Department News

Psychology graduate student receives 2019 Graduate Student Teaching and Mentoring Award

Ryan Rahm-Knigge, a graduate student studying counseling psychology, is the recipient of the 2019 College of Natural Sciences Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award.

‘I knew that was going to happen:’ Déjà vu and the ‘postdictive’ bias

CSU memory researchers document a “postdictive” bias in deja vu experiencers in the lab, and offer a plausible explanation for why it happens.

Whether direct or indirect, parental alienation harms families

New research shows that mothers and fathers use slightly different tactics when engaging in these destructive behaviors.

Psychological Services Center and psychology research groups find new homes

Psychology department researchers moved from Sage Hall to the Behavioral Sciences Building, and the Psychological Services Center relocated from the Clark Building to Sage Hall.

Current NewsLetter

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.

Psychology Faculty recent awards, highlights, or publications

Zinta Byrne


  1. I am a recipient of the Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition Award from my APA Division – #14, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. This award is in recognition for my contribution to both science and practice of IO psychology.
  2. I am a recipient of the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes five or more years of continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement in active participation and significant contribution to University activities, which go beyond normal job duties.
  3. I’ve been invited to give the keynote speech in San Francisco to the Structural Engineers Association of California SE3 Project Symposium, focusing on engaging and retaining the future of the profession.

Silvia Canetto


Dr. Silvia Sara Canetto was an invited presenter at the prestigious International Multidisciplinary Festival called “Internazionale a Ferrara,” Italy.

She was also an Invited Scholar and Keynote Speaker at the Slovenia Center for Suicide Research and Triple I in Suicidology conference, Piran, Slovenia.

Finally, Canetto’s chapter, entitled “Women and human rights: Concepts, debates, progress and implications,” was published in a book that received the Association of American Publishers Prose Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.


Canetto, S. S. (2019). If physician-assisted suicide is the modern woman’s last powerful choice, why are White women its leading advocates and main users?  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 1,39-50.

Canetto, S. S. (2018). Women and human rights: Concepts, debates, progress and implications. In C. Travis & J. White (Eds.), APA handbook on the psychology of women (Volume II, pp. 521-543). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Anne Cleary


Cleary, A.M., Huebert, A.M., McNeely-White, K.L. & Spahr, K.S. (in press). A postdictive bias associated with déjà vu. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Cleary, A.M. (2018). The biasing nature of the tip-of-the-tongue experience: When decisions bask in the glow of the tip-of-the-tongue state. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 

Cleary, A.M., McNeely-White, K.L, Huebert, A.M., Claxton, A.B. (2018). Déjà vu and the feeling of prediction: An association with familiarity strength. Memory (Special Issue on Déjà vu).

Dan Graham


Pam Lundeberg received a Meritorious Abstract recognition from the Society of Behavioral Medicine at last week’s annual meeting in Washington D.C.. (Info from the award email is below):

We are pleased to inform you that your submission entitled “A HIIT or a Miss? The Effect of Portrayed Class Intensity and Message Framing on Fitness Class Attendance Intentions ” has been chosen by the reviewers and Program Committee as an excellent student authored submission, and will be recognized as a Meritorious Abstract.

As a Meritorious winner, an enlarged version of your abstract (provided by SBM) will be posted for viewing in the Poster Hall as a part of Poster Session A on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Columbia Poster/Exhibit Hall located on the Terrace Level. Your name will also appear in the list of winners on the meeting website and in the Annual Meeting mobile app. Your presence at the abstracts area of the Wednesday poster session is optional.

Ashlie Johnson received an award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Student Special Interest Group at last week’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. Info about her award is below: 

On behalf of the Student SIG executive board, I would like to congratulate you as your abstract entitled “Is Location Key: An Eye-tracking Investigation of an Altered Nutrition Label” has been selected as our Best Abstract award winner! This entails a prize from our SIG of $150, which will be mailed to you in check form, three weeks following the conclusion of our annual meeting.

Earlier this year, Ellen Ratajack received a grant from the Graduate School. Info is below:

Congratulations!  You have been selected as a recipient of this year’s Graduate School Mentoring Mini-Grant. As a reminder, the purpose of this award is to establish or enhance existing mentoring programs designed to improve graduate student/post-doctorate retention and success. And again, congratulations!  This was a very competitive year, with a high number of excellent proposals being submitted.

Jennifer Harman


Harman, J. J., Bernet, W., & Harman, J. (2019). Parental alienation: The blossoming of a field of study. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1-6.

Agnew, C. R., & Harman, J. J. (Eds.) (2019). Power in Close Relationships. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Harman, J. J., Stewart, A. L., Keneski, E., & Agnew, C. R. (2019). The impact of multilevel sources of power on intimate relationship functioning. In C. R. Agnew & J. J. Harman (Eds.). Power in Close Relationships, pp. 102-139. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Smith, A. D., Biringen, Z., & Harman, J. J. (2018). Parenting time and child coping: The context of parental alienation. Family Science Review, 23, 118-140.

Harman, J. J., Kruk, E., & Hines, D. (2018). Parental alienating behaviors: An unacknowledged form of family violence. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 1275-1299.

Jessi Witt


Laitin, E. L., Tymoski, M. J., Tenhundfeld, N. L., & Witt, J. K. (2019).  The Uphill Battle for Action-Specific Perception.  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81, 778-793.

Witt, J. K. (in press).  Insights into criteria for statistical significance from signal detection analysis.  Meta-Psychology.

Witt, J. K. (2018).  In absence of an explicit judgment, action-specific effects still influence an action measure of perceived speed.  Consciousness and Cognition, 64, 95-105.

Witt, J. K. (2018). Perception and action. In J. T. Wixted (Ed.), Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (4th ed., Vol. 2: Sensation, Perception, and Attention, pp. 489-523). New York: Wiley.

Past NewsLetters

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.

Spring 2018 Newsletter (PDF file)Behavioral Neuroscience Image – Dr. Irvin H. Perline has generously prepared a planned gift to the College.  We also celebrated several awards and presentations.

Jessi and Bryan newsletter image

Fall 2017 Newsletter (PDF file) – We celebrated Jessi’s and Bryan’s APA awards, welcomed Deborah Essert as the new PSC Director, and celebrated JobZology.

Spring 2017 newsletter image

Spring 2017 Newsletter (PDF file) – We launched the Masters in Addiction Counseling Program, celebrated multiple faculty awards, and honored graduate students receiving awards.

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