Newsletter Edition

Winter 2019

Published: 01/28/2019

Letter from the Chair

Cheryl Kaiser

Our winter newsletter provides an opportunity to express gratitude to our community for generously supporting the Department of Psychology.  Your support is critical to our success and impact in psychological science, the classroom, and society----thank you! I am proud to share our accomplishments with you in this newsletter, and I hope you enjoy catching up on all that is happening in Psychology.

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Faculty Spotlight: Kristina Olson is awarded a "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

Kristina Olson
Kristina Olson

Associate Professor of Psychology Kristina Olsen was awarded one of this year's John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships and was recognized for advancing the scientific understanding of gender and shedding light on the social and cognitive development of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. Professor Olson was one of just twenty-five recipients to receive the 2018 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’. 

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Cristian Rivera-Nales Named Chandler Scholar

Aric Chandler and Cristian Rivera-Nales
     Aric Channdler             Cristian Rivera-Nales

The recipient of this year's Aric Chandler Memorial Scholarship, psychology senior Cristian Rivera-Nales, is inspired to conduct research and ultimately to practice in the field of global mental health. In doing so, he will carry on the passion that Aric Chandler had for assisting young people who are working to overcome a variety of challenges.

Read more about Cristian here.

Learn more about the Chandler Memorial Scholarship here

APA Research Award Supports Psycholinguistics

Margarita Zeitlin
Margarita Zeitlin

Margarita Zeitlin (Cogition & Perception with Lee Osterhout) received a 2018 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award. The Psychology Graduate Program was very excited to hear this news and asked her some questions about how this award will help support her research and studies towards a Ph.D.!
What is the name of your project and the funding source?
The name of the project is The role of native language comprehension in second-language learning ability. The funding source is the American Psychological Association (APA).

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2019 Allen L. Edwards Public Lecture Series

2019 Edwards psychology lectures

Join us for the 14th Annual Allen Edwards Psychology Lectures! Registration is now open HERE.

April 24, 2019
Evening Title: Plasticity in the Adult Brain
Eliot Brenowitz, PhD, University of Washington
René Hen, PhD, Columbia University

May 1, 2019
Evening Title: Social Learning from the Crib to the Classroom
Jessica Sommerville, PhD, University of Washington
Tamar Kushnir, PhD, Cornell University

This free, public series is made possible by generous bequests from Professors Allen L. Edwards and Roger B. Loucks.