Author Archives: Bethany Ham

Dr. Joshua Oltmanns joins SMU Psychology Faculty

We are excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Joshua Oltmanns, who is joining the SMU Psychology Department!  He is the director of the Personality, Mental Health and AI laboratory at SMU. To learn more about Dr. Oltmanns and his … Continue reading

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Eli Bell & Caroline Lee Receive Diversity Award Research Grant!

  Eli Bell & Caroline Lee Eli and Caroline, PhD students in our program, are recipients of the Psychology Department’s Diversity Award Research Grant! We are thrilled about this achievement and are excited to hear about their future accomplishments!  

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Mayson Trujillo Selected for Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship

Mayson, a PhD student in our program, was selected for the 2023-2024 Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship from the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies! This will provide a total stipend of $25,000 over the course of the academic year to … Continue reading

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Caitlin Rancher, Ph.D., awarded K99 funding!

Caitlin Rancher, Ph.D., a former student in our program, received funding for her K award proposal: “A Brief Intervention to Enhance Supportive Parenting and Treatment Engagement Among Families Waiting for Trauma-Focused Services”. Long-term, this award will generate an effective intervention … Continue reading

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Sierra Rufino wins Dean’s Award at Research & Innovation Week!

We are so proud of our graduate student, Sierra Rufino, for winning the Dean’s Award at SMU Moody’s 2023 Research & Innovation Week Graduate Poster Session for her research in “Volitional Change in Pathological Personality: Can People Change Their Maladaptive … Continue reading

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Bree Geary wins 2023 Distinguished Student Excellence in Research Award

Congratulations to our graduate student Bree Geary for receiving the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2023 Distinguished Student Excellence in Research Award to support her dissertation testing the effects of autonomy-supportive instructions in yoga!

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Dr. Poonam Dubal joins as SMU Psychology Clinic Director

We are thrilled to introduce our newest faculty member, Dr. Poonam Dubal, who will be joining as the SMU Psychology Clinic Director. Dr. Dubal earned her doctorate in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago (APA-Accredited). She completed her doctoral training … Continue reading

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Sumaiyah Syed & Julie Pham win PSI/APAGS Junior Scientist Research Fellowship

Congratulations to our graduate students, Sumaiyah Syed and Julie Pham who won the PSI/APGS Junior Scientist Research Fellowship, which comes with a $1,000 stiped! The fellowship recognizes outstanding research-oriented students who are entering their first year (or first semester of second … Continue reading

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Dr. Sarah Kucker joins the SMU Psychology Department

We are excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Sarah Kucker, who is joining SMU in January 2023! She has previously held faculty positions at Oklahoma State University and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. To learn more about Dr. … Continue reading

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Julie Pham wins Student Conference Award

Julie won the J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award for the upcoming November Psychonomic Society conference.

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