Grant News

In AY13-14...

Utsav Gyawali '14 received a Sigma Xi Grant of $1,000 in support of his SMP research, "Reversal of Compulsive Cocaine Seeking in Neonatal Ventral Hippocampal Lesion Model of Schizophrenia" (under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Brady). He will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. in November 2014. Utsav was active in research in the Behavioral Neuroscience lab in both his junior and senior years. The grant also helped to cover some findings he presented at the 2013 SFN meeting.

Utsav Gyawali '14 with mentor Dr. Anne Marie Brady

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Alumni Spotlight


Niki Novak '09

Jennifer "Niki" Novak earned her Master's degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill College in 2011. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at DC Counseling and Psychotherapy and Director of Training and Quality Improvement at Pathways to Housing in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Wes Jordan with Stephania D'Abrosio, Nicole DeAngeli, Michelle Klima, and Heather Pribut.

SMP Spotlight

48 students completed an SMP in psychology in AY13-14. Congratulations to them all!

At the end of each year, mentors select particularly outstanding SMPs to be featured in our PsycSMP Showcase. 13-14 Showcase projects were written by Stephania D'Ambrosio, Nicole DeAngeli, Allison Herrington, Michelle Klima, Meshan Lehmann, Heather Pribut, and Ciara Willett.

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Department News 

  • The 5th edition of  p<.05 News, the Psychology Department's Alumni Newsletter, is scheduled to be released in October 2014, as well as a completely new departmental website.
  • Dr. Renee Dennison's recent study, “The Role of Couple Discrepancies in Cognitive and Behavioral Egalitarianism in Marital Quality,” is getting a lot of press lately. Read more here and listen to Dr. Dennison's podcast on why chore sharing can make or break a marriage!
  • Congratulations and welcome to our newest tenure track faculty member, Dr. James Mantell! Dr. Mantell was at SMCM as a visiting assistant professor in AY13-14. In AY14-15 he will teach PSYC301 (Psychological Statistics) and PSYC326 (Perception with Laboratory). His research interests include intentional and automatic vocal imitation, music and language perception and production. Additionally, he investigates embodied, situated, and distributed cognition (cognition as a cultural process).
  • Welcome to our visiting assistant professors for AY14-15! Dr. Russell Webster with teach PSYC301: Psychological Statistics and PSYC303: Research Methods. Dr. Richard Abrams is continuing from AY13-14. He will teach PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology and PSYC424: Cognitive Psychology w/ Lab.
  • Dr. Libby Williams Counseling Psychology texthas published a new book! Gelso, C., Williams, E., and Fretz, B. (2014) Counseling Psychology, Third Edition. Washington, D.C.: american Psychologocal Association.  You can check it out at the SMCM library.
  • On May 2, 2014, 15 students were inducted into the Psi Chi Honor Society.
  • On April 25, 2014, 6 students were honored at awards convocation.
  • On April 17, 2014, Dr. Carolyn Tucker (University of Florida) presented on "A Culturally Sensitive Health Self-Empowerment Approach to Reducing Obesity in Culturally Diverse Communities" as part of the Psychology Lecture Series: Health and the Obesity “Crisis”.
  • On March 1, 2014, the Psyched for Life Team, consisting of Angie Draheim (captain) and 3 of her family members, Dr. Aileen Bailey and 2 of her family members, Dr. Anne Marie Brady, Dr. Renee Dennison, Dr. Laraine Glidden, Dr. Cynthia Koenig, Dr. James Mantell and 1 of his family members, Dr. Scott Mirabile, and Dr. Jennifer Tickle participated in the 12-hour, 5th Annual SMCM American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. Virtual team members/fundraisers also included Dr. Debbie O'Donnell, and Katie Henderson '14. Overall, the team helped to raise general and brain cancer awareness as well as $5,248.50 for ACS research & patient support programs. The entire Relay event raised $30,768.43. The next Relay is scheduled for February 28, 2015.
  • On February 21, 2014, Dr. Bruce Lee (John's Hopkins) presented "Systems Science Approaches to Prevent and Control Obesity" as part of the Psychology Lecture Series: Health and the Obesity “Crisis”.
  • On Nov 13, 2013, Dr. Renee Dennison (SMCM) presented on “Exploring the Role of Facebook in Shaping Identity and Intimacy Development in Emerging Adulthood” as part of the Psi Chi Discovering Psychology Series.
  • On Oct 25, 2013, Dr. Terry Davidson (American University) presented 'Why We Overeat and Become Obese? It Could be What We Think!' as part of the Psychology Lecture Series: Health and the Obesity “Crisis”.