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October 17, 2019

I-O Psychology Professor, Dr. Michael Coovert, works with Dr. Winston Bennett, Air Force Academy cadets, and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory (GRILL) Instructional team on training research as part of the 2019 Wright Scholars Summer Internship Program.
Fights ON Vol 35-Summer-2019

May 21, 2019

In the News

Dr. Csilla Ari D’Agostino, a research assistant professor in the psychology department, was selected to join an international crew for the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) 23 this summer. In June, she will spend 10 days in the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research station that replicates space mission conditions. Read the full article here and in USF News.

May 2, 2019

Professor Jon Rottenberg and doctoral student Sunkyung Yoon discuss their program of research on the music choices of those with depression. Read the full article here.

April 17, 2019

Liz Schotter has been selected to attend the 2019 UC Davis/SDSU ERP Boot Camp in July. The competition was tough this year. Over 225 people applied for the 35 spots available, and she was one of the 35 who was selected to attend. She has also been selected to receive a scholarship that will cover most or all of the cost of registration, travel, lodging, and meals. The Boot Camp will be held at the UC-Davis Center for Mind & Brain in Davis, California. Congratulations, Liz!

April 4, 2019

USF researchers are working to figure out how deaf people read in a language that they have never heard. Although the literacy rate for deaf adults lags behind the rate for hearing people, skilled deaf readers actually read more efficiently than their hearing counterparts because they utilize a wider range of visual attention. The project, funded by the UNI award, investigates whether this attentional enhancement comes from deafness per se, or experience with a visual language (American Sign Language). In collaboration with researchers at Boston University’s School of Deaf Studies, the team designed a series of experiments using state-of-the-art eye tracking equipment to present signs either close to the viewer’s focus or far away from it. They compared how well deaf and hearing signers, and people who did not know sign language, were able to recognize components of real ASL signs and made-up signs. Deaf signers’ performance was aided by language knowledge (i.e., real ASL signs or English words), particularly in the far periphery. These preliminary data demonstrate that both deafness and language knowledge contribute to identification ability, suggesting that English literacy in the U.S. deaf population may benefit from learning sign language early on. See our own Elizabeth Schotter in the USF Nexus Initiative Research Spotlight at

March 19, 2019

Ten USF students spent Spring Break visiting Vienna, Austria, the birthplace of the psychoanalytic theory, or as Carl Rogers said, "where all the trouble started." We visited the Freud Museum, saw the city through the eyes of a homeless tour guide (Shades Tour), toured the "Narrenturm" (first psychiatric asylum), the Museum of Medical History (Josephinum) and the Federal Institute for the Blind (Bundesblinden Institut) with its Museum of the Blind. Students took the train up the mountain to visit a mountain vineyard and see Vienna in the valley below.

Freud Museum group photo

March 18, 2019

Diamond's recent publication in Medicine, Science and the Law presents research that, he argues, explains why parents leave children in hot cars and argues for built-in safety systems to prevent such accidents. Read the article at

March 4, 2019

Lauren Bylsma, a 2012 USF PhD in clinical psychology, will be awarded the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology for 2019 from the Society for Psychophysiological Research. This internal award is given to a scientist who has made noteworthy contributions to the field of psychophysiology and who received his or her doctorate on or after January 1, 2011. Dr. Bylsma is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

January 5, 2019

This article in Fatherly magazine takes on the concept of "toxic masculinity" in light of recent theory and research, including that of Vandello and Bosson. Read the full article at

November 13, 2018

Psychology was well represented at the 2018 USF Scholars of Excellence luncheon. Kim French was a 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award recipient. Kim is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech. Amanda Palmer was the 2018 Outstanding Thesis recipient. Amanda is currently working on her dissertation.

2018 USF Scholars of Excellence

October 26, 2018

Our 6th Annual USF Psychology Expo was held on October 19, 2018, which was co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Psychology Association, and it was a tremendous success!

Over 300 students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, students from HCC, high school students from Cristo Rey Tampa, and professionals from around the USF community attended the Research Slam, Undergraduate Poster Session, and Lab/Clinic Tours in the PCD building. There were also information tables representing over 25 groups, including the Advising Office, Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Society, Career Services, Undergraduate Psychology Association, USF World, and more. A number of us were not only impressed by the great turn-out but especially by the heartfelt enthusiasm for the event.

There were also alumni and poster award presentations. Dr. Rosemarie Oelrich (BA in 2008) and Dr. Melissa Clements (BA in 1996) were this year's recipients of the Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Award. The USF Department of Psychology Undergraduate Poster Award went to Alex Sciuto, who worked with Emily Johnson and Liz Schotter.

We hope to see you at the 7th Annual USF Psychology Expo in the Fall of 2019.

Alumni Award Winners

October 24, 2018

Work in Dr. Jonathan Rottenberg's laboratory is focusing on people who flourish after experiencing clinical depression. This new research was the focus of a major article in The New York Times [see link].

The paper is The Curious Neglect of High Functioning in Depression, just published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, with USF graduate student Andrew Devendorf, and collaborators at George Mason University. The story also discusses our study, "Optimal Well-Being After Major Depression, which is in press at Clinical Psychological Science, with the same authors, plus USF graduate Vanessa Panaite. Read the paper at

October 2, 2018

The podcast Hidden Brain focuses on Jennifer Bosson's research in an episode entitled "Man Up": How A Fear Of Appearing Feminine Restricts Men, And Affects Us All. Portions of this were rebroadcast on NPR's Morning Edition in a story on why few men become nurses. Listen to the podcast at and

September 24, 2018

The research of Doug Rohrer, a cognitive scientist, is featured in a blog on interleaving, a technique in which an instructor organizes a series of problems that require different strategies or rules. The blog is designed to present empirically-supported teaching practices to teachers in easily usable ways. See the blog at

September 20, 2018

On October 1st, Shankar Vedantam's NPR podcast, "Hidden Brain," features an interview with Dr. Jennifer Bosson about her research on masculinity and gender roles. For more information, visit

July 6, 2018

USF Clinical alumni in San Diego gather together to discuss research, evidence-based practices, and the incredible view.

USF San Diego alumni

July 5, 2018

Tammy Allen was honored as one of the top 10 "extraordinary" scholars in the multidisciplinary field of work and family at the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) held in June in Washington, DC for her overall contributions to work and family research. This recognition was based on academic metrics, focus groups with work and family scholars, and a survey of the WFRN membership.

June 25, 2018

A recent Newsweek article on college sexual assault prevention programs cites a 2015 article by Dr. Jennifer Bosson, graduate student Sophie Kuchynka, and their collaborators. The cited research indicates that sexual assault intervention programs can sometimes backfire, leading to increases in male-to-female sexual aggression among men who hold hostile attitudes toward women. Read full article at

June 15, 2018

Dr. Joseph Vandello, Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology Professor, was quoted on WalletHub’s recent news article of "2018’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads." Read full article at

June 11, 2018

Dr. Tammy Allen was selected as a Distinguished University Professor (DUP) for 2018. The title of DUP is awarded to senior faculty through a process of nomination and external peer review and identifies those holding it as outstanding members of their profession. The Psychology Department now has four DUPs including Mark Goldman, Paul Spector, Manny Donchin, and Tammy Allen.

May 8, 2018

Psychology majors received special recognition at the May 2018 graduation. Dakota Becker-Greene, a double major in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences, was named Outstanding Graduate for his excellence in academic pursuits, leadership, and research. Patrick Cothron, Katlyn Eastridge, Fasika Hailu, and Fabby Marmol, all Psychology majors, were named King O'Neal Scholars. All earned perfect 4.0 Grade Point Averages. Read the full article at

May 1, 2018

These posters are studies that the first year graduate students in the Clinical and CNS programs have worked on during their first year at USF. They were prepared to demonstrate the progress and abilities of the students in addition to allowing them to present their research to other students and faculty within the department.

Ansley Bender Poster Presentation     Grace MacKay Poster Presentation

Samantha Shepard Poster Presentation
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April 30, 2018

USF’s Psi Chi chapter initiated 34 new members during the 2017-2018 academic year. The April 25 initiation ceremony was presided over by President Emily Macias, Vice President Neha Pathak, Treasurer Kelsey Byerly, and Advisor Dr. Judy Bryant. Dr. Jane Noll gave the keynote address. Congratulations to this year’s new members! Fall Initiates: Lora Bishop, Stephanie Boettcher, Sydney Clark, Priscilla Da Costa, Sean Davis, Brooke Dean, Mary Falling, Kendric (Henry) Ferguson, Jena Hoelke, Allison Hughes, Joana Lawler, Adlin Loperena, Emily Macias, Alyssa Mooney, Neha Pathak, Sonya Spence, Acree Trivett Spring Initiates: Onyeka Acholonu, Dania Arrechavaleta, Annie Blackard, Ifeoluwa Bolujo, Kelsey Byerly, Anna Fennell, Steven Ford, Anessia Gricki, Scott Jacobsen, Kaely Mateo, Katelyn Nagel, Alisha Naranjo, Talia Nassar, Michael Pease, Kimberly Pusey, Aaron Tay, Kayla Weiss

PsiChi Academic Year 2017-2018.jpg

April 27, 2018

A study by Richard Landers and colleagues at Old Dominion University, published in The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, shows that the USF I-O faculty have the highest impact of all I-O faculties in North America. USF I-O Professor Paul Spector is listed as the highest impact I-O faculty member in this study. Read the full article at

April 11, 2018

CNS faculty member, Paul Atchley, is interviewed by the Washington Post about his research on how to avoid the hazards of daydreaming while driving. Read the full article at

March 6, 2018

Junior Kitija Laksa was named the AAC conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year on March 3, 2018. This award is based on both academic and athletic performance. A junior Psychology major, Laksa has a 3.7 GPA. She is the USF Women's Basketball Team's top scorer and the NCAA's top free-throw shooter (both women and men at any level). Full article at

December 18, 2017

The Psychology department's Unit Research Administrators, Sharon Addy and Michelle Jahn, received the 2017 CAS Performance Bonus Awards at the Annual Staff Appreciation Event on December 15th. The Performance Bonus Program (PBP) is designed to recognize individual administrative and staff members within the College of Arts & Sciences for their extraordinary achievement in the workplace. All employees contribute in varying ways and the PBP is designed to recognize those significant accomplishments that have advanced university, college, and department goals in the last year (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).

