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News and Reminders

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 information. 

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.

Getting into Graduate School Seminar (GIGSS)

The department's annual Getting into Graduate School Seminar (GIGSS) will be held this spring, which is a 7-session seminar series dedicated to helping undergraduates in psychology decide whether graduate school is necessary and to prepare for the graduate school application process. See this page for further information and downloadable materials.

4th Annual NIU Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

The 4th Annual NIU Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference was a resounding success, with 23 student posters co-authored by faculty in our department and 27 student presenters in total. See here for details.

Also, please visit this page for information about the university-wide Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day.

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. See here for the complete award citation. 

2012 Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day

With 29 total poster presentations and 72 student authors, the Psychology Department had another record-setting showing at this year's Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day.  See here for details, and congratulations to everyone who participated for their excellent work!

2012 Undergraduate Awards Ceremony and Huskie Research Rookies

See here for a listing of honorees and photos from our 2012 departmental awards ceremony.

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

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.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to Christine Valdez and Brett Wells for their selection as recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in recognition of their distinguished scholarship and research.

3rd Annual NIU Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

The 3rd Annual NIU Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference will be held this December 2nd, 2011, from 2:30-4:30pm in rooms PM 103 and 110.  Please see the event flyer for further information on this outstanding opportunity to view and present original research!

2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to the Psychology Department's Randy McCarthy and Bettina Zengel for receiving this year's Outstanding Graduate Student award for their work in PhD- and Master's-level programs, respectively.  This award is given to recognize individual students who have distinguished themselves in terms of scholarship and research.

2010-2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award

Congratulations to the Psychology Department's Madhavi Reddy for winning the Graduate School's 2010-2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award!  Dr. Reddy's dissertation, entitled Coping as a Mediator in the Prospective Relationship between Personality and PTSD Symptoms in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Combat Veterans, was selected for its clarity, persuasiveness, and significant practical application.  Dr. Holly Orcutt served as Dr. Reddy's dissertation advisor.

Diversifying Psychology

The department recently hosted its annual Diversifying Psychology event.  See here for details.

The APA's United Nations Internship Program

From the APA's news entry:

The American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking applications for student interns to assist with APA's work as an NGO at the United Nations.  These are volunteer positions for psychology students who have an interest in international issues.  The interns will work with the members and associate members of APA's United Nations team to help plan and implement activities such as the annual Psychology Day, the annual International Day of Older Persons, AIDS Day, and other psychology-related events.  Interns will have UN - NGO badges for entry into UN buildings and events, and will have an opportunity for a close-up look at the workings of the UN.

See here for complete details and instructions on how to apply.

Student Advising

  • 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

  • Prospective graduate students should direct their questions to the faculty coordinator of the program they intend to apply to.

Faculty News

  • 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 BrittJoe MaglianoKeith 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.

Talks

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