In July 2012, Dr. Courtney Baker will join the department as a core faculty member in our APA-accredited School Psychology Ph.D. program. Dr. Baker earned the Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and currently is a post-doctoral fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. Her interests include research in early childhood interventions.
Promotions: Dr.Laurie O'Brien received tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. Drs. Michael Cunningham and Bonnie Nastasi were promoted to the rank of Professor.
Appointments: Dr. Michael Cunningham has been appointed as the Associate Provost of Engaged Learning and Teaching within the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Stacy Overstreet has been appointed as the Chair of the Department of Psychology. Dr. Janet Ruscher has been appointed as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Science and Engineering.
Dr. O'Brien joined our faculty in 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina struck southeast Louisiana. She earned the Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. O'Brien's work, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents, examines stereotype threat, stigma, and legitimizing ideologies.
Nominations for the Barbara E. Moely Award for Psychology in the Public Interest and the Anne McPherson Memorial Student Award are due March 15th.[More information]
The Will Bergeron Memorial Scholarship was established by the Louisiana School Psychology Association in 1982 in honor of one of the early practitioners and trainers of school psychology in Louisiana. Shereen Naser is the recipient of the 2011 Bergeron Award. Shereen embodies the exemplary qualities highlighted by the award, including a dedication to the study of School Psychology and an enthusiasm for the field that is apparent to all those who come into contact with her.
Dr. Beth Wee is the 2011 recipient of the Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award. In addition to incorporating service learning into her Brain and Behavior course and coordinating the Neuroscience internship course, Dr. Wee created a School-wide service learning course for research-active undergraduates called "Bringing Research to the Community."
Ph.D. student Stefanie Simon submitted graduate fellowship proposals to both the National Science Foundation and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program, and was offered both of them. Students cannot hold two Federal graduate fellowships simultaneously, so Stefanie declined the Javits. Her work, funded for three years, explores how confronting strategies may be an effective coping strategy for targets of discrimination and prejudice; Stefanie is working with social psychologist Dr. Laurie O'Brien. The aim of this research is to develop confronting strategies that not only reduce prejudice but also improve intergroup relations.
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!!
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