Congratulations to James Halpern and IDMH on two recent awards! Dr. Halpern has just been notified that he'll be the recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in Professional Service. IDMH (directed by Dr. Halpern) has been selected to win a Psychologically Healthy Community Award from the Hudson Valley Psychological Association. These awards take a step toward acknowledging the huge work that Dr. Halpern and IDMH do for our region and beyond. Many congratulations on these awards!
- Congrats to Dr. Geher for being interviewed for CBS News segment "What do tall women think of shorter men?" Watch it here!
- Congratulations to Rosemarie Sokol Chang (Adjunct faculty member in psychology and EvoS) who co-edited "Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women," which was just released by Oxford University Press. This book, co-edited with Maryanne Fisher of St. Mary's University (associate professor of psychology; Halifax) and Justin Garcia of the Kinsey Institute (post-doctoral fellow; Indiana University) includes cutting-edge research on the interface of evolutionary psychology and feminist perspectives on humanity. Here is the link from Oxford's homepage
- Congratulations to Professor Giordana Grossi for receiving the 2012 Liberal Arts and Sciences "Excellence in Faculty Scholarship" award. Dr. Grossi has been recognized for her empirical work on the cognitive and neural systems important to reading, and for her theoretical program in which she provides a scientific critique of research on inherent sex difference in cognition and brain organization. Dr. Grossi is, in the words of Dean James Schiffer, a model of the "highest professional standards."
- We congratulate MA Psychology students Rachael Carmen and Amanda Guitar and recent alum Haley Dillon on their newly published paper: Ultimate Answers to Proximate Questions: The Evolutionary Motivations Behind Tattoos and Body Piercings in Popular Culture.
- Dr. Kathleen Tillman recently published her first academic book - Group Counseling with Elementary Students (published by the American School Counselor Association). Congratulations Dr. Tillman!
Here is some information about it:
Group Counseling with Elementary Students (American School Counselor Association, 2012) is a title in the "Design Elements and Best Practices" series from the American School Counselor Association.
Here's a synopsis of the book: "From friendship issues to coping with loss to changing family situations, elementary school counselors encounter student needs on a daily basis. But when time is short and resources are limited, counseling groups can effectively address a host of academic, career and personal/social/emotional issues. This book contains programs of 10-12 sessions for three groups: a grief and loss group, a social skills group and a parental separation group."
- Rosemarie Sokol Chang, Psychology Adjunct Faculty Member, has recently been appointed to the position of Managing Director of Journals for the American Psychological Association (APA). APA journals are considered the most elite in the behavioral sciences and we are certain that Dr. Chang will continue to foster the success of this wing of APA. Congratulations Dr. Chang!
May 4: Congratulations to the following SUNY New Paltz faculty, alumni, and students who won honors at this year's annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) in Plymouth, NH:
Daniel Gambacorta (class of 2009) with Tim Ketelaar (at New Mexico State University) received Honorable Mention in NEEPS Student Poster Competition for their presentation titled: Dominance and deference: The effect of social status on creative display in a competitive mating context.
Amanda Guitar (MA student) and Daniel Glass (MA student) with Glenn Geher (New Paltz faculty mentor) won best NEEPS oral presentation for their paper titled: Situation-Specific Emotional States: A Test of Evolutionary Functionality.
Amanda Guitar (MA student) with Maryanne Fisher (St. Mary's University), Justin Garcia (The Kinsey Institute), Daniel Kruger (University of Michigan) and Glenn Geher (New Paltz faculty mentor) won best Feminist Evolutionary Psychology Society (FEPS) poster for: Assessing Definitions and Interpretations of Sexual and Emotional Infidelity.
Rosemarie Sokol Chang (Faculty member in Psychology; SUNY New Paltz) with Maryanne Fisher (St. Mary's University) won best faculty poster for FEPS for: Rose Sokol Chang and Maryanne Fisher, What do Women Paint?
- Feb 24: Congratulations to Dr. Julian Keenan, an alumnus, who was recently named one of New Jersey's 20 "Biggest Brains" and interviewed by NPR.
- Feb. 1: The Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) is coordinating a program with helping professionals in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza that aims to address the mental health needs of Israeli and Palestinian children and families via development and distribution of psychoeducational materials. Read more about it.
- Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Raskin for receiving the 2011 Liberal Arts and Sciences "Excellence in Faculty Scholarship" award. Based on his many publications and presentations - along with his being honored in recent years by such esteemed bodies as the American Psychological Association - Dr. Raskin is, in the words of Dean James Schiffer, "richly deserving of this award." Please make sure to congratulate Dr. Raskin when you see him!
June 27: Navin Viswanathan, assistant professor of psychology, recently received an extramural grant from the National Institute of Health. This grant, for $291,698, will fund a great deal of student research and travel as part of this initiative and will help shed light on the basis and architecture of speech perception. Way to go Dr. Viswanathan!
June 24: Adjunct professor of psychology Rosemarie Sokol Chang has had a recent article of hers, published in the Journal of Social, Cultural, and Evolutionary Psychology, make the media all over the world. This article, titled "Whines, cries, and motherese: Their relative power to distract," has been covered in such outlets as The New York Daily News, 1010 WINS Radio, Time Magazine's website. And more. Here are just some of the media links to this story: MSNBC, Reuters, The Huffington Post
June 14: Dr. Douglas Maynard, associate professor of psychology, has just published a co-edited book with Springer Press, Underemployment: Psychological, Economic, and Social Challenges. In the book "experts from management, economics, psychology, and sociology present their unique approaches to understanding underemployment in terms of theory development, empirical findings, and implications for policy and practice" (from the back cover).
June 10: The Institute for Disaster Mental Health was featured in the Metro section of today's New York Times. Drs. James Halpern and Karla Vermeulen were both interviewed about SUNY New Paltz's disaster mental health minor. Students Carlene Pinto, Rebecca Rodriguez and Lindsay Yates were also interviewed; Rebecca and Lindsay are both entering the counseling graduate program this fall. The article notes that the disaster mental health minor at SUNY New Paltz "is unusual both for its location — the Northeast, which has relatively few disaster programs — and for its focus on mental health." Congratulations to everyone at the institute for having their work covered by the Times. Read the complete article.
- Institute for Disaster Mental Health annual conference, focusing on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, is a huge success. Thanks to IDMH director, James Halpern, and Deputy Director, Karla Vermeulen (along with IDMH staff members Meredith Johnson and Rachael Biscele). Find out more in this WAMC story on the conference.
- Dec. 10: Patrick Saxe, adjunct professor of Psychology, has successfully completed his doctorate. Congratulations Patrick!
- Sep 3: Leigh A. Rokitowski, a student in the MA in Psychology program at SUNY New Paltz, was recently recognized with a Psi Chi Regional Research Award for the poster she presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City. The poster, which she co-authored with study abroad student Elena Gonzalez-Sanzo of Spain, was entitled "Gender, Nonverbal Behavior and Perceptions of Applicant Personality During the Employment Interview." Congratulations Leigh and Elena!
- Aug 30: Dr. Rebecca Jordan-Young of Barnard College will present a lecture, "Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences," on Wednesday, September 15 in the CSB Auditorium at 5:00 pm.
- Aug 30: Over the summer Dr. Jonathan Raskin, professor of psychology and counseling, received the 2010 George Kelly Award from the Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN). The award recognizes those who have made an outstanding scholarly contribution to constructivist psychology.
- Aug 23: Dr. Giordana Grossi has assumed the duties of director of the Psychology Graduate Program. Dr. Tabitha Holmes, who was the previous director, is now the assistant chair for the department. Thanks to the outgoing assistant chair, Dr. Melanie Hill, for her service in that role.
- Apr 15: Karla Vermeulen successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in Applied Developmental Psychology at Fordham University. Way to go Dr. Vermeulen!
- Apr 15: Congratulations to Dr. James Halpern on his inclusion in the American Red Cross' Greater New York video depicting the work of the Red Cross in our region. Check it out here:
- Apr 9: Congratulations to Psychology MA students Ben Crosier and Heather Mangione, who have both recently been accepted into top-tier Ph.D. programs. Starting in fall, Heather will start a program related to cultural psychology at Clark University and Ben will begin work on an evolutionarily-oriented social psychology program at the University of Florida.Great job Ben and Heather - you make us proud!
- Dec 11: The inaugural issue of the journal The Evolutionary Review: Art, Science, Culture is available December 28, 2009. TER was founded and is co-edited by adjunct faculty member Alice Andrews, whose co-editor, Joseph Carroll (University of Missouri at St. Louis), is the world's leading authority on Darwinian literary theory. TER is published by SUNY Press.
