Psychology

Faculty Achievements

TENURE AWARDED TO JUHASZ, STEMLER
Barbara Juhasz,
 associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, and Steven Stemler, associate professor of psychology, were awarded tenure.  (read more)  4/13

KURTZ WORKS WITH WESLEYAN ALUMNI AT MINDS FOUNDATION IN INDIA
Matthew Kurtz associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, traveled to Gujarat, India in March to work with The MINDS Foundation.  (read more)  4/13

SCHUG OP-ED ON A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON GAY MARRIAGE
Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, challenges the Supreme Court�s recent hearings on same-sex marriage cases in an op-ed in The Hartford Courant.  (read more)  4/13

PSYCHOLOGY LAB STUDIES HOW CAMERAS MAY HELP MEMORY-IMPAIRED PEOPLE
John Seamon, professor of psychology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, and his students are studying whether it�s possible to help patients remember more of their lives.  (read more)  2/13  Also featured in the Hartford Courant.  (4/13)

RODRIGUEZ MOSQUERA, IMADA PUBLISHED IN COGNITION JOURNAL
The journal Cognition and Emotion published a new paper by Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera and former post-doctoral fellow in psychology Toshie Imada. The paper, titled, "Perceived social image and life satisfaction across cultures," studies the relationship between perceived social image and life satisfaction for Indian, Pakistani/Bangladeshi, White British and European American men and women.  (read more)  3/13

KURTZ RESEARCHES PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENTS FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA
In this video, Matthew Kurtz, associate professor of psychology, neuroscience and behavior, talks about his research on cognitive remediation � one of several newer psychological treatments for schizophrenia. (read more/view video)  3/13

KURTZ PUBLISHED IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND MAGAZINE, ACADEMIC JOURNALS
Matthew Kurtz, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, has published an article in the March 2013 issue of Scientific American Mind magazine. Kurtz, who studies schizophrenia, writes about the less-well-known symptoms of the disease, which include cognitive and social deficits.  (read more)  2/13

STRIEGEL TO ASSUME POSITION OF PROVOST, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Ruth Striegel
, professor of psychology and the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, will assume the position of Wesleyan�s next provost and vice president for academic affairs.  (read more)  1/13

SEAMON APPOINTED ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF JOURNAL MEMORY
Professor of Psychology John Seamon, has been appointed to a three-year term as associate editor of Memory, an international journal published by Taylor and Francis and focusing on empirical research on all aspects of human memory.  (read more)  1/13

RODRIGUEZ MOSQUERA CO-AUTHORS ARTICLE ON MUSLIM�S EMOTIONS AFTER 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, together with Tasmiha Khan '12 and post-doc Arielle Selya, recently published an article in Cognition & Emotion titled, "Coping with the 10th anniversary of 9/11: Muslim Americans' sadness, fear, and anger."  (read more)  1/13

4 PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY AUTHOR STUDY ON CHILDREN�S RESPONSE TO GROUPS
"Minimal-group membership influences children�s responses to novel experience with group members," was written by lead author Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, together with Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology; Andrea Patalano, associate professor of psychology, chair of psychology; and Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology.  (read more)  1/13

QAC 201 COURSE USES POSTER SESSION AS FINAL EXAM
The interdisciplinary course QAC 201, taught by Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, provides experience in data management and applied statistics.  (read more) 12/12

CHAPTER BY SANISLOW, REGAN '13, DA CRUZ '11 PUBLISHED IN PERSONALITY DISORDER HANDBOOK
Assistant Professor of Psychology Charles "Chuck" Sanislow, Liz Reagan '13 and Katie da Cruz '11 the co-authors of a chapter titled "Avoidant Personality Disorder, Traits, and Type," published in The Oxford Handbook for Personality Disorders, Oxford University Press.  (read more)  12/12

RODRIGUEZ MOSQUERA NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF EUROPEAN PSYCHOLOGY JOURNAL
Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera,
 assistant professor of psychology, has become Associate Editor of The European Journal of Social Psychology(read more) 9/12

JUHASZ'S STUDY TIES WORD PROCESSING SPEED TO SENSORY EXPERIENCE
In the Eye Movement and Reading Lab at Wesleyan, Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, studies how readers recognize, understand and catalogue words in their mental dictionaries. (read more)  9/12

WESLEYAN TO OFFER FREE ONLINE COURSES THROUGH COURSERA PARTNERSHIP
Wesleyan announced a new partnership with Coursera, a company offering the public access to free online courses from top colleges and universities. Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, will be teaching a course, "Passion Driven Statistics." (read more)  9/12

PLOUS'S "ACTION TEACHING" MODEL GAINING TRACTION WORLDWIDE
Scott Plous, professor of psychology, is working to spread the word about a model of teaching that enhances learning while directly contributing to a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world.  (read more)  8/12

