1 Summer 2014 PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT Notes from the Chair By James P. Bliss In fall of 2013, I assumed chairship of the department following the conclusion of Dr. Barbara Winstead s terms. Barbara left very large shoes to fill; my first year was exciting but a bit daunting. I was required to quickly adjust to the broader departmental perspective, while maintaining focus on my own research, teaching and service commitments. Thank you to faculty, students, and especially staff members who quickly made me feel welcome. Fortunately, the department is in great shape. Our undergraduate program is healthy and vibrant: we are a success story across the college and university, having instituted a popular and growing online program option that effectively complements our brick and mortar program. Our master s program draws top students from across the country; entry test scores and grades often rival those of Ph.D. applicants! Our Ph.D. program tracks (Applied Experimental, Human Factors, and Industrial/Organizational) represent unique and popular offerings in the Hampton Roads region. Faculty who represent these tracks have been very successful, obtaining continued research funding, teaching intriguing courses and matriculating successful and employed students. During the academic year, our faculty and students have had many successes. Faculty members have continued to win research and teaching awards. Undergraduate and graduate students have been recognized for their hard work as well. I invite you to read the stories that follow to discover more about the department. It s a great time to be associated with ODU Psychology! In the news Clinical Graduate Program Receives Accreditation For many years, ODU s Psychology Department has offered graduate study at the doctoral level in clinical psychology. Through a consortial arrangement with William and Mary, Norfolk State University, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School, students have been able to obtain their Psy.D. degree. In recent years, the program has Inside this issue: New Faculty 2 On-line Undergraduate Degree 2 ODU Annual Graduate Research Day 3 Announcements / Awards / Honors 4 Departmental Photos 6 7 Student Organizations 8 been administrated by ODU, Norfolk State, and EVMS. Also, the particular degree offered has changed from the Psy.D. to the Ph.D. Following the change of degree, the American Psychological Association conducted a very successful site visit during the fall of 2013 to evaluate the program for accreditation. The APA granted the program seven-year accreditation in May of This is the longest period for accreditation possible and is a testament to the high quality of the students and faculty, and the commitment of the administration members at all partner institutions to support the program. We are thrilled with this outcome! Special points of interest: Welcome Dr. s Heron and Yamani Doctoral Student awarded two year Federal Fellowship Grant Project Rise Eight doctoral degrees awarded from July 2013 August 2014 Alumni News Form and Support Form 9
2 Two New Faculty Members Hired Over the last year, the department completed two successful faculty member searches. In Spring of 2013, Dr. Barry Gillen passed away after a brief illness. His position will be filled by Dr. Kristin Heron, who was hired as a clinical psychologist. Dr. Heron received her Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University in July Her field of research expertise is development of real-time assessment and intervention methods using mobile technology. Following the retirement of Dr. Janis Sanchez-Hucles in 2012, the department recruited for a human factors psychologist. Dr. Yusuke Yamani will join us in the fall of Dr. Yamani received his Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in His research involves the study of attention, perception, and cognition toward the optimal design of complex task displays and automated systems. Welcome to Drs. Heron and Yamani! Department Expands through the Rental of Research Space As the Psychology Department has continued to grow, it has been important to utilize available space as efficiently as possible for research activities. In the Spring of 2014, the department worked with Dean Platsoucas and ODU s recently formed Space Committee to acquire approximately 1500 square feet of rented space in the Innovation Research Park 1 Building. This is an exciting development and should help to ease our growing pains. We appreciate the administration s assistance with this lease. Complete Online Undergraduate Program Now Available Following several years during which individual undergraduate psychology classes were made available online, the department has developed and implemented the entire undergraduate curriculum online. As a result, students are now able to complete their undergraduate bachelor s degree in psychology by taking courses online. The latest estimates are that approximately 200 psychology majors are taking advantage of this option. Dr. Amy Landers, one of the department s newer faculty members, serves as the Online Program Director. Microsoft Office Clip Art Page 2 PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
