Sparing with Autism

April 2017

Be like water. Change. Adapt to shifting circumstances.

These kid martial artists don’t spar with each other. But they do learn a host of martial arts techniques – boxing, kickboxing, grappling – to use correctly in different situations. They learn to kick gentler if training partners aren’t holding protective pads. They learn never to use their skills at home or school, but that it’s acceptable to defend themselves against attackers and flee.

Psychology and Social Behavior's Graduate Program #19 Among Public Universities

March 2017

Psychology and Social Behavior graduate program placed in top 25 among public universities in annual list

The doctorate (Ph.D.) program in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior is ranked #19 among public universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and 36th overall out of 220 universities.

Live Law NSF: Translating (Law and Social) Science

January 2017

Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, joined 3 other scholars to celebrate Life of the Law's 100th episode. They were invited to the NSF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to share their stories, personal experiences, professional challenges, and discoveries about free speech and the judiciary, children and the legal system, imprisonment and culture, family law and poverty, and hate crimes and incivility in society.

Mothers' Lack of Legal Knowledge Linked to Juvenile Re-Offending

January 2017

Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, is featured on Fox 47 News and for
her research with her colleague Caitlin Cavanagh. Their research on mothers' legal knowledge and youth
re-offending indicates that when mothers were less knowledgeable about the legal system, their children were
more likely to commit another crime if their mothers did not participate in legal proceedings.