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September 2014

Administrative Updates & Announcements

We are pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Nate Helwig to the Quantitative/Psychometric Methods area of our Department! Nate comes to us from the University of Illinois's Department of Statistics. He will be splitting his time between the Department of Psychology and the School of Statistics (Psychology will serve as his tenure home). In Elliott Hall, he can be reached at N650 (office), N612 (lab), 612-624-8363, or Please help us welcome Nate to the Department!

Staff member Amanda Suchy has been reassigned to administratively support the Department's CSPR and PIB programs full time (PIB support has switched from Margie Pickering to Amanda). Amanda previously split her time between the CSPR program and the Central Office. She will continue to be involved with the Central Office, as a backup when needed. Amanda will be located within CSPR's main office (in office N438E) and can be reached at (612) 625-2546 or

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,700 for undergraduates either to work with a faculty member on her/his scholarly or creative project or to carry out a project of the student's own design in close collaboration with a faculty sponsor. UROP projects are an ideal way to bring together the University's research and teaching missions, and the program is well funded, providing over 100 grants for CLA students every year, including numerous projects sponsored by Psychology faculty members. Students submit their electronic application at The due date for UROP applications for spring 2015 projects is October 6, 2014. Wendy Nicholson-Kotas serves as a resource for CLA students and faculty who have questions about the UROP program. She can be reached at or 612-624-4368. Questions? Holly Hatch-Surisook.

Awards & Accomplishments

Emeritus Professor Tom Bouchard's award-winning twin research continues to make the news. His research was discussed in an article on titled "Twins Separated at Birth Reveal Staggering Influence of Genetics", which was featured at Yahoo! News this month.

Assistant Professor Chun Wang received two significant awards during the summer months. In May she was selected to be a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. With the generous support of the Spencer Foundation, the Academy created this program to encourage outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects. The program provides her with a full teaching release for the 2014-2015 academic year to pursue her research program on the development of IRT models and methods for longitudinal measurement. Dr. Wang's second award resulted from an international competition sponsored by the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT). As a result of that competition, she was selected to receive the Early Career Researcher Award, which will be presented to her at the IACAT conference in early October, where she will present a plenary address on her research on identifying statistically significant intraindividual multivariate change.


Congratulations to our July 2014 Ph.D. graduate!

Jennifer Ann Fillo
Area: Social
Advisor: Jeff Simpson and Alex Rothman
Dissertation Title: Examining the Nature, Origins, and Health Consequences of Attachment-Related Individual Differences in the Emotion Regulation Process

Visiting Scholars

Song Chang, graduate student in the School of Psychology at South China Normal University, has been invited by Professor Sheng He to visit our Department from September 2014 - September 2015. Ms. Chang will join Professor He's Vision and Attention Laboratory with her research focused on investigating the contents of visual imagery based on fMRI activities in the visual cortex.

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


Chair's Office Staff Hours:
8:00 - 4:30 M-F

Guillermo De Paz
N210 EltH - 625-7852

Orbe Stricherz
Assistant to the Chair
N210 EltH - 625-7873

Heidi Wolff
Executive Ofc & Admin Specialist
S248 EltH - 626-3171


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