Department News

Psychology professor seeks to reduce the impact of LGBTQ+ stigma

Rachel Brenner is developing specific interventions that center mindfulness and self-compassion to reduce barriers to seeking mental health support and the impacts of LGBTQIA+ discrimination.

New study finds little misuse of parental alienation arguments in child custody cases

Psychology researcher finds a popular claim that parental alienation is frequently used to ignore abuse and gain child custody is unfounded.

Wielding a gun makes a shooter perceive others as wielding a gun, too

Psychology researchers have published a new set of experiments underscoring what they call the ‘gun embodiment effect.’

Podcast: Critical Suicide Theory and Research – From the Gender Paradox to Cultural Scripts

Silvia Canetto is most well-known for her research on the gender paradox of suicide, listen to this podcast where she discusses her research.

Current NewsLetter

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.

Psychology Faculty recent awards, highlights, or publications:

Silvia Sara Canetto


Professor Canetto delivered her Dublin award address at the 2020 American Association for Suicidology conference. The Dublin award is for lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions to suicide prevention.

She also delivered an invited keynote on Men, masculinities, and suicide, at the International Association for Suicide Prevention conference, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland; an invited lecture on Women, men, and suicide: Why culture matters, at the Caribbean Regional Symposium, International Association for Suicide Prevention, Port of Spain, Trinidad; and an invited day-long workshop on Genere e salute mentale (Gender and mental health), at the Servizio Sanitario Regionale Emilia Romagna, Azienda Unita’ Sanitaria Locale di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.

Finally, she was awarded an international research scientist grant for research and educational work in the Department of General Psychology, Universitá di Padova, Padova, Italy.


Podcast episode on critical suicide theory and research:


Canetto, S. S., & Burn, S. M. (2020). Whose culture? Challenging the idea of an opposition between women’s human rights and the right to culture. In N. S. Rubin & R. L. Flores (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology and human rights (pp. 121-134). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  doi:10.1017/9781108348607

Canetto, S. S., & Chen, J. (2020). Women and suicidal behavior: Paradigm-shift lessons from China.  In F. Cheung & D. Halpern (Eds.), Cambridge international handbook on the psychology of women (pp. 497-513). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Canetto, S. S., & Rezaeian, M. (2020). Protest suicide among Muslim women: A human rights perspective. In M. E. Button & I. Marsh (Eds.), Suicide and social justiceNew perspectives on the politics of suicide and suicide prevention (pp. 102-121). New York:

Dransart, D. A. C., Lapierre, S., Erlangsen, A., Canetto, S. S., Heisel, M., et al. (2019). A systematic review of older adults’ requests for, or attitudes toward euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.  Aging & Mental Health. DOI:1080/13607863.2019.1697201

Timpson, W. M., Yang, R., Borrayo, E., Canetto, S. S., Gonzalez-Voller, J., & Scott, M. E., (2019). 147 practical tips for teaching diversity (2nd ed.). Madison, WI: Atwood.

Deana Davalos


Monthly Webinar (May 2020-November 2020): COVID-19 Expert Panel Series

Interviewed for Coloradoan story: Virtual reality program helps Fort Collins seniors battle social isolation amid COVID-19

Grants & Contracts:

2020-2021          Carrying the Caregiver Knowledge On! A Novel Caregiver Mentor/Mentee Program. National Caregiver Corp. (PI)

2020-2021          Characterizing Circulating Biomarkers of Neurodegeneration and Inflammation in a Novel
Preclinical Brain Aging
. Model SIMOA Success Grant Award (Co-I; Tom LaRocca-PI)

2020-2021          Social Outreach Program: Addressing Social Isolation of Older Adults within Larimer County.  Department of Health and Human Services COVID Relief Fund. (Clinic Director; Dorothy Haruyama-PI)

2020-2021          CHSCHA: Interdisciplinary Outreach for Older Adults Affected by COVID-19. Larimer County
Department of Human Services. (PI)

2020-2021          Accelerating Translational Aging Research at CSU: Developing an Innovative Comparative  Pipeline. Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships. Colorado State University Office of the Vice President for Research. (Co-I; PI-Karyn Hamilton)

Gwen Fisher


Award: Elected as Fellow in the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2020)

News/recognition: appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology


Marchiondo, L. M., Fisher, G. G., Matthews, R. M., & Cortina, L. M. (2020). Disrespect at work, distress at home. A longitudinal investigation of incivility spillover and crossover among older workers. Work, Aging, and Retirement. In press.

