Accomplishments: Department of Psychology

October 26, 2020
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies and Psychology) has been selected to participate in the Television and Motion Picture Academy's Faculty Seminar this month. She will be participating in the virtual Connecting the Classroom with the Television Industry conference along with media educators and professionals nationwide. The event also will include one of the Television Academy Foundation's signature The Power of TV events, which will focus on the...
October 16, 2020
Repairer Etuk, Kaelyn Griffin, Shane Kraus (all Psychology) and Tiange "Patrick" Xu and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute), along with Marc N. Potenza of the Yale School of Medicine, presented their findings from a systematic review, "Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, at the 21st International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) conference. Posters will be published under the twitter handle @ICRG_Poster_2020. Look at these posters.
October 14, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology), and Brett Abarbanel, Tiffany Huang, and Bo Bernhard (all International Gaming Institute), along with colleagues at Harvard Medical School, published a follow-up study on GameSense — a responsible gambling (RG) initiative enacted by MGM Resorts several years ago. This study is part of a yearly series designed to analyze employee perceptions of GameSense and how these perceptions might contribute to the program's overall effectiveness. 
October 14, 2020
Brenna Renn (Psychology) led a national survey of career mentorship and career selection needs in clinical geropsychology alongside colleagues from the American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Geropsychology. This work, "Identification and Selection of Jobs in Clinical Geropsychology: A Survey to Inform Career Mentoring, Job Search, and Helpful Resources," was recently published in Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Currently, the pipeline for mental health...
October 12, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) recently participated in a "Psychology 360" podcast, More on Sex and Porn Addiction with Dr. Shane Kraus, to discuss his work on trying to resolve current diagnostic issues surrounding the assessment and treatment of compulsive sexual behavior in help-seeking clients. 
October 8, 2020
Jefferson Kinney (Brain Health) and James Hyman (Psychology) received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Aging to continue the research examining the link between Type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The grant will support them as they continue to investigate the mechanisms underlying Type II diabetes conferring increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, with implications for potential treatments and interventions.  
September 30, 2020
Erin Hannon, Stephen Benning, and Joel Snyder (all Psychology) have been awarded a Misophonia Research Fund grant from the REAM Foundation. Hannon is the principal investigator, while Benning and Snyder are co-investigators. The project title is "Misophonia and High-level Auditory and Affective Processing in Adults and Children," and the total award amount is $392,163.
September 28, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues from Bowling Green State University and UCLA recently published a paper, Sexual Addiction 25 Years On: A Systematic and Methodological Review of Empirical Literature and an Agenda for Future Research, in Clinical Psychology Review.  This systematic review covered 415 empirical studies of compulsive sexual behavior in the past 25 years. 
September 22, 2020
Ryan Wirt, Adam McNeela (both Neuroscience), and James Hyman (Psychology) wrote an article, "Spatial Cognition: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Memory Puzzle," which has been published in Current Biology. We navigate through space using the coordinated activity of spatially sensitive cells in the hippocampus. A new study shows that moderate prenatal alcohol exposure alters multiple features of hippocampal spatial responses, leading to inflexible and less precise representations of our...
September 14, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues recently published two papers. The first, "Predicting Problematic Pornography Use among Male Returning US Veterans," was published in Addictive Behaviors. The second paper, "Spotlight on Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder: A Systematic Review of Research on Women," was published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment and first authored by Ewelina Kowalewska (Psychology), a visiting scholar from Poland supported by the Polish National Agency for...
September 8, 2020
Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology), Jason Flatt (Environmental and Occupational Health), and Dr. Samuel Parrish (Medicine), served as panelists on a virtual presentation on "Health Disparities in the LGBTQ+ Community," earlier this month. The event was presented to diverse students of the School of Medicine and was sponsored by the registered student organization, Qlub Med: LGBTQ+ and Allied Medical Professionals, to promote inclusivity for those identifying as LGBTQ+ at the School of...
August 31, 2020
Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology) and his academic colleagues and community partners from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, have recently published and released a comprehensive community report based on the findings of their collaborative project, "An Examination of Resilience to HIV/AIDS Among Middle-Aged and Older Men Who Have Sex with Men: Resources, Strengths, and Protective Factors." Their community report has been distributed to more than 30 LGBTQ+ not-for-profit agencies, AIDS service...