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Congratulations to the 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Recipients!

Date published: 4/24/2017

The Psychology Department is proud to announce our NSF GRFP Recipients and Honorable Mentions!

Congratulations to the Psychology Graduate Student recipients of the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program! The NSF GRFP is a prestigious three-year fellowship, which provides a yearly $34,000 stipend and $12,000 in fees. For more information, visit the NSF GRFP website.

Professor Gerardo Ramirez’s Research Receives Media Attention

Date published: 4/20/2017

A study by Professor Gerardo Ramirez, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and the UCLA Newsroom. The article titled “Students may forget relevant information in order to protect their own psyches” is available at the UCLA Newsroom.

A study by Professor Gerardo Ramirez, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and the UCLA Newsroom. The article titled “Students may forget relevant information in order to protect their own psyches” is available at the UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Chavira Receives 2017 APA Dalmas A. Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award

Date published: 4/5/2017

Congratulations to Professor Denise Chavira on receiving the Dalmas A. Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association. The award honors a mid-career scholar for outstanding research contributions to racial and ethnic minority psychology.

Highlighting Faculty Member Catherine Sandhofer

Date published: 3/10/2017

My research focus is on basic processes behind the acquisition of words and categories, and how these processes are differentially instantiated and promoted by the learning environment.

My research focus is on basic processes behind the acquisition of words and categories, and how these processes are differentially instantiated and promoted by the learning environment.

Professor Tomiyama Interviewed by NPR

Date published: 3/8/2017

Professor A. Janet Tomiyama was on NPR’s Morning Edition on Wednesday, March 8, speaking about the national decline in dieting and what it might mean for the health of Americans. The broadcast is available on NPR’s website.  

Professor Sears Receives SPSP Career Contribution Award

Date published: 2/14/2017

Congratulations to Professor David Sears for receiving a Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. This award honors a scholar who has made major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas. Recipients are recognized for distinguished scholarly contributions across long and productive careers.

Congratulations to Professor David Sears for receiving a Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. This award honors a scholar who has made major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas. Recipients are recognized for distinguished scholarly contributions across long and productive careers.

Professor Shams Appeared on CBC TV Show "Myth or Science: The Secrets of our Senses”

Date published: 2/10/2017

Professor Ladan Shams appeared on a documentary about the human senses on CBC Television (public TV in Canada). The show, "Myth or Science: The Secrets of our Senses,” aired on January 26. Her segment featured an interview and demonstration of an illusion studied in her lab.

Professor Ladan Shams appeared on a documentary about the human senses on CBC Television (public TV in Canada). The show, "Myth or Science: The Secrets of our Senses,” aired on January 26. Her segment featured an interview and demonstration of an illusion studied in her lab.

Professor Tomiyama to Receive 2017 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award

Date published: 2/7/2017

Congratulations to Professor A. Janet Tomiyama for being selected as a 2017 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, in recognition of the significant impact her work is already having in the field of psychological science. The award was created in honor of Janet Taylor Spence to laud the creativity and innovative work of scientists who represent the future promise and potential of psychological science.

Congratulations to Professor A. Janet Tomiyama for being selected as a 2017 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, in recognition of the significant impact her work is already having in the field of psychological science. The award was created in honor of Janet Taylor Spence to laud the creativity and innovative work of scientists who represent the future promise and potential of psychological science.

Yolanda Vasquez-Salgado receives the 2017 Monica Salinas Summer Scholarship

Date published: 2/7/2017

Congratulations to Yolanda Vasquez-Salgado (Developmental Area) on receiving the 2017 Monica Salinas Summer Scholarship! The Monica Salinas Summer Scholarship provides summer funding and conference travel costs for a graduate student in Psychology who is committed to advancing the field of Latino mental health.

Professor Lara Ray’s Research Receives Media Attention

Date published: 2/2/2017

A study by UCLA researchers, including Professor Lara Ray, was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and on the UCLA Newsroom. The study found that an anti-inflammatory drug primarily used in Japan to treat asthma could help people overcome alcoholism by reducing cravings for alcohol. The research was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

A study by UCLA researchers, including Professor Lara Ray, was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and on the UCLA Newsroom. The study found that an anti-inflammatory drug primarily used in Japan to treat asthma could help people overcome alcoholism by reducing cravings for alcohol. The research was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Ramirez and Silvers Named 2016 APS Rising Stars

Date published: 1/27/2017

Professors Gerardo Ramirez and Jennifer Silvers have been named 2016 Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research careers post-PhD.

