Psychology

Profs. Sharda Umanath, Catherine L. Reed, Alison Harris, and Stacey N. Doan have been awarded highly competitive grants.

From investigating the resiliency of young adults to turning back the clock on memory for older populations, four professors in CMC’s Psychological Sciences department are looking at how we mentally manage our world. And their outstanding work has been rewarded with five large, highly competitive, external grants—virtually unprecedented for professors at small liberal arts colleges, especially in a single year—to fund research and further teaching at CMC.  

Anna-Green

Just a week after her lab wrapped up with CMC’s Summer Research Program, Jennifer Feitosa was feeling wistful about a routine that combined valuable work with genuine camaraderie amid an isolating pandemic.

Stacey Doan

Claremont McKenna College Assistant Professor of Psychology Stacey Doan will deliver a presentation at the American Psychosomatic Society’s 75th annual meeting to be held March 15-18 in Sevilla, Spain.

Professor Doan

Claremont McKenna College Assistant Professor of Psychology Stacey N. Doan has been selected for two prominent early career research awards. She received the Western Psychological Association (WPA) Early Career Research Award, and a similar award from the Society for Research in Child Development Asian Caucus.

Prof. Shana Levin

Shana Levin, Crown Professor of Psychology and George R. Roberts Fellow, has been named Associate Dean of the Faculty for Research, effective July 1.

In this role, Levin will support the College’s faculty research efforts, chairing the Faculty Research Committee, overseeing all of the research institutes, serving as a member of the senior academic cabinet in the Dean of the Faculty’s office, and as a member of the College’s senior staff. She will continue to teach in the psychology department. Lee Skinner will continue in her role as Associate Dean of the Faculty for Teaching.

Prof. Stacey Doan

Assistant Psychology Professor Stacey N. Doan has been awarded a two-year grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health.

The $450,000 grant will support research titled "Rescuing Cognitive & Emotional Regulatory Processes to Aid Smoking Prevention."

Doan will work in collaboration with colleagues from Boston University to improve the effectiveness of standard informational smoking prevention programs by improving cognitive and emotion regulatory abilities among at-risk adolescents.

Who you gonna call when expert testimony is needed to move certain legal cases forward? Wei-Chin Hwang, Professor of Clinical Psychology at CMC, is one man with the knowledge and experience that can help resolve issues and even break a deadlock.

The CMC Psychology Club recently brought Shelly Sheinbein '10 to the College to talk about her work with Division I athletes and the general steps to becoming a sports psychologist or sports consultant. In the April 10 talk, she provided a general introduction to sports psychology, her experiences in the lab, on the track/ tennis court, training models, the different career paths in sports psychology and the different jobs one can take with a sports psychology degree. Sports psychologists teach tools to athletes in order for them to increase performance on the field.

poster for Christopher Nolan's 2014 film, "Interstellar"

Hollywood typically drives the conversations around the water cooler, and if any of the current conversations are about planetary exploration and Earth’s future, it’s likely they were stimulated by the new Christopher Nolan movie “Interstellar.”

But Harvey Wichman (pictured below), who retired from CMC’s Psychology Department in 2000, has long been contributing to our understanding and experience of space travel as it might be actually experienced—not as Hollywood depicts it.

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