The Department of Psychology is conducting a search for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Behavioral Psychology.
The Department of Psychology is conducting a search for a tenure track Assistant Professor. in Counseling Psychology
The Psychology Department’s Diversity Affirmation & Awareness Committee (DAAC) recently held its second annual Fall Diversity Art Exhibition on Friday, September 29, 2017. The theme of the exhibit was multiculturalism, and works of art related to this theme were featured throughout the first floor of the the Psychology Building. Artists included graduate and undergraduate students and department staff.
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Dr. Brian Cahill is currently a lecturer for the University of Florida Department of Psychology, a position that he has held since 2016. Dr. Cahill graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in 2015 with a PhD in Legal Psychology, in 2008 with a Master of Arts Degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and in 2005 with his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University in Psychology. Dr. Cahill’s main passion is teaching, and in his opinion, “there is no other profession as rewarding as a teacher. Every day I get to help shape and foster the most amazing young women and men who will be the future of our world.” Although Dr. Cahill loves teaching all of his classes, there are two that stand out as his favorites: Legal Psychology and Research Methods. As he states, “In Legal Psychology I am able to bring to light all of the issues we have in our legal system and teach students how they can make a difference to help solve these issues. In Research Methods I am able to teach my students how to be critical thinkers and how to become both a consumer and producer of research.”
As part of the international Before I Die Wall project, five temporary walls were mounted around Gainesville this Spring, including on the UF campus. The interactive walls received a lot of attention and positive support from the community and local media. The Life Story Lab in the Psychology Department partnered with UF Health to engage college students through a Before I Die Wall at the Reitz Union. The wall acted as a death education event, bringing awareness to National Health Care Decision Day which encourages completion of Advance Directives (e.g., Health Care Surrogate and Living Will). The week-long event was successful in prompting students to think about aspirations for their own lives, and opening dialogue about wishes at end-of-life. Students’ responses to the prompt: Before I Die I Want to…. ranged from specific goals such as “provide a loving home for a child in need” or “meet Joe Biden” or ”pay off my parents’ bills” to more philosophical life goals such as to “find happiness,” or to “have a meaningful life.” For more on walls around the globe, see: http://beforeidie.city For information on end-of-life conversations, visit: http://theconversationproject.org
An American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation was awarded to Don Dewsbury, Professor Emeritus. Don was a student of Frank A. Beach and was himself a mentor to countless students. In making the citation, President Anthony Puente stated: Don is “a beacon and benchmark for psychology. A review of his vita provides an illustration of what was important to him. These include 250+ publications in animal behavior, 100+publications in history of science as well as of psychology, 18 books edited or written ranging from textbooks to reference books, president of three divisions of APA and the Animal Behavior Society, Animal Behavior Society Exemplar Award winner, historian or archivist for several scientific organizations, and 25 years of continuous support from the National Science Foundation.
His contribution to the history of psychology is even more unusual considering that his contribution to animal and comparative psychology were exemplary and make him arguably the premier comparative psychologist of his generation. Not being satisfied with such accomplishment, Dewsbury went on to excel in the history of psychology. Dewsbury is completing his career with a legacy of being one of the foremost animal behaviorists and comparative psychologists as well as historians of psychology not only of his generation but in the history of psychology.”
Susan Bluck is Professor of Psychology, Director, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. In her Life Story Lab, www.lifestorylab.wordpress.com she guides a diverse, dynamic team of graduate and undergraduate researchers in answering the question: Why do humans remember so much about their own lives?
Dr. Bluck’s research focuses on how people use their autobiographical memories adaptively across adulthood. Using quantitative and narrative methods, her research elucidates how autobiographical memory aids in maintaining a sense of identity, developing social bonds such as intimacy and empathy, and directing future plans. Susan’s interests extend to the very end of the lifespan, including death-related and end-of-life issues.
Introducing Faculty Spotlight, where we will share the highlights and story of each of our fantastic UF Psychology Department Faculty members. The first faculty member on our list is Dr. Lise Abrams. Dr. Abrams is a Professor and has held the position of Chair of the UF Psychology Department since 2013. She graduated from Pomona College in 1991, earning her B.A. cum laude with a double major in Psychology and Mathematics. Dr. Abrams finished her graduate education at the University of California Los Angeles, earning both her M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1997) in Cognitive Psychology. She first joined the University of Florida Psychology Department in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and researcher. Dr. Abrams has an extensive research focus on memory and language processes in young and older adults, specifically the processes involved in comprehending and retrieving words and the changes in these processes that occur with normal aging. Specifically, Dr. Abrams is interested in investigating tip-of-the-tongue states, which are naturally-occurring retrieval failures that are characterized by a temporary inability to recall a known word, interference from taboo words during speech production, and written errors such as the production of spelling errors and homophone substitution errors.
On February 13-14 a selected group of six UF undergraduates (Psychology, Neurobiology IDS and Health Sciences majors) traveled to Palm Beach, Florida to participate in the “Sunposium” neuroscience meeting organized by the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI). UF students were the recipients of the fellowship awarded by the MPFI to undergraduates that show excellence in neuroscience research. This year’s meeting had the theme: “At the forefront of understanding neural circuits” and the program included talks by two recent Nobel Prize laurates and researchers from the top US and international research institutions such as MIT, Stanford, RIKEN – Japan, University of Zurich and UCSF. For our students, the highlight was the lunch with speakers and evening social event where they presented their research posters. Students were accompanied by Dr. Marek Schwendt who administers the MPFI fellowship program for UF.
(MPFI Florida fellows, left to right: Megan Spurrell, Tyler Garman, Sara Sosa-Garcia, Yasmin Padovan, Isabel Mor, Spencer Berman and Dr. Marek Schwendt)
As our international community continues to grow, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the many ways in which UF students from around the globe contribute by enrichening the intellectual and social fabric of our department. The Outstanding International Student Awards highlight the accomplishments of international students across the University of Florida. The awards recognize students who not only meet exemplary academic achievement criteria but also have a wide range of accomplishments. Two Developmental Area Psychology doctoral candidates received the award this year. Tian Lin (China) and Hsiao-wen Liao (Taiwan) were presented with their awards at a recent reception. They are pictured here with Dr. Susan Bluck (Developmental Area Director) and CLAS Associate Dean, Mary Watt.
Dr. Natalie Ebner, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory and the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, and Affiliate Faculty at the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research (FICS) is the recipient of a CLAS International Educator of the Year Award for 2016. This award recognizes faculty at the University of Florida with outstanding international accomplishments and their impact on the recipient’s field of study, students, and international partners.