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Graduate Achievements

This page highlights recent first-author publications, PhD placements, and other news that promotes the success of our current graduate students, and recently graduated students.

Recent First-Author Publications

Oct. 29, 2021

Visual perception of apparent motion abides by minimization principles of geometry

Yaxin Liu

Oct. 08, 2021

Characterization of social behavior in the spiny mouse, Acomys cahirinus

Brandon Fricker

Oct. 05, 2021

When Anger Remains Unspoken Anger and Accelerated Epigenetic Aging Among Stress-Exposed Black Americans

Brooke McKenna

Sep. 09, 2021

Paternal Borderline Symptoms and Offspring Outcomes in Young Adulthood

Elaine Johnson

Sep. 07, 2021

Clarifying the structure and nature of left-wing authoritarianism

Thomas Costello

Jun. 12, 2021

Psychological Distress Prospectively Predicts Later Sleep Quality in a Sample of Black American Postpartum Mothers

Madeleine F. Cohen

Jun. 08, 2021

Intergenerational Impacts of Maternal Stress on Early Childhood Atopy in Black Americans

Melissa L. Engel

Jun. 01, 2021

Examining the differential effects of latent impulsivity factors on substance use outcomes in African American men

Lauren Bertin

May. 15, 2021

Concavity as a diagnostic feature of visual scenes

Annie Cheng

May. 01, 2021

The Unmet Needs of Patients with Food Allergies

Melissa L. Engel

Apr. 22, 2021

Two scene navigation systems dissociated by deliberate versus automatic processing

Shosuke Suzuki, Frederik S. Kamps, Daniel D. Dilks, Michael T. Treadway in Cortex

Apr. 12, 2021

Spatial–numerical associations from a novel paradigm support the mental number line account

Lauren S. Aulet

Apr. 08, 2021

Prompt-facilitated learning: The development of unprompted memory integration and subsequent self-derivation

Julia T. Wilson

Mar. 09, 2021

The emotional canvas of human screams: patterns and acoustic cues in the perceptual categorization of a basic call type

Jonathan W.M. Engelberg

Feb. 01, 2021

Selective inflammatory propensities in adopted adolescents institutionalized as infants

Melissa L. Engel

Nov. 23, 2020

Distinct regions of the striatum underlying effort, movement initiation and effort discounting

Shosuke Suzuki

Aug. 27, 2020

Looking under the tinfoil hat: Clarifying the personological and psychopathological correlates of conspiracy beliefs

Shauna M. Bowes

Jun. 01, 2020

“Escape from Freedom”: Authoritarianism-related traits, political ideology, personality, and belief in free will/determinism

Thomas H. Costello

Jan. 01, 2020

The development of stress reactivity and regulation during human development

Melissa L. Engel

Postdoctoral Placements and Student Awards

Emory Psychology would like to welcome back Dr. Kristin Bonnie, Frans de Waal's former PhD student. She will be joining Emory Oxford's Faculty as new Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Acting Professor  of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University.  It’s great to have Dr. Bonnie affiliated with Emory once again. Congratulations on your new appointment!


Postdoctoral Placements

Read about our recent postdoctoral placements (2020 and 2021)
Join us in congratulating Brooke McKenna, whose proposed project was selected for a National Institute of Social Sciences 2022 Dissertation Grant. This grant comes with a financial contribution to Brooke’s research work and an invitation to participate and present in an in-person event with the Institute’s members and others in New York. Congratulations, Brooke! 
Emory Psychology would like to congratulate Katherine Soderberg, Jocelyn Stanfield, and Chaela Nutor for for their outstanding work, resulting in NSF recognition. Katherine, working with her mentor Dr. Phil Kragel and Jocelyn, under the tutlege of Dr. Patricia Brennan have recieved awards, and Chaela was granted an Honorable Mention for their submissions. Congratulations, all! 
Congratulations to Chaela Nutor on winning the 2021 International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Best Poster Award!
The Psychology department would like to congratulate recent graduate Jennifer Merritt, who studied under Dr. Donna Maney during her time with Emory Psychology. She has been named as the recipient of the W. C. Young Recent Graduate Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. This is a highly competitive award, given to one recent graduate per year, and a great honor. Congratulations, Jennifer! 
Congratulations to Shauna Bowes on winning a 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Jenessa Shapiro Graduate Research Award!


Congratulations to Katrina Aberizk (and her mentor, Dr. Elaine Walker) on being selected to receive a President’s Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP). Katrina was selected based on her outstanding research work. 


Congratulations to Brandon Fricker who was chosen from over 7942 applications to receive the 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Award. It is a highly competitive award that recognizes his academic excellence. 

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the Office of the Under Secretary for Research and Engineering. This program is administered by Systems Plus, Inc.

Congratulations to Thomas Costello for winning a 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Heritage Dissertation Research Award!
Congratulations to Viviane Valdes on being selected a Distinguished Contributor at the Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) 2020 Student Poster Competition.

Congratulations to Melissa Engel who recently won the following four awards:

(i) 2021 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Strategic Plan Poster Award (recognized as exemplifying Interdisciplinary Research related to children’s development)
(ii) 2021 Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) Student Conference Award
(iii) SPP Diversity Poster Award, and
(iv) SPP Allergic Diseases Special Interest Group Poster Award

Congratulations to Lauren Bertin on being granted a Training in Advanced Data Analytics and Computational Sciences to End Drug-Related Harms (TADA) Fellowship!