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psychology Accomplishments

May 25, 2017
Briceida Hernandez-Toledo (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) and Meghan Pierce (Psychology) were recognized as Outstanding Graduates at spring commencement. Both were students in the College of Liberal Arts. Hernandez-Toledo earned a bachelor of arts degree in gender and sexuality studies. A first-generation college student and McNair Scholar, she revived UNLV's Chicano student organization, MEChA, and worked with the Center for Social Justice. She will pursue a doctoral degree at UCLA. Pierce, who earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, does research focused on post-traumatic stress disorder. This year she served on 19 university committees and completed a term as president of UNLV's Graduate and Professional Student Association. She will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the fall.

May 9, 2017
Breanna Boppre (Criminal Justice), Leiszle Lapping-Carr (Psychology), and Michael Moncrieff (Anthropology), recently were announced by the Graduate College as the recipients of the 2017-18 President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowships are funded by gifts to the UNLV Foundation by the Frank Koch Living Trust for the research support of doctoral students. Boppre is pursuing a doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice and is advised by professor Emily Salisbury. Lapping-Carr is working toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Her advisor is Chris Heavey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of psychology. Michael Moncrieff is pursuing a doctoral degree in anthropology. Professor Pierre Lienard is his advisor.  

May 8, 2017
Sharang Chaudhry (Math) and Jessica Nave-Blodgett (Psychology) recently were named by the Graduate College as recipients of the 2017-18 UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship.The fellowship is made possible by funds from the UNLV Foundation. This prestigious award is granted over four semesters to doctoral students in the final two years of their program. Nave-Blodgett is working toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Her adviser is professor Joel Snyder. Chaudhry is pursing a doctoral degree in mathematical sciences and is being advised by professor Kaushik Ghosh.

May 5, 2017
Abigail Mayfield and Karli Nave (both Psychology) recently were named by the Graduate College as recipients of the 2017-18 Barrick Graduate Fellowships. Both students are pursuing doctoral degrees. Professor Daniel Allen serves as Mayfield's advisor, while professor Erin Hannon is Nave's advisor. The Barrick Graduate Fellowships were established by an endowment from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick. These fellowships are given to outstanding doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship during their graduate study at UNLV.  

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Oct 20, 2016
Cassandra Boyer, Jorge Adrian Castrejon, Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Andrew Ortiz, and Karl Wennerlind have been chosen to receive the fall 2016 Southwest Travel Awards. They were selected from among 150 student applicants. Recipients of the awards receive a round-trip travel voucher from Southwest Airlines to allow them to travel to a conference or workshop related to their studies. Boyer, who is pursuing a master of arts degree in criminal justice, will be attending the annual conference of the American Society of Sociology in New Orleans. Castrejon, a doctoral candidate in public affairs, will be traveling to San Antonio to attend the Gloria Anzaldua Mundo Zurdo Conference. Nave-Blodgett, a doctoral student in experimental psychology, will be attending the biennial meeting of the Society for Research into Child Development in Austin, Texas. Ortiz, who is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, will be traveling to San Diego to attend the international conference of the Society for Neuroscience. Wennerlind, a doctoral student in special education, will be attending the national TASH Conference in St. Louis. TASH is an organization that is an international leader in disability advocacy.

Jul 29, 2016
Michelle Paul and Noelle Lefforge (both Psychology) have led postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students working at The PRACTICE in creating a pediatric panic and anxiety treatment program. The program uses evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions to treat children and adolescents with anxiety-related disorders. Launched in January, the program is a partnership with the pediatric emergency room at University Medical Center and has expanded to include other community partners. It is an eight-week program that includes parents in the treatment process so they can learn about anxiety and model coping skills at home. Referrals to the program are being sought.

Jul 6, 2016
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies) has been nominated for a National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Award. Established in 1977, the National Women's Studies Association promotes and supports the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research, and service in academic and other settings. NWSA recognizes that women's studies are broader than what happens in the classroom. Through her scholarship and teaching for more than 30 years, Heisser Metoyer has actively pursued knowledge to promote a just world in which all students can develop to their fullest potential. The association has more than 2,000 individual and 350 institutional members working in varied specialties across the United States and around the world.

May 3, 2016
Christopher Kearney (Psychology) recently published his book, Managing School Absenteeism at Multiple Tiers: An Evidence-based and Practical Guide for Professionals, via Oxford University Press.

May 2, 2016
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Psychology) was selected to attend the Yale University class Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Publishing. The program included professionals in the international media and the publishing world as well as speakers from Yale School of Management. Her peers in the class included representatives from major media and publishing corporations. She is a Ms. Magazine Feminist Scholar and will receive recognition from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) at the Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony this year. She is a founding member of the National Association of Black Psychologists.  She has been listed in Who’s Who in America.