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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.
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
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.
The Getting Into Graduate School Seminar (GIGSS)
GIGSS is a 7 week seminar dedicated to helping undergraduates in psychology prepare for the graduate school application process. Components of the seminar include but are not limited to: deciding upon the right program to apply to; what experiences are crucial to the process (e.g., research experience); how to write a CV and a personal statement; how to prepare for the GRE and what to expect; and how to request letters of recommendation.
Students must commit to all 7 sessions of the seminar, which begin on January 27th and will be held every other Thursday at 5:00pm during the Spring 2011 semester (1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, and 4/21). The sessions will be comprised of a lecture and workshop component, and students will receive individual feedback on work samples. Please see this informational flyer for further details.
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.
• Prospective graduate students should direct their questions to the faculty coordinator of the program they intend to apply to.
- 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.