Congratulations to our graduating PhD students! Fouad Bou Zeineddine will be taking a post-doctoral position at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, working with Dr. Kevin Durrheim. Jennie Pellowski will be taking a post-doctoral appointment at the International Health Institute, Brown University, working with Dr. Abby Harrison. Chris Burrows will be taking an NSF-funded post-doctoral position at the University of Connecticut, working with Dr. Hart Blanton.
Recognizing their national and international scholarly achievements, both Dr. Kerry L. Marsh and Dr. Diane M. Quinn were promoted from associate to full professors on Friday, April 29, 2015.
Well deserved congratulations!
In recognition of his excellence in research, teaching, service, public engagement, and outreach, on March 25, 2015, Blair T. Johnson was conferred the highest honor the University of Connecticut grants to faculty members: Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. Dr. Johnson’s work on meta-analytic techniques, and his use of them to what spreads HIV and what interventions are effective, as well as the efficacy of various treatments for clinical depression, have received international attention. He has served several important scientific societies, including, currently, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and has served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals. Most recently, he has served as senior editor of Social Science & Medicine. We congratulate Dr. Johnson on his many achievements and in joining David A. Kenny and Jeffrey D. Fisher as BoT Distinguished Professors.
PhD student Christopher Burrows and Prof. Hart Blanton have won Top Honors for the following paper they will present at the 2015 International Health Communications Association conference:
“Real-World Persuasion from Virtual-World Health Campaigns: Initial Tests using Entertainment Videogames to Lower DUI Willingness.”
The journal Nature has named the article that Reuben M. Baron and David A. Kenny published in 1986 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology one of the top 100 most-cited research publications of all time, entering the list at number 33. The publications on the top 100 list were published between 1925 and 2008; that the Baron and Kenny article had far less time to accrue citations than most other papers on the list makes their accomplishment all the more distinguished. Of the six publications in the disciplines of psychology and psychiatry to make the list, the Baron and Kenny article is the second most cited even though it is the most recently published of the six. Congratulations, Reuben and Dave!
Graduate student Jennie Pellowski received the Graduate Student Research Award from APA’s Div. 38 (Health Psychology) to help fund her dissertation on increasing treatment adherence for people living with HIV who have limited health literacy.
Graduate student Nadya Soto received an honorable mention in the competition for the Ford Foundation graduate fellowship.
Program affiliate Bert Hodges and alumnus Ben Meagher published:
Hodges, B. H., Meagher, B. R., Norton, D. J., McBain, R., & Sroubek, A. (2014). Speaking from ignorance: Not agreeing with others we believe are correct. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 218-234. doi: 10.1037/a0034662.
Program affiliate Bert Hodges hosted the conference and graduate student workshop: Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use, along with Carol Fowler, June 12-14, 2014 at University of Connecticut.