December 14, 2017

Congratulations to our newest PhD graduates, Kim French (I-O), Steph Andel (I-O), and Heather Soder (CNS).

December 4, 2017

The USF Department of Psychology honored our wonderful graduate students with new Psychology t-shirts. Wear them with Bulls Pride!

Graduate Students in Psyhchology T-Shirts

November 5, 2017

Seulki "Rachel" Jang is the recipient of an APA Dissertation Award. The APA Dissertation Research Award Program seeks to encourage excellence in dissertation research by assisting psychological science doctoral students with research costs. The title of Rachel's dissertation is "A Latent Profile Analysis of Benefactor and Beneficiary Organizational Citizenship Behaviors toward Individuals."

November 3, 2017

Emily Johnson and Ryan Lerch were the winners of the 2017 Psych Expo Poster competition with their poster entitled, "Intrasexual competition and self-concept: The impact of media on body image and self-esteem." Their co-authors were Dr. Diana Rancourt and Brittany Lang, M.A.

2017 Poster Award Winners

October 25, 2017

CNS faculty member Jennifer Bosson is interviewed in Mel Magazine about sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Read the interview at

October 18, 2017

On October 13, 2017, we held the 5th Annual USF Psychology Expo and it was a tremendous success! With research talks, lab/clinic tours and demonstrations, student poster sessions, and tabling from over 25 organizations, we were able to show students and the community how to put psychological research into action. There was also a heavy emphasis of career-related resources along with advice on how to seek graduate school for our undergraduate students, so hopefully some careers were cemented as well. Special congratulations to our current and former winners of the USF Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Award! We hope to see you at the 6th Annual USF Psychology Expo in the Fall of 2018.

Alumni Award Winners

August 11,2017

We welcomed 11 new graduate students for 2017. Michelle Kaplan led the incoming students through their GTA Training. They look like a fun, hard-working group, don't you think?

2017 New Graduate Students 2017 Fun New Graduate Students

June 26, 2017

Congratulations to all of the USF clinical psychology doctoral students who are heading off to these superb internships for the 2017/2018 year. We are so proud of them!

Leah Boepple: Charleston Consortium Internship
John Correa: University of California-San Diego-Consortium/Veteran Affairs
Alexandra "Lex" Cowden Hindash : San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Brittany Jordan-Arthur: Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins University
Emily Kellogg: Memphis VA Medical Center
Andrew Kiselica: Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Miami
Troy Webber: South Texas VA Health Care System - San Antonio, TX

June 20, 2017

CNS faculty member Elizabeth Schotter received the 2017 Early Career Award from the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science (Division 3 of the American Psychological Association). This prestigious award is giving annually to honor early-career psychologists at the top of their fields. She will be formally recognized at the American Psychological Association meeting this Fall in Washington, DC.

April 14, 2017

Jennifer Bosson spoke about her work at the annual Trail Blazers lecture for the USF College of Arts and Sciences. She discussed her theoretical and empirical work on precarious manhood, the notion that manhood is harder to earn and easier to lose than womanhood. Full article at

April 14, 2017

Released by Veterans Affairs Research Communications:

      "Heavy drinkers develop behavioral tolerance to alcohol over time on some fine motor tasks, but not on more complex tasks, according to a study led by a VA San Diego Healthcare System researcher. While heavy drinkers showed less impairment than light drinkers on a rote fine motor test over time, they did not perform better on a test involving more short-term memory, motor speed, and more complex cognitive processing." ...

Read full article at

April 5, 2017

CNS faculty member Chad Dubé will present research and model development work aimed at understanding human memory through the dual consideration of neural computation and cognitive modeling. The model, referred to as the Normalized Poisson Model, builds on prior work demonstrating overlapping neural and cognitive mechanisms of visual perception and recognition memory to explain human behavior. The talk will be held at the IDSC meeting on Friday, April 7, from 2-3pm in CUTR 102.

Seminar Announcent
Manuscript | A normalized Poisson model for recognition memory

April 4, 2017

On March 31, 2017, over 300 students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and professionals from around the USF community attended the 4th Annual USF Psychology Expo, which included the lunch on the lawn, lab/clinic tours and demonstrations, and undergraduate poster session. There were also information tables representing various groups, including the USF Psychology Advising Office, Undergraduate Psychology Association, Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Society, Undergraduate Psychology Internship Program, and USF Career Services. The psychology honors society, Psi Chi, held inductions and departmental awards were given out for the inaugural USF Department of Psychology Undergraduate Poster Award (Michelle Rogers) and USF Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Awards (Kim Read, Ph.D. and Paul Kubena, M.Ed.).

Sincere thanks to everyone who took part in the 4th Annual USF Psychology Expo. We look forward to seeing you at the 5th Annual USF Psychology Expo (date to be announced).

Lunch on the Lawn Poster Session
(Left Image: Lunch on the Lawn | Right Image: Poster Session)

USF Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni, Dr. Kim Read Undergraduate Poster Awardee, Michelle Rogers
(Left Image: Congratulations Dr. Kim Read! | Right Image: Congratulations Michelle Rogers!)

February 14, 2017

As part of Heart Health month, USF Research interviewed Dr. Kristen Salomon about her research on the detrimental effects of sexism and racism on cardiovascular health. See full article at

January 26, 2017

Congratulations to Alex De Nadai (Clinical) for winning the David H. Barlow Grand Rounds Speakership Award. Alex is currently on internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. All of the interns at this site present a job talk and Alex was selected for this award because he received the highest ratings among the interns for the job talk. Alex has already secured a tenure track position at Texas State University in the Department of Psychology, which will begin in the Fall of 2017. Way to go Alex! You do us proud.

January 26, 2017

I-O faculty member, Wendy Bedwell, and her students' work on team adaptation is the feature article on SIOP's website. The article highlights there work on synthesizing theories of team adaptation into a practical heuristic aimed at helping practitioners aid teams recovering from (or planning for) changes during performance cycles. See full article at

December 8, 2016

Mona El-Hout, graduate student in the Cognitive, Neuro, and Social program, was elected to serve as a Member at Large for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Committee for 2017. Graduate students from around the globe ran for the Graduate Student Committee.

December 6, 2016

Lee Ritterband (Clinical PhD, 1989) and colleagues developed an online program to help insomniacs sleep better. Ritterband is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. His work was featured on NBC Nightly News on December 5. Watch full episode at

November 8, 2016

Kim French is the recipient of the SIOP Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship (GSS). Three GSS awards are made each year and the Lee Hakel goes to the highest ranked student. Congrats Kim!!

November 8, 2016

Kim French, Tammy Allen, Chris Chen, Varol Kayhan, Kristen Salomon, and Mark Poteet were awarded a SIOP small grant for their project entitled, "Understanding Dual-Career Couple Work and Family Decisions."

November 2, 2016

David Diamond, an expert on stress and memory, is called to testify in the Georgia trial of a father accused of leaving his son in a hot car. Live coverage of the trial was being made available through a local television station. Watch the coverage at

October 5, 2016

I-O Faculty, Wendy Bedwell, was quoted in the Sept. 15, 2016 edition of Time Magazine and in the Tampa Bay Times, discussing her research on team cohesion and conflict with NASA. The latest crew from the study recently emerged from a year-long sequester in an isolated, confined environment. This is the longest confined team study ever conducted in the US. Full article at

September 12, 2016

David Diamond, a leading expert on "forgotten baby syndrome," discusses a recent incident in which a child died after being forgotten in a car. Full article at

September 8, 2016

Keaton Fletcher, IO student, and his advisor, Dr. Wendy Bedwell are the 2016 recipients of the Best Student Paper Award from the Training Technical Group of the Human Factors & Ergonomic Society based on his thesis. The paper looked at the effects of interruptions on strain. He will be presenting this poster at the annual conference in Sept. The awards committee commented, "The reviewers made very favorable comments about the quality of your writing and the practical contribution of your research."

August 15, 2016

In this US News and World Report article, Joe Vandello draws on his research in discussing whether Donald Trump can be considered an underdog in the presidential race. Full article at

May 8, 2016

Psychology Department Honors Student Amanda Kerstman won this year's Best Use of the Research Literature Award from the USF Library. Amanda received the award for her use of library resources in designing her thesis on people's tendency to anthropomorphize dolphins at aquariums. Read her story here.

April 12, 2016

With over 300 attendees and presenters, the Third Annual USF Psychology Expo was a wonderful success! Guests learned about the cutting-edge research being conducted in the USF Psychology Department, toured research labs and the clinic, and discussed careers and graduate school with USF psychology alumni, graduate students, faculty, advisors, and other professionals. We can't wait for the Fourth Annual USF Psychology Expo!

Third Psych Expo Third Psych Expo

March 9, 2016

Industrial-Organizational faculty member Wendy Bedwell spoke about her human factors research on teams working long-term in isolated contexts on On Point with Tom Ashbrook. The work will inform NASA on how teams might function on missions to Mars. See full article and discussion here

February 19, 2016

Congratulations to all of the USF clinical psychology doctoral students who matched at these superb internships for the 2016/2017 year. We are so proud of them!

