Congratulations to Dr. Irene Kan, Associate Professor of Psychology, who was selected for an All Disciplines Fulbright Scholar Award at the University of Toronto, Ontario (Fall 2016) and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair award at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (Spring 2017). While at University of Toronto, Dr. Kan will be collaborating with scientists at the U of T Department of Psychology and the Rotman Research Institute, examining the cognitive architecture and neural bases of human memory. While at the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Kan will be collaborating with researchers at the Department of Neuroscience and the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, investigating the neural underpinnings of cognitive control and memory monitoring processes.
Dr. Charles Folk, Professor of Psychology, recently presented an invited keynote address at the Israeli Cognitive Psychology Conference in Tel Aviv Israel. The title of the presentation was “Conditional Automaticity in Attention Allocation and Response Selection.”
We are proud to announce that Dr. Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was one of two winners of this award, which is granted to a faculty member within the APA who exhibits exemplary teaching in the area of gender and psychology and who also highlights the importance of intersectional identities within their course assignments and curriculum.
Dr. Janette Herbers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and her colleagues received a grant from the William Penn Foundation to support a large, community collaborative project focused on young children experiencing family homelessness. The Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) project seeks to enhance the developmental friendliness of emergency housing, and to better understand and remove barriers that keep young homeless children from reaping the benefits of early education. Young children who experience family homelessness are less likely to be ready for kindergarten, and many do not enroll in quality preschool programs that can help prepare them for success in the early school years. The project involves collaboration between the Philadelphia Office of Supportive Housing, People’s Emergency Center, Public Health Management Organization, researchers from Rutgers University-Camden, University of Delaware, and the Cloudburst Group, and the Children’s Workgroup-Early Childhood Committee, which includes family housing providers and others who serve families experiencing homelessness.
The Psychology Department is proud to announce the following graduate students as recipients of the 2016 Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship: Kat Dodson, Ben Falandays, Emily Jacobs, Elke Nordeen, David Saltzman, Sarah Vrabic.
Congratulations to Kelsey Heslin '15 for receiving the 2015 Ingeborg L. and O. Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award! Her thesis was "Prosocial Behavior in Rats: Examining the Social-Contact Hypothesis."