Professor Arnold A. Gerall, a member of Tulane’s Department of Psychology from 1961 to 1997, passed away on December 11, 2013. Professor Gerall, an internationally-recognized expert in the field of behavioral endocrinology, coauthored one of the most influential articles in the field of hormones and behavior (Phoenix, Goy, Gerall, and Young, 1959). During his years at Tulane, he mentored 38 doctoral graduates, many of whom went on to prestigious academic careers. Professor Gerall was highly respected in his field and revered by the many students whom he taught and trained as a member of the Tulane faculty. Memorial donations may be sent to The Arnold Gerall Prize in Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Tulane University, 2007 Percival Stern Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118.Read More
Behavioral health is a broad term generally understood to subsume mental health, substance use disorders, and health related behaviors. The 4+1 M.S. program in Behavioral Health was developed with two goals in mind: 1) To provide students with training in basic areas in Behavioral Health, and 2) To provide students who are new to psychology or who wish to improve their knowledge of psychology with a more in in-depth understanding of the major areas of concentration at the graduate level.
Beth Wee has been named one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s 10 Outstanding Faculty Members nationally for 2013.
A forthcoming paper by David Doyle and Lisa Molix received press from The Boston Globe (4th entry "Fighting bigotry with love"). The study shows that women and African Americans in burgeoning relationships had more negative views of their relationships following exposure to articles about ongoing discrimination against their social groups.
Tulane's Psi Chi Chapter turns 80 this year. Psi Chi is the international honor society for psychology that was founded in 1929. Tulane's chapter dates to 1934.
A study by Sascha Kahrs, Wendy Jung, and Jeff Lockman is described in The American Scholar read more
A study by Stefanie Simon and Crystal Hoyt is referenced in a New York Times article about the effects of role models. read more
Drs. Beth Wee, Sally Kenney, and Agnieszka Nance traveled to Pakistan to share insights about civic engagement at Fatima Jinnah Women's University.Read more...
Dr. Julie Alvarez, Senior Professor of Practice in Tulane’s Department of Psychology, has accepted a Psychologist position at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans. Dr. Alvarez served as a Professor of Practice in Psychology since 2006, teaching a wide variety of required and elective courses. Her undergraduate offerings included large enrollment courses such as Introductory Psychology and Psychological Testing and Measurement, as well as smaller enrollment courses, including an upper-level Clinical Neuropsychology honors course and a freshman TIDES Psychology in the Movies seminar. She also offered graduate coursework in Psychoeducational Assessment. In addition, she developed an intensive course for the sophomore Newcomb Scholar honors students that allowed her students to gain insight into the epistemological approaches used by different disciplines to uncover truth.
Aline Hitti (Ph.D. 2013 Developmental Science, University of Maryland; MSE 2002 Mathematical Sciences, Johns Hopkins University) joins the faculty as an adjunct instructor. Dr. Hitti examines intergroup phenomena such as prejudice and group-based social exclusion from a developmental perspective. Her recent published work appears in Social Development and in Child Development. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Hitti is teaching PSYC3180 Psychological Testing and Measurement.
Michael Hoerger(Ph.D. 2010 Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University; NRSA Post-doctoral Fellow University of Rochester Medical Center) joins the faculty as a visiting assistant professor. Dr. Hoerger is interested in affective forecasting, health communication, and individual differences. Recent work appears in Emotion, Personality and Individual Differences, and Psychology and Aging. In the 2013-2014 academic year, he is teaching Experimental Psychology as well as Psychology of Personality.
Christophe Jackson (Ph.D. 2012 Performance Arts Medicine; MS Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham) is a visiting scholar who is interested in the cognitive and perceptual effects of hearing loss on performance in musicians. Dr. Jackson is co-director of the Save NOLA Sound Initiative through the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation.
For Covert, who graduated from Tulane in 2005 with degrees in women’s studies and psychology, opening a pet sitting business was not part of her original plan.
Students awarded Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in August 2012, December 2012, and May 2013 were recognized at the Graduate Recognition Ceremony on May 17. Thirteen scholars were awarded the Master of Science in Psychology, and 7 scholars were awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. The MS Degree was awarded to Kevin Barry, Patrick Bell, Ryan Bigelsen, Amanda Borja, Jeffrey Brown, Christopher Burchett, Michael Girgis, Dhruv Gupta, Brooke Rappaport, Kristin Scott, Stefanie Simon, Allisyn Swift, and Tara Van Bommel. The Doctor of Philosophy was awarded to Alison Blodorn, Elin Grissom, Wayne Hawley, Kyle Hucke, Bjorn (Sascha) Kahrs, Balachandar Kathirvelu, and Qi Li. In addition, the Doctor of Philosophy also was awarded to Neuroscience Program graduates Katherine Cost and Christine Witty, who worked with Psychology faculty.
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