Clinical Graduate Student selected as student publication subcommittee co-chair of the Trauma Psychology Newsletter

Colin Mahoney, a graduate student in his fourth year in the Clinical Psychology PhD program has been selected to serve as the 2017-2019 student publication subcommittee co-chair of the Trauma Psychology Newsletter for Division 56 of the American Psychological Association. Colin was selected from among a nationally competitive pool of applicants. As co -chair, he will review and edit abstracts and article submissions for the Trauma Psychology Newsletter.

Outstanding Student Achievement Award

Chris DeCou was awarded the Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies at the November 2016 annual conference. This international award recognizes a graduate student member of ISTSS who has made a significant contribution to the field of traumatic stress through research, clinical activity or advocacy. Chris was recognized for his research examining risk and protective factors for the mental health of trauma exposed incarcerated women, coauthored with Dr. Shannon Lynch.

American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Scholarship

Colin Mahoney, was awarded an American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (APF/COGDOP) Graduate Research Scholarship of $1,000 for his dissertation study titled "A Laboratory Examination of Sexual Risk-Taking in Sexually Traumatized Women" mentored by Dr. Steve Lawyer. Hundreds of students from doctoral programs all over the country apply for these grants, and only 21 receive them each year.

Ted Blau Student Poster Award

Arianna Tart-Zelvin  won the 2016 Ted Blau Student Poster Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, which comes with a $500 prize. Her poster was selected from among 289 eligible entries. The poster titled "Neural activity associated with rehearsal strategy use on a working memory task" presented data from Arianna's dissertation study. Coauthors on the poster included graduate students Reinalyn Echon and Alyssa Korell and faculty members Kandi Turley-Ames,  Xiaomeng Xu, and Karol Osipowicz (Drexel University).  

International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP) Travel Grants

Four psychology students mentored by Dr. Michele Brumley have been awarded travel grants to attend the annual meeting for the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP). Experimental Psychology PhD students Sierra Kauer, Hillary Swann, and Nancy Devine, and research assistant Steven Conway received the awards and will present their first-authored research posters at the conference. The conference will be held in November in San Diego, CA. The travel awards are supported by the NIH, Wiley, the Sackler Institute and the Nurture Science Project at Columbia University.

Society for Psychotherapy Research Grant

Joshua K. Swift Ph.D

Jonathan Goode (graduate student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program) and Joshua K. Swift, Ph.D. were awarded a small research grant from the Society for Psychotherapy Research. This $2,000 grant will be used to fund Jonathan's dissertation examining mental health stigma in veterans.

Western Psychological Association Research Award

Joshua K. Swift Ph.D

Joshua K. Swift, Ph.D. was recognized with two national early career research awards this summer. He received the first from the Western Psychological Association at their annual convention in Long Beach, California in April. He has been invited to give an awards address at their 2017 convention this coming April in Sacramento, California. The second early career award he received from the American Psychological Foundation and the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in August at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado.

National Science Foundation Research Grant

Letzring, Tera, Ph.D.

Tera Letzring received a grant from the National Science Foundation for over $400,000 to conduct a series of four studies over three years. The first study will test the State and Trait Accuracy Model by examining the correlation between accuracy of judging the emotions of others and accuracy of judging personality traits of others.  The next three studies will manipulate accuracy of judging emotions to determine whether more accurate judgments of emotions will cause people to make more accurate judgments of traits. Funds from this grant will support a graduate student research assistant each year of the grant, and will also help pay for student travel to conferences to present the findings.

Co-Investigator on 2 ISU Developing Collaborative Partnerships Grants

Dr. Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu

Dr. Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu is a Co-Investigator on 2 ISU Developing Collaborative Partnerships Grants.  The first (PI: Sankara Srinivasan) is a collaboration between researchers (informatics, psychology, and nursing) and industry on the intersection between technology and healthcare.  The team focuses on the utilization of technology in the prevention and management of diabetes.  The second (PI: Danny Xu) is a collaboration between faculty in the College of Pharmacy, College of Arts & Letters, and College of Science and Engineering with a goal of submitting for an NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) grant.  This PREP grant would support the recruitment and training of underrepresented students interested in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and would prepare them to become competent candidates for doctoral programs.

2015 Association for Psychological Science Rising Star

Dr. Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu

The Association for Psychological Science honored Dr. Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu as a 2015 Rising Star.  This designation recognizes “outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D. whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” More information is available at:

Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health Member

Wong, Maria, Ph.D.

Maria Wong has accepted the invitation to serve as a regular member of NIH study section for the Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health area. This prestigious appointment reflects her reputation as a leader in her discipline. Congratulations Maria!

Reciprocity Project

 Aubuchon-Endsley, Nicki, Ph.D.   Brumley, Michele R, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicki Aubuchon-Endsley and Dr. Michele Brumley are working on the Reciprocity Project, which examines the influence of infant-caregiver interactions on offspring socioemotional, motor, sensory, language, and functional developmental trajectories. This project is a collaboration among faculty researchers in Clinical and Experimental Psychology, Occupational and Physical Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Graduate and undergraduate students also are involved in the project, which is supported by a Developing Collaborative Partnerships for Building Research and Scholarship grant at ISU.

National Institutes of Health R15 Research Grant

Erin Rasmussen

Dr. Erin Rasmussen was awarded a three-year $400,000 R15 research grant by the National Institutes of Health. The grant will examine the relations among obesity, food insecurity, and delay discounting (a model of impulsive food choice) in women. In addition, Rasmussen's research team will examine the extent to which a mindful eating strategy affects impulsive food choice in this population. This grant also will fund a graduate research assistant and an undergraduate research assistant for three years.

ISU Sleep Study

Wong, Maria, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Wong is currently conducting a study funded by the National Institute of Health. The title of the study is ISU Sleep Study.  It examined the relationship between sleep and health outcomes. The study is currently looking for families with children between the ages of 8-12. For more information, visit our website, or contact Maria Wong at, 208-228- 5577.

Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Training Grant

Rieske, Robert. Ph.D.

Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health has awarded Dr. Rieske and the Psychology Clinic a training grant to improve training for future clinical psychologists in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Idaho State University Psychology Clinic offers extensive training and promotes the development of core competencies to prepare students for clinical practice. With the grant funds, ISU intends to improve the educational and training experience for future clinical psychologists by providing doctoral-level graduate students with the necessary measures and associated training in order to effectively assess and treat clients that have often been underserved. Their overall goal is to improve training and increase the quality of care for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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