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

from around the department.


Welcome Back To Campus

psychology students on Quad Day 2016

Thanks to our Psychology Leaders for their contributions to Quad Day. Psychology majors and other interested students picked up information about the nine divisions in the department and upcoming fall events including the Psych 290 Fair, First Friday Alumni Panels, and Concentration Information Meetings. The students were excited to spin a wheel for free psychology T-shirts, water bottles, and pens.

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Connect with the Psychology Department

Are you interested in hearing the latest department news, learning more about what the University is doing for wounded veterans, or learning how you can get more involved with department and Alumni Advisory Board initiatives? If you are, we hope that you will join us for an informational webinar on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 12-1 p.m. (CST). For more information on how to sign up for the free webinar visit this page.


Join Psychology Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming 2016 

Come back to Illinois this fall and celebrate with the Department of Psychology at the LAS Homecoming event. Reconnect with the department, meet some of our outstanding undergraduate students, Psychology Alumni Advisory Board members, and network with fellow alumni on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9-11 a.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Enjoy a brunch buffet, entertainment, displays, prizes, and more. Event fee $20 per person, children 5 and under free. Join us at Psychology’s table! Click here to make your reservations today!



First Friday Alumni Panels

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The Psychology Alumni Advisory Board has created a mentoring opportunity for undergraduates and alumni. The “First Friday of the Month” panel discussions help current students explore career options. Contact Cheryl Berger, Assistant Head for Alumni Relations, if you would like to be part of a future panel discussion. 

2016 Fall Schedule: How can I use my psychology degree for a career in…?

Dance Therapy: Erica Hornthal (October 2)

Medicine: Dr. Jason Cacioppo, Dr. James Leonard, Dr. Blair Rowitz (November 4)

Schools & Education: Michael Langendorf, Lynae Maciel, Keri Carter Pipkins, Nicole Shields (December 2)


What’s Your Story?

Fabian Camarena 
Fabian Camarena 

Fabian Camarena (BS ’95)

Fabian is currently Director of Finance for a fortune 50 insurance company and a Certified Public Accountant. “There is no doubt that my psychology background has given me a competitive advantage over my business peers and has been instrumental in my career advancement.”

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.



Laura Bolton Research Development Award

Melissa Coffel 
Melissa Coffel 

The Laura Bolton Research Development Award provides financial support for qualified undergraduate students in psychology who are doing summer research in a Psychology lab on campus. Melissa Coffel and Dahyeon Kang were the 2016 summer award recipients. 


Dahyeon Kang 
Dahyeon Kang 

Click here for more information about the 2016 recipients. 

Visit here for more information about the award.


Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative

Professor Brent Roberts and Marie Heffernan (PhD ’15) a Research Development Specialist, are working with a steering committee to lead a campus effort—the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative. Visit here for more information.

The Association for Psychological Science recently highlighted the research initiative. Read more.

Brent Roberts and Marie Heffernan
Brent Roberts and Marie Heffernan
 L-R: Ed Roy, Catarina Rendeiro, William Helferich, Justin Rhodes. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)
 L-R: Ed Roy, Catarina Rendeiro, William Helferich, Justin Rhodes. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)

Study Confirms Long-Term Effects of “Chemobrain” in Mice

Associate Professor Justin Rhodes is part of an interdisciplinary team that assessed the long-term effects of chemotherapy on learning and memory. The results are published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research.
Read more.

L-R: Jordan Davis, Professor Brent Roberts. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) 
L-R: Jordan Davis, Professor Brent Roberts. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) 

Project exploring mindfulness therapy in preventing drug relapse among young adults

Jordan Davis, a doctoral student in social work, and psychology professor Brent Roberts are studying the use of Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention at helping young adults stay sober after substance use treatment. The project, funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is believed to be the first research to explore the protocol's efficacy with marginalized young adults. Read more. 



You can view the research statements for all of our psychology faculty here.

Aron Barbey, Ben Hankin, and Thomas Kwapil
(Pictured from left to right)

Aron Barbey (Cognitive Neuroscience Division)
Ben Hankin, Fred & Ruby Kanfer Professor (Clinical/Community Division)
Thomas Kwapil (Clinical/Community Division)

Heidimarie Laurent, Sean Laurent, Andrea Miller, and Chadly Stern
(Pictured from left to right)

Heidimarie Laurent (Clinical/Community Division)
Sean Laurent (Social-Personality Division)
Andrea Miller (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Chadly Stern (Social-PersonalityDivision)


Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients


Lin Bian and Yara Mekawi
Lin Bian and Yara Mekawi

Lin Bian (Developmental Division) and Yara Mekawi (Clinical/Community Division) are recipients of the Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship. The fellowship helps students complete the doctoral degree by providing one-year of financial support. Forty-five departments from across the campus submitted seventy-four nominations. Of those, twenty-nine nominations from twenty-seven departments were selected for awards.

See the complete list of 2016-17 recipients here.

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Stay in Touch with Psychology

Where have you worn your commemorative Psychology T-shirt? Share your pictures with us and you can be featured in Psychology Times, on our Facebook page, and in Psychology’s “Wearabouts” photo album. Send pictures to Cheryl Berger.

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Network on Linkedin

Join Psychology’s alumni networking group University of Illinois Department of Psychology Networking and expand your professional network.

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Partnership for Psychology

Invest in the future of the department. The Department of Psychology has a reputation for excellence. The ability to maintain a challenging and dynamic environment is the key to continued excellence.

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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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