UMW Psychologists Discuss Balance on Public Radio Show

Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin

University of Mary Washington psychologists Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin say that finding happiness in life doesn’t come from having more material possessions. … [Read more...]

Developmental Psychologist Named UMW Graduate-in-Residence


Developmental psychologist and early intervention expert Brianne Friberg, has been named Graduate-in-Residence for the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Psychology. … [Read more...]

Virginia Psychology Group Recognizes UMW Students

Heath Sharp and Drew Hickey were recognized by the Virginia Psychological Association.

University of Mary Washington psychology majors Drew Hickey and William “Heath” Sharp were recognized for their outstanding undergraduate research at the Virginia Psychological Association’s spring conference April 25 in Richmond. … [Read more...]

UMW Psychology Professor Chosen for Air Force Academy Post

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Christopher Kilmartin, professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, has been chosen to serve as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy. From July 2013 to June 2014, Kilmartin will teach courses in violence prevention and gender studies. He also will consult with sexual assault prevention personnel at the Air Force Academy to assist in improving the school’s programming. Kilmartin, a licensed clinical psychologist, is an internationally recognized expert on gender and on violence prevention. He held a three-year consultation with the U.S. Naval Academy on a revision of sexual assault and harassment prevention curriculum and worked with the U.S. Army on similar topics. Kilmartin is the author of “The Masculine Self,” now in its fourth edition, and is the co-author of “Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism” and “Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men … [Read more...]

UMW Hosted Screening of Assault Awareness Documentary

Lieutenant Elle Helmer at the Vietnam War Memorial, US Marine Corps, from THE INVISIBLE WAR, a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release. Photo courtesy of Cinedigm/Docurama Films

The University of Mary Washington hosted a screening of the documentary film “The Invisible War” on Thursday, November 15. The screening was sponsored by the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault. “The Invisible War” recounts various stories of sexual assault in the U.S. military. The accounts are told in a series of interviews that highlight the health and legal matters of a number of survivors. The interviews feature victims, members of the U.S. Congress and other military personnel. Academy Award-nominated writer and director of the film, Kirby Dick, focuses on investigating these crimes. The Department of Defense estimates that there were 19,000 sexual crimes in the military in 2010 alone. Christopher Kilmartin, professor of psychology, introduced the film and gave a brief talk about sexual assault. Kilmartin, an expert on gender roles, prevention of gender-based violence and sexual harassment, has been nominated as the visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force … [Read more...]

Pediatric Psychologist Named UMW Psychology Graduate-in-Residence

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Wendy Sulc, research assistant professor of pediatrics at the Mailman Center for Child Development/Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, has been named Graduate-in-Residence for the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Psychology. Sulc visited the Fredericksburg campus for three days, including Thursday, September 20 for a public lecture, “Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment: What They Are, What We’re Doing About Them, and Where We’re Going.” During her visit, Sulc talked to psychology classes to discuss her work as a clinical health psychologist specializing in children with chronic and acute conditions such as cancer, sickle cell disease and HIV. She also met with students who are interested in careers in clinical psychology. After graduating summa cum laude in psychology from UMW in 1998, Sulc received a doctorate in human services psychology with a specialization in clinical/pediatric psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore … [Read more...]

Students Explore New Cultures with UMW’s Summer Trips

Students in the 2012 Psychology in Europe program visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Carol Quinn has been back in the United States for less than a week and she is already thinking of her next trip to Europe. The University of Mary Washington senior was one of nine students who visited London, Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Munich and Vienna with the Psychology in Europe study abroad trip. The students, led by Associate Professor of Psychology Dave Kolar, spent two weeks at historical and cultural sites relevant to the study of psychology. “The trip inspired me to return and do some of my own traveling in Europe,” Quinn, a psychology and sociology major, said. “I’m eager to go back. I wasn’t ready to leave at all!” This summer, more than 100 students are studying abroad, either as part of UMW faculty-led trips, or through programs at other universities or organizations. Members of the UMW field hockey team recently traveled to Italy with Coach Lindsay Elliot to train and compete on an international scale. Some trips have become UMW staples, like “European … [Read more...]

UMW Student Wins Virginia Psychology Conference Award


University of Mary Washington senior Kathryn Rizzo has been named the winner of the Frederick B. Rowe Award for an outstanding paper at the Virginia Psychological Association conference. Rizzo received the award for her paper “Intensive Mothering Outcomes for Women.” The work is part of a year-long research project with Miriam Liss, associate professor of psychology, and Holly Schiffrin, associate professor of psychology. “Kathryn is a really wonderful student,” Schiffrin said. “She is very intrinsically motivated and just the type of student every professor wants. While at the VPA conference, she was able to describe her project clearly, comfortably, enthusiastically and with a maturity that is rare for an undergraduate student.” A psychology major, Rizzo was the recipient of the J. Christopher Bill Scholarship for Excellence in Psychology in 2011. She is co-president of the UMW chapter of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society; a member of  Pi Gamma Mu, the national social … [Read more...]

UMW Hosts Psi Chi Research Symposium

Ted Dumas

Ted Dumas, assistant professor of molecular neuroscience at George Mason University, delivered the keynote address, “Boundaries: When One Stops and Another Begins,” at The 27th Annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. Students presented their research during sessions on Thursday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception followed the conclusion of the symposium on Friday. Dumas is a faculty member and researcher in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at Mason. Dumas has been studying the relationship between behavior, the brain and disease for more than 20 years and has published articles in numerous academic journals. Dumas also is the head of the Physiological and Behavioral Neuroscience in Juveniles Lab at Mason. The symposium is sponsored by UMW’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology and … [Read more...]