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Sweden, SMU psychologists partner to launch parenting program that reduces child abuse

Project Support, SMU, Sweden, McDonald, JourilesThe government of Sweden is partnering with psychologists at SMU to launch a parenting program shown to reduce child abuse. A two-year study funded by the Swedish government is looking at the feasibility of implementing “Project Support” nationwide in that country.

The program, created by SMU psychologists Renee McDonald and Ernest Jouriles, has been shown to reduce child abuse and neglect in severely violent families. Continue reading

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Parade: What The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Siblings

simpsons-cover-ftrParade magazine covered the research of SMU psychologist and Simpsons‘ expert Chris R. Logan, senior lecturer, who with SMU colleague and professor Alan S. Brown, co-authored and edited the book The Psychology of the Simpsons: D’oh! (Smart Pop, 2006).

Journalist Hannah Dreyfus quotes Logan in her June 22 article on Logan’s and Brown’s siblings research, “What The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Siblings.

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Wall Street Journal: You, An Idea Thief? Say It Isn’t So.

Brown, Alan, SMUThe Wall Street Journal mentioned the research of SMU Psychology Professor Alan Brown in a news article by Adam Grant about inadvertent plagiarism.

Brown has studied the phenomenon and published the results of his classic study in a 1989 scientific article Cryptomnesia: Delineating inadvertent plagiarism in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Continue reading

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SMU’s Kouros receives Hogg Foundation grant to study children’s mental health

fotolia_1374533_XSChrystyna D. Kouros, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SMU, received a $19,250 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to examine ethnic differences in identifying children’s depression symptoms.

Kouros research project was one of 10 selected from a pool of 38 applicants from 17 universities across Texas. The foundation awarded the two-year grants, totaling $192,130, to tenure-track assistant professors exploring mental health in Texas. Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun: Does this happy marriage make me look fat?

Meltzer-Vancouver-Sun-satisfied-couples-weight-gainPostmedia News reporter Misty Harris writes in The Vancouver Sun about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found that young couples who are satisfied with their marriage are more likely to gain weight, putting them at risk for various health problems associated with being overweight.

The article, “Does this happy marriage make me look fat?,” was published April 5. Continue reading

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The Telegraph: Getting married makes you fat, say scientists

Meltzer, SMU, satisfied couples, gain weightHealth reporter Laura Donnelly writes in London’s Telegraph about the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found that young couples who are satisfied with their marriage are more likely to gain weight, putting them at risk for various health problems associated with being overweight.

The article, “Getting married makes you fat, say scientists,” was published April 5. Continue reading

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Daily News: Does marriage make you fat? Happy newlyweds more likely to gain weight

Meltzer, satisfied couples, weight gain, SMUThe New York Daily News covered the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found that young couples who are satisfied with their marriage are more likely to gain weight, putting them at risk for various health problems associated with being overweight.

The article, “Does marriage make you fat? Happy newlyweds more likely to gain weight in first years of marriage,” was published April 5. Continue reading

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Mail Online: Happy marriage can be heavy going — smitten newlyweds pile on pounds

Meltzer, SMU, gain weight, satisfied couplesLondon’s Daily Mail newspaper covered the research of SMU psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who found that young couples who are satisfied with their marriage are more likely to gain weight, putting them at risk for various health problems associated with being overweight.

The article, “Why a happy marriage can be heavy going: Smitten newlyweds more likely to pile on the pounds,” was published April 4. Continue reading

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Study finds that newlyweds who are satisfied with marriage are more likely to gain weight

Andrea Meltzer, newlyweds, weight gain, SMUOn average, young newlyweds who are satisfied with their marriage gain weight in the early years after they exchange vows. That’s the finding of a new study on marital satisfaction and weight gain, according to psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, lead researcher and assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology. Continue reading

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