3 Psychology Graduate Students Participate in the ODU Annual Graduate Research Achievement Day 2014 Several students from the Psychology presented their research in this years Graduate Research Achievement day held on March 27th in Webb Center. Masters Delaram Totonchi: The Effects of Gender Roles and Sex-Guilt on Relationship Satisfaction, Conflict Resolution Strategies and Frequency of Consenting to Unwanted Sex. Applied Experimental Ph.D. Blake Bent: Default Effects in the Endorsement of Environmental Policies. Tyler Mason: Remembered Parental Instrumental Feeding and Binge Eating for Affect Regulation among Overweight Individuals. Julia Zaharieva: The Influence of Affective Work Experiences on Faculty Work Outcomes. Clinical Sara Bock: Risk for Suicidal Ideation Among Sexual Minority Youth from Adolescence to Young Adulthood. Industrial/Organizational Michael B. Armstrong: Anticipated Reactions to Gamified Training. Department Growth Continues As of fall of 2013, the ODU Psychology Department now serves over 1300 majors, making psychology one of the most popular majors on the ODU campus. Faculty serve over 500 psychology minors as well. The most recent university data indicates that the Psychology Department graduated 306 students with a BS in This is the most in the College of Sciences, and second highest number across the university. Page 3
4 ANNOUNCEMENTS/AWARDS/HONORS ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dr. Miguel Padilla was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. AWARDS: Ashley Linden, a fourth year in the Applied Experimental PhD program, was recently awarded a two-year federal fellowship grant through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (a division of NIH). This grant provides funding for her dissertation research in the form of a stipend and training to develop her program of research and become a more independent alcohol investigator. The project, The Examination of Caffeinated Alcohol Use in a Daily Context will use a daily diary design to gain a more in-depth understanding of caffeinated alcohol use (e.g., Red Bull and vodka) patterns. Specifically, this project will examine the context of use, negative consequences from drinking caffeinated alcohol, and substance-related cognitions that may drive someone s consumption (e.g., their motivations for drinking). Drs. Michelle Kelley, Cathy Lau-Barraco, Matt Henson, and Cecile Marczinski (from Northern Kentucky University) will serve as her mentorship team for the duration of this project. HONORS: Doctors Michelle Kelley and Richard N. Landers Nominees for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards recognizing teaching, research, and service accomplishments. Dr. Debra Major was designated an eminent scholar, an honor ODU reserves to recognize faculty members of unusual merit and service to the university. Project RISE With support from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Debra Major launched project RISE (research investigating STEM embeddedness) as part of her continued effort to study the challenge of retaining college students in science, technology, engineering, and math. In spring 2014, she and her research team surveyed graduating seniors in the College of Science and the Batten College of Engineering and Technology about the factors that helped them persist in their majors through to graduation. A follow -up survey is planned after approximately three months. The RISE research team includes Dr. Matt Henson and Dr. Konstantin Cigularov, as well as Dr. Valerie Morganson, an alumna of the industrial/organizational psychology doctoral program who is now a faculty member at the University of West Florida. Graduate research assistants working on the project include Valerie Streets, Michael Litano, and Dante Myers. Valerie Streets Michael Litano Dante Myers Page 4 PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
5 Mills Godwin Life Sciences Building Brill s Research for Army Aviators Extended Through 2016 Dr. Chris Brill is currently researching ways to improve Blackhawk pilot performance. The US Army is interested in providing non-visual displays for spatial tasks, such as navigation and threat detection. However, the cockpit is a terribly noisy environment, and even with hearing protection, the most experienced pilots typically suffer from noiseinduced hearing loss from years of exposure. Consequently, vibration-based displays may prove the most viable option. To this end, Brill and his collaborators at the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (Ft. Rucker, AL) are comparing the relative effectiveness of 3D sound, NON-VISUAL DISPLAYS FOR SPATIAL TASKS vibration, and the combination of the two for people with normal hearing and pilots with noise -induced hearing loss. He expects the vibratory cues will be most effective, whether presented alone or with 3D audio. Meet the PSI CHI/APS Undergraduate Student Group: Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology majors. The primary purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship while advancing the science of psychology. Through this organization students can interact with the Psychology Department faculty, learn about graduate school, participate in volunteer events, and connect with fellow Psychology undergraduates. Members of Psi Chi are also eligible to apply for different awards and grants. In addition to Psi Chi, there is also the Association of Psychology Students (APS). APS is open to anyone who is interested in psychology. APS members receive the same opportunities and can be used as a stepping-stone for those who do not meet the requirements for membership of Psi Chi. Page 5
6 The Department in Photos Retirees Dr. Ogden and Dr. Duncan Surprise luncheon for Barbara Winstead as she steps down as chair, July Dr. Abby Braitman s Lab Meeting. Dr. Cathy Lau-Barraco s BARS lab. Greetings from the Undergraduate Advising Office. Fire Alarm Waiting for the all clear. Dr. Ivan Ash s lab group.
