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Hello psychology alumni!
We hope you enjoy reading about some of the news and events 

from around the department.


Psychology’s 2016 Graduates

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L-R: Emily Dworkin and Natalie Watson at Convocation; 2016 Psychology Undergraduates

The Department of Psychology held its Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2016 in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The department presented diplomas to our doctoral, master’s, and bachelor of science degree students.

View our 2016 convocation photo gallery

 William Greenough
 William Greenough

Professor William Greenough’s Legacy

A few short years ago, we lost a leader in Psychology at the University of Illinois. William Greenough’s legacy in the fields of psychology and neuroscience can be seen through his pioneering research in the study of brain elasticity. He also received numerous accolades including election to the National Academy of Science and being named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Many will argue his true legacy lies with the special interest he took in the students in his lab; those he mentored and with whom he shared his passion for the process of science. We strive to continue Bill’s legacy of student support at Illinois. For more information on Bill’s career and his legacy at Illinois,
please visit this page.

Christina Tworek, left, with Associate Professor Andrei Cimpian 
Christina Tworek, left, with Associate Professor Andrei Cimpian (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer) 

How We Explain Things Influences What We Think Is Right

“The way we explain the world around us influences our beliefs about right and wrong,” said University of Illinois graduate student Christina Tworek, left, who, with Associate Professor Andrei Cimpian, conducted a new study of factors that influence how people perceive the status quo.” Read more.


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 The team included, from left, Ripan Malhi, Carla Hunter, Patrick Vargas, Cris Hughes and Michael Schlosser. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer)

Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differences

Assistant Professor Carla Hunter is part of an interdisciplinary team that found pronounced differences between police and laypersons’ attitudes towards race. Read more.

Eva Telzer and Yang Qu 
Assistant Professor Eva Telzer and graduate student Yang Qu (Photo by Joyce Seay-Knoblach) 

Study links parental depression to brain changes & risk-taking in adolescents

Assistant Professor Eva Telzer and graduate student Yang Qu linked parental depression to increases in risky behaviors and brain changes in adolescents. Read more.

Nicole Allen 
Nicole Allen 

University Scholar

Congratulations to Associate Professor Nicole Allen (Clinical-Community Division) for being selected as a 2016-17 University Scholar by President Timothy Killeen. The Faculty Scholar Program aims to recognize outstanding members of the faculty and to provide each with a funding allocation to enhance their scholarly activities.


 Fritz Drasgow
 Fritz Drasgow

Distinguished Career Award

Fritz Drasgow, Professor of Psychology and Dean of the School of Labor & Employment Relations, has been honored with the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the Academy of Management. The award is given to scholars with a clear record of excellence in the advancement of research methods; a significant impact of research upon the science, teaching, and use of research methods; and stature relative to other scholars in the field of research methods.

Nathan Todd accepting his award from Robert Wickesberg 
L-R: Associate Professor Robert Wickesberg and Assistant Professor Nathan Todd 

Teaching Excellence

Nathan Todd is the 2016 recipient of the Mabel Kirkpatrick Hohenboken Award. This award recognizes faculty who consistently contribute to instruction, focus on students and the quality of instructional outcomes, develop innovative approaches to teaching and influence the curriculum.

Eva Pomerantz presenting award to Heinrich Pinardo 
L-R: Professor Eva Pomerantz and Heinrich Pinardo 

Student Award Recipients

Heinrich Pinardo is recognized for graduating with Honors in Psychology and as a James E. Spoor Scholarship recipient for the 2016 fall semester.

Visit our photo gallery to see all of the 2016 Award recipients.

 Cathie and L. Gene Lemon with Dr. John Shustitzky receiving awards from Wendy Heller
 L-R: Cathie & L. Gene Lemon, Wendy Heller, Professor & Head of Psychology and Dr. John Shustitzky

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Cathie & L. Gene Lemon and Dr. John Shustitzky received departmental alumni awards from Professor Wendy Heller at Psychology’s awards program on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Read more.

 Allison Cho
 Allison Cho

Professional Development Award Recipients


Allison Cho has a summer internship in the Country Support Unit of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office.

 Maryoli Rojas
 Maryoli Rojas

Maryoli Rojas has two internships this summer. She is a child intern at Chicago’s Advocacy Center and she will also serve as a residential intern at Children’s Home + Aid and Rice Child + Family Center as a residential intern. 


Read more about the award recipients on our website.


What’s Your Story?

Erica Hornthal 
Erica Hornthal 

Erica Hornthal (BS ’05)

I am currently a licensed clinical professional counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist practicing in Chicago, IL. I own and operate Chicago Dance Therapy, Chicago’s premier dance therapy and counseling practice. I chose psychology as my major because when I began taking psych classes it just clicked.

Undergraduate students would like to know how you use your Psychology major in your current career. Visit our webpage for more infomation and to read additional stories.


Psychology Alumni Advisory Board Travel Awards

The Psychology Alumni Advisory Board has designated funds from the Shape the Future Today Fund to support graduate student conference travel. Presenting at conferences is a vital part of any graduate student’s career, both to develop important connections, and to solicit feedback on research and ideas.

Daniel Storage and Shelbie Sutherland
L-R: Daniel Storage and Shelbie Sutherland (Developmental Division graduate students)

Read more about Daniel, Shelbie, and the other graduate recipients.

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Stay in Touch with Psychology

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Partnership for Psychology

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Diversity in Psychology

The members of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Psychology are committed to fostering and supporting a climate of inclusion, celebrating human diversity in all its forms, and engaging in cutting edge diversity science. For more information about diversity research in psychology, diversity awards, and campus resources visit this page on our website.


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