Department News

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.

No more cone? Psychology researchers offer better tool for visualizing hurricane danger

A new study shows that the ‘cone of uncertainty’ graphic is often misinterpreted and that there are better ways to inform the public about hurricanes.

Study: Men doing more family caregiving could lower their risk of suicide

Professor of Psychology Silvia Sara Canetto researches patterns and meanings of suicide by culture, trying to make sense of the variability in women’s and men’s suicide mortality around the world.

Psychology graduate student Andrew Huebert wins Psychonomic Society Graduate Travel Award

Andrew Huebert, a graduate student studying cognitive psychology at Colorado State University, was selected as a recipient of the 2020 Psychonomic Society’s Graduate Travel Award.

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.