News & Events Blog

Psyc Major selected as Outstanding Student for the College of Health & Behavioral Sciences

Mollie Henager (one of our senior majors) has been selected as this year's Outstanding Student for the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. She will be recognized at Spring Commencement ceremony on April 30th.

Congrats to Mollie!!

Luke Sandlin Awarded Scholarship

Luke Sandlin, a student in the Mental Health Counseling program, has been awarded the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) Scholarship.

Begun in 1962, the NAJA Scholarship Program has awarded more than 530 grants totaling over $1,203,859 for graduate study in fields that address the special needs of children and youth. This grant helps fund graduate expenses for students planning to work directly with children and youth in fields such as mental health counseling, speech pathology, special education, etc.

Congratulations Luke!

Congrats to Dr. Michael Watson

Michael Watson successfully defended his dissertation on March 14 - congratulations Dr WATSON!

De'Von Patterson Accepts Internship

De'Von Patterson, doctoral student in School Psychology, has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in Southern California. Congrats De'Von!

Dr. John Murphy Receives Award from State Mental Health Association

Today, Dr. John Murphy, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is being honored by the Arkansas Mental Health in Education Association (ARMEA) with the 2016 ARMEA School Based Mental Health Advocate Award (recognizing cumulative contributions to the practice of school-based mental health in Arkansas).

Congratulations to Dr. Murphy on this honor!

Dr. Lammers and 3 Former Methods Lab Students Publish Article

Dr. Bill Lammers and three former undergraduate students in his Research Methods Lab course (Sarah Davis, Olivia Davidson, Kellie Hogue) published "Impact of Positive, Negative, and No Personality Descriptors on the Attractiveness Halo Effect" in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.

Lammers, W. J., Davis, S., Davidson, O., & Hogue, K. (2016). Impact of positive, negative, and no personality descriptors on the attractiveness halo effect. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 21, 29-34.

UCA PSYC will be Major Presence at Southwestern Psychological Association

Forty-nine  students (15 graduate and 34 undergraduates) and 12 faculty will present papers or posters at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) conference in Dallas, TX in April 2016. SWPA is the regional psychological association and is composed of members from 9 states.
In addition, 4 UCA students are finalists in the SWPA Research Competition. 
SWPA Undergraduate Research Competition
1. Memory for missing parts of witnessed events (SWPA)
       Lindsay Hobson    
    Emily Gates
 (Advisor: Dr. Ken Sobel)
2. Do People Remember the Judgments They Make? (SWPA)
       Tori Nicole Francis    
    Savannah Sloane Nolan    
    K. Brooke Schichtl
  (Advisor: Dr. Ken Sobel)
3. The Effects of Image Priming and BMI on Food and Monetary Discounting (SWPA)
       Shelby Kait Nichols
 (Advisor: Dr. Shawn Charlton)
4. The Relationship Between Narcissism, Self-Esteem, and Bullying in Middle School (Finalist, Psi Chi Undergraduate Regional Research Competition).
Carley Owen

(Advisor: Paul R. Nail)

SWPA Graduate Research Competition
1. Sex Differences in Jealousy: Twenty Years Later (SWPA)
       Tiffany Marie Wierzbicki 
        (Advisor: Dr. Shawn Charlton)

Cory Cobb Awarded Psi Chi Graduate Fellowship

Cory Cobb, a Counseling Psychology doctoral student, has been named 1 of the 8 national awardees for the Psi Chi 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowship. This award includes $3,000.00 to support his graduate education.

Dr. Dong Xie is Cory's faculty advisor and dissertation chair.

Congratulations Cory!

Dr. Paul Nail is author of paper presented in Poland

Nail, P. R., & Sznajd-Weron, K. (2015, November 5). The diamond model of social response within an agent-based approach. Paper presented at the 8th Polish Symposium on Econo- and Sociophysics, Rzeszow, Poland.

Presentations at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Conference

Heather Martens (Faculty). “Solutions for Burnout”

John Murphy (Faculty) and Dierdre Henley (School Psychology PhD Student). “Practical Strategies for Building Hope with Students, Teachers, and Parents”

John Murphy (Faculty), K. Minke “Doing What Works: Solution-Focused Practice for School Psychologists”