This year the Department of Psychology welcomed 17 new graduate students. The wide diversity of this group literally spans the
world. They came to us from as far away as Korea University, the University of Craiova (Romania), Emory University, Cornell University, and
UC Berkeley. Some didn't have to travel far, having completed their undergraduate degrees here at UW. We are truly excited to have these students join our program and look
forward to their many successes and accomplishments.
Jeffrey Lin (pictured here explaining his experiment to a participant)
and advisors Geoffrey Boynton and Scott Murray use science based on dual
visual systems to explain the George Bush “shoe-ducking”
incident--specifically, why former President Bush ducked in time, but
Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki did not flinch. In the split second
before the shoe is launched towards the men, they each have different
perceptions of the same event as it unfolds. Bush decides to duck while
al-Maliki deems the shoe as non-threatening. The study explores how
something may visually
the same but is processed differently depending on the viewer, strongly
suggesting a dual visual system.
This work is published in a high-tier journal Current Biology, and was
in the news at
Relating to this research, Lin and his advisors are also hoping to apply
these principles to the game of baseball. Perhaps it will explain some
of the mechanisms underlying accurate performance and decision
making. Furthermore, it may one day allow researchers to predict
in the lab player performance on the field. This story was on TV in
Developmental graduate student Renay Cleary Bradley has been busy
working on an exciting project as Research Director at the Relationship
Research Institute (RRI).
In the "Creating Healthy Relationships Project," RRI is evaluating a
group-based psychoeducational intervention for low-income couples who
are experiencing a specific form of situational violence.
This is a form of domestic violence in which there is no clear victim or
perpetrator. The researchers have run intervention groups for the past
year in Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma and will begin their final groups
this winter, with data collection slated for completion over the next
year. The intervention focuses on helping to promote more father
involvement, better conflict management and self soothing skills, and
building intimacy between couples. It also seeks to establish
social support and building community via the group-based
structure. Participants meet in weekly groups of five to seven
couples for 22 weeks, allowing them to get to know one another and form
Child clinical graduate student Susanne Martin Herz, MD, MS, and her
husband run a non-profit organization called House of Stone. Since 2000,
House of Stone has supported community-initiated programs for orphans
and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe through the fair-trade sale of
Zimbabwean art. Most of the programs provide education,
psychosocial support and food for preschool-aged children.
This year, House of Stone received for the first time applications from
groups supporting children with special health care needs. They
are now funding two programs for hearing-impaired children.
Susanne is “really excited to watch these programs develop in a country
where the average age of diagnosis of hearing impairment is still over
In late May, UW Tacoma's undergraduate Psychology Club visited the
Department of Psychology. UW Tacoma students were able to meet with
staff, faculty, and graduate students to talk about research and
graduate studies. The daylong event involved visits to Dr. Liliana
lab, Dr. Sapna Cheryan’s
Stereotypes, Identity, & Belonging Lab (SIBL)
, and the Department of Psychology Clinic. Undergraduate advisors Vicky
Burke and Tracy Maschman Morrissey provided a presentation called
“Applying to Graduate School” and answered questions. Director of
Graduate Training, Dr. Nancy Kenney, gave the “real” graduate school
talk, which left everyone in the room motivated! The visit
coincided with the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium which was a
fantastic way of showing research in action at the undergraduate level.
We hope to be able to host additional visits from both UW Tacoma and UW
Bothell in the future.
UW Tacoma Psychology Club:
University of Washington's Project 1, 2, 3, GO!:
Stereotypes, Identity, & Belonging Lab (SIBL):
Psychological Services and Training Center:
UW Seattle Undergraduate Research Symposium:
Diane Logan and Kate Shannon were
recipients of the 2008
APA Dissertation Research Award. The APA Science Directorate makes
awards to promising graduate students to
assist with the costs of their dissertation research.
Emily Blumenthal, Renay Cleary Bradley,and Sarah Racz all received travel awards for the Society
for Research in Child Development conference in Denver. Renay is a
5th year Developmental student and her advisor is Lynn Katz. Emily is a
4th year Developmental student and her advisor is Jessica Sommerville.
Sarah is a 4th year Child Clinical student and her advisor is Bob
Rachel Severson was interviewed by APA's GradPsych Magazine about a
study that was published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Her
advisor is Peter Kahn, also mentioned in the article. The original
journal article is Kahn, P.H., Carrere, S., & Stolyar, A. (2008). A
plasma display window? - The shifting baseline problem in a
technologically-mediated natural world. Journal of Environmental
Psychology, 28, 192-199.