SCHUG'S EXHIBIT FOCUSES ON LGBT BEHAVIORS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
This summer, Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, traveled to the Faroe Islands where she produced a gallery exhibit on animal sexual diversity. (read more)  8/12

BARTH'S STUDY FINDS MENTAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SPACE AND TIME
Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, is working to better understand the mental connections between space and time. She recently published an illuminating new study in the June 2012 issue of The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. According to Barth, it seems we use the more concrete world of space to think about the more abstract world of time. (read more)  7/12

SHUSTERMAN, STUDENTS TEACH LOCAL PRE-K SUMMER PROGRAM
Inspired by her students' passion for education reform, Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology,and several of her students launched an innovative five-week pilot program this summer to prepare children entering kindergarten at Macdonough School in Middletown.  (read more)  7/12

BARTH RECEIVED TENURE
Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, received tenure effective July 1st. (read more)  7/12

TENURE AWARDED TO JUHASZ, STEMLER
Barbara Juhasz,
 associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, and Steven Stemler, associate professor of psychology, were awarded tenure.  (read more)  4/13

KURTZ WORKS WITH WESLEYAN ALUMNI AT MINDS FOUNDATION IN INDIA
Matthew Kurtz associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, traveled to Gujarat, India in March to work with The MINDS Foundation.  (read more)  4/13

SCHUG OP-ED ON A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON GAY MARRIAGE
Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, challenges the Supreme Court�s recent hearings on same-sex marriage cases in an op-ed in The Hartford Courant.  (read more)  4/13

PSYCHOLOGY LAB STUDIES HOW CAMERAS MAY HELP MEMORY-IMPAIRED PEOPLE
John Seamon, professor of psychology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, and his students are studying whether it�s possible to help patients remember more of their lives.  (read more)  2/13  Also featured in the Hartford Courant.  (4/13)

RODRIGUEZ MOSQUERA, IMADA PUBLISHED IN COGNITION JOURNAL
The journal Cognition and Emotion published a new paper by Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera and former post-doctoral fellow in psychology Toshie Imada. The paper, titled, "Perceived social image and life satisfaction across cultures," studies the relationship between perceived social image and life satisfaction for Indian, Pakistani/Bangladeshi, White British and European American men and women.  (read more)  3/13

KURTZ RESEARCHES PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENTS FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA
In this video, Matthew Kurtz, associate professor of psychology, neuroscience and behavior, talks about his research on cognitive remediation � one of several newer psychological treatments for schizophrenia. (read more/view video)  3/13

KURTZ PUBLISHED IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND MAGAZINE, ACADEMIC JOURNALS
Matthew Kurtz, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, has published an article in the March 2013 issue of Scientific American Mind magazine. Kurtz, who studies schizophrenia, writes about the less-well-known symptoms of the disease, which include cognitive and social deficits.  (read more)  2/13

STRIEGEL TO ASSUME POSITION OF PROVOST, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Ruth Striegel
, professor of psychology and the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, will assume the position of Wesleyan�s next provost and vice president for academic affairs.  (read more)  1/13

SEAMON APPOINTED ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF JOURNAL MEMORY
Professor of Psychology John Seamon, has been appointed to a three-year term as associate editor of Memory, an international journal published by Taylor and Francis and focusing on empirical research on all aspects of human memory.  (read more)  1/13

RODRIGUEZ MOSQUERA CO-AUTHORS ARTICLE ON MUSLIM�S EMOTIONS AFTER 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, together with Tasmiha Khan '12 and post-doc Arielle Selya, recently published an article in Cognition & Emotion titled, "Coping with the 10th anniversary of 9/11: Muslim Americans' sadness, fear, and anger."  (read more)  1/13

4 PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY AUTHOR STUDY ON CHILDREN�S RESPONSE TO GROUPS
"Minimal-group membership influences children�s responses to novel experience with group members," was written by lead author Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, together with Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology; Andrea Patalano, associate professor of psychology, chair of psychology; and Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology.  (read more)  1/13

QAC 201 COURSE USES POSTER SESSION AS FINAL EXAM
The interdisciplinary course QAC 201, taught by Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, provides experience in data management and applied statistics.  (read more) 12/12

CHAPTER BY SANISLOW, REGAN '13, DA CRUZ '11 PUBLISHED IN PERSONALITY DISORDER HANDBOOK
Assistant Professor of Psychology Charles "Chuck" Sanislow, Liz Reagan '13 and Katie da Cruz '11 the co-authors of a chapter titled "Avoidant Personality Disorder, Traits, and Type," published in The Oxford Handbook for Personality Disorders, Oxford University Press.  (read more)  12/12

RODRIGUEZ MOSQUERA NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF EUROPEAN PSYCHOLOGY JOURNAL
Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera,
 assistant professor of psychology, has become Associate Editor of The European Journal of Social Psychology(read more) 9/12