Lauren Adams — VA Puget Sound, American Lake Tacoma, WA
Idan Ariel — State University of New York at Albany Albany, NY Combo University Counseling Center
Julie Cessna — James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Tampa, FL
Erica Coates — VA Maryland HCS/Univ Maryland School of Medicine
Alex DeNadai — University of Mississippi Med Center/VA Jackson, MS
Danielle Hergert — Southwest Consortium/NMVAHCS Albuquerque, NM
Patricia Johnson — Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System Palo Alto, CA
Nicole Menzie — James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Tampa, FL
Liz Rojas — Univ California-San Diego-Consortium/Vet Affairs San Diego, CA
Lauren Schaefer — University of N.Carolina-Chapel Hill-Psych Chapel Hill, NC
Robin Tan — Univ California-San Diego-Consortium/Vet Affairs San Diego, CA
Monica Wu — UCLA - Semel Institute Los Angeles, CA

January 12, 2016

The USF Psych Department co-sponsored the 38th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) Dr. Shimizu welcomed participants to St. Pete Beach and the conference. Dr. Michael Brannick presented a talk on "Careers beyond 'Psychologist' for Psych Majors." Dr. Jane Noll received recognition for her years of service to NITOP. A terrific team of over 20 USF graduate students was coordinated by Colleen O'Leary.

NITOP 2016 Toru Shimizu NITOP 2016 Michael Brannick
NITOP 2016 Jane Noll

January 4, 2016

Congratulations to our students and faculty for their achievements this Fall 2015!

Three students received their Ph.D.s. They are Laura Bullard, Evgeniya (Jenny) Pavlova and Soner Dumani.

Eight students received their M.A.s. They are Marijana Arvan, Melanie Bozzay, Renee Hangartner, Derek Hutchinson, Emily Kellogg, Tiffany Lee, Patrick Logan, and Lea Boepple.

Robin Tan (advisor: Mark Goldman) received a 2015 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award. Bethany Edwards (Edelyn Verona) won the Cheryl Wynne Hare student poster award at the Society for the Study of Psychopathy conference. Heather Soder (Geoff Potts) won the student poster award at this year's meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Marc Karver received a grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Judy Bryant received a University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Award. Manny Donchin presented a Lanier Lecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edelyn Verona became an Associate Editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Kristen Salomon received two grants, one from NSF and the other from NIMH. Jennifer Bosson became a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

December 17, 2015

Dr. Storch recently received a grant from the All Children's Hospital Research Foundation to examine reconsolidation updates mechanisms among anxious youth and applicability to treatment.

December 2, 2015

I-O students Scott Ramsay, Sarah Frick, and Matthew Grossman worked with I-O Faculty Wendy Bedwell and colleague Jim Summers (Iowa State) on a paper submission of their meta-analysis on team membership change to the 2015 Southern Management Association (SMA) annual conference. The paper was awarded the Best Doctoral Student Paper for the Organizational Behavior track. Papers with the highest ratings are nominated and then judged by a panel of peers.

SMA OB Award Paper 2015

November 10, 2015

On November 6, USF hosted the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) web broadcast. The center's director (Larry Williams, University of North Dakota) joined presenters Fred Oswald (Rice University) and Paul Spector (USF). As USF is a member university, all USFers have access to the CARMA library of more than 100 webcasts:

(Larry in the middle, Fred on the right)

November 3, 2015

Dr. Roy Baumeister, Francis Eppes Professor at Florida State University, is one of the most influential social psychologists in the world. He is the author of over 500 publications and nearly 30 books, including, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, a New York Times best seller. Here he presents his newest research, "Thinking about the Future: Whether, When, Why, How, Who, What … and So What?," as part of the Psychology Department Colloquium series. Full coverage in this link 2015-2016 USF Psychology Department Colloquium

October 21,2015

I-O faculty member Wendy Bedwell was quoted in an article in the Boston Globe regarding her work with NASA. Wendy's research is focused on understanding how teams live and work together under extreme isolation and confined conditions, through a series of Mars Simulations taking place on the slope of Mauna Loa (a volcano on the island of Hawaii). The article takes lessons learned about team composition and cohesion from the last crew of 6 (who lived and worked together in the dome structure for 8 mos.) and applied them to professional hockey teams. Full article

October 6, 2015

Doctoral student Heather Soder won the student poster award at the 2015 meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. The title of her poster was "Dopamine Genetics, Neural Sensitivity to Negative Outcomes, and Drinking Behavior."

September 29, 2015

Alumna Lori Foster, a 1999 graduate of the I-O program, is a member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST). The team contributed to the recent Presidential Executive Order on using behavioral science insights. Find out more about the SBST here, (Lori is second from right in the picture)

September 27, 2015

Tammy Allen, alumna Kristen Shockley, and colleague Tim Golden recently published a review of the telecommuting literature in the APS journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest that is being picked by multiple news outlets (; Earlier this year, Allen and Shockley, along with Ryan Johnson and Kaitlin Kiburz were awarded the Personnel Psychology best paper award for their research on flexible work arrangements. Visit for more information.

August 26, 2015

The Scientific Committee of Riga Diabetes & Obesity World Congress 2015 was pleased to award Professor David Diamond for his scientific contributions during the 8th World Congress on Diabetes & Obesity which was held on July 2-3 in Riga, Latvia. Dr. Diamond described decades of deception in diet and cholesterol research which has resulted in the demonization of cholesterol and saturated fat in the diet and in the widespread prescribing of statins to reduce serum cholesterol levels. His two presentations were based, in part, on his recent publication in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology entitled "How statistical deception created the appearance that statins are safe and effective in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease". See

August 21, 2015

Melanie Polkosky, a 2005 graduate of the Cognitive and Neural Sciences program, has published Uncovering truffles: The scarcity and value of women in STEM. Polkosky draws on existing research and her experience as a R&D user experience expert for a major technology organization to examine underlying reasons girls shy away from math and science and over half of female professionals leave their careers before the age of 40. Polkosky offers 20 practical lessons to encourage women to design engaging and meaningful careers, increase gender diversity, and establish supportive, healthy workplaces.

August 18, 2015

Kristen Salomon and Alison Saloum (Social Work) have received an NIMH grant entitled "Stepped Care for Children after Trauma: Optimizing Treatment." Description: Children who are exposed to traumatic events are at risk for developing PTSD and other mental health problems. Although effective treatments for childhood PTSD exist, service delivery approaches that are more accessible, efficient, and cost-effective are needed to improve access to evidence-based treatment. The proposed study evaluates an innovative Stepped Care Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy designed to optimize treatment in community settings and improve the value and efficiency of trauma-focused treatment for children compared to existing approaches, thereby reducing childhood PTSD and related societal impacts and costs. Physiological responses to trauma memories are to be assessed as a mechanism of change.

August 17, 2015

Jennifer Bosson was recently elected as a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). Fellow status recognizes SPSP members who are at least 10 years post-Ph.D. and have made an "extraordinary and distinctive contribution to the science of Personality and Social Psychology.

August 14, 2015

GTA Training was held Aug. 12-14 with 19 incoming graduate students participating. Colleen Oleary facilitated this year's training with wonderful presentations by numerous other graduate students. Thank you to all who made this year's training a great success and welcome to all the new graduate teaching and research assistants!

GTA Training Photo

August 11, 2015

Danielle Findley-Van Nostrand, a doctoral student working in USF's Office for Undergraduate Research, is one of the mentors for the first group of freshmen entering the STEM Academy program. See USF News

August 03, 2015

David Diamond ended up investigating both diet and statins as a result of having to address issues with his own health, and his conclusions are very different from the current status quo in medicine. Full article and interview, see

February 3, 2015

Danielle Findley-Van Nostrand has received a competitive travel award to attend the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

December 11, 2014

There are a lot of exciting activities in the USF Department of Psychology, including research, teaching, training, and service. Read about our latest accomplishments in the newsletter, "USF Psychology BULLetin."

December 3, 2014

Tammy Allen has been elected to serve a three year term on the American Psychological Association's Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA). The BSA is responsible for encouraging, developing and promoting psychology as a science.

December 2, 2014

Doug Rohrer's research on interleaving is described as "clever" in a November 2014 New York Times article. Doug's work demonstrates that assignments that require students to practice a variety of skills is more effective than blocked practice.Full article:

October 23, 2014

Dr. Rottenberg will appear at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. And for an interview, see

October 11, 2014

Thanks to the USF Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Society for throwing an awesome inaugural tailgate party before the homecoming football game. The tailgate party was attended by many undergraduate alumni, current undergraduate students, and current graduate students. The food was great and the company was even better. Stay tuned for the next alumni society event!

Tailgate Photo 1 Tailgate Photo 2 Tailgate Photo 3

August 9, 2014

Congratulations to all of the Ph.D. summer graduates!

Graduates of Summer 2014 - Image 1   Graduates of Summer 2014 - Image 2

August 20, 2014

While the death of Robin Williams has sparked an outpouring of grief around the world, mental health advocates say they hope it will also renew efforts to prevent suicide.
Full article at

August 13, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Paul  Spector for winning the Distinguished Career Award of the Academy of Management Research Methods Division! Dr. Spector is a USF distinguished university professor and is currently the director of the industrial and organizational psychology program. 

Dr. Spector receives award

August 13, 2014

In CNS faculty member Marcie Finkelstein's HIV/AIDS course (SOP 4330) this fall, you’ll see how social psychology research plays out in the real world as you combine classroom learning with a meaningful volunteer experience. You’ll read about issues that social psychologists have studied and will also volunteer at Francis House, an AIDS service organization, where you'll learn about the problems confronting people affected by HIV and AIDS. We will work together to understand those challenges in the context of the research and develop possible solutions. Article about the Social Psychology of HIV/AIDS: OCE_Community_Quarterly_summer_2011

June 26, 2014

Professors Jennifer Bosson and Joe Vandello are co-winners of the 2014 Researcher of the Year Award from Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinity) from APA. The award honors their collaborative work on Precarious Manhood. They will formally accept the award at the APA convention in Washington DC in August.