8 Meet the Applied Experimental Psychology Student Association (AEPSA) Group: Founded in 2006, the Applied Experimental Psychology Student Association (AEPSA) was established for purpose of serving the needs of the students and faculty of the Applied Experimental Psychology program at ODU. In addition, AEPSA aims to increase awareness of social responsibilities by encouraging students to participate in public affairs within the field of applied experimental psychology. AEPSA has been fully recognized as an ODU student organization by the ODU Student Government Association in During the school year, members of AEPSA organized and participated in numerous events. Off campus, AEPSA members participated in Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve volunteer work day. They assisted with a group volunteer project focused on cleaning and helping to maintain the trails and facilities at Hoffler Creek. On campus, AEPSA organized a brown bag luncheon entitled the Manuscript Process. During this event, Dr. James Paulson and Dr. Bryan Porter, both editors/associate editors for scientific journals, presented on what reviewers/editors look for in manuscript submissions when accepting or rejecting a manuscript. For more information about future events feel free to Ralitsa Maduro, AEPSA President, at Meet the Human Factors/Ergonomics Psychology Student (HFES) Group: The ODU HFES Student Chapter is a student organization geared towards professional development and service in the areas of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Our mission is to promote and advance the understanding of the Human Factors and Ergonomics principles involved in design, manufacturing, and use of systems machines and devices. As a student organization we engage in a variety of academic and social activities. We provide our members the opportunity to hear speakers from both industry and academia, participate in field trips to various places such as NASA to gain a greater understanding of real world settings. The student chapter is very well represented at the Annual National HFES Conference, where members meet alumni, present research, and interact with other Human Factors professionals. As a chapter we also participate in the Virginia Student HFES Conference encouraging our members to meet with, and learn from other student organizations in the area. Meet the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Student Association (IOPSA) Group: The Industrial/Organizational Psychology Student Association (IOPSA) exists to provide current I/O graduate students with opportunities to develop professionally through applied experiences, conference attendance, alumni networking, and research and career discussions with alumni and other various I/O professionals. In addition to professional development, IOPSA members participate in community service, philanthropic efforts, and regularly organize social events. IOPSA members support the graduate program by helping to recruit talented applicants and by mentoring undergraduate researchers. We are always searching for people with similar interests to participate in our Brown Bag seminars and for collaboration. If interested, please contact our President, Bo Armstrong, at Page 8
9 Psychology Alumni News OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY Departmental Website: Old Dominion University Department of Psychology Mills Godwin Building MGB 250 Phone: Fax: To contribute information to the next newsletter or to update your address, please fill out, detach and send the form below to us, or the information to us at Please put Alumni News in the subject line, thank you. Name: Graduation Date: Degree/Major: Maiden Name: Address: City: State: Zip Code: Employer: Position/Title: Your News: Thank you for your continued support! THANK YOU for your continuing interest in the Psychology Department. Your contributions to the Psychology Department go to support research and teaching activities. The Psychology Department has several funds for student awards, scholarships and general purposes. These include: Alan L. Chaikin Psychology Honors Thesis Award is given to the undergraduate student with the most outstanding honors thesis. Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Psychology Student Award is given to the graduating senior with the most outstanding service to the department and academic accomplishments. David L. Pancoast Memorial Dissertation Prize is given to the clinical student with the most outstanding dissertation. Your contribution can support any of these awards or the General Gift Fund that is used where the need is greatest: YOUR GIFT: $25 $50 $100 other $ GIFT DESIGNATION: Psychology General Gift Fund Guy Outstanding Psychology Student Award Chaikin Psychology Honors Thesis Award Pancoast Memorial Dissertation Prize Please make checks payable to OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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