- Dr. Alan Rosenbaum was recently awarded the "Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Research Award" by the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma.
- Dr. Frederick Schwantes was named as January 2010's Professor of the Month by the Omicron Chapter of Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society.
- Dr. David Valentiner received the Psychology Department's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2009.
- Dr. Angela Grippo received the APA Division 38's Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award for 2009.
- Dr. Alan Rosenbaum was elected president of the Faculty Senate for its 2009-2010 term.
- Drs. Jim Corwin and John Skowronski have been named Presidential Research Professors, the university's highest recognition for scholarship.
As a means of promoting discussion and spreading awareness of advances within the field, the Psychology Department hosts a colloquium series each year and allows faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates alike to participate in a wide variety of brownbag seminars and research meetings.
Colloquia are typically held during the Spring semester. A schedule of this year's colloquia will be posted here as soon as it is available.
Brown Bags and Research Meetings
- Anxiety Research Topics Schedule: During the academic semester, weekly meetings are held on Fridays, from 10 to 11:00am, discussing topics related to anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality, and the regulation of emotion.
- Child Interest Group Brown Bags: During the academic semester, biweekly meetings are held on Fridays, from Noon to 1:00 p.m., presenting and discussing topics related to child clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and developmental psychopathology.
- CIDS Brown Bag Schedule: Members of the Cognitive/Instructional, Developmental, and School Area meet every other week in this informal forum for discussing research and exchanging ideas. Meetings feature presentations by students and faculty, with topics ranging from presentations of completed research to discussions of proposals for studies or discussions of professional issues.
- Cognitive Psychology Brown Bags
- Family Violence Research Seminar: During the academic semester, weekly meetings are held on Fridays, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., presenting and discussing topics related to family violence
- Neuroscience and Behavior
- School Psychology Brown Bag Series
- Social-Industrial/Organizational Area Reseach Meeting: Weekly presentations by area students, faculty, and invited guests.
- Undergraduate Colloquia