- Dec 8: Dr. Jonathan Raskin was elected a 2009 fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.
- Oct 20: On Wednesday, October 28, William H. Tucker, author of The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science and Ideology (2009) will present a lecture, “Measuring Intelligence or Measuring Persons: The Politics of Assessment.” Tucker will discuss racial and eugenic controversies in research on IQ. The lecture will be held in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium at 5 PM. For more information, please contact Dr. Carol Vázquez at email@example.com or (845) 257-3469.
- Oct 12: Psychology MA students Ben Crosier and Kelly Donahue just had an article published in the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, 3(3), 273-277. This article, titled "Buyer’s Remorse: A personal and revealing look into what we want and why we shouldn’t" reviews Geoffrey Miller's (2009) Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior.
- Sep 16: The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz just published a curriculum written by Jonathan Rust and KatySue Tillman, faculty members in the psychology department. This curriculum, titled "Disaster Mental Health: Assisting Children and Families," will be used by the New York State Department of Health.
- Apr 16: Social psychologist Shalom Schwartz (Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) gave a talk on campus entitled "Personal Values and Socially Significant Behavior." The talk was recorded and can be viewed here.
- Apr 4: Several students, supervised by Doug Maynard presented their research at the 3rd Annual Mid-Hudson Psychology Research Conference on the campus of Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, NY). Anna Lange, Stacey Smiel (a Management major), and Jeffrey Cummins presented a poster entitled "The Effect of Applicant Nonverbal Behavior on Interviewer Judgments and Decisions." Adam Villela and Joanna Rousseau presented a poster entitled "The Anatomy of a Pilot Study." Pictures can be found at the Psychology Department blog here.
- Apr 3: Viola Silvan, an undergraduate Psychology major, presented her independent research at the 7th Annual Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality, held on the campus of Loyola College in Maryland (Baltimore, MD). Her poster was entitled "The Effects of Belief in Determinism and Divine Omnipotence on Prosocial Behavior."
- Feb 20: Glenn Geher (Director of Evolutionary Studies and Professor of Psychology) gave the keynote address at SUNY Albany's conference celebrating Charles Darwin's 200th birthday. The presentation, given February 13, was titled "Darwin's Bottom Line and the Nature of Human Intelligence: Understanding the Elements of the Mind's Reproductive System."
- Dec 31: A paper by Dr. James Halpern, Dr. Phyllis R. Freeman, graduate student David Anchin, and Dr. Tabitha Holmes, "Treating Veterans and Their Families: Are Practitioners Utilizing Evidence-Supported Practice?" was presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Conference, on November 13, 2008, in Chicago, IL. It was also the subject of a report in in Clinical Psychiatry News in December 2008, entitled, "Knowledge Gap Exists on Best Practice for PTSD."
- Oct 24: The Institute for Disaster Mental Health recently received a $48,125 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for its 2009 conference. "In the Wake of Disaster: Effective Mental Health Interventions" will be held on April 17 and will provide health and mental health professionals with the latest evidence-based research for caring for victims of natural and man-made disasters. The grant was written by IDMH Director Dr. James Halpern (Priniciple Investigator), IDMH Program Coordinator Karla Vermeulen, and Dr. Phyllis Freeman (former Chair of the IDMH Board). Outcome research will include assessing the impact of the event on the professional practice of the attendees.
- Sep 17: The Psychology Department seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in cognitive/experimental psychology, to begin Fall 2009.
- Sep 17: The Psychology Department offers a belated welcome to Jane Lehman, the department's new full-time secretary. Jane joined the department over the summer. The faculty is excited to have her join us. Welcome Jane!
- Aug 27: Dr. Glenn Geher, Professor of Psychology, is the principal investigator on a grant that was recently awarded by the National Science Foundation in the amount of $211,387.00 to support the Evolutionary Studies program over the next two academic years. This grant was submitted in collaboration with Binghamton University - the total amount of the award is nearly $500,000. In collaboration with Dr. David Sloan Wilson (Professor of Biology at Binghamton), Dr. Geher and Dr. Jennifer Waldo (Assistant Professor of Biology at New Paltz) submitted the proposal for this project, titled "Expanding Evolutionary Studies in American Higher Education." In addition to supporting New Paltz and Binghamton's existing programs, monies from this grant will be used to help start new programs in evolutionary studies at more than a dozen other institutions of higher learning across the country - ranging from large research universities (e.g., Cornell University) to community colleges (e.g., Pomona College in California). At New Paltz, grant monies will be used (among other things) to support student research on projects dealing with evolution, support the development of new courses by faculty members across disciplines that pertain to evolution, and to develop an interactive online journal that will serve to connect this national consortium. For more information, please see: http://www.newpaltz.edu/evos
- Aug 26: Dr. Tabitha Holmes will be the new Director of the Psychology Graduate Program. In this capacity, she will oversee the daily operations of the M.A. in Psychology degree. Similarly, Dr. Jonathan D. Raskin will be the new Director of the Counseling Graduate Program. In this role, he will oversee the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and M.S. in School Counseling degrees.
