Department News

  • Psyched for Life team participates in 5th Annual American Cancer Society SMCM Relay for Life and raises $5,248.50 for  research and patient support programs.
  • Volume 4 of the Psyc Alumni Newsletter Released!
  • Dr. Libby Williams was elected as 2013 Woman of the Year for the Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) of the Society of Counseling Psychology at the APA. Congratulations, Libby!

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Grant News

In AY12-13

Katherine Grein '13 was selected as the recipient of an award that was established in spring 2012 to honor Dr. Laraine Glidden's career contributions to the advancement of undergraduate participation in research involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  The award paid $500 towards Katherine’s expenses to travel to the 2013 Gatlinburg Conference in San Antonio to present her work. Katherine worked with Dr. Glidden in either directed research or paid work from her sophomore through her senior year. She is a co-author on a 2012 publication, and they are working together on two others that are under review.

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Seminars & Events



FA12

Friday, Sept. 28- 3 pm; Goodpaster Hall 195

Dr. Stuart White presents “The Neurobiology of Aggression and Violence: The Importance of Heterogeneity to Development, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention” as part of the Psychology Lecture Series: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention. Co-sponsored by the Neuroscience Program.

Although the study of the neurobiology of aggression and violence is in the early stages, the convergence of animal mod-els, behavioral data and clinical findings with neuroimaging results has given researchers early insights into the biological foundations of aggression and violence. Importantly, this early research shows that there are at least two distinct patterns of pathophysiology associated with aggression and violence. The first pattern is one of weakened top-down control (including both impulsive control and emotion regulation) in dorsal regions of frontal cortex combined with hyper-arousal in regions such as the amygdala, hypothalamus and periaqueductal gray. The second pattern of pathophysiology involves hypo-arousal of the amygdala and dysfunction in striatum and both ventromedial and orbital frontal cortices. The implications of these two patterns of pathophysiology for understanding the develop-ment, assessment, treatment and prevention of aggression and violence are myriad and vital for improving societal outcomes relative to these behaviors.


Dr. White is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience of the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health. He earned his Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of New Orleans.


Monday, Oct. 29 - 4:45pm; Goodpaster Hall 195

Gwen Calhoon ’06 (ABD) presents research (Topic TBA) as part of the Neuroscience Lecture Series.


Friday, Nov. 2 - 3pm; Cole Cinema

Dr. Julie Ancis presents “DSM-V: Social, Political, and Ethical Implications” as part of the Psychology Lecture Series: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention.

This presentation will describe the DSM-5, scheduled for publication in May 2013, and the controversy surrounding its development. Dr. Ancis will provide an overview of the newly proposed classification system and diagnoses.

It is imperative that those involved in using the DSM-5 or potentially impacted by the DSM be duly informed. Questions associated with the DSM-5 revision process; the empirical basis of proposed changes; social, legal and political implications; and ethical and cultural considerations will be addressed.

Dr. Ancis will describe her involvement in a number of initiatives related to DSM-5 proposals, including those of the Association for Women in Psychology and Counselors for Social Justice. She will also review concerns of major mental health organizations worldwide, such as the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the British Psychological Society, and elated divisions.

Dr. Ancis is currently a Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State  University. She earned her Bachelors, Masters and PhD from the University of Albany, State University of New York. Her major areas of interest are: multicultural competency training, diversity attitudes, race and gender issues, education and career development, and legal system experiences.


Monday, Nov. 12 - 4:45pm; Goodpaster Hall 195

Dr. Paul Shepard presents research (Topic TBA) as part of the Neuroscience Lecture Series.