Andrew Bock passed his general exam on January
14. He is a 3rd year Behavioral Neuroscience student working with
Lauren Elder completed her general exam and advanced to
candidacy on February 9. She is a 5th year Child Clinical student
working with Geraldine Dawson and Liliana Lengua.
Gareth Holman completed his general exam on January 16.
He is a 4th year Adult Clinical student working with Robert Kohlenberg.
Julia Hitch passed her general exam on January 28. She
is a 5th year child Child Clinical student working with Bob McMahon.
Jeff Jaeger passed his general exam on January 21. He
is a 5th year Adult Clinical student working with Lori Zoellner.
Kelly Koo completed her general exam on March 5.
She is a 4th year Adult Clinical student; her advisors are Bill George
and Jan Leu.
Cara Kiff, Sarah Racz, and Mara
Sedlins are the first students to successfully complete a Quantitative
Minor. More information on this minor: https://psych.uw.edu/graduate/areas/quantitative-minor.
Jurate Lasiene successfully defended her dissertation
on February 27. Her advisors are Philip Horner (Neurological Surgery)
and Ilene Bernstein.
Jeffrey Lin and Libby Huber were each
awarded a 2009 Elsevier/Vision Research Travel Award for the 2009 Annual
Vision Sciences Society
Conference in Florida in May. Their research was judged to be in the top
5% in a pool of over 300 applicants. They were both also selected among
all research submissions to present their research at the conference.
Jeffrey is a 1st year Cognition & Perception student with Geoffrey
Boynton and Scott Murray. Libby is a 2nd year Cognition & Perception
student working with Ione Fine.
Andrew Fleming, Trevor Schraufnagel,
and Clara Wilkins each completed a Master's degree
during Winter quarter. Congratulations!
Diane Logan received the Margaret J. Barr
Student Research Award from the Department of Education's Network
Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues. This award will
help fund Diane's dissertation. Her advisors are Alan Marlatt, Mary
Larimer, and Jason Kilmer.
Aileen Echiverri received the Ruth L. Kirschstein
National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to
Promote Diversity in Health-related Research. This program is
intended to promote diversity in health-related research by supporting
research training leading to a PhD. Her advisor is Lori Zoellner.
Oliver Siy and Kerry Spalding received
NSF Fellowships. They are 1st year Social & Personality
students. Oliver is in Sapna Cheryan’s lab and Kerry is in
Cheryl Kaiser’s lab.
Lauren Elder and Hilary Mead were
awarded Gatzert Child Development Fellowships for one quarter during the
2009-2010 academic year. The fellowship supports doctoral
dissertation research in the field of child development with special
reference to children with disabilities. Hilary’s advisor is
Ted Beauchaine and Lauren’s is Geri Dawson.
Adria Martig received the 2009 Committee on Animal
Research & Ethics Imprinting Award from the APA to participate in
the APA annual convention in Toronto in August. She will be the
guest of APA at several events honoring the awardees, including a
mentoring session and an opportunity to present her
research. She is with the Mizumori lab.
Yamile Molina successfully defended her dissertation on
April 21. She is a 4th year Animal Behavior student; her advisor
is Sean O'Donnell.
Andrew Fleming was awarded a Huckabay Teaching
Fellowship for use during the 2009-2010 academic year. He is a 3rd
year Child Clinical student with Bob McMahon.
Julia Hitch received the Graduate School Dissertation
Fellowship for use during 2009-10, a “prestigious honor”
according to Associate Dean Juan C. Guerra. She is a 5th year
Child Clinical student with Bob McMahon.
The following people were honored at the 38th Annual Psychology Research
Festival on May 27, 2009:
of ALCOR Graduate Fellowships:
- Caglar Akcay - 3rd year Animal Behavior student with Mike Beecher
- Keren Lehavot - 4th year Adult Clinical student with Jane Simoni
- Rachel Severson - 5th year Developmental student with Peter Kahn
- Mara Sedlins - 6th year Social/Personality student with Yuichi Shoda
- Rebecca Schacht - 7th year Adult Clinical student with Bill George
- Andrew Fleming - 3rd year Child Clinical student with Bob McMahon
Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students
- Yamile Molina - 4th year Animal Behavior Ph.D. graduate with Sean O’Donnell. She received her PhD this spring.
- Kelly Koo - 4th year Adult Clinical student with Bill George.
