Accomplishments: Department of Psychology

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...
March 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...
October 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...
July 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...
July 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...
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...
March 30, 2016
Patricia Heisser-Metoyer (Psychology), along with actress Ann-Marie Johnson and Darnell Hunt of UCLA, created "The African-American Television Report," which studies issues that concern African-American primetime performers. She has been a media researcher  consultant in Hollywood and former national director for diversity and affirmative action at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Additionally, she has worked  with Johnson (most recently of the Children's Hospital television series), who held...
March 1, 2015
Andrew Murtishaw (Psychology) received a travel award given by the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) to present his research at the IBNS 24th annual meeting, which will take place in Victoria, Canada, in June. Murtishaw, who works in professor Jefferson Kinney's Neuroscience Laboratory, researches several risk factors of Alzheimer's disease, including diabetes mellitus and disrupted insulin signaling. He will be presenting his research on the effects of peripheral insulin...
March 1, 2015
Jefferson Kinney, Chelcie Heaney, Monica Bolton, and Andrew Murtishaw (Psychology) served as organizers and judges for the Nevada Brain Bee, a competition for high school students that took place in January. The winner was Liliveth Nunez from East Career and Technical Academy. She will be traveling to Maryland to represent Nevada in the National Brain Bee this month.
February 1, 2015
Andrew Murtishaw (Psychology) recently won first place in a graduate student research competition sponsored by the Southern Nevada section of the American Chemical Society for his research titled, "Chronic LPS-induced Inflammatory Response in a Diabetic Model of Alzheimer's Disease." His research in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory of professor Jefferson Kinney (Psychology) focuses on risk factors of Alzheimer's disease. The research competition was held at Nevada State College in...
February 1, 2015
Monica Bolton, Chelcie Heaney, Andrew Murtishaw, and Jefferson Kinney (all Psychology) recently published the article, "Postnatal Alterations in GABAB Receptor Tone Produce Sensorimotor Gating and Protein Level Differences in Adulthood." Bolton works in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory of professor Kinney and this is her second manuscript for which she is listed as the first author. The article is featured in The International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, which will be available...