News Archive: 2010 - 2011

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Summer 2011

In Memorium - Dr. C. Chrisman Wilson July, 2011

The University mourns the loss of Chris Wilson, who passed away July 25, 2011. Chris joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology in 1981. He served as director of the School Psychology PhD program1992-2004, and Department Chair 1987-1992. In 2005, he was named Distinguished Newcomb Fellow for his devotion to the academic life of Newcomb College. For three decades, his abnormal psychology course was an elective of choice for psychology majors.

Faculty Promotions and Additions July 1, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Ed Golob, who is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and to Dr. Stacy Overstreet, who is promoted to Full Professor. And a warm welcome to Dr. Conni Patterson, Professor of Practice

Dr. Golob joined our faculty in 2004, following graduate work at Dartmouth College, post-doctoral work at UC-Irvine's Department of Neurology, and a researcher position at UC-Irvine's Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia. Dr. Golob is a cognitive neuroscientist with particular interest in the auditory system, attention, and aging.

Dr. Overstreet joined our faculty in 1995, and earned tenure in 2001. Since 2004, she has directed our APA-accredited School Psychology Doctoral Program. Dr. Overstreet's research considers children at risk for maladjustment due to chronic stressors such as community violence and natural disaster.

Dr. Patterson joins our faculty this fall, as a Professor of Practice in the area of School Psychology. Dr. Patterson brings extensive expertise to the application of psychology in the school systems and to internship training. Welcome!!

School Psychology Accreditation June, 2011

The School Psychology Program is pleased to announce that it recently received reaccreditation from the American Psychological Association for a period of 7 years. This is the longest period for which reaccreditation is awarded, which indicates that our program has achieved the highest quality of training in School Psychology. Any questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 /Email:

Students Bond Through Summer Read June 21, 2011

Students Bond Through Summer Read First-year students are in for an emotional read for the 2011 Reading Project. This summer’s novel for incoming students is based on the compelling story of a black tobacco farmer whose cancerous cells were extracted without her permission or knowledge and used for research decades after her death.

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Spring 2011

Service Learning in Psychology May 2011

Ayesha GOTRIn fulfillment of the second –tier service learning requirement, Ayesha Sujan completed an independent study in psychology with Dr. Carrie Wyland and the New Orleans chapter of Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a program for 3rd-5th grade girls which combines a running program with development of positive self-images, self-respect, and healthy decision-making. Ayesha completed background research on the development of self-esteem in children and adolescents and how programs such as GOTR can help promote positive self-views. For the service component, she coached at the International School of Louisiana and worked closely with the girls in her group, who successfully completed a 5K race at the end of the 10-week program. In addition, Ayesha worked with Stephanie O’Brien, the director of the New Orleans chapter of GOTR, to write a regular newsletter for parents. Service learning in such a fashion can not only underscore the theories and concepts in psychology but also connects students to the New Orleans community in a valuable way.

Excellence in Graduate Teaching May 13, 2011

Stacy Overstreet Stacy Overstreet is awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. Dr. Overstreet has served since 2004 as director of the accredited school psychology doctoral program. She has supervised numerous doctoral dissertations and master’s theses and is known as a supportive mentor who challenges her students. Overstreet “embodies a spirit of leadership, a caring attitude and fervor for teaching,” a student wrote.

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Service Requirement Rewarding, Students Say February 28, 2011

Service Requirement RewardingTulane students enjoy and are rewarded by the university’s public service requirement, according to a study led by Barbara Moely, professor emerita in the Tulane psychology department and research affiliate of the Center for Public Service.

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Movie Technology Aids Childhood Research January 28, 2011

Motion Capture TechnologyPsychology professor Jeffrey Lockman leads a $1.6 million, five-year study about early development of coordination skills in babies.

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Help a Budding Musician January 10, 2011

Help a Budding MusicianWhen Tulane faculty member Paul Colombo learned of a local after-school program that intermingles musical training and scholastic achievement, he sought a way to get Tulane students involved.

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Short-term Estrogen Treatments Improve Memory January 6, 2011

Estrogen TreatmentsDr. Jill Daniel and her research team show that estrogen replacement can improve memory.

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Fall 2010

Music Soothes Mental Disorders of Aging December 8, 2010

Music Soothes Mental DisordersTulane junior Judy Fustok is discovering the power of music to reach seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression and other disorders. Fustok meets one-on-one with residents at St. Margaret’s Daughters Home and notes changes in their levels of communication as she plays music on an iPod for them.

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Trailblazing Faculty Promote Service-Learning Courses November 24, 2010

Service-Learning CoursesService learning is a natural extension from the classroom into the community, and psychology faculty members at Tulane University have led the way. Research has shown that service-learning courses engage students, encourage creative thinking and increase the student retention rate.

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