May 28, 2015 The Department of Psychology would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest faculty members. Brandy Tiernan, who holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the Iowa State University. Kate Nelson, who has just completed her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. John Coffey, who has just completed his Ph.D. in Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Kate Seip-cammack, who received her Ph.D. in Integrative Neuroscience at Rutgers University and is completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
April 27, 2015 Seven of the posters at the April 24, 2015, Scholarship Sewanee involved psychological research, broadly construed. As befits a liberal arts college, psychology majors and minors also participated in two posters and three oral presentations in other fields.
April 16, 2015 On Wednesday April 15, students in Psychology 230 and Art 263 heard from Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz about children's literature and children's cultural lives. Dr. Spitz will join the class again on Friday April 17 to consider children's books set in Appalachia and the "Reading Appalachia" exhibit currently on display in the University's DuPont Library.
April 8, 2015 "Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature" opened this week at Sewanee's Jessie Ball duPont Library. This groundbreaking exhibition of Appalachian children’s literature explores books published since the late 1800s.
April 3, 2015 On Wednesday, April 1, Psyc 230 students heard from Professor of Religion Jerry Smith about Appalachian Religion and Culture. On Thursday, April 2, they joined Professor Smith's Religion and Ecology class on a field trip to nearby sites in and around Sherwood, TN.
March 27, 2015 On Friday, March 27, Psychology 230 students heard from Walter Gilliam, Associate Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy.
March 25, 2015 On Weds., March 25, Psyc 230 students will hear from colleagues from Scholastic Publishers along with local community leaders working together in the Discover Together program, a collaborative effort among the Tracy City Elementary School, the University of the South, Yale Child Study Center, and Scholastic.
March 22, 2015 On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Psychology 230 class will welcome Grace Kong, Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry at Yale Medical School. Dr. Kong will speak with the class about tobacco use in rural communities.
March 20, 2015 On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Psyc 230 students heard from Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Daniel Carter about "Thrive 2055: Can Regional Collaboration Make a Difference?"
March 2, 2015 Dr. Garrett Adams, medical director of the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic and past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, about America’s medically underserved, especially in Appalachia, how America’s wealth inequality affects the nation’s health and society, and the benefits a publicly funded national health program could have on our society as well as our national health.
February 26, 2015 Psyc 230 students will hear from Chip Manning, Director of the University's Babson Center for Global Commerce, and local business owners and entrepreneurs Keri Moser (Ivy Wild), Ward Cammack (Sweet Cece's and Shenanigans), Bruno Durant (Silver Bait Worm Farm), and Grant Miller (Village at Sewanee Creek; formerly of Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins) about business development and job creation on the Cumberland Plateau on Thursday, February 26.
February 25, 2015 Paige Schneider, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, will speak with students in Psyc 230 and Art 263 on Monday, Feb. 23rd and Wednesday, Feb. 25th on "Empowering Citizens through Transformative Politics."
February 9, 2015 This past week, Moira O’Neil from the FrameWorks Institute visited the Sewanee campus and engaged in conversations with a number of faculty, staff, community partners, and students. Her arrival coincided with the MacArthur Foundation announcement of FrameWorks as a recipient of the foundation’s 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
December 4, 2014 Assistant Professor Jordan Troisi has accepted the invitation of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology [Division 2 of the American Psychological Association] to speak at the 2015 annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association.
November 13, 2014 Junior Petra Richer and Sophomore Haley Wilbanks will spend the 2015 spring semester and summer conducting research and taking courses at the Yale School of Medicine through the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program.
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August 27, 2014 Sewanee students presented the research results of their 2014 summer internships at a July 25 poster session on the Yale campus. Each student worked under the dedicated mentor-ship of one or more professionals. During the preceding eight weeks the students also gathered several times each week in discussion sessions that included interns from other colleges.
April 26, 2014 Ten of the posters at the April 25, 2014, Scholarship Sewanee involved psychological research conducted by 25 majors. Obianuju Okonkwo received the Speaker's Choice Award for the best poster in any area.
April 22, 2014 Psychology students and faculty gathered for a luncheon on Tuesday, April 22, to recognize a wide variety of accomplishments during 2013-14 and to celebrate the 50th year of the Psychology Department.
January 1, 2014 The Department of Psychology would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest faculty member. Jordan Troisi, who completed his doctoral work at University of Buffalo, The State University of New York in 2012, has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Widener University since fall 2011. His appointment expands psychology to seven tenure-track positions.
November 12, 2013 The Rotary program “Don’t Meth With Us” was created in consultation with Sewanee faculty members Jessica Siegel and Karen Yu. Along with psychology major Jessica Deimler they are helping to assess the impact of the presentation.
September 14, 2013 Karen Pao-Ying Yu was promoted to Professor of Psychology by the University’s Board of Regents at its June 2013 meeting, according to a report released to the College Faculty by Vice-Chancellor John McCardell on September 2. Regent action was the final step in a procedure that began early in the Fall Term 2012.
September 10, 2013 The psychology majors and minors have told us about a wide variety of summer activities . . . internships (many supported by stipends from the College’s endowment funds or from individual alumni) . . . research . . . summer camps . . . education programs.
September 9, 2013 In this update on the research project studying the Laws of Life Essay Contest . . . Sewanee students participate in the study funded by the John Templeton Foundation . . . and the local newspaper reports on the early work.
August 14, 2013 Twelve first-time Yale Child Study Center Summer Interns and three returning Interns presented their projects on July 25th. The summer program is the oldest of the Sewanee–Yale collaborations.
