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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 http://www.amazon.com/The-Depths-Evolutionary-Depression-Epidemic/dp/0465022219/. To see the Daytime TV segment, visit http://www.wfla.com/story/25143504/daytime-the-depths.


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 http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/military-families-serve-too-usf-center-offers-help.


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 http://chronicle.com/article/An-Evolved-View-of-Depression/144199/


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.

NITOP Photo 1 NITOP Photo 2

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 http://offthebase.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/wanted-student-veterans-with-kids-for-a-survey/


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 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/29/body-shape-objectification-technology/3287287/.


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 http://www.radiolab.org/story/153810-winning-side/.


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" (http://www.intestcom.org/publications/index.php).


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. http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2681635302001&odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cfeatured


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 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/15/how-the-media-might-have-helped-george-zimmerman-go-free/


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 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/science/cognitive-science-meets-pre-algebra.html?ref=science&_r=0


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: http://www.research.usf.edu/absolute-news/templates/template1.aspx?articleid=1306&zoneid=1, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1765/20131046.abstract, Science: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6141/22.summary, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience: http://www.frontiersin.org/Computational_Neuroscience/10.3389/fncom.2013.00089/abstract.


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 canada.com 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 http://www.canada.com/Live+Chat+Could+forget+your+child/8621045/story.html


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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr-c8GeT34. 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 http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/8136/697-dr-david-diamond-responds-to-mcdougalls-starch-based-society-claims/


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 http://www.970wfla.com/player/?station=WFLA-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=Tampa_Bay_Tomorrow.xml&mid=23348576


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 http://www.siop.org/default_more.aspx#.UYE1oWB8w_M


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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%292044-8325


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 http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=5399&z=210


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: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/industrial-organizational-psychology-rankings


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: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/members/fellows/#recentfellows


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: http://onlineschoolsflorida.com/top-college-professors-in-florida/psychology/


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: www.nitop.org

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 http://amp.aom.org/content/26/2.toc.


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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTheMGgUWnM&feature=relmfu


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: http://www.cas.usf.edu/news/s/332/


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: http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/story.jsp?storyId=533348432


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: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/02/business/workplace-boredom-stress/


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: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/the-science-and-history-of-treating-depression.html


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 http://news.menshealth.com/secure-your-manhood-save-your-wallet/2012/03/21/


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 http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Psychology/CognitivePsychology/CognitiveNeuroscience/?view=usa&ci=9780195334654


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 http://www.usforacle.com/montage/usf-psych-professor-applies-research-to-fiction-1.2692836.


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: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/01/12/boredom-constant-cheer-cynicism-and-other-job-hazards/


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: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2011/july-august-11/bringing-psychological-science-to-life.html.


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 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2016739910_brainfreeze11.html.


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 http://www.chc.ucsf.edu/coast/pdf/UCSF_COAST_Seminar%20Schedule_2011_2012.pdf.


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 http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/08/29/139973743/think-youre-an-auditory-or-visual-learner-scientists-say-its-unlikely?sc=emaf


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 http://managementink.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/truth-or-urban-legend/


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: http://hartkeisonline.com/weight-loss/college-professor-decries-u-s-dietary-mindset/. Also, the YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr-c8GeT34, 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr-c8GeT34


May 20, 2011

Marina Bornovalova's research on abstinence and sexual risk taking is cited by several national news sources: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/sexual-health/birth-control/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100272531


May 9, 2011

Jennifer Bosson and Joe Vandello's research on precarious manhood gets national attention in Time Magazine: http://healthland.time.com/2011/05/05/masculinity-a-delicate-flower/, ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/masculinity-guys-earn-status/story?id=13573672, Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-big-questions/201105/manhood-threats-and-aggression, as well as many other outlets. Also see USF News: http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=3445&z=158.


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.

STEFANIE GILBERT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

  • Jessie Menzel

THE EVE LEVINE GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD

  • Ross Krawczyk
  • Jonathan Weaver

RICHARD LABARBA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

  • Nicole Caporino

TOM TIGHE RESEARCH FUND AWARDS

  • 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 http://siop.org/article_view.aspx?article=845.


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: http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/shared-dislikes-2011-4/?imw=Y&f=most-emailed-24h5


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: http://kutaslab.ucsd.edu/people/kutas/


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 http://global.usf.edu/wordpress/?p=882#more-882.


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” http://www.cas.usf.edu/alumni/alumninews/bullseye_final.pdf

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”  http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/program_2011/search/viewProgram.cfm?Abstract_ID=20023&AbType=1,6,7,18,29,74,75,107,106&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. http://www.delusionoid.com/visitor/Stop_All_The_Clocks_Opening.mp4


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.

StaffAward
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: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=homepage


July 28, 2010

Psychology major Kristelle Malval, who also received a specialist's degree in School Psychology, returns to Haiti to work with children: http://usfweb3.usf.edu/absoluteNM/templates/?a=2545&z=127


June 7, 2010

Tom Brandon describes his National Cancer Institute-funded work on smoking cessation: http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/if-you-want-to-quit-smoking-theres-help-from-meds-to-websites-and-hot-lines/1099988


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 http://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/03/random.aspx.


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: http://apa.org/monitor/2010/02/podcast.aspx


January 29, 2010

Jamie Goldenberg and Doug Cooper featured in USF News: http://usfweb3.usf.edu/absolutenm/templates/?a=1988&z=31


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: http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/medicine/big-drug-deal-could-be-usfs-version-of-gatorade/1056139


October 20, 2009

I/O Alumnus David Baker Recognized for Innovative Approach to Practice: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/09/practitioners.html


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 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=crying-is-not-cathartic&sc=MND_20090826 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) http://dmmsclick.wiley.com/click.asp?p=6080416&m=19290&u=321252.  

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) http://dmmsclick.wiley.com/click.asp?p=6080416&m=19290&u=323484

For the full "Thirty years of shaping a Discipline: JOB's Most Influential Articles, August 2009" article, see http://www.wiley.com/bw/wiley_vi.asp?ref=0894-3796&site=1.


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.

graduates


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 http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/erc/index.htm) 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

View Arichive of this event
Festschrift for Distinguished Research Professor Douglas Nelson
Presented by the Department of Psychology

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

Location
Vincent A. Stabile Research Building
12902 Magnolia Drive
University of South Florida (on campus)
Tampa, Florida 33620


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!