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Undergraduate PSYC majors inducted into UCA Purple Society

The following Psychology majors were inducted into the UCA  Purple Society:  Who’s Who among UCA Students on Saturday, February 22nd.
  • Blakelee Alford
  • Ashley Hall
  • Alise Holloway
  • Karon Marbley
  • Emma Reed
Karon Marbley earned the Purple Star Award for exemplifying the high ideals of leadership, service, and involvement.

Jacob Christie receives Bear CLAWS Award for work with the UCA Food Pantry

Congratulations to Senior Psychology major, Jacob Christie, for receiving the UCA Bear CLAWS award from President Davis for his leadership at the UCA Food Pantry!  Proud you are one of ours.

Predoctoral Internship Placements

Congratulations to our doctoral students, Mattie, Robyn, Carley, Rachel, and David for their predoctoral internship placements! Once again 100% of our students matched.

Counseling Psychology Program

Mattie Bogoslavsky – University of North Florida Counseling Center, Jacksonville, FL

Robyn Hunter – Alaska Psychology Intern Consortium/Norton Sound Health, Nome, AK/Alaska Family Medicine-Providence

School Psychology Program

Carley Owen – Florida State University Multidisciplinary Center, Tallahassee, FL

Rachel Sanders – Nebraska Internship Consortium, Lincoln, NE/Munroe-Meyer Institute IABA

David Young – Avondale School District Psychology Internship, Avondale, AZ

Dr. Paul Nail, Dr. Cory Cobb, & Carley Owen publish

Aronson, J., Cohen, G., & Nail, P. R. (2019). Self-affirmation theory: An update and appraisal. In E. Harmon-Jones (Ed.). Cognitive dissonance: Reexamining a pivotal theory in social psychology (2nd edition, pp. 159-174). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Nail, P. R., Cobb, C. L., & Owen, C. E. (2019). Evidence that negative maternal transference is at the root of Americans’ beliefs in 9/11 conspiracy theories. North American Journal of Psychology, 21, 127-150.

Nail, P. R. (2019b). A tribute and fond memories of Donald Hugh Helms (1927-2008): Hank’s primary steel guitarist (1944-1952). Hank Williams International Society Newsletter, 27(2), 6-9.

Nail, P. R. (2019a). Don and Hazel Helms: An anecdote from the life of Hank Williams, courtesy of Miss Hazel, and what it reveals about Hank’s personality. Hank Williams International Society Newsletter, 27(1), 8-11.

Nail, P. R., Cobb, C. L., & Owen, C. E. (2019, May 16). Psychological transference: The most powerful, generally unknown force in the world. Invited address presented at the Science Meets Social Science Seminar, Department of Theoretical Physics, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland.

Dr. Darshon Anderson involved in presentations, publication, and grant

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference Presentation
Nadelson, S., Anderson, D., Massey, M., Lowder, T. & Yarberry, F. (2020, January). Creating Curiosity in Higher Education: A Qualitative Analysis of Faculty Members’ Perspectives on Enhancing Student Curiosity. Poster presented at 2020 Hawaii International Conference on Education.
Research Methods Lab student project accepted for Conference Presentation
Show, K., Peterson, E., Williams, T, & Anderson, D. (2020, April). Social Comparison and Goal Pursuit. Paper to be presented at the 2020 Southwestern Psychological Association Convention in Frisco, Texas.
Student Paper Published
Wells, D., Rupp, K., Martin, A, & Anderson, D. (in press). Incorporating accountability and coordination in fitness plans to increase goal progress. The Journal of Psychological Inquiry.
Research grant received in collaboration with Chemistry Department
Yarberry, F., Desrochers, P., Massey, M., Long, M., Buchanon, M., & Anderson, D. (2020-2025). Fostering a Diverse Community of Future Chemists Through Scholarship Support, Peer Instruction, Mentoring, and Professional Development. The National Science Foundation through the Division of Undergraduate Education and the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (S-STEM) program, under Grant No. (1930026).

Rachel Bearden and Nemi Shah awarded SURF Grants

Congratulations to Rachel Bearden and Nemi Shah for recently being awarded Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Grants to support their research! Their projects are as follows:

Rachel Bearden: Why do psychosis and high-functioning autism have diametrical associations with migration?
Nemi Shah: Why Do People Justify Choices They Did Not Make?
Dr. Ken Sobel is the Mentor for both students.

Rachel Sanders & Chayla Rutledge (doctoral students) publish article

Congratulations to Rachel Sanders and Chayla Rutledge on their recent publication!
Sanders, R., & Rutledge, C. (2019). Challenges with mathematics response to intervention: A graduate student perspective. Communique48, 35.
The Communique is the newsletter of the National Association of School Psychologists. The article describes the work of UCA School Psychology students in the North Little Rock School District last year

Study Abroad Fair – Tue, Nov 19, 1:40-2:30

Make plans to stop by the Study Abroad Fair happening at the Student Center Amphitheater during x-period on Tuesday, Nov. 19th as part of International Education Week!  
Faculty leaders and study abroad participants will be available to share information on how you can earn credit abroad with UCA!

Dr. Iryna Kasi (School Psychology Alum) honored with award

Congratulations to School Psychology Alum, Dr. Iryna Kasi (2011), for being honored with the 2019 School Psychologist of the Year – Early Career Award!


Congrats to Estefany Soto (Counseling Psyc student) for NSF presentation

Congrats to Counseling Psychology student, Estefany Soto, on her recent presentation!

Nadelson, L.S., Bouwma-Gearhart, J., Villanueva, I., Soto, E., Youmans, K., Lenhart, C., & Ha Choi, Y. (2019, October). The making of engineers: How makerspaces are perceived and used for learning in engineering preparation programs. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation Engineering Education and Centers (NSF EEC) Grantees Conference. Arlington, VA.