JUHASZ'S STUDY TIES WORD PROCESSING SPEED TO SENSORY EXPERIENCE
In the Eye Movement and Reading Lab at Wesleyan, Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, studies how readers recognize, understand and catalogue words in their mental dictionaries. (read more)  9/12

WESLEYAN TO OFFER FREE ONLINE COURSES THROUGH COURSERA PARTNERSHIP
Wesleyan announced a new partnership with Coursera, a company offering the public access to free online courses from top colleges and universities. Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, will be teaching a course, "Passion Driven Statistics." (read more)  9/12

PLOUS'S "ACTION TEACHING" MODEL GAINING TRACTION WORLDWIDE
Scott Plous, professor of psychology, is working to spread the word about a model of teaching that enhances learning while directly contributing to a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world.  (read more)  8/12

SCHUG'S EXHIBIT FOCUSES ON LGBT BEHAVIORS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
This summer, Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, traveled to the Faroe Islands where she produced a gallery exhibit on animal sexual diversity. (read more)  8/12

BARTH'S STUDY FINDS MENTAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SPACE AND TIME
Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, is working to better understand the mental connections between space and time. She recently published an illuminating new study in the June 2012 issue of The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. According to Barth, it seems we use the more concrete world of space to think about the more abstract world of time. (read more)  7/12

SHUSTERMAN, STUDENTS TEACH LOCAL PRE-K SUMMER PROGRAM
Inspired by her students' passion for education reform, Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology,and several of her students launched an innovative five-week pilot program this summer to prepare children entering kindergarten at Macdonough School in Middletown.  (read more)  7/12

BARTH RECEIVED TENURE
Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, received tenure effective July 1st. (read more)  7/12

STEMLER - OP-ED: TESTING NARROWS SCHOOLS' BROAD PURPOSE
In an op-ed published in the Albany Times-Union, Assistant Professor of Psychology Steven Stemler, together with Damian Bebell of Boston College, write that increased city, state and federal emphasis on English Language Arts and math test scores has resulted in a narrowing of not only curriculum, but also broad school purpose. (Wesleyan in the News)  6/12

SANISLOW, BARTOLINI '11, ZOLOTH '10 PUBLISHED IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR ENCYCLOPEDIA
Charles Sanislow
, assistant professor of psychology, Ellen Bartolini '11; and Emma Zoloth '10 are the co-authors of an article on avoidant personality disorder, published in the Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition by the Elsevier imprint Academic Press, pages 257-266, 2012.  (read more)  5/12

KURTZ DELIVERS "SENIOR VOICES" BACCALAUREATE ADDRESS
Matthew Kurtz,
 associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, presented the "Senior Voices" baccalaureate address on May 26. (read more)  5/12

MORAWSKI APPOINTED TO ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP
Jill Morawski 
is a professor of psychology, professor of science in society, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and director of the center for humanities, will become the Wilbur Fisk Osborne Professor. The Osborne Professorship was established with a gift from Wesleyan's 1861 class valedictorian.  (read more)  5/12

MORAWSKI, CENTER OF HUMANITIES DIRECTOR, RECEIVES GIFT TO ESTABLISH THE AMY SCHULMAN FUND FOR WOMEN AND GENDER
Jill Morawski 
is a professor of psychology, professor of science in society, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and director of the center for humanities. During her directorship, Wesleyan was awarded  $500,000 from DLA Piper, one of the world's largest law firms, to establish the Amy Schulman Fund for Women and Gender, which will support work in this field at Wesleyan's Center for the Humanities.  (read more)  5/12

STEMLER ON EVALUATING TEACHERS' PERFORMANCE
In an op-ed published in the Hartford CourantAssistant Professor of Psychology Steven Stemler argues that student test scores are a poor basis for evaluating teachers. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed education reform package would tie decisions about teacher tenure and pay to teacher evaluations, which are partially based on student test scores under a new evaluation system.  4/12

WESLEYAN THINKS BIG LAUNCHES MARCH 29
Matthew Kurtz,
 associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, will be one of six faculty members to lecture at this new lecture series starting March 29.  (read more) 3/12 & 4/12

WOMEN IN SCIENCE (WIS) HOSTS LAB TOURS
Barbara Juhasz,
 assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, introduced students to the Wesleyan Eye Movement and Reading Lab, located on the fifth floor of Judd Hall. Students had the opportunity to use the lab's Eyelink1000 eye tracker, which records eye position every millisecond while participants read sentences on a computer screen.  (read more)  3/12
Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, organized the Women in Science (WIS) lab tours.

