Courtney Underwood ’05 receives Exemplary Alumnus Award

Courtney Underwood received the Psychology Department’s Exemplary Alumnus Award at the Psychology Department’s 2016 Graduation Ceremony. She majored in Psychology and graduated from SMU in 2005.  After working in commercial real estate for several years, she became a leader in North Texas in promoting programs to assist survivors of rape. She co-founded the Dallas Rape Crisis Center and, since 2013 has been the Executive Director of the SANE Initiative in Dallas. Based on her exemplary work to improve the community on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, the Department was proud to award her this honor.

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Upcoming talk

“Promoting the well-being of women and children in Pakistan: A psychological perspective”
Dr. Iftikhar N. Hassan

Wednesday, April 27 noon
Yarborough Conference Room (ET-13th floor)

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Psychology Talk on Friday, April 15 at 2 pm

Bridging the Word Gap: Applying New Findings to Community-based Early Intervention. Talk by Dr. Margaret Owen, U.T. – Dallas

The talk will be  in the Yarborough Room (1334) in Expressway Tower.

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Graduate Student Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship

Margaret Sala has been awarded a 3-year NSF graduate fellowship.  These fellowships are very competitive. Congratulations Margaret!

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Congratulations to Rose

Rose Ashraf won the prize for best graduate student paper at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, in Denver, on March 18.  Her talk was based on her master’s thesis and titled: Harsh verbal discipline in the home: Predictors of child compliance.  Congratulations, Rose!

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Congratulations to Graduate Student Recipients of Dean’s Research Awards

Chelsey Werchan (along with Juliet Kroll, three undergraduates, and mentor Thomas Ritz) received a Dean’s Award for her study presented at Research Day. The title was “Oral nitrate supplementation during final exam stress: Associations with cold symptoms and exhaled nitric oxide.”

Nicole Vu (along with Caitlin Rancher and mentors Ernie Jouriles & Renee McDonald) also won a Dean’s Award for her study: “Children’s threat appraisals of interparental conflict: The role of interparental conflict, parental availability, and children’s anxiety.”

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Dr. Holden becomes president of the board of local non-profit

On January 1, Dr. Holden began serving a two-year term as the Board President of Family Compass, the leading child abuse prevention agency in North Texas. Family Compass offers a number of evidence-based parenting programs to families at risk, including home visitation programs.

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Dr. Jouriles Appointed Associate Editor

Dr. Ernie Jouriles was recently appointed an incoming Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology, one of the major APA journals.
Congratulations, Ernie!

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Article by three psychology faculty members is one of most popular articles of 2015

The study by professors Simpson Rowe, Jouriles, and McDonald entitled: Reducing sexual victimization among adolescent girls: A randomized controlled pilot trial of My Voice, My Choice, published in Behavior Therapy was cited by Elsevier as one of the five most shared and mentioned articles of 2015. Great work!

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Dr. Holden to Give U.S. Congressional Briefing

Dr. Holden, the Chair of Psychology Dept., has been invited to give a briefing on Capitol Hill concerning the problem of corporal punishment of children. The briefing will occur on Nov. 18th.

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