Department News

Veteran dove headfirst into experiences at CSU

Josh Johnson, a United States Air Force veteran who recently graduated from the Department of Psychology, sees opportunities and dives in headfirst. In every group Johnson joins, he stands out as an earnest, devoted leader. As such, new doors and opportunities open along every path he walks.

Rasa Humeyumptewa looks to improve Indigenous therapy

Humeyumptewa is a fourth-year student majoring in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a minor in Indigenous Studies, in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Humeyumptewa is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe sun clan, based in Arizona.

Ernie’s legacy: Longtime faculty member helping next generation of STEM students

Ernie Chavez, a professor in the Department of Psychology has dedicated his professional and personal life to serving historically minoritized students and supporting their success. “My legacy is people,” he said. “The people who are out there doing the work.”

Parental alienation, partner abuse: Two sides of same coin, says CSU social psychologist

A new study is the first to apply interdependence theory to power dynamics in families affected by parental alienation.

Current NewsLetter

Spring 2021 Newsletter – We bid farewell to two retiring faculty members and celebrated awards.

Psychology Faculty recent awards, highlights, or publications:

Faculty awards, highlights, publications (SP 21)

Silvia Sara Canetto


Appointed to the Advisory Council Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights

Elected to CSU Standing Committee on the Status of Faculty Women (now Co Gen)


Canetto, S.  S. (2021). Women’s suicidality around the world: New directions in theory, research, and prevention. In D. Wasserman (Ed.), The Oxford textbook of suicidology and suicide prevention (pp.  333-351). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Canetto, S. S., Antonelli, P., Ciccotti, A., Dettore, D., & Lamis, D. A. (2021). Suicidal as normal: A lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth script?  Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.

Sigurvinsdöttir, R., Ullman, S. E., & Canetto, S. S. (2020).  Self-blame, psychological symptoms, and suicidality among female African-American sexual assault survivors. Traumatology, 26, 1-10.  DOI: 10.1037/trm0000195

Gwen Fisher


Parker, S. K., Ward, M. K., & Fisher, G. (2021). Can High-Quality Jobs Help Adults Learn New Tricks? A Multi-Disciplinary Review of Work Design For Cognition. Academy of Management Annals, in press.

Hollis Karoly


Karoly, H. C., Ross, J. M., Prince, M. A., Zabelski, A. E., & Hutchison, K. E. (2021). Effects of cannabis use on alcohol consumption in a sample of treatment‐engaged heavy drinkers in Colorado. Addiction.

Karoly, H. C., Mueller, R. L., Andrade, C. C., & Hutchison, K. E. (2021). THC and CBD effects on alcohol use among alcohol and cannabis co-users. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Bidwell, L. C., Martin‐Willett, R., & Karoly, H. C. (2021). Advancing the science on cannabis concentrates and behavioural health. Drug and Alcohol Review.

Grant awards:

National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) K23 award “Exploring the Effects of Cannabinoids on Alcohol Consumption and the Microbiota-Gut-Brain-Axis” (Principal Investigator).

Emily Merz

My review “Socioeconomic Inequality and the Developing Brain: Spotlight on Language and Executive Function” was a top cited article in Child Development Perspectives.

Past NewsLetters

Fall 2020 Newsletter – We have welcomed three new faculty members and created an initiative to provide an emergency expansion of mental health care across the state.

Fall 2019 NewsletterImage of workers – We welcomed three new faculty member, studied worker safety and celebrated an outstanding graduate student.

Spring 2019 Newsletter (PDF file)Image of Ed Delosh, Anne Cleary and Matt Rodes – Researchers uncover better ways to learn, we celebrate faculty achievements and alumni successes.

Fall 2018 Newsletter (PDF file)Image of two people holding hands – A relationship science conference was held at CSU, and B2B helped a student achieve their dream.