In The Spotlight

Dr. Herbers received a grant from the National Science Foundation. "This project will investigate developmental processes of risk and resilience among infants whose families are homeless and very low income. The project will contribute to our limited knowledge of well-being of homeless infants. Infants are overrepresented among children experiencing homelessness, but underrepresented in the research literature. Furthermore, the project will expand our understanding of unique risks associated with homelessness compared to risks of poverty more generally, and will inform efforts on the part of service providers and policymakers to support healthy development of infants and families through parenting programs. In addition, the project will involve the design and evaluation of a child development curriculum for family housing providers; this curriculum will be delivered by graduate students, enhancing the students’ education while simultaneously enhancing knowledge of developmental science among service providers who interact daily with young children and families experiencing homelessness."  

Congratulations to Dr. Sawyer for receiving a grant from National Science Foundation and another from the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation for the same project - "Male Champions for Gender Inclusive Leadership". The NSF funded portion will derive the key behaviors that leaders can enact to support gender inclusive leadership at work, as well as the outcomes of these behaviors and the driving mechanisms related to supporting a culture that surrounds these behaviors. The SHRM funded portion will cover a scale development for a measure of gender inclusive leadership.  

Dr. Sawyer will be honored on May 11 as one of Philadelphia Business Journal's "40 Under 40", which "aims to identify and recognize current and future leaders in various industries and in the community."  She will be featured in the journal's May 12 issue.

Six graduate students were awarded Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships for the summer of 2017.  The recipients are:
Zachary Oxford-Romeike
Michael Hartman
Perrin Fugo
Adam Davila
Abigail Benecke
Katie Adams

From Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), the David Shakow Early Career Award for Contributions to Clinical Psychology is presented to Aidan G.C. Wright, Ph.D. (assistant professor at University of Pittsburg) for contributions to the science clinical psychology by a person who has received the doctorate within the past seven years and who has made noteworthy contributions both to science and to practice.  Dr. Wright is married to Rachel Bacharach, another MS alum, and they just had a daughter. Congratulations!

Gianna Perez, a sophomore CBN major, has accepted a summer internship with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute for the summer of 2017.  Interns receive educational opportunities and hand-on research experience in neuroscience. Congratulations, Gianna!

Congratulations to Heather-Anne Phelan '16, who recieved the 2106 Ward Award on her thesis entitled, EFFECTS OF MULTI-DAY PRACTICE SCHEDULES ON LEARNING AND MEMORY: WHEN AND WHY EXPANDING-SCHEDULE PRACTICE WORKS BEST.

-In addition to TWO Fulbright awards (see below). This is a competitive award given by Women in Cognitive Science which comes with a monetary prize funded by NSF that must be spent in support a female trainee. Dr. Kan was nominated by a former mentee.  More on this award can be found at  The official presentation of the award will occur at the Psychonomic Society Conference in November.
Congratulations to Irene!