Department of Psychology
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FACULTY

Dr. David Buss Receives Lifetime Career Award from Human Behavior and Evolution Society

Prof. David Buss received this year's Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), the world’s largest international society of human evolutionary scientists. The Lifetime Career Award is awarded to HBES members who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in evolution and human behavior. Read more here> (7/4/2018)


Prof. Sam Gosling Receives "10-Year Test-of-Time Award" from International Conference on Web and Social Media

Prof. Samuel Gosling along with co-authors Sam Gaddis and Simine Vazire received the 10-Year Test-of-Time Award from the International Conference on Web and Social Media for their 2007 paper, “Personality Impressions Based on Facebook Profiles”. This is the inaugural year for the award, which recognizes papers published at the International Conference on Web and Social Media ten (or 11) years ago that feature research still highly relevant to this day. Read the paper on ICWSM's website> (06/25/2018)


Prof. Zenzi Griffin Elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

Dr. Zenzi M. Griffin was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in May 2018 in recognition of her sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of psycological science. APS Fellows are Association members who have made outstanding, sustained contributions to the science of psychology in research, application, teaching, and/or service. See list of 2018 named Fellows here> (6/19/2018)


Prof. Chris Beevers Awarded Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship

Psychology Professor Christopher Beevers has received the UT College of Liberal Art's Dickson Teaching Fellowship, which recognizes exemplary performance and a commitment to teaching. Established in 1989, the fellowship provides a one-year fellowship appointment and a salary supplement for the 2018-19 academic year. See full list of COLA Teaching Award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year here> (5/25/2018)


Dr. Jacqueline Evans Receives UT President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Pyschology lecturer Dr. Jacqueline Evans has been awarded the prestigious President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award for 2017–18, which recognizes great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum. Recipients are UT Austin’s educational innovators whose commitment and performance not only instruct, but inspire. See this year's recipients here> (4/19/2018)


Prof. Cindy Meston Awarded Career Service Award from International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health

Dr. Cindy M Meston received the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) Career Service Award this month at the ISSWSH annual conference. She was chosen for the award, which is not necessarily awarded annually, by the ISSWSH president, who has the option each year to give the award to someone they believe has provided outstanding service to the field of women's sexuality at large and to the society. (2/28/2018)


Dr. Kaya de Barbaro Selected as 2017 APS Rising Star

Assistant Professor Kaya de Barbaro was selected as a Rising Star in the Association for Psychological Science (APS) for 2017. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. See the complete list of 2017 Rising Stars here> (12/29/2017)


Prof. Mary Hayhoe Elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists

Professor Mary Hayhoe was elected a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP), the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in Psychology. With this election, she has "joined a highly select group of distinguished empirical scientists," according to her letter of election. The membership elects only a handful of Fellows each year. Read more about SEP on their website here> (11/27/2017)


Prof. Sam Gosling Receives 2017 SPSP Diener Award in Personality Psychology

Professor Samuel D Gosling has been awarded the 2017 Diener Award in Personality Psychology from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology is designed to recognize a mid-career scholar whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the personality psychology field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology. His work was noted as standing out as "unusually broad, innovative, generative, and influential, not only in the field of personality itself but stretching as far as such diverse disciplines as animal behavior, architecture, and political science," and for having "generated and nourished not just one but multiple new lines of research in the field of personality psychology." Read more here>  (9/1/2017)


Dr. Kirsten Bradbury Awarded 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Kirsten E Bradbury, lecturer in the Department of Psychology, has received the UT System's 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA). The award is the Board of Regents' highest honor, offered annually in recognition of faculty members at eight academic and six health institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Given the depth and breadth of talent across the UT System, the awards program is likely one of the nation's most competitive. Read more about her award here> (6/16/2017)


Jacqueline J. Evans Receives Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence for 2016-17

Dr. Jacqueline Evans, lecturer in the Department of Psychology, received the UT College of Liberal Arts' most prestigious teaching award, the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, for the 2016–17 academic year. The award is in recognition of her exemplary performance and commitment to teaching. (5/25/2017)


Dr. David Yeager Awarded APA 2018 Boyd McCandless Award

Assistant Professor David Yeager was awarded the American Psychological Association's 2018 Boyd McCandless Award. The award recognizes young scientists who have made distinguished contributions to developmental psychology, conducted programmatic research of distinction, or made a distinguished contribution to the dissemination of developmental science. The award is for continued efforts rather than a single outstanding work. (5/16/2017)


Prof. Mary Hayhoe Recipient of the 2017 Davida Teller Award

Dr. Mary Hayhoe, Professor of Psychology, Center for Perceptual Systems, has been awarded the 2017 Davida Teller Award by the Vision Sciences Society. The annual award is given to a woman vision scientist who has made exceptional contributions to the field of vision science. Read more about her and the award here>. (3/23/2017)


Dr. Ann Repp Receives UT President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Senior Lecturer Dr. Ann M. Repp was awarded the UT President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award for 2017. The award recognizes the "great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum and a record of engagement with curriculum reform and educational innovation." Read the COLA announcement about it here>. (1/26/2017)


