Faculty members’ research featured in APA Monitor

The research of Drs. Thomas Ritz and Alicia Meuret is featured in the November 2013 issue of the American Psychological Association’s Monitor:

http://www.smu-anxiety.com/uploads/2/1/9/6/21965566/0855_001.pdf

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Two faculty members receive awards

Drs. Mike Chmielewski and Andrea Meltzer each received a Sam Taylor Fellowship award to assist them with their research. Congratulations!

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Dr. Ritz Awarded a Ford Research Fellowship

Dr. Thomas Ritz, a professor in the Psychology Department, received one of SMU’s 2013 Ford Research Fellowships for his outstanding scholarship. Congratulations to Dr. Ritz!

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Psychology Department Partners with a Pakistani Department

In January, the Psychology Department began a three-year partnership with the psychology department at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University in Peshawar, Pakistan. Funded by the U.S. State Department for more than one million dollars, the grant provides funds for activities that include:  a) faculty development through exchange programs; b) new computer, distance learning, and research equipment; c) research collaborations; d) curriculum enhancement; e) creation of psychology center; and g) enhanced clinical services.

Dr. George Holden is the project director. Also on the team from the Psychology Department are Drs. Buck Hampson and Lorelei Simpson Rowe. Javed Azam is the program director.

Holden, Rowe, and Azam traveled to Islamabad in December to meet their new colleagues.

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8 Psychology Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

On Sunday, March 3, eight psychology majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

The inductees were: Justin Berman, Andrea Graham, Amanda Hix, Ankita Krishnan, Katie Legland, Andrea Maciejewski, Elizabeth Neil, and Steven Schiele.

Congratulations to all eight scholars for this high honor!

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Graduate student receives award

Ana Trueba, a graduate student in the psychology department, received the American Psychosomatic Society Scholar Award, enabling her to attend the annual meeting in Miami later this year. Ana is a member of Drs. Ritz & Meuret’s lab.

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Eight Psychology Majors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

This spring seven seniors and one junior psychology major were elected to Phi Beta Kappa on the basis of their outstanding GPAs. These individuals are: Justin Berman, Andrea Graham, Amanda Hix, Ankita Krishnan, Katie Legband, Andrea Maciejewski, Elizabeth Neil, and Steven Schiele. Congratulations!

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Dr. McDonalds receives grant from Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation has awarded a grant to support a project that will provide services to help children living in violent families. The project is a collaboration between Dr. Renee McDonald, a Dept. of Psychology faculty member, and Family Compass, a local social services agency that provides child abuse prevention and parenting services.

There are two goals to the project. One is to transfer the intervention from the university to the community, so that Dallas is better able to offer evidence-based services for family violence prevention and child mental health. The second is to conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the program as delivered by a community agency. This grant will provide tangible help to families affected by domestic violence and child abuse.

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Talk on Bullying Effects

Dr. Lucia Williams, from Universidada Federal de Sao Carlos (Brazil), will give a talk entitled “Bullying victimization: Health effects and relationship to child maltreatment” on Friday, Feb. 1 from 12:00 to 1:30.

The talk will be in Expressway Tower, 13th Floor, Suite 1100.

All are invited.

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Graduate Students win Awards at a Conference

Two psychology graduate students won awards for their posters presented at the annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ACBT) conference held in November in New York City. Noelle Smith and Ana Trueba were the lead authors of the two posters.
The complete award, authorship, and titles are:

ABCT Suicide & Self-injury Special Interest Group Student Poster Award
Smith, N.B., Baldwin, A., Jeter, A.M., Trueba, A.F., & Meuret, A.E. (2012, November). Differences in Attitudes and Perceptions among Self-Injuring versus Non-Injuring College Students.

Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group Student Poster Award
Trueba, A.F., Bhaskara, L., Rosenfield, D., Liberzon, I, Auchus, R, Abelson, J., Ritz, T., & Meuret, A.E. (2012, November). Endogenous Cortisol Moderates Panic Symptom Reduction in Exposure Therapy

Congratulations!

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