As of August 1, Ernie Jouriles will become the first holder of the Dale McKissick Endowed Professor of Psychology. Ernie is a highly distinguished member of the SMU faculty. He is internationally known as a leading researcher into children’s exposure to intimate partner violence and, more recently, violence in adolescent romantic relationships. In addition to being a prolific contributor to the research literature, he is currently an Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology.
A study to appear in Psychology of Violence has been picked up multiple news outlets.
The study, by psychology faculty members Alan Brown and George Holden and graduate student Rose Ashraf, assessed the impact of terminology on perceptions about physically disciplining children.
Both parents and non-parents rated “spank” as more common, acceptable, and effective than four other terms referring to the same behavior.
The study indicates that our lexicon can legitimize violent behavior.
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A study by psychology faculty members Drs. Meuret, Rosenfield, Ritz and their colleagues, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, was recently featured in the WSJ. The study found that patients with anxiety disorders who had therapy appointments earlier in the day benefited from the therapy more than the patients who had appointments later in the day.
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Dr. Alytia Levendosky from Michigan State University will be giving a research presentation on “Intimate Partner Violence as a Prenatal Stressor: Unique and Common Effects on Women, Children, and the Mother-Child Relationship” on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Sartain Conference room, 11th floor of Expressway Tower. All are welcome to attend.
Dr. Alicia Meuret and three other prominent anxiety research psychologists will be discussing the role of fear and anxiety in mental disorders on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 1:00 pm.
This webinar is free, but space is limited. Register at: https://zoom.us/j/994273102.
Katie Price, a psychology major, won the Psychology Academic Excellence Award for Fall, 2015 from the DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia program. This award recognizes academic achievement, as well as the positive contributions and enthusiasm the students bring to their courses. Great going, Katie!
It’s a small Everest, after all
July 13, 2016
In front of Ama Dablam mountain
DALLAS (SMU) – Psychology Professor Susan Hornstein has taught more than 7,000 students over the course of her 14 years at SMU, so she’s used to running into former pupils around town.
What she isn’t used to is running into them at base camp on Mount Everest, but that’s exactly what happened May 21 when Hornstein was spotted by former student Aliza Greenberg during a Himalayan trek with two friends
“It was cold. I had my hat and my glasses on – I don’t know how she recognized me,” Hornstein says. “My two friends were talking with her father and when I walked up, Aliza turned to me and said ‘Hornstein?’ I was so amazed she recognized me.”
Standing in the middle of a small village of colored tents in the shadow of the world’s most famous mountain, the student and her former professor caught up.
“I asked how she was doing, what she’d done since graduation – she’d just earned a masters in holocaust studies and she said she was going to the Northeast for her Ph.D.,” Hornstein says. “I met her father, who she was traveling with, and then we took a picture together.”
It was the first time they’d crossed paths since Greenberg took Hornstein’s Introduction to Psychology class in 2011. Hornstein has developed a bit of a reputation for the class, as she frequently uses pictures from her travels to drive home particular points about each week’s lecture.
“Oh, this picture will absolutely make the presentation this fall,” Hornstein says. “It was a surreal experience and it goes to show how small the world really is.”
Juliet, under the direction of Dr. Ritz, was awarded a National Institute of Aging grant for a pilot project titled: Stress Activation of Neurocircuits, Hippocampal Metabolites, and Cognitive Function: A Combined fMRI, MRS, and HPA-Axis Function Study. Congratulations Juliet!
The Psychology Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Naomi Tabak will become the Director of the Psychology Clinic on August 1. Dr. Tabak received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University. Most recently, she worked as Acting Associate Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the psychosis clinic at the West LA VA in Los Angeles. Welcome, Naomi!
Dr. Ben Tabak and Dr. Priscilla Lui will be joining the department as assistant professors beginning in July. Dr. Tabak, after receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Miami, has been a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. There he studied such topics as the neuro-endocrinological bases of psychopathology, as well as gene-environment interactions. Dr. Lui, a graduate of Purdue University, recently completed her internship at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center. Her research interests include psychopathology, mental health problems of Asian Americans, and, more generally, diversity and well-being. The department is delighted to welcome them!