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
Spring 2013 Kendon Smith Lecture Series: April 4-5. The Development of Scientific Reasoning
Department Colloquium: 3:30, Friday, March 1, Sullivan Science 200. Dr. Angeline Lillard, University of Virginia: Spongebob, Arthur, and children's executive function.
Hard Data Cafe (Cognitive): Spring, 2013
Developmental/Social Brown Bag Series: Spring 2013
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).
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
New Faculty: We are very pleased to announce that two new faculty will be joining the department as Assistant Professors in 2013/14: Dr. Thanujeni Pathman (Developmental) and Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn (Clinical).
Undergraduate Accomplishments, 2011/12: Beyond the Classroom
University News featured story: UNCG leading major ADHD study; funded by $3 million NIH grant
Grant Announcement: Stuart Marcovitch, National Institutes of Health, "Biological and Behavioral Predictors of Early School Success."
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".
Graduate student Meagan Tucker has been awarded the 2012 UNCG Outstanding Master's Thesis award.
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.
Once again, 100% of our clinical students matched for predoctoral internship training. The sites at which our students will be interning next year are: Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, Arkansas Behavioral Health Services Center, Durham VA (2), University of Rochester
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.
George Michel was interviewed by Fox 8 TV about his work on handedness. Watch the news segment here.
Graduate student Alex Thibeault has been selected as a recipient of a 2011-12 Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant for his work with Julie Mendez on “Psychological Well-Being and Adjustment in Recently Arriving Immigrant Adolescents”
Paul Silvia was a live on-air guest on John Schaefer's show "Soundcheck," produced by WNYC in New York. The show was devoted to scientific research on why people get chills and goosebumps from music.
Molly Walsh is one of only 13 recipients of an APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship
Jackie White attends reception with Vice President Biden to mark the 17th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women act.
Grant Announcement: Anastopoulos. College STAR project (to develop and implement campus-based Student Support and Faculty Development services for first year college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).
Grant Announcement: Kane, Kwapil, & Silvia: Executive Control and Schizotypy in the Laboratory and Daily Life
Jackie White selected as the 2011 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service to the APA Division 35 Society for the Psychology of Women
Clinical Training Grant: The clinical area has (again) received funding through the APA Graduate Psychology Education Program for training focusing on providing services to traditionally underserved populations.
Paul Silvia's research on "cantankerous creativity" has been widely covered in the media: MSNBC, Miller-McCune, Business Insider and he has been interviewed on "Soundcheck," on NPR-affiliate WNYC and on "Word of Mouth," on NHPR (New Hampshire Public Radio)
Psychology students win UNCG Student Excellence Awards: Jennifer McVay, Outstanding Dissertation Award, Molly Armistead Walsh, Outstanding Thesis Award, Sabrina Epps, First place, Behavioral, Economic, Education and Social Sciences Undergradaute Research Award, Amy Albright, Second place, Behavioral, Economic, Education and Social Sciences Undergradaute Research Award
Research Grant: Jackie White. Project PREVENT: Preventing Violence against Women and Children by Engaging Information Technology. The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Research Grant: George Michel. The development of Infant Handedness. National Science Foundation.
George Michel elected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.
George Michel has been selected as one of twenty international participants in an NSF supported meeting on "Exploring the Concept of Homology in Developmental Psychology" taking place at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Research Grant: Kari Eddington, Paul Silvia, Tom Kwapil. Assessing Change in Short-Term Therapy for Depression Using ESM. NIMH
Research Grant: Kari Eddington, Julie Mendez. Group Psychotherapy for Postpartum Depression Group Psychotherapy Foundation