Anthony Rodriguez receives the Walter Klopfer Award

Date published: 1/26/2017

Congratulations to Anthony Rodriguez (Quant Area) whose paper with Steven Reise and Mark Haviland “Applying Bifactor Statistical Indices in the Evaluation of Psychological Measures” has been selected to receive the Walter Klopfer award for the best empirical paper published in the Journal of Personality Assessment in 2016. Anthony and his co-authors will be recognized at the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Convention in March. 

4 Psychology Graduate Students receive the Mautner Fellowships

Date published: 1/25/2017

Congratulations to our four awardees of the UCLA Division of Life Sciences Mautner Fellowships. The awardees are Anne Collins (BNS) and Hannah Schacter (Developmental) for the one quarter awards and (Amy) Zhong Sheng Zheng (BNS) and Chloe Boyle (Health) for the summer awards. The Mautner Fellowships were awarded to advanced doctoral candidates whose research will be enhanced by the fellowship.

Notification of CA EITC Required by AB 1847

Date published: 1/25/2017

Per instruction from UCOP regarding the passage of AB 1847, we are notifying all employees that they may be eligible for the Federal or California EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit), which can be applied to your 2016 tax filing. Please see the linked UCOP notice in PDF format, and the California EITC notice in Word format.

https://ucla.box.com/s/p03d6fb1794q545v5msmalssj6jybe5t

Highlighting Faculty Member Vickie Mays

Date published: 1/18/2017

In 1985, a historical report was issued by Health Secretary Heckler on Black and Minority Health. While there was already decades of research demonstrating that the physical and mental health of racial/ethnic minorities particularly African Americans was worse than most others in the United States, there was not a coordinated effort to focus and improve the health of African Americans.

In 1985, a historical report was issued by Health Secretary Heckler on Black and Minority Health. While there was already decades of research demonstrating that the physical and mental health of racial/ethnic minorities particularly African Americans was worse than most others in the United States, there was not a coordinated effort to focus and improve the health of African Americans.

Professor Ray to Receive 2017 APA Distinguished Scientific Award

Date published: 1/3/2017

Professor Lara Ray has been selected to receive the 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of applied research.

Professor Lara Ray has been selected to receive the 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of applied research.

Professor Hakwan Lau’s Research Receives Media Attention

Date published: 12/22/2016

Research by Professor Hakwan Lau on a new technique of analyzing brain patterns appears to help people overcome fear and build self-confidence. The method could have implications for treating people with depression, dementia and anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The research was published in the journals Nature Communications and Nature Human Behaviour, and it was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and on the UCLA Newsroom.

Research by Professor Hakwan Lau on a new technique of analyzing brain patterns appears to help people overcome fear and build self-confidence. The method could have implications for treating people with depression, dementia and anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The research was published in the journals Nature Communications and Nature Human Behaviour, and it was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and on the UCLA Newsroom.

Johnson's Research Receives Media Attention

Date published: 12/19/2016

Research by UCLA psychologists, including Professor Scott Johnson, was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and on the UCLA Newsroom. The study found that infants show apparent awareness of ethnic differences. The findings help advance understanding of social cognition and social development.

Research by UCLA psychologists, including Professor Scott Johnson, was prominently featured on UCLA’s home page and on the UCLA Newsroom. The study found that infants show apparent awareness of ethnic differences. The findings help advance understanding of social cognition and social development.

Blaisdell Appeared on Netflix Show "White Rabbit Project"

Date published: 12/15/2016

Professor Aaron Blaisdell made an appearance as an expert in Psychology and Animal Behavior on a Netflix show released on December 9th called White Rabbit Project.

Professor Aaron Blaisdell made an appearance as an expert in Psychology and Animal Behavior on a Netflix show released on December 9th called White Rabbit Project.

Monti Recognized by Wired

Date published: 12/12/2016

In its “Best of 2016” edition, Wired, which reported on the brain stimulation research by Martin Monti and Paul Vesta, praises Dr. Monti’s work as the eighth best thing that happened in 2016. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/good-things-2016

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