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Insight from the Head

Improvement in our facilities, award-winning faculty and graduate students, and successful research proposals have made this a year of good fortune in the psychology department.

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Featured Stories

University Celebrates Mossman Building Groundbreaking
University Celebrates Mossman Building Groundbreaking
When the Mossman Building is completed in 2018, the biological psychology faculty will have state of the art research and teaching facilities in the building.

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New Faculty Member Win Pretigious International Award
New Faculty Member Win Prestigious International Award
Subimal Datta was warmly welcomed by his colleagues in the Department of Psychology when he joined our faculty this year. Datta received the 2015 Dr. B.K. Anand Oration Award on October 13th, 2015 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Ansari Nagar, New Delhi. The international award is presented to an eminent basic medical scientist with special contributions related to Neurosciences.

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Graduate Student Highlight

First Year Doctoral Student Profiled in Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine
First year doctoral student Ed Garnes was recently profiled in Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine for his social justice advocacy work, including founding a non-profit organization From Afros To Sheltoes. Ed is a doctoral student in our Counseling Program and works with Patrick Grzanka.

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Research Highlights

Jessica Hay Awarded 5-year $1.3 Million Dollar NIH R01 Grant
Jessica Hay was recently awarded a 5-year $1.3 million dollar NIH R01 grant titled, "Infant statistical learning: Resilience, longevity, and specificity".

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Erin Hardin Receives 5-year NIH Grant
Erin Hardin and her colleague from Educational Psychology and Counseling, Melinda Gibbons, also received a 5-year NIH grant titled, "Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science among Rural Appalachian Youth (PIPES)".The $963,000 grant is designed to work with Appalachian high school youth to reduce barriers to going to college, focus on career exploration, provide mentoring and support and, ultimately increase college attendance in Appalachian youth with a particular emphasis on career options in science, technology, engineering, math, and medical science (STEMM).

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Invest in the Psychology Department

We are grateful for the generous support of alumni and friends. As you read in the Insight from the Head article, the Department of Psychology is currently facing a substantial and unexpected loss of over $180,000 annually for funds to support graduate student assistantships. This funding has been instrumental in our ability to be competitive with peer institutions in recruiting outstanding graduate students to our doctoral programs. We ask for your support in helping us meet the challenge of replacing these lost funds. Any support you can provide to the Psychology Enrichment Fund is always greatly appreciated, but is especially needed now.

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