I am pleased to tell you about how our department has grown since I last wrote to you. In particular, I wish to tell you about four of our terrific new young faculty. Their achievements and awards show how well we have hired, and demonstrate our growing recognition in developmental psychology and in cognitive and social neuroscience.
- Assistant Professor Katherine McAuliffe won an Early Career Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development and was named a "rising star" in psychology by the Association for Psychological Science.
- Associate Professor Liane Young has won three awards: the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Sage Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Responsibilty, and the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, which Professor Elizabeth Kensinger also won in 2010.
- Assistant Professor Maureen Ritchey received a four-year NIMH grant to study memory, emotion, and the brain.
- Assistant Professor Joshua Hartshorne received a three-year NSF grant to use big data to study child language.
Research in our labs is closely linked to our undergraduate teaching: We currently have 129 undergraduates working in 13 labs. Joshua Hartshorne and Katherine McAuliffe will direct a summer research program for high school students funded by the Esther Katz Rosen Fund. Our doctoral students are also thriving, winning five national awards this year.
We are grateful for the generous gifts received from our alumni, including two recent gifts of $10,000 each. These funds are used to send more of our undergraduate and graduate students to conferences and to fund exploratory research not covered by grants. We hope you will consider making a gift to our department.
Please stay in touch and let us know what you are doing and how your major has been of benefit to you over the years.
Chair, Psychology Department