STEMLER'S BOOK OFFERS REVIEW OF AMERICAN SCHOOLS' MISSION STATEMENTS
Steven Stemler
 assistant professor of psychology, is the co-author of a new book, "The School Mission Statement: Values, Goals & Identities in American Education," published by Eye on Education in March.  (read more)  3/12

STEMLER AUTHORS ARTICLE ON UNIVERSITY ADMISSION TEST PREDICTION
An article by Steven Stemler assistant professor of psychology, is published in Vol. 47, Issue 1 of Educational Psychologist.    (read more)  2/12

SANISLOW, MARCUS '13, REAGAN '13 PUBLISH PAPER ON BORDERLINE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Charles Sanislow
, assistant professor of psychology, and two members of his lab, Katie Marcus '13 and Liz Reagan '13 published an article on challenging old assumptions about about the outcome of borderline psychopathology in the February 2012 issue of Current Psychiatry Reports(read more)  2/12

STRIEGEL CO-AUTHORS BOOK ON EATING DISORDERS
Ruth Striegel
, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology, is the co-author of Developing an Evidence-Based Classification of Eating Disorders: Scientific Findings for DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association Press in 2011. (read more)  2/12

STRIEGEL STUDY WILL CHANGE BINGE EATING "FACTS"
Like all eating disorders, binge eating only affects women and teenaged girls, right? Wrong. Professor of Psychology Ruth Striegel found that medical implications of binge eating are just as damaging to men. Read more about her study (read more).  11/11

PLOUS ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBER FOR PSYCHOLOGY ORGANIZATION'S GOVERNING BOARD
Scott Plous, professor of psychology, was elected to a three-year term as a council member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). The council is the governing board of the Society. (read more)  11/11

JUHASZ'S PAPER ON SENSORY SYSTEMS PUBLISHED IN PSYCHOLOGY JOURNAL
Barbara Juhasz,
 assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, is the co-author of the paper, "Tangible words are recognized faster: The grounding of meaning in sensory and perceptual systems." The paper was published in the September 2011 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Issue 64, pages 1683-1691.  11/11

NIH SUPPORTS ROSE'S NICOTINE DEPENDENCE RESEARCH
Jennifer Rose
, research associate professor, received a grant worth $456,225 from the National Institutes of Health on Sept. 7. Rose will use the funds to support her study on "Integrative Analysis for Nicotine Dependence Symptoms in Novice Smokers" through July 2013.  (read more)  11/11

MORAWSKI, CENTER OF HUMANITIES DIRECTOR, RECEIVES ENDOWMENT FROM MELLON FOUNDATION
Jill Morawski 
is a professor of psychology, professor of science in society, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and director of the center for humanities. During her directorship, Wesleyan was awarded a $2 million endowment challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Center for the Humanities. This award secures the center's financial future and will allow for increased engagement with the undergraduate curriculum and expanded engagement with scholars and organizations outside Wesleyan. (read more)  10/11

ROSE RECEIVES MAJOR NIDA GRANT
Jennifer Rose, 
research associate professor of psychology, received a grant worth $450,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The grant will fund research on the use of Integrative Data Analysis to inform the development of nicotine dependence symptoms among novice smokers.  (9/11)

5 QUESTIONS WITH .... PSYCHOLOGY'S CHARLES SANISLOW ON PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Charles Sanislow,
 assistant professor of psychology, is interviewed by the Wesleyan Connection. (read more)  9/11

SANISLOW'S STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Charles Sanislow,
 assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a study that was published the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in July 2011. (read more)  9/11

SEAMON: MANY PEOPLE'S 9-11 MEMORIES ARE INACCURATE
Discussing the phenomenon of how memories change over time in The Hartford Courant, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior John Seamon explains that the mental narrative many of us have created contain inaccuracies, even for seminal events such as the 9-11 terrorist attacks.   (read more)  9/11

SANISLOW CO-AUTHORS STUDY ON BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Charles Sanislow,
 assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a study published in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. The study reports on the prospective course of psychopathology and functioning for Borderline Personality Disorder. (read more) 8/11

PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT HOSTS UNDERGARDUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE
Recently, researchers from Wesleyan hosted a conference presenting findings to peers and colleagues from Wellesley College and Barnard College. Not an unusual event, but what was remarkable was that the researchers were primarily students. The event featured Wesleyan students who do active research in Wesleyan's Cognitive Development Lab, which is co-directed by Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, and Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology. The lab's research projects explore how young children perceive, learn about and think about the world. (read more) 7/11

RODRIGUEZ MOSQUERA PUBLISHES SPECIAL ISSUE ON SOCIAL IMAGE
Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, assistant professor of psychology, published a Special Issue on Social Image for the European Journal of Social Psychology. (read more) 7/11

SANISLOW CO-AUTHORS STUDY ON WAYS SEVERITY PLAYS A ROLE IN PREDICTING DYSFUNCTION
Charles Sanislow,
 assistant professor of psychology, is the co-author of a study published in the summer issue of the Journal of Personality Disorders that reports findings from the Collaborative Personality Study. (read more)  7/11

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