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Department of Psychology

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  • July 2015

    Administrative Updates & Announcements

    There has been a recent change in getting access to the data security and privacy/HIPPA training modules.  Anyone with a UM x.500 account  -  including undergraduates  -  can now create a ULearn account and register themselves for the training modules. To create a ULearn account students need to go to the registration page and input their information. To register for the training modules, they must identify the required courses and request them.

    There are three modules all Psychology faculty, staff and students who work with department data (deidentified or not) need to take.
    -  Data Security in Your Job
    -  Securing Your Computer Workstation
    -  Using University Data.

    The fourth module all people working in a Psychology research lab should take is
    -  Managing Health Data Securely.

    If a volunteer in your lab does not have a UM x500, please contact and request a sponsored account for them. For any further questions feel free to contact us at

    Awards & Accomplishments

    Professor Pat Frazier  has been selected to receive the Charlotte Striebel Equity Award from the University of Minnesota. The award  "... annually recognizes a University of Minnesota faculty or staff member of any gender who goes above and beyond daily responsibilities to promote access for the common good, to undo bias and discrimination, or to build capacity for diverse and equitable campus communities" (this description is from the Women's Center website: Congratulations to Pat on this well-deserved honor!

    Graduate Student Anne Zhou (Counseling Psychology) and her teammates from Child Clinical Psychology and Public Health - collectively called Gopher Gold - won the Sloboda and Bukoski Cup at the annual Society for Prevention Research conference in DC. They presented on longitudinal data from the World Health Organization that examined the effects of Mexico's rollout of national health insurance. They beat out perennial powerhouse Penn State and it's the 2nd year in a row that a Minnesota team captured the Cup. Impressively, the entire team consisted of first-year graduate students. They were mentored by faculty in Psychology (Richard Lee), Family Social Science (Gerry August) and Public Health (Darin Erickson).

    The following graduate students were awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University‚Äôs most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. The award includes a stipend of $23,000 for the academic year (September-May), tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester (fall & spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan. Congratulations to the recipients from the Department of Psychology!

    Allison Farrell
    Behavioral, Affective, Cognitive, and Physiological Consequences of Power in Relationships
    Advisors: Jeffry Simpson and Alexander Rothman

    Yingchen He
    Optimizing A Protocol for Reading Rehabilitation in Age-related Macular Degeneration
    Advisors: Gordon Legge and Sheng He

    Juraj Mesik
    Learning to Adapt in the Early Visual System
    Advisors: Stephen Engel and Sheng He

    Shani Ofrat
    Familial Transmission of Externalizing Psychopathology
    Advisor: Robert Krueger

    Michael Wilmot
    A Comprehensive Review of Five Factor Model Meta-Analyses in the Behavioral Sciences
    Advisor: Deniz Ones

    Research Opportunities

    The Center for Personalized Prevention Research at the Institute for Translational Research (ITR) in Children's Mental Health is looking for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates who want to be involved in a NIDA funded research project. Briefly this project aims to investigate genetic, physiological, and personality predictors of response to substance use prevention programs for adolescents.

    They are looking for graduate students interested in data collection and analysis beginning in early fall. This is a great opportunity to learn biological approaches to behavioral research as well as get connected with the new cutting-edge ITR facility. There may be opportunities for your own specific lines of research as well as publications. Please contact Eric Thibodeau ( if interested!

    July 1st, 2015

Chair's Office

Monica Luciana
N210 EltH - 625-7873

Pat Frazier
Associate Chair
N571 EltH - 625-6863

Jonathan Gewirtz
Associate Chair
S245 EltH - 625-6653

Guillermo De Paz
N210 EltH - 625-7852

Orbe D. Walther
Assistant to the Chair
N210 EltH - 625-7873

Missy Jones
Principal Office & Administrative Specialist
N218 EltH - 625-1537

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