Dr. Meuret awarded a URC grant

Dr. Alicia Meuret, an Associate Professor of Psychology at SMU, was recently awarded a University Research Council grant for her new project “Painful relief: Uncovering emotional and physiologic correlates of self-harm.”

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Dr. Kamata wins a 4 year grant

Dr. Aki Kamata of the Psychology Department and the Simmons School of Education is the Co-PI of a four year grant designed to develop and test a new assessment system for measuring oral fluency for students grades 3-5. Congratulations!

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Noelle Smith wins a scholarship to attend the Beck Institute

Noelle Smith, a graduate student in psychology, was awarded a tuition scholarship to attend the annual student workshop on CBT for Depression and Suicidality at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.   Noelle competed against more than 850 applicants!  Good going, Noelle.

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Psychology Faculty Member Writes Article of the Year!

Dr. Aki Kamata’s article “Modeling Nonlinear Growth with Three Data Points: Illustration with Benchmarking Data” was selected as the 2013 article of the year by the journal Assessment for Effective Intervention. Congratulations, Aki.

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Graduate & Undergraduate Winners at Research Day

Lindy Fields won the award for outstanding research by a graduate student for her poster “Enhancing autobiographical beliefs through simple exposure.” Dr. Alan Brown is her advisor.
The undergraduate award went to Kelli Sargent for her poster “Parentification as a mediator of the relation between parental depressive symptoms and youth internalizing problems.” Her advisor is Dr. Chrystyna Kouros.
Congratulations to students and advisors!

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2014 Undergraduate Psychology Award Winners

Sean Potter is this year’s winner of the Senior Award for Outstanding Performance.

Kelli Sargent is the recipient of the award for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate in Psychology.

Congratulations to both outstanding seniors!

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Graduate Students Present their Research

Eight graduate students will be presenting research posters at the SMU Research Day on Feb. 26.  They (and their advisors) are: Grace Boyers (Dr. Meuret), Jenna Ellison (Dr. Kouros), Lindy Fields (Dr. Brown), Julie Kangas (Dr. Baldwin), Anne Kleinsasser (Dr. Jouriles), Valerie Loehr (Baldwin), Victoria Mueller (Dr. Jouriles), and Chelsey Werchan (Dr. Ritz).

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Five Psychology Undergraduates Present Their Research

Two psychology undergraduates presented their research projects at the Engaged Learning Symposium on Feb. 6th. Mariam Alaka presented her study of about Nigerian orphans’ awareness of HIV/AIDS, under the direction of Dr. Holden. In addition, Goke Akinniranye presented his senior distinction project. It is being mentored by Dr. Anthony Cortese.

Three other undergraduates will be presenting posters at SMU Research day (Feb. 6): Liz Neil (mentored by Dr. Rowe), Hani Gazal (Dr. Holden), and Ellen Seldin (Dr. Frank).  Good work to all!

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Ten Undergraduate Psych Majors Nominated for Phi Beta Kappa

There is a bumper crop this year of Psych majors who have been nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, our country’s oldest and most prestigious academic honorary society.  They are Margaret Brown, Madison Coleman, Alex Day, Olivia Dossett, Julia Fischer, Catherine Fox, Taisha Husbands , Jordan Newman, Basilia Oseguera, Courtney Parish. Congratulations to all!

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Dr. Simpson Rowe is Contributing Editor of the Year

Dr. Lorelei Simpson Rowe was selected as Contributing Editor of the Year for the APA journal Psychology of Violence. Dr. Simpson Rowe is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of Clinical Training. Her expertise is in prevention of dating violence and the relation between low-level intimate partner violence and couple therapy outcomes. Congratulations!

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