UMW Student Wins Virginia Psychological Association Award

Leanna Papp '14 (right) worked with Professor Mindy Erchull (left) on her award-winning paper.

University of Mary Washington senior Leanna Papp has been named the winner of the Frederick B. Rowe Award for an outstanding paper at the Virginia Psychological Association conference. … [Read more...]

Psychology Professor to Appear on Radio Program

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Mindy Erchull, associate professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, will appear on the public radio show “With Good Reason” to discuss her research on the connections between female jealousy and abusive relationships. … [Read more...]

UMW to Host Psi Chi Symposium, April 17-18

James P. Morris, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia

James P. Morris, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, will deliver the keynote address at the 29th annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. … [Read more...]

UMW Hosted Psi Chi Research Symposium

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Bruce Rybarczyk, associate professor and director of clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, delivered the keynote address at the 28th annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. … [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

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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

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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...]