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

from around the department.



Tackling Concussions: A Conversation with Illini Experts

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, July 28, noon-3p.m.
Big Ten Conference and Experience Museum
5440 Park Place, Rosemont, Illinois

Elizabeth Pieroth 


The College of LAS in partnership with the Department of Psychology will highlight two accomplished alumni who will present a program on sports concussions. The alumni include Elizabeth Pieroth (BA, ’88, psychology), 2016 LAS Alumni Achievement Award recipient.

Kevin Jackson 


The other alumni presenter is Kevin Jackson (BS, ’95; MS, ’99; PhD, ’03; animal science), concussion expert, former Illinois football player, and former Illinois research scientist and developer of the “ice helmet.” There will be an opportunity for alumni to enjoy the interactive museum, The Big Ten Experience. Food and beverages will be served.

Aron Barbey and Neal Cohen 
Aron Barbey and Neal Cohen. (Photo: L. Brian Stauffer) 

New Center for Brain Plasticity

A new center that is being championed and supported by both the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is taking shape. Led by co-directors Aron Barbey and Neal Cohen, the Center for Brain Plasticity brings together researchers from across the university with the aim of advancing understanding of the brain and the power of the brain to be changed by experience and other external influences. Read more >

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Online summer classes

Students have more options for online classes this summer. The department is offering Psych 100: Introduction to Psychology; Psych 201: Introduction to Social Psychology, and Psych 230: Sensation & Perception. For more information about summer online classes visit this webpage.

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New smart iFlex classrooms

The department is pleased to report that the campus finished upgrading two psychology classrooms, 11 and 32, last semester. Two smart iFlex classrooms are being utilized for several courses beginning with the 2018 spring semester. The classrooms integrate computer and audio-visual technology that will facilitate group projects as well as lectures.

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Alumni opportunities

There are many ways for alumni to become involved with the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board and students in the Department of Psychology. Fellow graduates have volunteered to provide the best education and career preparation for current students including: internship and training opportunities; participating in mentoring/networking events and leadership workshops to help develop interviewing/career skills; contributing to scholarships for educational opportunities, and travel/research grants for graduate students.We would like your ideas on how to serve students in new ways. If you have an interest in making a difference in the lives of current students, contact Board President Loren Kuzuhara or Vice President Carrie Grady.

Read more about the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board’s initiatives.


Brett Boeh 

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 research and conference travel.

Brett Boeh (Clinical/Community Program)
“I wanted to express my gratitude to you because of your efforts to secure some funding for graduate students. As a graduate student in the clinical-community program, a lot of my research is in applied settings. These funds will give me the opportunity to pay for participants and share my findings at conferences without having to pay completely out of pocket.”

Read about Brett and recent recipients. 

Read about our past recipients

Learn about Shape the Future Today Initiatives.

February 2, 2018 panel. L-R: Eddie Bland IV, Alicia Canario, Kari Carpenter, Karen McLaughlin, and Lauren Hays. 
February 2, 2018 panel. L-R: Eddie Bland IV, Alicia Canario, Kari Carpenter, Karen McLaughlin, and Lauren Hays. 

Alumni Panels

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.

Daniel Storage 

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching


Daniel Storage is a recipient of the LAS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants Award. He was presented with the award on April 18 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. 

Michael Perino 
(Photo: L. Brian Stauffer) 


Michael Perino is a recipient of the LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants and the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He received the campus award at a reception on April 12 at the Beckman Institute, and he received the LAS Award on April 18 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.



Aron Barbey 
(Photograph: L. Brian Stauffer) 

Aron Barbey

Professor Aron Barbey proposes that the brain’s dynamic properties drive human intelligence.

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Sanda Dolcos and graduate student Yuta Katsumi 
(Photo by L. Brian Stauffer) 

Sanda Dolcos

Sanda Dolcos and graduate student Yuta Katsumi explore how suppressing negative emotions affects brain function and memory.

Read more >

Daniel Hyde (Picture by L. Brian Stauffer.) 
(Picture by L. Brian Stauffer.) 

Daniel Hyde

Psychology professor Daniel Hyde uses brain imaging to study infant cognition. In a new study, he found evidence to support the idea that infants have a basic knowledge of other people’s mental states.

Read more >

Andrea Miller 
(Photo: L. Brian Stauffer) 

Andrea Miller

Professor Andrea Miller found that judges’ rulings are sometimes influenced by their own ideas about proper male and female gender roles.

Read more >



Dolores Albarracin 
(Photo by L. Brian Stauffer) 

Dolores Albarracin

Professor Dolores Albarracin has been selected to receive the Mid-Career Award for Outstanding Scientific Contribution from the Attitudes and Social Influence Interest Group of SPSP “that honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to our field in the first 15-25 years of their career.”

Diane Beck 

Diane Beck

Diane Beck has been awarded the Charles W. Erickson Professorial Scholar award.

Daniel Briley 

Daniel Briley and Chadly Stern

Professors Daniel Briley (left) and Chadly Stern (below) have been selected as Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). APS Rising Stars reflect the best and brightest of psychological science.

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Chadly Stern 

Chadly Stern

Professor Chadly Stern has received a Linowes Fellowship from the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research. The Fellowship provides exceptionally promising tenure-stream faculty with opportunities for innovation and discovery using the Cline Center’s data holdings and/or analytic tools. More information about the Linowes Faculty Fellows Program can be found here.

Brent Roberts 
(Photo: L. Brian Stauffer) 

Brent Roberts

Professor Brent Roberts is one of five Illinois faculty members on the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, an honor awarded to the world’s most influential researchers.

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Nathan Todd 

Nathan Todd

Professor Nathan Todd is the recipient of the 2018 Society for Community Research and Action Early Career Award.

Read more >

Monica Uddin 

Monica Uddin

Professor Monica Uddin is a grant award recipient for the National Institutes of Health’s newly established initiative to use social epigenomics to address health disparities.

Read more >



Psychology Leaders community service project

The Psychology Leaders raised money to purchase books for 25 children in a fourth grade multilingual class at Dr. Preston Williams Elementary School in Urbana, Illinois. Many thanks to the students, faculty, and staff that contributed to their fundraising project. For more information about the Psychology Leaders visit our website.

Psychology Leaders
 Elizabeth Pieroth
 Elizabeth Pieroth

Alumni news

Katie (Krause) Shobe (BS, ’93, psychology) was promoted to captain in the U.S. Navy and assumed the position of executive officer at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego. She serves as a research psychologist in the U.S. Navy.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Pieroth (BS, ’88, psychology) for being recognized as Chicago Illini of the Year by the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Pieroth is associate director of the Sports Concussion Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She serves on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois and the National Advisory Committee for USA Football's Heads Up Program, and she is a founding member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society.


Alicia (Bannon) Canario 

What's Your Story?

Alicia (Bannon) Canario (BS, ’92, psychology) human resource professional

“I spend a significant amount of time counseling employees through various employee relation’s issues and concerns. I believe the foundation of these human resources skills is the understanding of human behavior. My psychology degree has equipped me well to succeed in human resources.”


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 (Larry Moller (BS, 74; MBA, 76; psychology) at the top of Wayna Picchu with Machu Picchu in the background.)
 (Larry Moller (BS, 74; MBA, 76; psychology) at the top of Wayna Picchu with Machu Picchu in the background.)

Stay in touch with the Department of Psychology

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

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Partnership for Psychology

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Diversity in Psychology

The members of the University of Illinois 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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