June 17, 2014

On June 17, Paul Spector was interviewed by Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia about job satisfaction in Asian countries. They asked his views about a recent survey suggesting that Japanese and Singaporeans are less satisfied than individuals in other Asian countries.

May 30, 2014

Doctoral students Jason Chen, Danielle Findley-Van Nostrand, and Andrew Kiselica received travel awards to the August, 2014, American Psychological Association convention. The Science Directorate of APA sponsors an annual competition for graduate student travel awards, with the purpose of helping psychology graduate students travel to the annual APA convention to present their research. Full article at:

April 25, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Storch, who was just awarded a Fulbright Scholar Flex Award, which will enable him to implement evidence-based treatments for anxious children in El Salvador. Many clinical researchers talk about implementation and dissemination of treatments that work--but Dr. Storch is actually doing it! Full article at:

April 25, 2014

Thanks to Jazzercise Carrollwood for helping raise over $500 in the Move For Mental Health event to benefit the USF Psychological Services Center. It was awesome! Full article at:

April 24, 2014

Judy Bryant recently received an Excellence in Teaching Award from USF's chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. USF's mascot Rocky the Bull was on hand to help honor her.

Dr. Bryant receiving award

April 4, 2014

Jonathan Rottenberg visits Daytime to talk about his book "The Depths". Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight? In this book, THE DEPTHS, Rottenberg offers a humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression. He instead argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire. Drawing on recent developments in the science of mood - and his own harrowing depressive experience as a young adult - Rottenberg explains depression in evolutionary terms, showing how its dark pull arises from adaptations that evolved to help our ancestors ensure their survival. Moods, high and low, evolved to compel us to more efficiently pursue rewards. While this worked for our ancestors, our modern environment - in which daily survival is no longer a sole focus - makes it all too easy for low mood to slide into severe, long-lasting depression. For more about the book, see To see the Daytime TV segment, visit

April 4, 2014

With over 100 people in attendance at the keynote address and nearly 200 people at the undergraduate poster session and lab/clinic tours, the inaugural USF Psychology Expo was a huge success! Thank you to all of the students, alumni, parents, grandparents, staff, and faculty who showed up to celebrate the accomplishments of our undergraduate psychology students and alumni. See you next year at our second annual USF Psychology Expo!

Dr. Kalichman Undergraduate Psychology Alumnus, Dr. Seth Kalichman, Gives the Keynote Lecture to Launch the USF Psychology Expo
Poster Session Undergraduate Psychology Research Is Highlighted at the Poster Session
Dr. Potts Lab Tour of the Potts/Donchin Research Lab

March 7, 2014

Clinic Director Jack Darkes talks about the department's Psychological Services Center and the ways it can help veterans and others in the community. Full article at

January 31, 2014

Congratulations to Vanessa Panaite on her awards of the Professor Charles D. and Carol Spielberger Endowed Fund Award and a national, Psi Chi Graduate Assistantship Grant. Both awards will be used to support her research on emotional functioning in depression. Vanessa is a fifth-year student in the clinical program.

January 27, 2014

Jon Rottenberg calls for a new perspective on depression and those suffering from depression. He is the author of the new book "The depths: The evolutionary origins of the depression epidemic." Full article at

January 26, 2014

Dr. Vicky Phares proudly accompanied her twice nominated husband, Professor Chuck Owen, to the 2014 Grammy Awards along with their family-posse. No awards were won, but many enduring memories were made.

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January 15, 2014

Dr. Stephen Stark has been awarded fellow status by the leading I/O psychology association, the Society For Industrial and Organizational Psychology. This honor goes to individuals who in the judgment of the SIOP leadership has made extraordinary contributions to the field.

January 5, 2014

Many graduate students and faculty were involved with the 36th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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December 29, 2013

Clinical doctoral students Esther Davila and Erica Coates talked about the "Coming Home" project on WUSF-FM, December 20, 2013. This research aims to increase understanding of the physical and mental stresses experienced by student veterans and their children. Full article at

December 19, 2013

Honors graduate Bevin (Fisher) Maynard appeared on Fox 13's Good Day Tampa Bay on November 19 to talk about safe and unsafe gifts for children. Bevin works at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.

October 29, 2013

New research examining objectification using an eye tracker is described, and Jamie Goldenberg comments on the research. Full article at

October 14, 2013

Nadav Goldschmied, who received his PhD from the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Program, recently appeared on the public radio program Radio Lab to discuss his research on why people root for underdogs. He began this work at USF with his doctoral adviser Joe Vandello. Full article at

October 11, 2013

Congratulations to Jason Oliver (Clinical Psychology graduate student) for being selected as recipient of the American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (APF/COGDOP) 2013 Graduate Student Scholarship. This will be announced in the APA Monitor, and includes a $1000 award to defray dissertation research costs. Way to go, Jason!

September 23, 2013

I/O faculty member Stephen Stark has been selected to become the new Co-Editor for the Inerntational Journal of Testing, which was started in 2001 to focus on "the advancement of theory, research, and practice in testing and assessment in psychology, education, counseling, human resource management, and related disciplines" (

September 19, 2013

Kristin Saboe, I/O Psychology alum, was interviewed on CBS News WUSA Channel 9 in Washington DC about PTSD. Kristin is a Captain in the U.S. Army.

September 7, 2013

Congratulations to Danielle Blinkoff (Clinical Psychology graduate student) for winning the American Psychological Association Division 40 Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Thesis Award for her project entitled "Examining a Novel Set of Executive Function Measures Using Event Related Potentials.” Her major professor is Dr. Cindy Cimino.

September 7, 2013

Christine Ruva and her students have been conducting research on the effects on juries of pre-trial publicity. Their results may help us understand the thought processes of juries such as that in the George Zimmerman trial. Full article at

September 3, 2013

New York Times writer BENEDICT CAREY wrote: The Tampa experiment is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences in the Department of Education, which uses randomized, controlled trials — similar to what the Food and Drug Administration demands in approving new drugs — to determine which educational methods work and which do not. It is the first rigorous, classroom-based test of interleaving in mathematics. Full article at

August 30, 2013

Congratulations to Alex DeNadai, M.A. (5th year, clinical psychology graduate student), who was recently awarded a National Research Service Award (F31 grant) from the National Institute of Mental Health for his research on "Alliance and mechanisms of medication adherence in pediatric psychiatric practice." He is co-mentored by Dr. Eric Storch and Dr. Marc Karver.

August 10, 2013

Congratulations to these clinical psychology doctoral graduates, all of whom have landed fabulous new positions. Dr. Kristi White, Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine; Dr. Yasmin Asvat, Postdoctoral fellow at Rush University Medical School; Dr. Brian Gonzalez, Postdoctoral fellow at Moffitt Cancer Center; Dr. Christa Labouliere, Postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University; Dr. Meredith Elzy, Assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, Aiken; Dr. Ross Krawczyk (not pictured), Assistant professor at the College of St. Rose.

Graduates of Summer 2013 - Image 1

Also, congratulations to these I/O psychology doctoral graduates (left to right): Timothy "Ryan" Dullaghan, Jet Blue in New York City; Jeremy Bauer, Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University.
Graduates of Summer 2013 - Image 2

July 17, 2013

CNS faculty member, Toru Shimizu, is co-author of two articles published in July, 2013, in academic journals, with one featured in the July issue of Science. Full articles at USF Research & Innovation:, Proceedings of the Royal Society B:, Science:, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience:

July 12, 2013

In recent months numerous Canadian children have been left in their cars, forgotten by their parents, resulting in their death from hyperthermia. David Diamond participated in a live on-line chat at to explain, from a neurobiological perspective, how normal, loving and attentive parents have lost awareness of their children in their cars, leading to their being left in the car to die of hyperthermia. Full article at

June 26, 2013

David Diamond was interviewed at the "Livin' la Vida Low-Carb" on-line program, where he discussed a range of topics including his battle with high triglycerides, elevated cholesterol levels and body weight, and his on-line lecture on diet and obesity at: He criticized popular diet gurus, such as Dean Ornish, M.D. and John McDougall, M.D., who emphasize the health benefits of a plant-based, low fat diet, despite the fact that these diets have not been shown to be superior to a high fat, low carbohydrate diet in either health benefits or weight loss. Full article at

June 18, 2013

June is a month with a special focus on helping members of the military with combat-related PTSD. WFLA organized a panel discussion with Dr. Kevin Kip, Dr. Frank Kozel and Dr. David Diamond to discuss neurobiology research on PTSD and novel treatment strategies for individuals diagnosed with PTSD. This is a 30 minute podcast discussion by these three experts on PTSD. Podcast at

June 12, 2013

I/O faculty member Paul Spector is the 2013 recipient of the Thomas A. Mohoney Mentoring Award from the Academy of Management. This prestigious award is given to an individual who has a clear record of extensive work with Ph.D. students.

May 3, 2013

Andrew Krajewski, a Psychology major and member of the Honors Program, was accepted into the Fulbright UK Summer Institute program to study at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland this summer.  Andrew is conducting his Honors Thesis, titled "Attributions of Compassion in the Context of Helping Behavior: Does the Gender of Helper Matter?" with Dr. Jennifer Bosson.

