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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

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


Postdoctoral Placements

Read about our recent postdoctoral placements (2020 and 2021)
Congratulations to Chaela Nutor on receiving a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplement Grant (ECHO consortium).
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!