Department of Psychology

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The Department of Psychology currently has 24 full-time faculty members whose teaching and research interests provide both undergraduate and graduate students with a broad array of opportunities for coursework as well as research. Our department is known for its warm, friendly atmosphere and its emphasis on collaborative cutting-edge science.

For undergraduates, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a concentration in psychology for students in teacher education, or a minor in psychology.  Graduate degrees include a terminal Master of Arts in general experimental psychology, a Doctor of Philosophy in experimental psychology, typically with a focus in the broadly-defined areas of cognitive, developmental, or social psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on both clinical training and research.

Our department also provides the community with valuable clinical services through the Psychology Clinic and the AD/HD Clinic.

Please explore the information about our department that is offered on our website and contact us if you would like additional information about any aspect of the UNCG Psychology Department

Events

Spring 2014 Kendon Smith Lecture Series: April 10-11, Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Youth: Achievement, Adaptation, and Mental Health

Kendon Smith Lectures (archive)

Hard Data Cafe (Cognitive): Spring, 2014

Graduate Research Colloquium

News

Psychology Department faculty have won the two highest research awards at UNCG! Mike Kane was named this year's recipient of the UNCG Senior Faculty Research Excellence Award, while Paul Silvia was named this year's recipient of the UNCG Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award. This is the first time that two faculty from the same department have won both awards in the same year.

Grant Announcement: Julie Mendez-Smith is one of a team of researchers awarded a grant by the DHHS Administration on Children and Familieis to fund a National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families. This project grew out of a research group that was supported by the campus wide Child and Family Research Network.

Once again, 100% of our clinical students matched for predoctoral internship training.

David Frank has been named the 2014 recipient of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award in the category of Social Sciences, Business, and Education.

Lili Sahakyan has been elected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

Grant Announcement: Mike Kane, NSF. " Collaborative Research: The Effects of Mind-Wandering on the Learning and Retention of STEM Content: Experimental and Individual Differences Investigations." 

Ethan Zell'sstudy finds that young republicans are less conservative than they think.

New Faculty: We are very pleased to announce that three new faculty will be joining the department as Assistant Professors in 2013/14: Dr. Thanujeni Pathman (Developmental), Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn (Clinical), and Dr. Blair Wisco (Clinical)

Undergraduate Accomplishments, 2012/13: Beyond the Classroom

Dr. Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association, distinguished scientist and graduate of UNCG’s master’s and doctoral programs in clinical psychology, will receive an honorary degree during the 2013 UNCG commencement ceremony. Dr. Anderson will also deliver the 2013 commencement address.

Fourteen undergraduate psychology students presented at the recent Carolyn &Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo. We are proud to announce that Daniella DeGeorge was the recipient of the first place award for best presentation, while Natalie Hellman, Spencer Mijanovich, and Morgaine Bowers were recognized as award finalists.

Thesis and Dissertation Awards: Psychology students have been awarded both the UNCG Outstanding Thesis AND the UNCG Outstanding Dissertation awards for 2013. David Frank is the 2013 recipient of the UNCG Oustanding Thesis Award (Title: Metacognitive Age Differences in Strategy Shift: Retrieval Avoidance or General Shift Reluctance?), while Stephanie Miller (now on the faculty at University of Mississippi) is the recipient of the UNCG Outstanding Dissertation Award (Title: The Relationship between Executive Function and Joint Attention in the Second Year of Life).

Once again, 100% of our clinical students matched for predoctoral internship training. The sites at which our students will be interning next year are: HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (MINNEAPOLIS, MN), BAYLOR COLL MED-PSYCH & BHAV SCI, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, UNIV OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM , VA MEDICAL CENTER - ATLANTA, UNIV OF FLORIDA HEALTH SCI CTR, EDWARD HINES, JR. VA HOSPITAL (HINES, IL) and SOUTHWEST CONSORTIUM (ALBUQUERQUE, NM).

TEN Psychology majors were elected to Phi Beta Kappa Membership in the Epsilon Chapter of North Carolina

The department was very well represented at the recent Lloyds International Honors College Undergraduate Honors Symposium by Daniella DeGeorge and Natalie Hellman whose presentations were part of the session "Mad as a Hatter?" moderated by Paul Silvia.

Eight Psychology majors were recipients of Office of Undergraduate Research funding awards (out of only 39 awards given throughout the entire university).

Cheryl Logan's new book Hormones, Heredity, and Race is now available for purchase from Rutgers University Press.

Stuart Marcovitch has been appointed an Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology

University News featured story: UNCG leading major ADHD study; funded by $3 million NIH grant

Graduate student Roger Beatty won an award for best student presentation from Division 10 of APA for his talk at the APA meetings entitled ""Why do ideas get more creative across time? An executive interpretation of the serial order effect in divergent thinking tasks"

Grant Announcement: Julie Mendez, DHHS Office of Head Start, "Student-Teacher Relationship, Cortisol Reactivity, and Behavioral Outcomes of Children Attending Head Start." 

Lili Sahakyan featured as part of a special project: 50 Global Armenians

Grant Announcement: Arthur Anastopoulos, National Institutes of Health, "Longitudinal Outcome of College Students with ADHD"

Kari Eddington and graduate students Nillie Fallah and Catherine Majestic received an award from the School of Nursing Health Centers to implement a community outreach program for residents living in GHA housing communities. Their proposal involves providing education about mental health issues and services to the residents and evaluating attendee's reactions to the program.

Kevin Swarthout (who graduated in spring, 2011) won the Professional Paper Award at SEPA (2012) for his presentation that was based on his dissertation.

Graduate students Alex Thibeault, Anjali Gowda, and Arianna Hoet won the Institute for Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation. Susan Keane served as their faculty mentor. Their project focuses on increasing North Carolina’s high school graduation rate.