May 1, 2013

USF psychology professor Tammy Allen becomes President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). With over 8000 members from around the globe, SIOP is the premier national and international society for scientists who conduct research and/or apply science in the area of industrial and organizational psychology. Tammy completed a year of service as President-Elect and assumed the presidency at SIOP's annual conference in April. Full article at

April 29, 2013

I/O faculty member Paul Spector and 4 I/O alumni won the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology best paper award for 2012: 'The deviant citizen: Measuring potential positive relations between counterproductive work behaviour and organizational citizenship behaviour’ by Suzy Fox, Paul E. Spector, Angeline Goh, Kari Bruursema and Stacey R. Kessler. Full article at

April 25, 2013

USF ranks first in research productivity, according to an Auburn University research group that studied publication in peer reviewed journals of all the I/O doctoral programs in the United States. Full article at

March 20, 2013

An upcoming volume of the APA journal "Psychology of Men & Masculinity" will feature a target article by CNS faculty members Joseph Vandello and Jennifer Bosson. The target article summarizes research done in Bosson's and Vandello's shared lab, and is followed by three commentaries as well as a rejoinder by Bosson and Vandello. The same volume of this journal also contains an empirical article first-authored by graduate student Jonathan Weaver; see Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 14(2).

March 12, 2013

US News and World Report 2013 has our USF industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology doctoral program as the 4th ranked I/O program in the country. Full article at:

February 6, 2013

Tammy Allen was recently elected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application. Full article at:

February 5, 2013

Psychology Department faculty members Wally Bormann, Manny Donchin, and Vicky Phares as well as department alumna Kimberly Smith-Jentsch (now on the faculty at the University of Central Florida) are among the top 25 psychology professors in Florida according to the website Online Colleges in Florida. Full article at:

January 8, 2013

The 2013 APAGS Disabilities Grant was awarded to the USF Psychology Student Diversity Committee to help support the "Clinical Practice Speakers Series on Developmental Disabilities” later this spring. Congratulations to Danni Ung (second year, clinical), Jason Chen (third year, clinical) and all of the members of the Psychology Student Diversity Committee who helped USF earn this prestitigious award.

January 8, 2013

Once again, the Psych Department co-sponsored the 35th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference Jan 3-6 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel in St. Pete Beach. Several USF faculty and graduate students presented at the conference. Our graduate students also serve as helpful staff at the conference which provides them the opportunity to meet and interact with major contributors to the field of both Psychology and good teaching practices. NITOP meets annually at St Pete Beach:

Dr. Brannick at NITOP Grad Student at NITOP Reception
Grad Students at Bernstein Reception - Bernstein - NITOP
Elzy And Krawczyk Poster At NITOP2013

December 20, 2012

Congratulations to Jason Oliver, M.A. (clinical graduate student) for receiving a two-year predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Assocation (Greater Southeast affiliate) for his dissertation research entitled "Paving the road to cardiovascular health: Translational science for smoking cessation".

December 20, 2012

Since 2002, the USF Department of Psychology, in conjunction with the USF Psychology Student Diversity Committee, has held a Giving Tree to help support families from the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Services. To date, we have “adopted” 185 families (representing over 700 individuals) and have filled their wishes from bags of rice and cleaning supplies to toys, toys, toys! Our 2012 Giving Tree was another huge success. Thank you to everyone who has participated throughout the years.

Giving Tree Recipients

December 20, 2012

Congratulations to Jason Chen (3rd year, clinical), Erica Coates (3rd year clinical), Esther Davila (1st year, clinical), and Amy Brown (Social Work) on being awarded a USF Graduate Student Research Challenge Grant. Their project is entitled, Coming Home: The Post-deployment Reintegration Process and Health Outcomes in Military Student Veterans and their Children.

November 28, 2012

In the May 2012 issue of Academy of Management Perspectives, an article by Aguinis, Suarez-Gonzalez, Lannelongue, and Joo noted that Paul Spector was ranked 7th among all scholars who publish in management-related journals. Their method reflected impact both inside and outside of academia by combined both citations to publications and mentions on non-university websites. Full article at

November 21, 2012

David Diamond was invited to speak at the Fourth International Conference on Cardiac Science in Saudi Arabia. He explained how drug companies manipulate data to give physicians the impression that statins, drugs that reduce serum cholesterol levels, are effective at producing a dramatic improvement in cardiovascular health and mortality. Instead, his review of the research in this area revealed that there is little health benefit to statin treatment, with adverse effects that more than offset any benefits. Dr. Diamond also lectured on the health benefits of a low carbohydrate diet and how stress produces coronary heart disease. Full article. YouTube video at

October 5, 2012

I/O faculty member Michael D. Coovert is the 2012 recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award from the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University. The award was presented "In recognition of his outstanding lifetime career accomplishments". Dr. Coovert received a masters degree from Illinois State University prior to attending The Ohio State University for his doctorate.

August 4, 2012

The Psychology Department was well represented at the Summer 2012 graduation ceremony.

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July 15, 2012

David Diamond, a professor and neuroscientist at the University of South Florida Department of Psychology, became an overnight sensation after his 2011 lecture debunking the myths about saturated fat being unhealthy was posted by the College of Arts and Sciences on YouTube. Now one year later, the lecture has been viewed more than 54,000 times, and a Google search shows about 10,000 websites share a link to the video. Full article at:

June 6, 2012

I/O faculty member Paul Spector and I/O alums Kari Bruursema and Stacey Kessler's article on workplace boredom was mentioned in an HR Executive Online story about workplace boredom. Spector was quoted about the dangers of boredom and what can be done to alleviate it. Full article at:

May 5, 2012

I/O faculty member Paul Spector was interviewed by CNN about his recent scientific paper on boredom in the workplace. The paper was coauthored by USF I/O doctoral alums Kari Bruursema (USF Presidential Scholar) and Stacey Kessler, based on Kari's dissertation. Full article at:

April 24, 2012

The Florida Academy of Sciences has given student Chelsea Frost their award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Oral Paper for her presentation at their annual meeting this spring. Her paper, based on her honors thesis on epicene reference, was conducted under the direction of Judy Bryant and Jane Noll.

April 23, 2012

Depression is a devastating psychiatric disorder that affects nearly one in five Americans. The most widespread biological theory of depression over the past few decades is that the disorder reflects low amounts of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, which is then corrected by antidepressants like Prozac. In a major New York Times story that assessed the current evidence for the serotonin theory, Dr. Rottenberg was featured as a critic, who argued that the serotonin theory of depression was on the verge of collapse. Full artictle at:

April 19, 2012

Psychology honors student Raechel Canipe received an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for the work she presented at the April 18th Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. Her advisor is Tiina Ojanen. Raechel's research concerns adolescents' social goals and the ways they relate to aggression and prosocial behavior.

April 13, 2012

Five of our Graduate Students were nominated and recognized at the 2012 Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant ceremony on April 12, 2012. They were Ross Krawczyk, David MacQueen, Kenneth Michniewicz, Shyam Seetharaman, and Jonathan Weaver. David MacQueen was awarded a Provost’s Commendation. Ross Krawczyk and Jonathan Weaver were among the 5 nominees who were awarded the top Provost Award. Nominees submitted teaching portfolios which were very impressive. There were over 50 portfolios which were rated independently by a team of faculty for the awards. Our department is not only a top research graduate program, but we also value and invest in quality teacher training. Our undergraduate program reaps the rewards of this investment. As Dean Sullins said in his opening remarks, when parents ask “how many classes will my student have taught by graduate students?” Dean Sullins replies, “Many, if you’re lucky!” Thank you to all our fabulous graduate student teaching assistants and their faculty mentors!

Psych Provost 2012 Award Winners

April 4, 2012

Jamie Goldenberg was named the 2012 recipient of USF's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Faculty Research Award. This award recognizes a woman at USF or in the Tampa Bay community for her scholarly achievements, academic pursuits, and contributions to women both locally and globally.

March 22, 2012

Jonathan Weaver's research on financial decision-making and manhood is featured in Men's Health News. Full article at

February 27, 2012

Toru Shimizu's new, co-authored book, How Animals See the World, has just been published by Oxford University Press. More infomation at

February 6, 2012

Ken Malmberg's work challenges conventional explanations of the problem of forgetting during tests, which is called “output interference,” and finds a way to overcome it. See “Overcoming the Negative Consequences of Interference that Results from Recognition Memory Testing” by Malmberg, Criss, Gangwani, and Shiffrin in Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 115-119 of Psychological Science

February 2, 2012

Jamie Goldenberg's new novel draws on terror management theory and research. She was recently interviewed by the USF Oracle about her book. Full article at

January 12, 2012

I/O faculty member Paul Spector was interviewed by ABC News about boredom and stress in the workplace. The article is posted on their website:

January 4, 2012

The fourth annual USF-Keio University joint seminar, organized by Dr. Toru Shimizu, was held at USF on December 2 and 3, 2011. With the mission to facilitate scientific exchange and cooperation, the seminar was sponsored by the Global Centre of Excellence at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, in conjunction with the USF Psychology Department. Six psychology researchers from Keio University presented their work at the seminar, as did three USF Psychology graduate students: Ahmet Kerim Uysal, Idan Ariel, and Siri-Maria Kamp. Also representing USF to share their work were Andrea Liebl (a USF Biology graduate student) and Kazutaka Shinozuka (a USF Neurosurgery post-doctoral fellow).

December 13, 2011

Clinical graduate student Laura Mayhew has been recognized by the Society of Behavioral Medicine for her research "The Role of Microvascular Complications in the Relationship between Glycemic Control and Depressive Symptomatology in Type 1 Diabetes: A Mediational Study."   Her abstract was chosen by the reviewers and Program Committee as an excellent submission, and it will be recognized as a Meritorious Student Abstract at the conference.

December 13, 2011

Graduate students Soner Dumani, Jenny Pavlova, and Albert Zhou have been named the winners of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Ad-Hoc Committee’s Research Award for the poster they submitted to the 2012 Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology conference. Their poster is entitled “LGBT-supportive organizational policies and organizational attractiveness."