- Renay Cleary Bradley - 5th year Developmental student with Lynn Katz.
- Andrew Fleming - 3rd year Child Clinical student with Bob McMahon (not pictured)
- Christeine Terry - 8th year Adult Clinical student with Bob Kohlenberg (not pictured)
Distinguished Service Award
Ursula Whiteside - 7th year Adult Clinical student with Mary Larimer
(pictured with Prof. Frank Smoll)
Graduate Student Service Awards
Richard Nobles - 5th year Child Clinical student with
Ana Mari Cauce
Renay Cleary Bradley - 5th year Developmental student
with Lynn Katz
Alec Scharff completed his general exam. He is a 3rd
year Cognition & Perception student with John Palmer.
Congratulations to our Spring Quarter Master's recipient, Lori
Wu Malahy, and our Ph.D. graduates: Yamile Molina, Deborah
Paulsen, Sonia Savelli, and Leona
Kate Shannon was one of only four winners of an
international APS research award, specifically the Student Grant
Competition Award. She presented her research at the APS annual
conference in San Francisco last month. She worked with Ted Beauchaine
and has finished her 5th year in Child Clinical. She is an intern at the
University of Chicago-Illinois during 2009-2010.
Jeffrey Lin’s first-year project was published in
Current Biology. The work is currently one of five featured articles on
the Current Biology website
and on UW News: "If the shoe fits, duck: A real-life example of humans'
dual vision system."
Follow the paper in the media at the New York Times, Times Online,
Scientific American and many others at:
Jeffrey is now a 2nd year Cognition & Perception student with Scott
Murray and Geoffrey Boynton, who are listed as co-authors.
Geoffrey Valentine passed his general exam on June 18.
He is a 5th year Cognition & Perception student working with Lee
Rick Cruz is one of eight students selected by the
National Hispanic Science Network for a summer research internship at
the National Institute of Health. He works at the National Human Genome
Research Institute in the Social and Behavioral Sciences section. This
internship is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of
Health. Rick is currently a 3rd year Child Clinical student with
Ana Mari Cauce.
Lori Wu Malahy, Jennifer Wang, and Clara
Wilkins were selected to participate in a two-week intensive summer
school for predoctoral students in social psychology. The Summer
Institute in Social Psychology (SISP) is modeled after the highly
successful summer school of the European Association of Experimental
Social Psychology (EAESP), and EAESP is a co-sponsor of SISP.
Jolina Ruckert and Rachel Severson
were interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation about their
research project that was published in Current Directions in
Psychological Science (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003jkk2).
This was also covered locally in the UW News (http://uwnews.org/uweek/article.aspx?Search=jolina+ruckert&id=51044.)
Both Rachel and Jolina are Developmental students with Peter Kahn.
Emily Blumenthal completed her general exam on July 20.
She is a Developmental student with Jessica Sommerville.
Susan Faja received a postdoctoral fellowship funded by
the Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Joseph
Stokes, Jr. Research Institute of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. http://stokes.chop.edu/programs/iddrc/neurodisgrant.php.
She worked with Geri Dawson and graduated this quarter with a PhD.
Sam Yard received the 2009 APA Student Travel Award,
which assisted her attendance and participation at the APA 117th Annual
Convention in Toronto.
Michele Bedard-Gilligan passed her final defense with
distinction. She is an Adult Clinical student with Lori Zoellner.
Congratulations to our Summer quarter Master's recipients, Connie
Meza and Danny O'Rourke and to our PhD graduates: Michele
Bedard-Gilligan, Sharon Brenner, Susan
Faja, Christian Hendershot, Noam
Lindenboim, Ty Lostutter, and Jessica
Keren Lehavot received a Dissertation Award from
the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. Her project title is
"Minority Stress Among Sexual Minority Women" and her advisor is Jane
Nicholas Nasrallah published a paper on adolescent alcohol abuse and
later adult decision-making impairments in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences and received some exciting press coverage
which can be seen in Scientific American, National Geographic, ScienceNOW, Discover Magazine, Discovery Health News, US News & World Report, Scientific American Podcast, and the University
of Washington News.
Christina Derbidge, Aileen Echiverri,
Kelly Koo, Diane Logan, Kimberly
Nelson, Eric Pedersen, and Maureen
Zalewski were recipients of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research
Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows.
Diane Logan, in addition to her NRSA, also received the
2009 Roswell Student Dissertation Award and 2009 Margaret J. Barr
Student Research Award.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENTS!