Accomplishments: Department of Psychology

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...
August 24, 2020
Anthony King, Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt, and Aldo Barrita (Psychology) recently published "Risk Factors of Problem Gaming and Gambling in US Emerging Adult Non-Students: The Role of Loot Boxes, Microtransactions, and Risk-Taking" in Issues in Mental Health Nursing. This study examined the potential comorbidity between internet gambling disorder (IGD) and gambling disorder (GD) in emerging adults, as well as exploring if problematic engagement in gaming and gambling may be explained by recent...
August 14, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues recently published two papers. The first paper, published in Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ("Screening for Gambling Disorder in VA Primary Care Behavioral Health: A Pilot Study") assessed the prevalence of at-risk/problem gambling in a sample of U.S. military veterans seeking mental health treatment services in a primary care. The second paper, published in Journal of Sexual Medicine, ("Gender-Related Differences in Associations Between Sexual Abuse...
August 14, 2020
Brenna Renn (Psychology) and colleagues at the University of Washington described real-world use of behavioral health mobile apps in a recent publication in JAMA Network Open. They argue that for behavioral health mobile apps to make a public health impact they have to be not only downloaded, but actually used by consumers or patients over time. The team proposed a novel "stickiness" metric based on real-world data from 46 of the most popular behavioral health apps.
August 6, 2020
Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt (Psychology) has received the 2020 Jean Lau Chin Early Career Professional Award for Academic Scholarship for her work on microaggressions. This award comes from the American Psychological Association's Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), Section 5: Psychology of Asian Pacific American Women.