July 30, 2013 The latest issue of the “Journal of Young Investigators” includes an article reporting on a study of the impact of high-fat diet and ethanol on cognition and behavior in female mice … a Psychology 359 project by Chris Daniell ’14 and Shelby Bartlett ’12, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Jessica Siegel.
May 29, 2013 Associate Professor of Psychology Karen Yu and two teams of Sewanee student researchers spent last weekend in Washington, D.C., where they gave presentations at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science.
April 19, 2013 Jonathan Robinson will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about New Dreams: the stories, leadership, and business models for re-imagining and re-making communities.
April 12, 2013 Nat Kendall-Taylor, Ph.D., will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about The Science of Communication: Framing Science for Social Change.
April 5, 2013 Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary area that is one of the most compelling scientific frontiers in understanding ourselves and our actions, was added to the Minor Fields of Study by the Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences on April 3.
March 21, 2013 Windy Lopez will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about “Family Resilience: Literacy to promote social competence and foster resilience. Local and national implications of a case study in Grundy County, TN.” She will be joined by Karen Proctor.
March 15, 2013 Raffaella Zanuttini, Ph.D. – joined on Monday by Christina Tortora, Ph.D. - will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about The Study of Language as a Window on the Mind: the importance of “dialects.”
February 18, 2013 Sir Peter Crane of Yale and Sewanee professor Jon Evans will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about interactions between the physical environment and human communities.
January 29, 2013 Brian Harel, Ph.D., J.D., will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about cultural considerations in neuropsychological assessment this week.
January 21, 2013 Dr. Helen Bateman has received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South that will permit the adaptation and further development of the Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds materials for a project website.
August 27, 2012 The latest issue of “Ethics & Behavior” includes an article reporting on a study of unauthorized use of on-line information while taking a test … a Psychology 444 independent study project by Emily Simpson ’11 under the supervision of Associate Professor Karen Yu.
April 30, 2012 Ten new Yale Child Study Center Summer Interns and four returning Interns were announced today. A fifteenth Summer Intern will be based in Sewanee. In addition, one student will begin the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program (summer 2012 plus fall semester 2012).
October 20, 2011 At its national conference, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (U.S. Department of Justice) released two publications based on research conducted by Research Associate Professor Sherry Hamby with three colleagues at the University of New Hampshire.
September 19, 2011 Methamphetamine exposure during brain development (postnatal day 11 through 20) alters the brain in adolescent mice (postnatal day 30) and in adult mice (postnatal day 90) … an article in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Neurochemistry.
May 1, 2011 Scott Ward, a member of the class of 2013, has been accepted by the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program for the summer and fall 2011. Scott manages to pursue his interests in neuroscience, medicine, and Russian while meeting the requirements of a premedical program.
March 29, 2011 The literature review of successful intervention strategies for emergency first responders such as police, firefighters, and EMTs was published in the Fall 2010 Journal of Undergraduate Research published by the Department of Psychology at The University of Tennessee–Chattanooga.
March 6, 2011 The Department of Psychology would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest faculty member. Jessica Siegel, who is completing her doctoral work at the Oregon Health & Science University, will offer courses in introductory psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and drugs & human behavior. She replaces Tim Keith-Lucas, who retires in June.
March 2, 2011 Senior Psychology major Hadley Mates received Honorable Mention for her poster presentation, "Reward preferences at school: Do children favor unhealthy food?" at the 14th Annual Mid-South Psychology Conference on February 26. Mates conducted the research reported in this poster in collaboration with Libba Coker '10, Lucy Taylor '10, and Karen Yu (Associate Professor of Psychology).
March 1, 2011 Chris Hague and Emily Simpson, the first two students selected for the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, are spending this semester plus the summer immersed in research and courses at the Yale Child Study Center, a division of Yale Medical School. Greeted by a fierce winter even by New England standards, Emily and Chris have acclimated well to life in New Haven. A recent update from both students offers a glimpse into their lives and what they are experiencing.
January 29, 2011 At last week's "Defending Childhood" Initiative meeting, Dr. Sherry Hamby had the pleasant surprise of hearing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder single out the "excellent survey" she conducted with three colleagues at the University of New Hampshire.
December 8, 2010 Christopher Hague and Emily Simpson, class of 2011, will spend the spring 2011 semester and following summer at Yale as the first two participants in this program offered by the Yale Child Study Center.
October 26, 2010 A new program offers select Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a full semester plus the adjacent summer at the Yale Child Study Center. Students will work closely with a Yale faculty mentor in conducting a research project.
September 28, 2010 Dr. Hamby will be one of 15 experts from around the country who will be in Atlanta in October to update two documents for the CDC's Division of Violence Prevention of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
September 12, 2010 While at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference sponsored by the University of New Hampshire in July, Chetna was invited to present her poster [research conducted with Dr. Sherry Hamby] at the 15th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma in San Diego by Dr. Bob Geffner, conference head.
October 7, 2009 U.S. children are routinely exposed to more violence and abuse than has been previously recognized, with nearly half experiencing a physical assault in the study year of 2008. Caregivers and youth were interviewed about the experiences of 4,549 children ages 0 to 17.
January 16, 2009 Rather than delivering their comprehensive examination essays to faculty offices, the senior psychology majors were asked to bring them to the EQB Building at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 16. A celebration dinner for senior Psychology Majors, their guests, and Psychology Department faculty followed at that location.