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Published: 06/01/2013
Summer 2013

Graduate

Graduate Accomplishments

Autumn quarter 2012

Andrew Fleming (Child Clinical with Robert McMahon) presented his dissertation data to the Association for Behavioral Cognitive Therapies and was given the Outstanding Student Research Award from the ADHD research group. Andrew is completing his internship at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles. He has previously been featured for receiving a Huckabay Teaching Fellowship in 2011. Please click here for the article.

Anita Lungu (Adult Clinical with Marsha Linehan) completed her general exam and advanced to candidacy. While two students completed their master's, Joy Kawamura (Child Clinical with Lynn Fainsilber Katz) and Stephanie Thompson (Child Clinical with Liliana Lengua).  

We had several students graduate with their Ph.D. Their post-doctoral plans include positions at University of Texas at Austin, University of Oregon, University of Washington I-LABS, University of California San Francisco/San Francisco Veterans Affairs, and TiVO.

We congratulate Aileen Echiverri-Cohen (Adult Clinical with Lori Zoellner), Sung Jun Joo (Cognition and Perception with Scott Murray), Kelly Koo (Adult Clinical with William George), Lori Malahy (Social Psychology and Personality with Yuichi Shoda), Berit Olsen (Developmental with Betty Repacholi), Tamara Spiewak Toub (Developmental with Betty Repacohli), Serap Yigit-Elliott (Cogition and Perception with John Palmer), and Maureen Zalewski (Child Cilnical with Liliana Lengua).

Winter quarter 2013

James Rae (Quantitative with Brian Flaherty) was one of five graduate students awarded a career development stipend from the UW Tobacco Studies Program. You can learn more about the students and the scholarship program online.

The American Psychological Foundation announced Erin Ward-Ciesielski (Adult Clinical with Marsha Linehan) as a recipient of the 2012 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship.  Her $3,000 scholarship was made possible by the Friedman-Klarreich Family Foundation to conduct research on reducing suicide risk in individuals not receiving mental health treatment. She will conduct a randomized controlled trial of a brief Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training intervention. Erin has previously been featured for receiving a National Research Service Award for her suicide research. Please click here for the article.

Joyce Yang (Adult Clinical with Jane Simoni) was selected as a recipient of a Trainee Support Grant by the Developmental Core of the UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). The award is for $800 and will allow her to present her research on Parental HIV Disclosure to Children in China at the 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in San Francisco, March 2013. Joyce has previously been featured for receiving a National Research Service Award for her research on cultural mental health. Please click here for the article.

Jeremy Luk, a fourth year student in the Child Clinical area working with Kevin King, has been selected by the committee for the 2013 EARA/SRA International Summer School to be a student for the summer school at Kent State University. Jeremy has previously been featured for receiving a National Research Service Award for his research on substance abuse across adolescence into adulthood. Please click here for the article.

During Winter quarter the department selected the 2013 Hunt Fellows, Tom Soare (Animal Behavior with Sean O'Donnell) and J. Oliver Siy (Social Psychology and Personality with Sapna Cheryan). The Hunt Endowment was created by faculty emeritus, Earl Buz Hunt. Please click here to read about our latest Hunt Fellows and their research.

In Winter, we had a number of milestones completed by our students. Four students completed their general exam and advanced to candidacy: Alissa Jerud and Janie Jun (Adult Clinical students with Lori Zoellner), Jessica Chen (Adult Clinical with Ronald Smith), and Exu Anton Mates (Animal Behavior with Jim Ha).

Second year Social Psychology and Personality student, Laura Brady (Cheryl Kaiser) completed a master's degree. Laura has previously been featured for receiving a National Research Service Award for her research on discrimination and prejudice. Please click here for the article.

Two students completed our specialty programs. Rick Cruz (Child Clinical with Kevin King) earned a certificate in Diversity Science while J. Oliver Siy (Social Psychology and Personality with Sapna Cheryan) completed the Quantitative Minor. Rick has previously been featured for receiving a National Research Service Award for his research on Mexican youth substance use. Please click here for the article.

Benjamin Drury graduated with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Personality. His advisor is Cheryl Kaiser. Ben is currently working at Microsoft.

Spring quarter 2013

Kelsey McCune (Animal Behavior) has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for three years of support. Renee Ha is her advisor. She also just received an American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division Student Grant Award for her project “Social Versus Physical Cognition in Three Corvid Species.” Her advisor is Renee Ha. Check out her NSF profile here.

Natalia Garcia (Adult Clinical) has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Her advisor is Lori Zoellner. Check out her NSF profile here.

Arianne Eason, who is advised by Cheryl Kaiser and Jessica Sommerville, just a received a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship to support three years of her graduate training. She is also an NSF Predoctoral Fellow with a feature in last year's newsletter. Please click here for the article.

Jolina Ruckert (Developmental with Peter Kahn) has been selected as a recipient of a 2013 American Psychological Association Student Travel Award. The purpose of the award is to help her travel to the APA Convention in Honolulu, HI, to present her research, "Surfing and Psychology — Surfers' Experience, Identity, and Empowerment in Context." Jolina has previously been featured for receiving a Bonderman Fellowship. Please click here for the articles (Before and After).

Erin Ward-Ciesielski (Adult Clinical with Marsha Linehan) continues to be recognized for her work on suicide. She received the Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for use during 2013-14. The fellowship provides tuition waivers, health insurance, and stipend.

The past five years has seen the climb of Freudian Slip, the Psychology Department's soccer team, to the premier league of UWmen's intramural soccer. Under the advisement of team manager, Tom Soare, the team has yielded a fare amount of wins, losses, injuries, and clever wordplay in their post-game write ups. During the regular season, you may find them Monday evenings on the field closest to the IMA. Thanks for representing the department!

2013 psych soccer team
L-R: Earnest Kim, Frank Schwebel, Robert Mohr, Erik Runeson, Danny O'Rourke, and Tom Soare


Spring is also the time when the department awards its newest ALCOR fellows, Yong Sang Jo (Behavioral Neuroscience with Sheri Mizumori), Danny O'Rourke (Adult Clinical with Ronald Smith), and Karen Pang (Child Clinical with Elizabeth McCauley and Lynn Fainsilber Katz). The ALCOR endowment was created by the Peterson family and supports students in music and psychology. Read about our latest ALCOR fellows here.

Congratulations to Valerie Tryon (Behavioral Neuroscience), who was just awarded a predoctoral fellowship position on the Genetic Approaches to Aging T32 Training Grant. Valerie works in Sheri Mizumori's laboratory, and she will be testing novel treatments for age-related declines in learning, memory and decision making. We will be including a feature on Valerie in our next issue (Winter 2014), please stay tuned!

The penultimate event for the Psychology Graduate Program is our Annual Research Festival, which celebrates 42 years. Graduate students give 15mins talks with 5mins Q&A following. We conclude the day with an awards presentation celebration. There are too many to mention here, so please click over to the article.

Finally, we have students who completed milestones in our program during spring quarter. Heather Gary (Developmental with Peter Kahn) and Karen Pang (Child Clinical with Elizabeth McCauley and Lynn Fainsilber Katz) passed their general exams and advanced to candidacy. Libby Marks (Adult Clinical with Lori Zoellner) completed a master's degree. The department has 3 students graduating with their Ph.Ds., Peter Alderks (Animal Behavior with Joseph Sisneros), Tom Soare (Animal Behavior with Sean O'Donnell) and Geoff Valentine (Cognition and Perception with Lee Osterhout).

Congratulations to all our students for their accomplishments this past year. We look forward to seeing what happens next!