Antonio E. Puente, PhD
Dr. Antonio Puente, graduate of the University of Florida (Bachelor's in Psychology) has been elected the new president of the American Psychological Association. During his time as an undergraduate he worked in the lab of Dr. Donald Dewsbury.
He has served psychology vigorously as an advocate and leader, the public in his clinical practice, the scientific community (in the United States and abroad) and generations of students as a professor of psychology. After 35 years of leadership with APA and other national health, pedagogical and science organizations, he seeks to establish APA as a leader while holding true to its long, diverse and rich history.
Full Biography on APA site.
Andreas Keil: Appointed to serve a six-year term as a member of the Mechanisms of Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Processes Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, NIH. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors.
Natalie Ebner: Invited to participate as a Session Chair for the National Academy of Sciences’ 27th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium on November 5-7, 2015. This symposium series is the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists, designed to provide an overview of advances and opportunities in a wide-ranging set of disciplines and to provide an opportunity for the future leaders of science to build a network with their colleagues. Attendees are selected by a committee of Academy members from among young researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science, including recipients of major fellowships and awards.
Marty Heesacker: Elected President of the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17), effective August, 2016.
Liz Redford: Liz has been selected to receive 2014-2015 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award for her paper, “Perceived Moral Responsibility for Attitude-based Discrimination”. This research presented participants with vignettes about a hypothetical implicitly biased person who discriminates against African Americans. Participants blamed the person based on whether he was aware of his implicit bias, and based on whether he seemed morally obligated to foresee his discriminatory behavior. These awards are given by APS and Psi Chi for outstanding work presented or published by a graduate student.
Lindsay Mehrkam and Michelle Traub have been selected to receive 2014-2015 Graduate Student Teaching awards. These awards are given by the UF Graduate School in recognition of the best graduate student instructors as determined by a university-wide committee. Fantastic that TWO of our students were selected for this honor!
Brian Iwata: Awarded the American Psychological Foundation (of APA) 2015 Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology, which will be given at APA in Toronto this August. This award recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the application of psychology through methods, research, and/or application of psychological techniques to important practical problems.
2015 Undergraduate Research Forum
On April 9, the Psychology Graduate Student Organization and the Psychology Department hosted the 2015 Undergraduate Research Forum. There were over 20 submissions from undergraduate authors covering the breadth of psychological research in the department. Undergraduates had the opportunity to present their research posters to faculty, student attendees, and judges. There was an array of outstanding posters, which made the job of the judges (thank you, first-year graduate students!) a very difficult task. In the end, the top three rated posters were awarded a certificate and cash prize sponsored by the Department. First place was awarded to Kaitlyn Dillon on a poster titled, “Own-Age Bias in Face-Name Associations: Evidence from Visual Attention and Memory in Younger and Older Adults”, from the labs of Dr. West and Dr. Ebner. Second place was awarded to Adriana Collada for a poster titled, “The Effect of Odorant Chemical Structure On Odor Perception in Dogs”, from Dr. Wynne’s lab. Third place was awarded to Aleksandra Gasparova on a study titled “Psychosocial Risks Facing Congolese Mothers during Pregnancy” from Dr. Kertes’s lab. Congratulations to all undergraduates who participated! There was a display of excellent research all around.
Left to right: Aleksandra Gasparova, Adriana Collada, and Kaitlyn Dillon