Dr. Hoerger of the Psychology Department was granted a Visiting Scholar Award by the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS) to study palliative care for two months with leading researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hoerger’s grant and areas of training and research were covered by the Psychology Times.
The Psychology Department is pleased to welcome two new faculty this year! Dr. Michael Hoerger, who is a clinical health psychologist and decision scientist who conducts research aimed at supporting quality of life in adults with cancer. Dr. Kim Sherman is a school psychologist who is interested in school-based academic and behavior risk prevention and intervention services. Welcome!
Leah Walsh, a psychology and classical studies major from Fairfield, Connecticut, earned a $5,000 summer research grant from the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. Walsh will work with faculty mentor Dr. Lockman and graduate student Mr. Nick Fears to study the development of handwriting in young children.
Dr. David Corey, who studies cognitive neuroscience and quantitative methods and who teaches many of the Psychology Department’s statistics and methods courses, was promoted to Senior Professor of the Practice. Dr. Constance Patterson, who serves as Director of Clinical Training for the School Psychology Program and who teaches abnormal psychology for undergraduates and psychoeducational assessment for graduate students, was also promoted to Senior Professor of the Practice. Congratulations!
Social Psychologists Drs. O’Brien and Ruscher, along with social psychology graduate student Sally Merritt, presented their work on offensive communication at this year’s annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago.
Since 1994, an accomplished member of the Tulane faculty has been named Distinguished Newcomb Fellow through a peer-selection process. Dr. Beth Wee, Professor of the Practice in Psychology and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Science and Engineering, was named 2016’s Distinguished Newcomb Fellow. Congratulations!
A recent paper in School Psychology Quarterly identified Dr. Bonnie Nastasi, of Professor in the Psychology Department, as one of the most prolific contributors to scholarship in school psychology. The story was also covered by The Psychology Times.
Psychology faculty Drs. Gray, Hoerger, and Murray each received a Louisiana Board of Regents Research Competitiveness Subprogram Award. These three-year awards are intended to boost the national competitiveness of Louisiana faculty. The Psychology Department also received one graduate fellowship to begin 2017-18. Graduate fellowships provide support for Ph.D. students.
A Tulane alumnus and his wife recently made a lead gift to help start the Tulane Brain Institute, a new universitywide initiative that will provide the infrastructure to coordinate, expand, and push neuroscience programs and research at Tulane to the next level. The Institute will be led by Director, Jill Daniel, professor of Psychology and head of Tulane’s Neuroscience Program.
Tulane’s undergraduate program in Neuroscience was featured on a study.com list as one of the best in the nation. “Tulane’s strong showing in neuroscience is a wonderful example of the ways we connect the undergraduate experience to our professional schools,” says Tulane President Mike Fitts. “That’s a powerful combination. And it’s great to see Tulane win this well-deserved recognition.” Given Psychology’s close ties with Neuroscience, the Psychology Department is thrilled to see Neuroscience in the spotlight!
Dr. Nastasi was featured in the February 2016 issue of The Psychology Times for her international work on child well-being and child rights. Nastasi advocates for “a participatory process of consultation, a focus on cultural and contextual specificity, and the use of research to inform and evaluate interventions” with an eye toward promoting sustainability and capacity building in her international work. She also cautions against taking a “one-size-fits-all” approach to exporting research from the US to international populations. Nastasi’s recent projects have focused on children, along with their families, schools, and communities, in New Orleans, Sri Lanka, and Mumbai, India.
The Times Editor noted “We weren’t sure how anyone could get more hands-on community involvement than we saw when we reported on what Dr. Stacy Overstreet had pulled together for the study on “trauma informed schools.”…This award honors those who recognize the importance of win-win problem-solving in the long-term productivity of a community. Our hats are off to Dr. Overstreet and her team––A true community project deserving of the Community Development Award for 2015, and our thanks.”
Kate Homan ( BS '14, MS '15) is the Forensic Interviewer and Systems Coordinator at the New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center (NOCAC). Read about her position as a forensic interviewer, and about how she used her time at Tulane to prepare for this unique career.
APA's Psychology: Science in Action "educates the public about how the science and application of psychology benefit society and improve lives. It shows the breadth and depth of psychology and the varied settings in which psychologists work, including research, education, clinical and organizational settings." This month features Jeff Lockman, and his work on infants' development of tool use.
Julie Markant (Ph.D. 2010, University of Minnesota) joins the faculty as an assistant professor with interests in developmental neuroscience, selective attention, and infancy.
Damian Murray (Ph.D., 2013 University of British Columbia) joins the faculty as an assistant professor in social psychology, with specific interests in evolutionary psychology, disease avoidance, and interpersonal relationships.
Shereen Naser (Ph.D. 2014, Tulane University) is a visiting assistant professor in the field of school psychology.
Why are people startled by the sound of a car backfiring? What causes them to turn their attention away from what they are doing and toward the location of the sound? Edward Golob, an associate professor of psychology at Tulane University, is the principal investigator on a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health that will study how such auditory spatial attention, which scientists believe is vital to the survival of both humans and animals, operates in the brain.
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