SMU 2015 research efforts broadly noted in a variety of ways for world-changing impact

Lorelei Simpson Rowe

SMU 2015 research efforts broadly noted in a variety of ways for world-changing impact

SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions. It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here's a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings.

DMN: SMU professors aim to prevent sexual assault with bystander program

SMU, Simpson Rowe, sexual assault, videoThe Dallas Morning News covered the work of SMU psychologists Lorelei Simpson Rowe, Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald. The three developed a video-based program for teaching young women sexual assertiveness training with the goal of helping them resist unwanted sexual overtures. Jouriles and McDonald devised a bystander intervention program that teaches young adults how to recognize and intervene in a dangerous situation.

CBS DFW Channel 11: College Women Learn How To Repel Virtual Aggressor

Virtual reality, SMU, assertiveness training, sexual assaultJournalist Robbie Owens at CBS DFW Channel 11 covered the research of SMU psychologists Lorelei Simpson Rowe, Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald. The three developed a video-based program for teaching young women sexual assertiveness training with the goal of helping them resist unwanted sexual overtures. Jouriles and McDonald devised a bystander intervention program that teaches young adults how to recognize and intervene in a dangerous situation.

New World Notes: Virtual Reality-Based Assertiveness Training Reportedly Leads to Less Sexual Victimization, Pilot Program Finds

Virtual reality, SMU, assertiveness training, sexual assault Journalist Wagner James Au, who delves into the details of all things Metaverse on his New World Notes blog, covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.

Raw Story: Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half — study

sexual victimization, virtual reality, SMU Blogger Scott Kaufman on the Internet news site Raw Story covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.

Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training

Simpson Rowe, SMU, victimization, sexual coercion, virtual reality, Jouriles, McDonaldTeen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a new study. The effects persisted over a three-month period following the training, said clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe, lead author on the pilot study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

2010 a year of advances for SMU scientific researchers at the vanguard of those helping civilization

ATLAS%20150x120.jpgSMU scientists are at the forefront of cutting-edge research aimed at addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges, questions and issues.

See a sampling of the work they tackle, from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, to immigration, diabetes, evolution, childhood obesity and more. Besides working in campus labs and within the Dallas-area community, SMU scientists conduct research throughout the world.

Mad? Sad? Glad? People with severe mental illness can’t easily “read” their partner’s feelings; but there may be help

Beach%20couple%20sunset%20350-96.jpgGetting along as a couple in a romantic relationship is never easy, but it's even harder for people struggling with severe mental illness.

One reason for that might be the lack of an important social ability called "social cognition" — the ability to accurately read everyday social cues from partners, such as anger, sadness, frustration or annoyance — say SMU psychologists Amy Pinkham and Lorelei Simpson.

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