One of our former Psychology graduate students, Dr. Maureen O’Connor (Ph.D., JD, Bruce Sales), has just been named president of Palo Alto University. She will be joining another of our grad alums, Dr. Amanda Faniff (Ph.D., Judith Becker), who is on faculty at Palo Alto and is going up for tenure this year. Another example of the excellence of our graduate program and the success of our alums.
Researchers are uncovering the link between sleep and learning and how it changes throughout our lives. Drs. Rebecca Gómez and Jamie Edgin study sleep and memory formation in children of different ages. Gómez finds that naps are crucial for infants to retain a memory a day later. Edgin, who specializes in learning disorders, finds that children with better long-term sleep have enhanced learning outcomes. Edgin and her former graduate student Dina Spanò, are investigating sleep and memory formation in children with Down syndrome.
Congratulations to Drs. Sbarra and Mehl on their promotion to full professor – a very well-deserved tribute to their contributions to Psychology, the University of Arizona, and the broader community. We are fortunate to have both of them as faculty.
Congratulations to graduate student Lauren Nguyen who has been awarded the prestigious Theodore H. Koff Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding UA graduate students who are pursuing studies in Aging and Gerontology. Lauren is in the Clinical Psychology program conducting research on various factors affecting healthy aging. Particularly, investigating the effects of blood pressure variability on brain structures and cognition in healthy aging.
Our faculty are often invited to give talks and presentations in the community. Contact our Development Coordinator, Dale Schoonover firstname.lastname@example.org if your organization or event is interested hearing more about their work.
The department is pleased to announce a new graduate seminar being offered this fall by Dr. Vicky Lai, who is joining our faculty from the University of South Carolina. Psy 542 Special Topics in Psycholinguistics: Language and Cognition will be on Tuesdays from 9:30am-12:30pm in Psychology 317B for the 2016 Fall Semester. This seminar introduces students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues in language and cognition.