Aric Chandler had a passion for life and a deep desire to help young people overcome their struggles to reach their full potential. Aric had a dream to begin his journey toward that goal as a psychology major at the University of Washington. On August 4, 2016, that dream was cut short. Just days after being admitted to UW as a transfer student from Bellevue College, Aric died unexpectedly from SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy), which takes the lives of 2,000-3,000 people each year in the United States. What did not die that sad day was Aric's passion and commitment to working with adolescents.
New to the lineup of undergraduate courses in psychology is Dr. Tabitha Kirkland's Psychology of Emotion. A social psychologist who has studied and contemplated emotion scientifically for the last 10 years, Dr. Kirkland wanted to develop a small, upper-division course to discuss some of the fascinating and controversial ideas in the study of emotion. In this course, students build community, challenge one another, and learn actively by discussing and doing.