December 12, 2011

Psychology graduate students have been awarded 3 of the 8 2012-2013 Challenge Grants from USF's Graduate School to pursue interdisciplinary research. 

  • Eunae Cho is working with graduate students in Anthropology and Public Health on a study entitled "Exploring Fetal Origins of Diabetes: Associations between Maternal Stressors during Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes in the Population of Puerto Rico."
  • Tony Murphy, Glen Forester, and Siri-Maria Kamp are collaborating with graduate students in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering.  Their study is called "Integration of a Brain-Computer Interface with Intelligent Machine Vision to Control a Robotic Arm and Enhance Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilities."
  • Leilani Kellogg along with collaborators from Integrative Biology, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, and Molecular Medicine will be investigating "Variation in Hippocampal-Dependent Behaviors and Neurogenesis During a Range Expansion."

December 1, 2011

Professor Tammy Allen has been elected president of the Society For Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology, the leading I/O psychology association. This election recognizes her many contributions to the I/O field.

November 27, 2011

In an article in the APS Observer, John Bohannon, III wrote: "APS is one of the best meetings I attend ... it is a great cross section of the science of our discipline: clinical, social, cognitive, developmental, I/O and neuroscience. I love having the opportunity to discover new ideas and meet fellow researchers. ... David Diamond presented his time-based neuro-model of emotional memory formation with a mechanism explaining why some memories may seem fragmented. My lab of 12 undergraduates now has a new set of required readings!" Full article at:

November 11, 2011

It was the Hoover Dam of mental blocks. Rick Perry called it a "brain freeze." Pundits referred to it as a "gaffe." But to neuroscientists, what happened to the Texas governor Wednesday night looked like something very ordinary, exacerbated by stress: a "retrieval failure." Dr. David Diamond provides his perspective on the neurobiological basis of why memory retrieval errors occur, and if Governor Perry's gaffe during the debate is a normal memory error or an indication of an underlying brain disorder. Full article at

November 8, 2011

Becky DeCubellis, an advisor for the Psychology Department, won an Outstanding Advisor Award for 2011. Only six of these awards are given in any year. Her efforts help undergraduates to succeed in achieving their goals. Becky is not the only excellent advisor in the Psychology Department. The advising team helps keep students on track toward the degree. The advisors also help students to think about their own goals and how to acheive them.

November 7, 2011

Clinical Psychology doctoral student, Bryan Heckman, M.A., was notified in November that he won a Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association. The award includes $1000 to use toward his dissertation study, "Influence of self-control depletion and nicotine deprivation on behavioral economic indices and smoking behavior."

September 13, 2011

David Diamond has been invited to talk at the Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment at UC San Francisco. The talk will address his research which demonstrates that our obesity epidemic has been fueled by myths and deception in research on cholesterol and dietary fat. Talk schedule at

August 29, 2011

Doug Rohrer spoke with National Public Radio in August regarding the absence of a scientific support for the idea of learning styles.  Listen/read the story at

August 22, 2011

I/O faculty member Wally Borman is the 2011 recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation (APF).  The award recognizes distinguished and enduring records of accomplishment in this area.  Wally's citation and biography may be found in American Psychologist, Vol. 56 (5), 348-350.

August 6, 2011

Congratulations to our summer 2011 doctoral student graduates!

Graduates of Summer 2011

July 11, 2011

Sage Publications featured Paul Spector in their Management INK blog which they say “puts the spotlight on research published in our more than 50 Management and Business journals”. They asked him to talk about how he came to write “Method Variance in Organizational Research: Truth or Urban Legend?” which is one of the most cited papers in their journal Organizational Research Methods. You can see his response at

June 17, 2011

Jonathan Weaver, psychology grad student and co-author of the study, “I Feel Like I Know You: Sharing Negative Attitudes of Others Promotes Feelings of Familiarity,” discusses the role of gossip: Is Gossiping More Than Just Spreading Rumors? – The Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and 11 others publications

June 3, 2011

David Dimond is cited in Kansas City Star article with a discussion of how good parents can forget kids in cars. The American Academy of Pediatrics has made a new recommendation that children should be placed in rear-facing car seats in the backseat until they’re 2 years old or 30 pounds. The AAP recommendation may have adverse consequences by increasing the likelihood that parents will forget that their kids are in the car, which could increase the number of children that die in hot cars.

June 2, 2011

USF’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Receives Elite Accreditation for Research

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program within the University of South Florida’s Department of Psychology received initial notification that it has been approved for accreditation by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS).  The program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1975, but PCSAS is a relatively new system that accredits doctoral programs based specifically on the strength of their training in research.  Thus, the main criteria for accreditation are the research productivity of the program’s faculty, and the career outcomes of the program’s alumni.

The process of applying for PCSAS accreditation began last summer by attempting to contact all 79 doctoral graduates over the past ten years to gather data on their current positions and activities.  The formal application was submitted in February, with a detailed description of the program’s curriculum, faculty, and alumni.  In April, PCSAS sent site visitors from Harvard University and the University of Delaware to validate the accuracy of the application by interviewing faculty, students, and administrators.  Based on reports by the site visitors and other reviewers, the PSCAS Review Committee voted in May to grant accreditation to USF’s program.  Accreditation is valid for 10 years.

Dr. Thomas Brandon, professor of psychology and the lead author of the application that was submitted for consideration of accreditation noted the meaning of gaining PCSAS accreditation.  “This is a distinguishing accreditation for any program at a major research university,” he said.  “It places us within an elite group of research programs nationwide, and it should guarantee that we will continue to attract top caliber faculty and graduate students.”  The graduate program is already highly competitive, typically receiving over 250 applications each year from throughout the world for 5-10 openings.

Dr. Vicky Phares, the director of the USF clinical doctoral training program was thrilled, but not surprised, to learn the news of the PCSAS accreditation.  “I am really proud of our faculty and students—they work hard and routinely show excellence in their accomplishments.  It is gratifying to know that a prestigious group such as PCSAS is also aware of this superb department.”

The chair of the psychology department, Dr. Michael Brannick, is proud of his department’s latest recognition:  “Such an accreditation recognizes our achievements in research and is consistent with USF’s aspirations to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with AAU institutions.”  The psychology department also has research intensive doctoral programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and in Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology. 

Clinical psychology programs from four universities were considered for PCSAS accreditation during the most recent review, and three were approved.  Along with USF, accreditation was granted to Northwestern University and University of Missouri.  Other programs that have achieved PCSAS accreditation include: University of Illinois, University of Arizona, Washington University in St. Louis, McGill University, Stony Brook University, University of Kentucky, and University of Southern California.

June 2, 2011

The Psychology Department held an annual appreciation luncheon for its staff members.

Staff Lunch - photo 1       Staff Lunch - photo 2

May 26, 2011

A Health Food web site presents Dr. David Diamond’s YouTube video and provides his powerpoint file describing 160 years of findings which support the use of a diet of red meat, eggs, cheese and butter to lose weight and lower cholesterol. The article, “College Professor Decries U.S. Dietary Mindset”, addresses his criticism of U.S. dietary and cholesterol guidelines: Also, the YouTube video,, went viral in less than a week.

May 24, 2011

Professor Emanuel (Manny) Donchin, Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
Professor Donchin is recognized as a major contributor to the field of Cognitive Neuroscience during his 40 years of work in this area, including pioneering research in the field of human electrophysiology. He will have his title formally bestowed at the Faculty Honors & Awards ceremony during the Fall 2011. According to the DUP Recommending Committee, one of the letters provided  on his behalf notes that “his interpretation of the P300 wave – the most important expression of information processing in the brain ….. is now classic textbook knowledge and will remain a cornerstone of the Cognitive Neurosciences.” Another writer mentioned that he “is regarded as the founder of a rapidly growing new discipline in the neurosciences, BCI-research and neuroprosthetics.” The Committee also noted his long and distinguished publication list – nearly 180 published articles, including several in Science – that is a testament to his productivity and to the originality of his research. Professor Donchin has been at the University of South Florida since 2001, and served as chair of the Department of Psychology until 2008. Prior to USF, he enjoyed a long career at the University Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

May 24, 2011

Watch David Diamond's Dinner with a Scholar lecture "How bad science and big business created the obesity epidemic" on YouTube:

May 20, 2011

Marina Bornovalova's research on abstinence and sexual risk taking is cited by several national news sources:

May 9, 2011

Jennifer Bosson and Joe Vandello's research on precarious manhood gets national attention in Time Magazine:, ABC News:, Psychology Today:, as well as many other outlets. Also see USF News:

May 4, 2011

The Psychology Department bids farewell to Art Thomas, Unit Research Administrator. After several years of dedicated service, Art is leaving to return to his love of aviation.

Farewell picture

Art Thomas is the 5th person from the left in the back row.

April 29, 2011

The Psychology Department’s Celebration of Graduate Student Research was held on April 29, 2011. First year students in Clinical and CNS presented posters on their first year projects. During the event, the recipients of the following awards were announced.


  • Jessie Menzel


  • Ross Krawczyk
  • Jonathan Weaver


  • Nicole Caporino


  • Meredith Elzy
  • Xinxuan “Alice” Che
  • Jonathan Weaver
  • Alexandra Ilie
  • Cathy Bykowski
  • Jessie Menzel
  • Laura Poteat
  • Jason Chen
  • Kaitlin Kiburz
  • Lynn Oelke
  • Heather McGinty

April 27, 2011

The American Psychological Association (APA) awarded Dr. Walter Borman the 2011 Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology.  This award signifies an enduring contribution to practical applications of psychology.  The award will be presented in the August meeting of APA in Washington.  Dr. Borman is famous for developing methods for work performance measurement and for personnel selection.  He is one of the main architects of O*NET , a comprehensive source of information about jobs used by many government and private organizations.  It can also be used by individuals to learn about different jobs and kinds of work as part of career development.  More details at

April 27, 2011

Jennifer Bosson has been placed on the 2010 Diversity Honor Roll at USF. She was recognized for her contributions to diversity at USF, including chairing the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee.

April 4, 2011

Jennifer Bosson and Jonathan Weaver's research on the way in which people bond over mutually disliked others was featured in a recent New York Magazine:

March 8, 2011

On Friday, March 4th, Vicky Phares received USF's first Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award at the Graduate School's 30th Anniversary Celebration. This award recognizes graduate faculty members who demonstrate the highest level of quality in their mentoring of graduate students, particularly in the areas of teaching, research, and advising. These qualities include selflessness in the commitment of time, special efforts to assist the protege with professional development, and maintaining long term collegial relationships beyond graduation.

Dr. Phares getting an award.

March 3, 2011

The Colloquium Committee of the USF Psychology Department is pleased to announce Dr. Marta Kutas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, as a featured speaker for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Kutas is well-known to behavioral scientists from many sub-disciplines for her research on language, meaning, memory, and the brain. During her visit to USF, she will present a talk entitled, "Event related brain potential data on the what, when and how of language comprehension," on Friday, March 25, from 2:00 - 3:30, in PCD 1147. All members of the university community are welcome to attend. An abstract of her talk is provided below. You can read more about Dr. Kutas and her research at the following website:

February 10, 2011

Euane Cho, an IO graduate student, received the Walvoord Verizon Wireless Work-Family Research Award.  Eunae's research project focuses on work-family balance among transnational families.

February 3, 2011

Three CNS graduate students - Leilani Kellogg, Noah Sulman, and Ty Brumback - presented their research at the USF-Keio University joint seminar in psychology and neuroscience held on January 28 and 29, 2010.  For more, please see

January 10, 2011

David Diamond has been  invited to participate in the “Dinner with a Scholar” program, in which a USF professor is invited to talk to Tampa business and political leaders about his or her research. His talk on April 6, is entitled  “Myths and Misinformation About Fat and Cholesterol: How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic”

David Diamond will present an invited talk at the Association for Psychological Science's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 26 on his research on the brain and PTSD. The talk is entitled “A Novel Perspective on the Neurobiology of Traumatic Memories”,6,7,18,29,74,75,107,106&AbAuthor=&Subject_ID=&Day_ID=all&keyword=

An upcoming documentary on the neurobiology of “forgotten baby syndrome”, which is when parents forget their children, who subsequently die of hyperthermia in hot cars, will include the work of David Diamond.

December 9, 2010

Psychology Professor Emeritus Bill Kinder received the USF Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes senior faculty members who have distinguished themselves among their peers both within and outside the University. The title is awarded through a process of nomination and external peer review and identifies those holding it as outstanding members of their profession.

December 8, 2010

Michael Boroughs, a doctoral student in the clinical program, has been appointed to the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA).  He was nominated by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).  He will serve on the CoA for the calendar year 2011. The CoA is the governing body within APA that reviews doctoral programs in clinical psychology and considers them for accreditation or re-accreditation. 

November 16, 2010

Psychology professor Judith Bryant received the  Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Teaching Award
Left to right: Dr. Judith Bryant, Dr. Kofi Glover, and Dr. Michael Brannick

October 29, 2010

Psychology Undergraduate Advisor, Samantha Hamm received the Outstanding Staff Award.

Left to right: Dr. Micheal Brannick, Samantha Hamm, and Dr. Thomas Gordon

September 23, 2010

Mike Boroughs was selected to serve as an American Psychological Association of Graduate Students delegate to APA's Education Leadership Conference, which was entitled Psychology and Lifelong Learning and took place in Washington, DC in September, 2010. In addition to serving as a delegate to the conference, Mike received training in advocacy work and met with the staff of senators and representatives on the hill to help advocate for psychology and graduate training in psychology.

September 15, 2010

Two Psychology Honors students, Narayesi Meza and Sindy Sanchez, have received two of USF's 2010 Successful Latino/a Student Awards.  The awards will be presented at the kickoff of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration in late September.

August 7, 2010

The most frequently emailed article in the New York Times in early September is an article on study habits.  It features work by Doug Rohrer:

July 28, 2010

Psychology major Kristelle Malval, who also received a specialist's degree in School Psychology, returns to Haiti to work with children:

June 7, 2010

Tom Brandon describes his National Cancer Institute-funded work on smoking cessation:

April 19, 2010

Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant: Meredith Elzy received a Provost’s Commendation, the second highest award. Also, Joe Mazzola and Stephanie Sperry received Certificates of Recognition.

Photo taken at Provost Award Ceremony
Left to Right: Stephanie Sperry, Meredith Elzy, Michael Brannick (in back) and Joe Mazzola

April 14, 2010

Wally Borman has received the prestigious M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace. The award was announced at the recent Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology conference. He was recognized for his work on the development and validation of adaptive personality scales.

April 14, 2010

A member of the Clinical area faculty, Bill Kinder, has received USF's Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to a faculty member who has provided outstanding service to the profession, the University, and the Department.

March 16, 2010

Three industrial and organizational doctoral students will receive awards at this year's Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference. 

Kristen Shockley is the receipient of the Mary L. Tenopyr Graduate Student Scholarship.  This award recognizes achievement in a graduate career and is intended to assist doctoral students in the field of industrial and organizational psychology with the costs of carrying out their dissertation work.

Dan Ispas and Alexandra Ilie are the co-recipients of a SIOP Small Grant.  The overarching goal of the Small Grant Program is to provide funding for research investigating topics of interest to both academicians and practitioners.

March 11, 2010

Tom Brandon featured in March issue of APA Monitor. See

February 1, 2010

CNS alumna Dani McKinney is featured in the February issue of the APA's Monitor on Psychology.  The article concerns instructional podcasts:

January 29, 2010

Jamie Goldenberg and Doug Cooper featured in USF News:

December 7, 2009

Mary Newman, who received her doctorate from the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Program, helped discover a promising anti-depression drug that may become USF's most lucrative patent ever, thanks to a major pharmaceutical deal announced recently:

October 20, 2009

I/O Alumnus David Baker Recognized for Innovative Approach to Practice:

October 17, 2009

David Diamond and Shyam Seetharaman Garner Attention for Their Work on Diet and Stress

Full Article: "American Diet" v. Atkins Diet
Related Article: USF study says Atkins-type diets may reduce stress

October 16, 2009

Jon Rottenberg and Lauren Bylsma's research on crying is discussed in the Sept/Oct issue of Scientific American Mind. See for full article.

October 16, 2009

Yasmin Asvat (4th year, clinical) is awarded the US Department of Defense's Breast Cancer Research Program Pre-doctoral Training Grant.

Andrew Caswell (2nd year, CNS) appears in the October issue of the APA Monitor.  Andrew received one of two Placek Grants to support his research on "The ways people form moral judgments about same-sex behaviors and same-sex marriage and examining the role of emotions in forming these judgments."

Lauren Bylsma (5th year, clinical) wins the F. J. McGuigan Dissertation Award of the APA American Psychological Foundation for her dissertation research, titled "Emotional reactivity in current and remitted depression:  An event-related potentials study." 

October 14, 2009

Dr. David Diamond provides expert testimony on how stress affects memory in a manslaughter case. "Day care operator to stand trial." Read full story... "How people manage to forget the obvious". Read full story...

August 31, 2009

The Journal of Organizational Behavior recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary.  As part of the celebration they announced the 8 most influential articles published during the last 30 years in the journal. Paul Spector was an author of not one, but two of these articles.

Using self-report questionnaires in OB research: A comment on the use of a controversial method By Paul E. Spector (1994)  

Why negative affectivity should not be controlled in job stress research: don't throw out the baby with the bath water By Paul E.  Spector, Dieter Zapf, Peter Y. Chen, Michael Frese (2000)

For the full "Thirty years of shaping a Discipline: JOB's Most Influential Articles, August 2009" article, see

August 28, 2009

Student Photo

Congratulations to our summer 2009 doctoral student graduates, from left:
Susan Himes, Jessica Curley Hankinson, Tovah Yanover, Rob Stilson, & Burcu Rodopman

August 20, 2009

In the News

Dr. David Diamond's work is mentioned in two Austin American-Statesman News articles. "Parents just need reminder of baby on board, researcher says: Psychology professor says forgetting kids is not negligence", read full story... "Couple tormented by tragic oversight: Parents try to overcome guilt after son dies in locked car",.read full story....

August 4, 2009

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jon Rottenberg for receiving an R01 grant from the National Institute of Mental health to study “Biobehavioral inflexibility and risk for juvenile-onset depression.” Children will be recruited from a carefully diagnosed sample of over 700 young patients with JOD (each with at least one sibling). These children represent a national, clinical sample in Hungary, who participated in a recent research project headed by Maria Kovacs of the University of Pittsburgh, who is leading the project with Dr. Rottenberg. The project is testing the idea that people who are vulnerable to depression will tend to be less flexible in how they respond to the environment. We will incorporate biological and behavioral measures of flexibility in the laboratory and examining to what extent an inflexible pattern of response to laboratory challenges predicts depression over the course of adolescence. Funding in the amount of $3.8 million will be awarded over five years to USF and the other participating institutions in the study: the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Szeged in Hungary.

July 6, 2009

Research Highlight

CNS program alumnus Eric Sellers is the author of one of the Top 10 cited papers (2006-2008) published in Clinical Neurophysiology. The article, 'A P300-based brain-computer interface: Initial tests by ALS patients,' which appeared in Clinical Neurophysiology, Volume 117, Issue 3 (2006), Pages 538-548, was co-authored by Manny Donchin.

