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Spring 2016

Tulane Undergrad Neuroscience Program Makes National List  February 2016

neuroscience_class_730_pbcTulane’s undergraduate program in Neuroscience was featured on a 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. Bonnie Nastasi Featured for Her International Work on Child Well-Being  February 2016

Bonnie CommunityDr. 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.


Dr. Overstreet receives The Psychology Times’ Community Development Award  January 2016

OverstreetThe 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.”


Fall 2015

Alumna spotlight: Kate Homan, MS 2015, Behavioral Health  December 2015

croppedhomanKate 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.


2.6M National Institute of Justice Trauma Grant  October 2015

traumagrantteamDr. Stacy Overstreet is Principal Investigator on 2.6 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Justice to experimentally examine the effectiveness of trauma-informed approaches to create safe school environments. With Tulane colleague Dr. Courtney Baker, Overstreet leads a team of community partners from the Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Collaborative.


Tool Time  September 2015

Slide1APA'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.


Welcome to Drs. Julie Markant, Damian Murray, and Shereen Naser August 2015

WEL 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.

Tulane Researchers Receive $1.4 Million to Pay Attention August 14, 2015

Tulane Researchers Receive $1.4 Million to Pay Attention 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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