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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”

Kendra Anderson Wins APA Award

Counseling Psychology doctoral student, Kendra Anderson, has been awarded the Diversity Research Award from the American Psychological Association Division 41 (Psychology and Law) for her dissertation research, “African American Male Inmates and Racial and Ethic Identity: Risk and Protective Factors.” This is a nationally competitive award and includes $1,000 to fund her study.

Dr. Femina Varghese is her Dissertation Chairperson.

Congrats Kendra and Dr. Varghese!

School Psychology Graduate Program Ranked in Top 50 Nationwide

Best Counseling Degrees recently announced their rankings for doctoral programs in School Psychology. The top 50 programs in the US were ranked based on pass rates of the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).
UCA’s School Psychology program was ranked 34th.

Dr. Joan Simon, Michael Watson, & Lenora Nunnley Publish Article

Watson, M., Simon, J., & Nunnley, L. (2016). SLD identification: A survey of methods used by school psychologists. Learning Disabilities: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, 21(1), 57-67.

Michael & Lenora are both school psychology doctoral students.

Cory Cobb (with Dr. Xie as mentor) receives Psi Chi grant

Cory Cobb, a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, was selected as a recipient of the 2015 Mamie Phipps Clark grant from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology, for his project titled, “Acculturation, Collective Self-esteem, and Well-being among Undocumented Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S.” The award is for $1,500. This grant is specifically for projects that address minority issues.

Kelli Wierzbicki awarded SURF grant

Dr. Charlton( mentor) and student Kelli Wierzbicki have been awarded a SURF grant for their project titled: “Get to Work! Encouraging Academic Engagement in Undergraduates”.

Congrats to both!