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

from around the department.


The Next Chapter

psychology alumni and their children 

Psychology alumni Hye Yoon Choi, Hyemin Lee, So Jung Lee, and Yoojin Park spent most of their four years at U of I together as they each earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology in 2008. Now the friends are living back in South Korea, and they have something else in common—children. Recently the mothers had a photoshoot to celebrate their childrens’ birthdays and express love for their alma mater. From left, Hye Yoon Choi with her daughter, Haihm Park; Hyemin Lee with her daughter, Sarang Park; So Jung Lee with her son, Eden Chung; and Yoojin Park with her daughter, Chloe Chung.

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Alumni Networking Event

Join us for an exciting happy hour event at South Branch Tavern & Grille located at 100 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL on Thursday, October 8, 2015 5:30-7 p.m. Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers, great networking with fellow alumni, and learn more about the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board. The event is free to Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) psychology alumni. For more information contact Cheryl Berger.

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Join Psychology Homecoming Weekend

Come back to Illinois this fall and celebrate with the Department of Psychology at the LAS Homecoming event. Reconnect with the department, meet Psychology Alumni Advisory Board members, and network with fellow alumni on Saturday, October 24, Noon-2 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Enjoy a lunch buffet, entertainment, displays, prizes, and more. Event fee $20 per person, children 5 and under free. Join us at Psychology’s table—follow this link to make your reservations today!



alumni panel, April 3, 2015 

“First Friday of the Month” Alumni Panel

The Psychology Alumni Advisory Board has created a new 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. Click here or more information. 

Dr. Anna Kokayeff (BS 01) 

What's Your Story

Dr. Anna Kokayeff (BS ’01)

“In my day-to-day practice, I synthesize my knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, psychology and addictionology with interventional procedures. I credit a large part of my pursuing an atypical career path, as well as being able to consider problems from multiple perspectives, to the incredible diversity and quality of coursework I had at Illinois.”

Read more about Dr. Kokayeff’s career and other psychology alumni here. 

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2016 Career Information Night

Contact Cheryl Berger, Assistant Head for Alumni Relations if you are interested in participating in our 2016 event. View the photo gallery from our 2015 Career Information Night.

Danielle Komsky and Lauren Santi 

Alumni Professional Development Award Recipients

Your donations have made it possible to help support undergraduate students in unpaid internships through the Alumni Professional Development Award.

Danielle Komsky (top photo) had an internship at the Sleep and Behavior Institute in Vernon Hills, IL.

Lauren Santi (bottom photo) had an internship at Portrait Health Center in Chicago, IL.

Read about the recipients here.

The Psychology Alumni Advisory Board has made progress on several new fronts in our mission to prepare undergraduates for life after graduation. Read more.

Quad Day 2015 

2015 Quad Day

Thanks to our Psychology Leaders for their contributions on 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, Lyle Lanier Lecture, and an internship fair. The students were excited to spin a wheel for free Psychology T-shirts, lanyards, and pens. View pictures from our 2015 Quad Day gallery.

For more information about the Psychology Leader Program visit our web page.

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Undergraduate Spotllight

Psychology Times is interested in featuring undergraduate students in one of the four issues that is published during the academic year. Contact Cheryl Berger, Assistant Head for Alumni Relations at if you want to share your story.

Dov Cohen 

Dov Cohen Named a Linowes Faculty Fellow

The Cline Center for Democracy has announced the 2015-2016 David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows. Each of the exceptional scholars is strongly committed to research and teaching in areas of core interest to the Cline Center. The Linowes Fellowship recognizes their achievements and supports efforts to utilize and improve their data and software. Professor Dov Cohen focuses on the interaction between cultural logics, people and contexts, with an emphasis on comparing ‘face, dignity, and honor’-focused cultures. Read more. 



2015 Lyle Lanier poster 

Psychology’s 2015 Lyle Lanier Lecture 

Emanuel Donchin will deliver Psychology’s 2015 fall Lyle Lanier Lecture, “Typing With Your Brain Waves….A Communication Tool For Locked In Patients.” The lecture is scheduled on Thursday, October 15, 2015, 4:00pm at the Beckman Institute Auditorium.

Click here for more information.

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Become a Psychology Facebook Fan

Find us at “University of Illinois Psychology Department” and keep up-to-date on important news and events. Did you receive a Commemorative T-shirt at graduation? Send us your picture and we will feature you on our Facebook page and include you in our Psychology “Wearabouts” photo album.

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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 Fun

The Department of Psychology benefits from the generosity of friends, like you, who share in our commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. With your support, we will continue to transform the lives of our students. Give here.

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Shape the Future Today Fund

Our first fundraising campaign exceeded our goal of $25,000. Our NEW fundraising drive is just starting but with the help of the Alumni Advisory Board, we have hit the ground running and are almost half way to our goal! Contributions to the Shape the Future Today Fund help support students on unpaid summer internships and will provide multiple need-based tuition scholarships for undergraduate students.

Read more about this fund. 

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