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Published: 12/08/2009

Winter 2009

Welcome from the Chair

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the inaugural edition of the Department of Psychology eNewsletter!  Despite the economic turmoil of last spring, the Department of Psychology continues to define a path to excellence in teaching and innovative research discoveries that will ultimately contribute to solving many problems in our society. We continue to offer courses with the highest undergraduate enrollments, as well as the largest number of research related experiences for undergraduate students on campus.  Our Clinical Psychology Graduate Program is rated #1 in the country, and our Graduate Program as a whole was ranked #13 (U.S. News and World Report). Thus, our department is making significant contributions to the training of the next generation of clinicians and scientists.  Today, more than ever, these enormous strengths are a great asset as we strategically set a course for the future in a new economic climate. Read More

 
Student Leaders "Pay it Forward"

Photo of Greg SmithWhen Greg Smith (left) and Adrian Garcia (below) arrived at the UW last year as undergraduates, they enrolled in a Transfer and Returning Student Interest Group (TRIG), designed to acclimate first quarter transfer and returning students to campus.

Photo of AdrianWhat a difference a year makes.
Now Smith is leading a TRIG and Garcia is leading a freshman seminar, Academic Learning Lab. Leading the class, says Smith, is equal parts enthusiasm and frustration:  "There isn't enough time. Period," he says. "The class becomes this wonderful academic and social snowball, bringing up all kinds of questions and discussions." Read more.

 
A Partnership to Support and Strengthen Families

As an undergraduate research assistant, Caroline Sawe worked with with Dr. Liliana Lengua’s Kid’s World project, observing parent-child interactions. Now Sawe, running a program of her own, is partnering with Lengua on a project aimed at immigrant communities.

Sawe, originally from Tanzania, founded and heads the non-profit Center for Well-being of Africans in America, providing health and education support to immigrant families from Africa. She contacted Lengua about having the UW's Child and Family Well-being Research Group collaborate on efforts to support parents in promoting well-being among the youth of the immigrant communities. Read more.

 
Lectures Explore Development of Behavior

When do children begin to understand that actions are guided by goals? How do economically disadvantaged children cope with life's challenges? And what can birds teach us about language acquisition? These are some of the questions likely to be addressed during the Psychology Department's 5th annual Allen Edwards Lecture Series, to be held February 17, February 24, and March 3, 2010. This year's lectures, focusing on the development of behavior, will pair UW professors Michael Beecher, Liliana Lengua, and Jessica Sommerville, profiled in this newsletter, with other renowned scholars. Read more.

 
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