- Aug 26: Exciting news about curricular revisions in our psychology and counseling graduate programs:
- A new 60-credit M.S. in School Counseling degree has been approved and will admit its first students for Spring 2009.
- The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling degree has been expanded to 60-credits, in line with NY State requirements that say all such degree programs must be 60-credits by 2010. The 60-credit degree is also registered with NY State as meeting the educational requirements for licensure in mental health counseling. All students entering the degree starting Fall 2008 will complete the 60-credit requirements.
- Revisions to the curricular requirements for the 36-credit M.A. in Psychology degree have been approved and take effect beginning with students entering the degree during the Fall 2008 semester.
- June 9: KatySue Tillman, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology with an emphasis on school counseling, will be joining the faculty in the Fall 2008 semester. She anticipates completing her doctoral degree in August. The Department welcomes her.
- June 2: The Psychology Department main office will be in Humanities 4 during the summer due to the closing of Faculty Tower for new air conditioner installation. We will return to Faculty Tower when it reopens for the fall semester.
- May 31: Dr. Min Ju has left the university as of the end of the spring semester. The Psychology Department is sad to see her go, but wishes her much luck in the future.
- May 2: The Department is proud to announce that Dr. Greta Winograd will be joining the full-time faculty starting in the Fall 2008 semester.
- March 28: The Psychology Department wishes a fond farewell to Barbara Novick, who is retiring as secretary. We wish Barbara much luck in the future. She will be missed.
- March 28: Dr. Jay Efran of Temple University will present a lecture entitled "The Art of Psychotherapeutic Conversation" on Wednesday, April 16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in LC 108.
- Feb 18: Dr. Glenn Geher presented a paper, "Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System," with Scott Barry Kaufman at Yale University's Sex Week.
» Watch the talk on YouTube.
- Feb 15: Dr. Jonathan Raskin co-edited a book, Studies in Meaning 3: Constructivist Psychotherapy in the Real World, which was published in January 2008 by Pace University Press. The book was co-edited with Dr. Sara Bridges of the University of Memphis. Read an excerpt on Amazon.com.
- Feb 13: M.S. in Mental Health Counseling student Michelle Coombs was named National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week for Division III. Details here.
- Feb 11: Drs. James Halpern and Phyllis Freeman are organizing the annual conference for the Institute for Disaster Mental Health, which will be held this April 11 on campus. This year's theme for the conference is "Healing the Scars of War." Conference Registration is now open.
- Dec 31: M.S. in Mental Health Counseling student and swimming champion Michelle Coombs was featured in a Dec 25 article in the Times Herald Record.
- Dec 28: Dr. Glenn Geher was selected to receive the Alumni Association's 2007 Distinguished Teaching Award, which is to be awarded at a ceremony on campus January 19.
- Dec 20: Recent M.S. in Mental Health Counseling graduate Michael Reisner has been hired by Ulster-Greene ARC as an applied behavioral specialist.
- Dec 7: Faculty member Jonathan Rust passed his doctoral dissertation defense on Nov 28. Congratulations, Dr. Rust!
- Dec 5: M.S. in Mental Health Counseling student Michelle Coombs was selected the Division III ECAC Swimmer of the week after leading the Hawks to a fifth place finish at the Winter Championships. Details here.
- Nov 12: Drs. James Halpern and Phyllis Freeman were awarded a $13,000 grant by the National Institute of Mental Health - National Institute on Drug Abuse for Health in support of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health's April 2008 conference, "Healing the Scars of War,' which will provide mental health workers with the best practices in assisting returning service personnel experiencing stress reactions. The award also will support research on the perceptions of training needs and research gaps of those providing mental health support for regional military personnel and their families. Assisting them are undergraduate psychology major Rachel Fish, and psychology graduate students David Anchin (M.A. Psychology Program), Diane Grimaldi, Meredith Johnson, and Jaymie Lowitt (M.S. Mental Health Counseling Program). The Conference also is supported by awards from the New York State Office of Mental Health and the SUNY New Paltz Campus Auxiliary Services.