Dr. Kathryn Paige Harden Receives APA's 2017 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology

Associate Professor Kathryn Paige Harden has been awarded the American Psychological Association's 2017 Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology for her work on individual differences. The award recognizes excellent psychologists who are at early stages of their research careers. Dr. Harden was recognized: "For exemplifying the integration of clinical psychology, human development and behavioral genetics, and for showing how to integrate genetic knowledge with the classical clinical and developmental insights into human behavior. Kathryn P. Harden has contributed to knowledge of intellectual functioning, sexual development, antisocial behavior and child temperament." Read more here>. (1/25/2017)


Dr. Elliot Tucker-Drob Awarded APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

Associate Professor Elliot Tucker-Drob received the Association for Psychological Science Janet Taylor Spence Award in recognition of "the significant impact (his) work is already having in the field of psychological science." The award was created in honor of Janet Taylor Spence, Professor Emeritus and former chair of our department and APS' first elected president, to laud the creativity and innovative work of scientists who represent the future promise and potential of psychological science. The APS Board notes that it "places (Dr. Trucker-Drob) among the brightest minds in our field, setting an impressively high standard for the award in years to come." (1/18/2017)


Dr. David Buss Awarded 2017 APS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Professor David Buss received the Association for Psychological Science's 2017 Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award honors "the importance of mentoring in this field, as well as the dedication and impact of individuals with a distinguished record of teaching, advising, and encouraging students and colleagues who go on to have productive and influential research careers." (2/1/2016) 

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STUDENTS

Recent Graduate Milla Lubis Awarded $15,000 Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts

The Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts was established by donors to support a graduating College of Liberal Arts (COLA) senior who is committing the year after graduation to service for the greater good. Ms. Lubis will spend the next two years teaching with Teach For America in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, where she hopes to improve the lives of her students and increase their opportunities for education. Read more about her accomplishments in COLA's Life and Letters magazine here>. (8/2/2018) 

Undergrad Ifeoluwa Bada Awarded 2018 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literary Arts

Psychology student Ifeoluwa Bada received UT's Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Literary Arts for 2018. The Award is given each year to a student at UT Austin for unique, creative effort in the performing, literary, and visual arts. See more information and past winners here> (6/1/2018)


Psychology Undergraduate Students Receive Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Residential Scholarships for 2018–19 

Eight Psychology undergraduate students have received scholarships through UT's Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship (UEPS) program. The UEPS program was created in 1973 to make available substantial scholarships to outstanding students at The University of Texas at Austin.

Each spring, UEPS recipients are nominated by their academic department and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75, among other prerequisites. Nominated students that demonstrate continuous participation in extracurricular activities and exhibit leadership in addition to being enrolled full-time are given the strongest consideration. More information can be found here> (5/18/2018)

The following Psychology undergraduate students received this award for the 2018–19 academic year:

Robaa Al-Najar               Mackenzie Sears
Madeleine Brunk             Jasmine Huiya Sun
Meghan T Riddle             Patrick Switala
Julia W Rivers                 Elizabeth M Williams


Psy Undergrad Matthew "Micky" Wolf Awarded Texas Parents Association's 2018 Outstanding Student Award

Psychology undergraduate student Matthew "Micky" Wolf was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Student Award by the Texas Parents Association. Every year since 1951, Texas Parents has proudly honored a male and female Outstanding Student recipient and four Outstanding Student finalists who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service. Micky is a former Student Government Vice President and worked in Prof. Caryn Carlson's Well-being in Context Lab. Read more about him here> (4/13/2018)

Grad Students Stephanie Savicki and Anna Sedlacek Awarded Janet T. Spence Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

Stephanie Savicki (Lifespan Development Lab) and Anna Sedlacek (Buss Evolutionary Psychology Lab) have each been awarded the Psychology Department's Janet T. Spence Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2018. Each year the Psychology Department calls for nominations for outstanding performance by a graduate student teaching assistant in honor of Dr. Janet T. Spence, a major figure in American psychology and Professor Emeritus of the UT Department of Psychology. (4/11/2018)


Graduate Student Dolly Rojo Selected for 2018 Janet T. Spence Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award

Dolly Rojo (Language Development Lab), was awarded the Psychology Department's 2018 Janet T. Spence Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award. The award is given annually to a Psychology assistant instructor nominated by Psychology Department faculty and judged as exemplary. (4/11/2018)


Two Psychology Graduates on 2018 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Honorable Mention List

Emily Barnes (Psychology [Special Honors]/Plan II Honors Program) and Caroline Miller (Psychology [Special Honors; College Honors]/French) were recipients of the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Distinguished Graduates Honorable Mention for 2018. The College instituted this award in 1980 to recognize graduating Liberal Arts students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service to the College and University community. It is the highest award the College offers and truly reflective of the remarkable caliber of our graduates. For a list of all recipients, click here> (4/4/2018) 


Celeste Saucedo and Emma Holmes Awarded First-Place Prizes at 121st Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science

