Silver Aids Chile With Earthquake Recovery

Professor Roxane Silver uses her expertise to help Chileans recover from psychological impacts of the earthquake.

She will collaborate with colleagues on projects including:
-A national study of the quake’s psychological impact
-Teaching coping skills to healthcare workers and first responders
-Developing psychological interventions and disaster-preparedness programs for residents

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Levine to be Honored by UCI Athletics

UCI Athletics will honor Linda Levine for her outstanding commitment to the mission of UC Irvine on Saturday, April 17th.

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Social Behavior, she has been recognized for her outstanding achievement in teaching throughout her career, most recently with the 2009-10 Distinguished Faculty  Award for Teaching.

The presentation will take place at the Bren Events Center in conjunction with the Men's Volleyball match where our defending National Champions will host the #1-seeded Stanford Cardinal. Match begins at 7:00pm and admission is free for faculty/staff and their guests.

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Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

Psychology & Social Behavior graduate students receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Marina White (2009)
Impact of Exercise on Stress Response Both With & Without Psychological & Physical Stress

Alaine Kalder (2010)
Adolescents' False Confessions: The Roles of Child Maltreatment and Cortisol Reactivity

Jennie Williams (2010)
Health, Wealth, and Happiness: Associations between Neighborhood Income and Daily Stressors

Christopher Marshburn (2010)
Examining Interpersonal Interactions

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OC Register article
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Alaine Kalder will examine whether maltreatment status predicts false confession in an experimental setting, using a population of juvenile offenders. This sample is ideal as they are likely to have high rates of victimization and have more opportunity to make false confessions. She will also measure salivary cortisol as a possible mediator of risk for false confession.

Chris Marshburn will examine how people react when discussing difficult topics in interpersonal interactions. He is specifically investigating how threats to people's attitudes about social issues influence fluctuations in identity.

Marina White was awarded the fellowship in 2009 and has already begun her research. The topic is  how exercise behavior may mitigate the stress response, specifically, how the physiological responses of a group that underwent a stressful situation while exercising compared with a group that was not exercising while being stressed. Her theory is that exercise, despite being a stressor, utilizes stress hormones, so therefore those who are exercising & undergoing stress would show less of a stress response than those who were doing the two separately.

Jennie Williams' topic will involve the study of neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics, such as median income and education, crime rates, and social capital, and their influence on individual indexes of physical, emotional, and cognitive health.  The social ecological approach of her research program enables exploration of one’s broader context in the search for factors creating and maintaining existing health disparities, as well as those that protect our health from the adverse effects of living in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Greenberger Awarded Dickson Professorship

Ellen Greenberger, Research Professor and Professor Emerita of Psychology and Social Behavior, has been named an Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professor.

Ellen Greenberger

These endowed professorships, established to honor former UC Regent Edward A. Dickson, are awarded to retired faculty who continue to make significant contributions in the areas of university service, teaching, and research.


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Professor Dickerson receives SAGE award

Dr. Sally Dickerson has been named one of 5 winners of the 2010 SAGE Young Scholars award from the the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology.

These awards recognize outstanding young researchers who have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in social and/or personality psychology, conducting research that places them at the forefront of their peers. Award criteria include innovation, creativity, and potential to make a significant impact on the field.

The award will be formally presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual conference in January.

November 2009

Wendy Goldberg, Professor, edited the recently released reader Current Directions in Gender Psychology, in partnership with the Association of Psychological Science. This reader gives students real world perspective about today's current issues in gender psychology.

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Alison Clarke-Stewart, Research Professor and Professor Emerita, is quoted in the Orange County Register article "Recession leaves its mark on O.C., census figures show".

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October 2009

Recent Study on Adolescents

Professor Beth Cauffman's research on adolescents' emotional maturity related to juvenile crime and legal accountability is featured in October's American Psychologist. For more  information, see the UCI article.



Fall 2009

Susan Charles has been designated by the Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Social Ecology to receive the 2009 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research.
Linda Levine
 has won the 2009-2010 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.