- Nov 5: Dr. Glenn Geher will be interviewed regarding Evolutionary Psychology on a show called "Mind Matters" on WWUH of Hartford, CT. This interview will taped Thursday, Nov 8, from 5:00-5:40 and broadcast later this year.
- Oct 29: Second-year graduate students in the Psychology Department's Mental Health Counseling program Brandon Roman, Allison Trusso, Laura Caccavone, Diane Grimaldi, and Keith Rico volunteered with the American Red Cross as disaster mental health volunteers on Sept. 11 at a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero. Details available in NewsPulse.
- Oct 15: Dr. Jonathan Raskin has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He was elected by Division 32, the Society for Humanistic Psychology.
- Oct 4: Lecture: Dr. Donna Coch of Dartmouth College will present a lecture on "Mind, Brain, and Education: A New Science of Learning" on Oct 9 at 6:30 p.m. in LC 100.
- Aug 23: The Psychology Department welcomes Dr. Corwin Senko to the faculty as a new assistant professor. Dr. Senko earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include achievement motivation and goal-setting processes, intrinsic motivation, and students' learning strategies. Welcome Dr. Senko!
- Aug 22: Dr. Jonathan Raskin gave the address at SUNY New Paltz's Twenty-First Annual Convocation. His address was entitled "Overcoming That 'Sink'-ing Feeling."
- The Psychology Department wishes a warm farewell to Dr. Jason Carter, who is leaving the faculty at the end of the spring semester. He will be missed!
- Dr. Jonathan Raskin has been selected to receive a State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
- Dr. Jonathan Raskin has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 SUNY Research Foundation Research and Scholarship Award. He received the award at a dinner reception in Albany on May 2.
- Dr. Melanie S. Hill, along with her students Amanda Dixon, Meredith Johnson, Claire Lipton, Regina Musicaro, and Pashmina Rashad, presented their research "Exploring Women's Diverse Experiences of Sexual Objectification" at the 32nd Annual Association for Women in Psychology Conference in San Francisco, CA in March. The presentation included a series of four separate sub-projects: Powerful or Powerless? Diverse Emotional Reactions to Sexual Objectification Experiences; The Power of the Context: Positive, Negative, and Conflicted; Hooking Up: Objectification, Sexual Liberation, or Rape?; and Venturing Inward: The Experience of Women Interviewing Women.
- Dr. Glenn Geher's research on Mating Intelligence is the focus of an article in the March 31, 2007 issue of The New Scientist written by Dan Jones and titled " The Love Delusion."
- Dr. Jonathan Raskin has been selected to receive the Carmi Harari Early Career Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He will receive the award at the 2007 APA Convention in San Francisco this August.
- Dr. Glenn Geher's research on evolutionary psychology and romantic relationships was covered in the January/February 2007 Psychology Today cover article, "Love's Loopy Logic."
- Michelle Coombs, Heather Mangione, and Regina Musicaro have been awarded the Richard Panman Scholarship award. Congratulations to all three of them on this well-deserved honor.
- Congratulations to the following students, who have been nominated by the Psychology Department to receive the honor of being recognized as Outstanding Graduates by the college at May commencement: Michelle Coombs, Heather Mangione, Regina Musicaro, Kimberly Stanistreet-Clouston, and Stacie Walker (undergraduate students); Justin Krass (graduate student)
- Psychology majors Regina Musicaro and Kimberly Stanistreet-Clouston have been selected to receive the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Congratulations to them both!
- Psychology major Michelle Coombs was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Winter Chancellor's Scholar Athlete for women's swimming. She also became the first female SUNY New Paltz national champion as she claimed the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.84 at the 2007 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships held in Houston,TX.
- Albert Ellis, founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, dies at 93
- The Psychology Department seeks a tenure-track faculty member in the area of school counseling . Application review begins September 15 and continues until the position is filled.
- The Institute for Disaster Mental Health's Annual Conference was held on campus April 26.
- The Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society's first ever conference was held on campus April 12-14.
- The first ever Mid Hudson Undergraduate Psychology Conference was held on campus March 31.