February 2009

Loftus Honored by American Psychology Law Society
Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, will receive the 2009 Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law Award from the American Psychology-Law Society at its March annual meeting in San Antonio. The annual award is given to researchers who have made distinguished theoretical, empirical and/or applied contributions to psychology and law. Loftus studies the malleable nature of human memory, and her research on the reliability of eyewitness reports and memories “recovered” through therapy has affected how law enforcement agencies and the courts consider such testimony.

Candice Odgers has been named a William T. Grant Scholar. This award is designed for early career researchers (within 7 years of the PhD degree) and is intended to further the Foundation's interest in supporting research that helps understand and improve the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the US. This award provides $350,000 of support spread over 5 years and is being extended this year to just 4 young scholars. As you can imagine, the competition for this award is quite strenuous, and winning it carries great distinction. Congratulations to Professor Odgers.

Pregnancy Hormone Predicts Postpartum Depression
Women who have higher levels of a hormone produced by the placenta midway through pregnancy appear more likely to develop postpartum depression, a study authored by UCI researcher Ilona Yim finds. The discovery could help identify and treat women at risk for postpartum depression long before the onset of symptoms. Photo by Daniel A. Anderson. more from Today@UCI» more from Reuters India»

Maddi on Strategies for Surviving Economic Downturn
“People have recovered from this kind of thing before. Rather than bemoaning one’s plight, it’s important to come up with action plans that might make a difference.” – Salvatore R. Maddi, psychology & social behavior professor, commenting on the resilience and resolve necessary to deal with the economic crisis. USA Today, Feb. 2, 2009. more »

Joanne Frattaroli has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Linda Levine and Joanne Frattaroli won a departmental assessment grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Candice Odgers was awarded funding by Simon Frazier University for her work entitled: Transition to Young Adulthood in Girls at Risk for Aggression and Antisocial Behavior: Risk, Resilience and Developmental Trajectories.

Jennifer Skeem received funding from the American Psychological Association for her research entitled: Using Social Science to Increase Public Safety.