June 21, 2009

In the News

Dr. David Diamond's work is mentioned in Psychiatric News. Read full story.

May 5, 2009

Congratulations to our graduating doctoral students

Rickamer Hoover, Maria Brea-Spahn, Ashley Walvoord, Rebecca Bryant, Liu-Qui Yang, and Anna Tolentino.


April 14, 2009

In the News

teaching award

Congratulations to graduate students Tadd Patton, Melissa Lehman, Kristen Shockley, and Dan Ispas who were honored at the Annual Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching.

March 10, 2009

In the News

Nathan Heflick and Jamie Goldenberg's research on objectifying Sarah Palin garners media attention.
USF study: Focus on Sarah Palin's looks altered perception of competence.
Sex Appeal May Have Hurt Sarah Palin
Listen to a radio interview on March 9 on Michael Smerconish's Morning Show (Download audio).

March 10, 2009

In the News

David Diamond's testimony and research on stress and memory included in Washington Post Magazine. Read the full article.

February 17, 2009

In the News

Dr. Paul Jacobsen received the 2008 Researcher of the Year Award. He has been at Moffitt since 1994 and is currently the Chair of the Health Outcomes & Behavior department. Some of Dr. Jacobsen's achievements include being Principal or Co-Investigator on grants totaling over $35 million dollars & having more than 170 peer-reviewed original research articles and reviews. He is internationally known for his research on the psycho-social aspects of palliative care for cancer patients & some of his research products have been translated into several languages and are benefiting patients around the world. Our congratulations go out to Dr. Jacobsen for his accomplishments.

February 2, 2009

In the News

Research of Jon Rottenberg and Lauren Bylsma featured in New York Times story. Read the full story.

Janurary 16, 2009

In the News

President Judy Genshaft announced this past fall that she had identified the Neurosciences as a key area for major development throughout the University of South Florida. We are most excited to announce the first phase of the new USF Neuroscience Collaborative. This initiative is designed to identify and bring together the wealth of talent in the clinical and basic neurosciences and all related fields at USF to maximize our research productivity and global impact in this critical area. The main initial thrust of this effort will be to help our faculty to find new partners, to develop collaborative research projects, and to identify funding opportunities which will facilitate the procurement of new grants. Dr. Clifton Gooch (College of Medicine, Department of Neurology) and Dr. David Diamond (College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology) have been named the directors of this ground-breaking project.

December 29, 2008

In the News

Dr. Paul Spector interviewed about stress and workplace nastiness. Listen Now

In the News

Jon Rottenberg interviewed about crying on the BBC. Listen to this programme in full. His segment starts just before minute 24. (you need Real Player to play this file).

November 24, 2008

Research Highlight

Associate Professor Marc Karver and Professor Krista Kutash received a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to evaluate the state of Florida’s efforts to reduce the rate of suicide in youths aged 10 to 24. The Florida A.S.A.P.(Adolescent Suicide Awareness and Prevention) Partnership project will evaluate the effectiveness of training adults employed in community agencies, parents, and youths to identify and refer at risk youths, evaluate the effectiveness of case management services and related services for those referred to services by selecting a sample of youth who were referred for services and asking the youths and their parents about the effectiveness of their services and potential predictors of effectiveness, and evaluate the effectiveness of social marketing techniques meant to increase overall community awareness of suicide prevention strategies . The project is funded for three years.

October 30, 2008

Read more about David Diamond's talk at the 2008 Advancing Science Seminar
Zamp Bionews
American Association for the Advancement of Science

October 16, 2008

Please see the article on David Diamond's research on PTSD that appeared in USF News

September 1, 2008

Please see the article on stress and learning that appeared in the Los Angeles Times quoting Dr. David Diamond .

August 4, 2008

Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor Jim Jenkins to be Honored at Fall Acoustical Society of America Meeting

Jim Jenkins will be recognized this November at the meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. There will be a special session honoring his contributions to speech acoustics and perception through training and mentoring as well as research. The papers at the session will be by former students and academic "grandchildren" and "great grandchildren." (students of students and students of students of students....)

August 1, 2008

Occupational Health Psychology Training Grant

Drs. Paul Spector and Tammy Allen's Occupational Health Psychology training grant has officially been re-funded. They were awarded about $351K over three years. They have 10 OHP trainees, 7 being supported this summer on the grant. This grant is part of the Sunshine Education and Research Center (see from Public Health which has an annual budget of $1.2 million and has been refunded for three years.

April 1, 2008

Spring 2009 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s departmental scholarships and awards. It is our pleasure to honor the accomplishments of both our undergraduate and graduate students.

Lauren Bylsma & Erika Litvin & Ariz Rojas
Valerie Reed Memorial Award

Phillip Zoladz & Joseph Mazzola
Eve Levine Graduate Teaching Award

Sari Chait
Stefanie Gilbert Endowed Scholarship in Psychology

Ariz Rojas
Richard Labarba Memorial Scholarship

Tegan Lesperance
PAR Award for Excellence in Psychology

The Psychology Awards Committee
Ed Levine
Marcie Finkelstein
Bill Kinder
Diane Dwyer
Chris Wheldon

April 1, 2008

Judith  Becker Bryant

Congratulations to Professor Judy Bryant who just received a teaching award from the USF Athenaeum Chapter of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society! As part of the award Judy was made an honorary Mortar Board member (she was in good company as Mayor Pam Iorio was also made an honorary member at the festivities).

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The USF Athenaeum chapter of Mortar Board was established in 1959 by Grace Allen, wife of USF's first president John Allen, and Professor Margaret Fischer. Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong, former First Lady Barbara Bush, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, reading advocate Maya Angelou, and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.......and now Judy Becker Bryant!!!









April 8, 2008

Research Highlights

At this year’s University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Psychology Honors students took home four awards in the Social Sciences division.

  • Ashley Sponaugle, first place oral presentation in natural sciences
  • Kelly Foyle & Bethann Bower , tied for first place in social science posters
  • Ken Alipour , tied for third place in social science posters
  • Martha Walter , second place oral presentation in social sciences

From the Honors class, 13 of the 14 students who submitted had their papers accepted at the Symposium, and this total was roughly 40% of all of the papers presented in the Social Sciences division at the Symposium. Mark Goldman gave the keynote address and Kim Badanich organized the judging. Congratulations are also in order to all of the faculty and graduate students who mentored honors students this year and/or served on their committees.

April 1, 2008

Research Highlights

Congratulations are due to six of our undergraduates who traveled to Embry Riddle (in Daytona Beach) earlier this week to give a **spoken** presentation of their research at the Second Annual Florida Student Conference for Human Factors and Applied Psychology. Each student is part of the honors program, which means that their advisors and Kevin Thompson deserve kudos as well. Thanks also go to Psi Chi, which oversaw the trip and paid for it.

And a special shout out to Emilija Djurdjevic, who not only presented but also chaired a session, and to Christina Donaldson (and her advisor, Chris Ruva), who won the award for the best undergraduate presentation!

The names of all six students are listed below, along with the titles of their talks and their advisors.

Adolescent Binge Ethanol Exposure Enhances Voluntary Ethanol Intake in Adulthood in Male and Female Rats
Authors: Kent Alipour, Antoniette Maldonado, Cheryl Kirstein

The Effects of Pretrial Publicity on Evidence Evaluation: A Story Model Framework Authors: Christina Donaldson (Advisor: Chris Ruva)

What Makes a Leader? Examining Followers’ Implicit Leadership Schemas under Various Leadership Contexts
Authors: Emilija Djurdjevic, Russ Johnson

The Effects of Weight Bias in the Courtroom
Authors: Mallory Hussin (advisor: Kevin Thompson)

Effects on Mental Health in College Students
Authors: Donna Smith, Tom Sanocki

Japanese Parent’s Beliefs about Polite Behaviors of Children who are Exposed to Japanese and American Culture Authors: Naomi Watanabe (advisor: Judy Bryant)

April 1, 2008

Research Highlights

Assistant Professors Jon Rottenberg and Co-investigator Kristen Salomon received a R21 grant from the National Institute of Mental health to study “Vagal fluctuation as a predictor of concurrent and future depression.” This project will examine the hypothesis that depression risk is related to a lack of dynamic cardiac vagal control, which is potentially important because it suggests that easily acquired and potentially manipulable measures of heart rate variability could be used to assist in the early assessment of depression risk, and perhaps to develop interventions that operate directly upon the vagal pathway itself. The study will be funded for two years.

The Mood and Emotion Lab

March 21, 2008

Festschrift for Distinguished Research Professor Douglas Nelson

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Festschrift for Distinguished Research Professor Douglas Nelson
Presented by the Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology, USF
College of Arts and Sciences, USF
Provost's Office, USF
Scientific Directorate of the American Psychological Association

Vincent A. Stabile Research Building
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University of South Florida (on campus)
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March 6, 2008

Research Highlights

Erika Litvin, a third year doctoral student in our clinical program, was selected by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs as one of only 21 graduate students across all areas for special recognition at this year’s APA conference in Boston, including giving an oral presentation during a "Psychological Science Superstars: Datablitz!" The title of Erika’s study is "Impulsivity and smokers' reactivity to affect and smoking cues." Congratulations, Erika!

October 11, 2007

teaching award presentation

Dr. Jane Noll had surprise visitors during her Thursday morning Introduction to Psychological Science class. President Judy Genshaft--along with Vice Provost Dwayne Smith, Dean of CAS John Skvoretz, Associate Dean John Cochran, and the Chair of Psychology Emanuel Donchin--was there to announce that Dr. Noll is one of the recipients of this year's "Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award." The award for "Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching" is reserved for those who encourage excellence in teaching our undergraduates. Congratulations, Jane!