Faculty Awards

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
School of Social Ecology's Honoree

Beth Cauffman

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
School of Social Ecology's Honoree

Angela Lukowski

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Institute for Clinical & Translational Science

Roxane Silver


Loftus Receives Scientific Freedom Award

Elizabeth LoftusElizabeth Loftus is this year’s recipient of the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her pioneering research on human memory, which has had a profound impact on the administration of justice in the United States and abroad.

For more information on Dr. Loftus, visit her faculty webpage.
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Professor Silver Receives Two Awards

Roxane Cohen SilverPlease join us in congratulating Roxane Cohen Silver, the recipient of two recent awards:

2010 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, which is given for outstanding and fundamental contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma, and

2011 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career) from the American Psychological Association

View Professor Silver's faculty webpage.
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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

Visit Professor Silver's faculty website
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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.

Visit Professor Levine's faculty webpage

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.