Two students of Prof. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima's Lab were awarded first-place prizes at the 121st Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science. Graduate student Celeste Saucedo was awarded the First Prize Award for Best Graduate Student Presentation for her presentation, "Laser-Enhanced Sustained Attention and Working Memory in Neurocognitive Disorder." Undergraduate thesis student Emma Holmes was awarded Winner of Best Undergraduate Neuroscience Poster for her presentation, "Cerebral Hemodynamic Effects of Transcranial Infrared Laser Stimulation Measured with Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy." Read more on our website here> (3/12/2018)


Undergraduate Students Nathalia Simonetti and Maria Cowley Awarded David Ivey Scholarships

Psychology undergraduates Nathalia Simonetti and Maria Cowley received the David Howard Ivey Memorial Endowed Scholarship for 2017-2018. The David Ivey Scholarships are designed to rewards students who have displayed a commitment to community service while excelling in their academics at UT. Maria Cowley volunteered for the past four years in the Critical Care Unit at the Seton Medical Center in Kyle. Nathalia Simonetti has volunteered in the Emergency Department at Dell Children’s Medical Center and as a mentor with Mount Nebo Austin. (1/24/2018)


Darius Dawson Awarded APA Dissertation Research Award

Clinical graduate student Darius Dawson was awarded the American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Award for 2017 for his dissertation titled, "The influence of personal recollection of racial/ethnic discrimination experiences on cigarette craving." The Science Directorate of APA sponsors the annual competition for dissertation research funding to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. (11/2/2017)


Thu M Ngo Awarded Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Kuhn Award

Psychology undergraduate student Thu M Ngo, along with her mentor Psychology graduate student Courtney Alexander, was awarded an Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Kuhn Scholar Award for Fall 2017. The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program awarded 20 students with IE Kuhn Awards for the semester, supporting first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged college students in their academic pursuits and further enriching their pre-graduate school internship experience (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.). Read more here> (9/27/2017)


Michael Mullarkey Receives Mindfulness & Acceptance SIG Student Research Award

Graduate student Michael Mullarkey received this year's Mindfulness & Acceptance SIG Student Research Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. His poster, "Disentangling the Relationship Between Self-Compassion and Transdiagnostic Risk Factors" was accepted for presentation at the 51st Annual ABCT Convention Special Interest Group Exposition, where he will present his study. (9/5/2017)


Nicole Wen Awarded JoyLynn Hailey Reed Graduate Student Achievement Award

Doctoral student Nicole Wen is the first recipient of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) JoyLynn Hailey Reed Graduate Student Achievement Award. She works with Dr. Cristine Legare in the Cognition, Culture, and Development Laboratory and has served as an IE Pre-Graduate mentor for 12 students during her UT tenure. Housed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) and the Moody College of Communication, the IE program helps undergraduates learn about graduate school and chart out their career paths through mentoring, internships and advising. (5/2/2017)


Grad Students Kelly Asao and Evan Stein Awarded Janet T. Spence Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

Kelly Asao (Buss Lab of Evolutionary Psychology) and Evan Stein (Similarity and Cognition Lab) have been awarded the Psychology Department's Janet T. Spence Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2017. Each year the Psychology Department calls for nominations for outstanding performance by a graduate student teaching assistant in honor of Dr. Janet T. Spence, a major figure in American psychology and Professor Emeritus of the UT Department of Psychology. (4/27/2017)


PhD Student Kelly Asao Selected for 2017 Recipient of the Janet T. Spence Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award

Kelly Asao, Buss Lab of Evolutionary Psychology, was awarded the Psychology Department's 2017 Janet T. Spence Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award. The award is given annually to a Psychology assistant instructor nominated by Psychology Department faculty and judged as exemplary. (4/27/2017)


Postdoctoral Fellow Gabriella Harari Awarded Psychology's Outstanding Dissertation Award

PhD candidate Gabriella Harari (Gosling Lab) was awarded the Psychology Department's Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, "A Window onto the Psychology of Everyday Life: Assessing Student’s Daily Behaviors Using Smartphone Sensing Methods". Ms. Harari’s research interests focus on the individual differences and outcomes associated with everyday patterns of behavior. (4/27/2017)


Psychology Undergraduate Kevin Helgren Recipient of Texas Parents’ 2017 Outstanding Student Award

Psychology undergraduate and former Student Government President Kevin Helgren received the Texas Parents’ Outstanding Student Award for 2017. Since 1951, this award has recognized two outstanding senior students (one male and one female) who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service. Kevin's broad impact on campus is why Texas Parents awarded him with a 2016–17 Outstanding Student Award. Read more here> (4/14/2017)

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STAFF

Barbara Landberg Receives Staff Excellence Award from UT College of Liberal Arts 

Psychology Department Administrative Associate Barbara Landberg was acknowledged by the UT College of Liberal Arts for her dedication and administrative skill with their prestigious Staff Excellence Award. The College established the annual staff awards program in 1985 to honor outstanding staff members. Ms. Landberg has worked in the Psychology for 15 years. (5/11/2017)

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