Beier, M. E., Torres, W. J.*, Fisher, G. G., & Wallace, L. E.* (2019, August 12) Age and job fit: The relationship between demands-ability fit and retirement and health. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/ocp0000164

Menger-Ogle, L. M.*, Kaufman, M. R., Fisher, G. G., Ryan, E. P., & Stallones, L. (2019). Using peer education to promote psychosocial and occupational health and empowerment among female sex workers in Nepal. Violence Against Women. doi: 10.1177/1077801219861155

Henle, C. A., Fisher, G. G., McCarthy, J., Mattingly, V., Prince, M., A., & Clancy, R. L. (2019). Elder care and child care: How does caregiving responsibility affect job discrimination? Journal of Business and Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10869-019-09618-x

Clancy, R. L.*, Fisher, G. G., Daigle, K. L.*, Henle, C. A., McCarthy, J., & Fruhauf, C. A. (2019). Eldercare and work among informal caregivers: A multidisciplinary review and recommendations for future research. Journal of Business and Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10869-018-9612-3

Karla Gingerich


The Psi Chi Chapter got a Model Chapter Award, and also a Chapter Activity Grant.  They are admitting 43 new members this Thursday and will have an induction ceremony for 26 of those members on Thursday (Zoom).  I am only one of the advisors – the other two are Kate Hebert and Sam Sickbert.

Hollis Karoly


  • Karoly HC, Milburn, MA, Brooks-Russell, A, Brown, M, Streufert, J, Bryan, AD, Lovrich, NP, DeJong, W, & LC. Bidwell (2020). Effects of High Potency Cannabis on Psychomotor Performance in Frequent Cannabis Users. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.
  • Bidwell, L.C., Ellingson, J., Karoly, H.C., YorkWilliams, S., Hitchcock, L.H., Tracy, B., Klawitter, J., Sempio, C., Bryan. A., Hutchison, K.E. (2020). Naturalistic Administration of Cannabis Flower and Concentrates: Cannabinoid Blood Levels, Subjective Intoxication, Cognition, and Motor Function. JAMA Psychiatry. 
  • Farokhnia, M., Berger, A. L., Karoly, H. C., Hwa, L. S., & Varodayan, F. P. (2020). The Promise of Neuroimmune Targets for Treating Drug Addiction and Other Psychiatric Disorders: Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor Exemplification. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11.
  • Karoly, H.C., Mueller, R.L., Bidwell, L.C., & Hutchison, K. E. (2020). Cannabinoids and the Microbiota-Gut-Brain-Axis: Emerging Effects of Cannabidiol and Potential Applications to Alcohol Use Disorders. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44(2), 340-353.
  • Gruber, J., Villanueva, C., Burr, E., Purcell, J. R., & Karoly, H. (2020). Understanding and taking stock of positive emotion disturbance. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14(1), e12515.
  • Karoly, H. C., Ross, J. M., Ellingson, J. M., & Feldstein Ewing, S. W. (2020). Exploring cannabis and alcohol co-use in adolescents: a narrative review of the evidence. Journal of dual diagnosis, 16(1), 58-74.
  • Thayer, R.E., Hansen, N.S., Prashad, S., Karoly, H.C., Filbey, F., Bryan, A.D., & Feldstein Ewing, S.W. (2020). Recent tobacco use has widespread associations with adolescent white matter microstructure. Addictive Behaviors, 101, 106-152

Mark Prince

Mark Prince won the 2020 Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions Award for APA Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology).  The link is here:

Jessi Witt


Podcast episode:


Witt, J. K. (2020). Action’s Influence on Spatial Perception: Resolution and a Mystery.  Current Opinion in Psychology, 32, 153-157.

Witt, J. K. (2019).  Introducing Hat Graphs.  Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 4, 31.

Witt, J. K. (2019).  Graph construction: An empirical investigation on setting the range of the y-axis.  Meta-Psychology, 3, MP.2018.895.

Wickens, C. D., Clegg, B. A., Witt, J. K., Smith, C.A.P., Herdener, N., & Spahr, K. S. (in press).  Model of variability estimation (MOVE): Factors influencing human prediction and estimation of variance in continuous information.  Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science.

Witt, J. K. (2019). The Perceptual Experience of Variability in Line Orientation is Greatly Exaggerated.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(8), 1083-1103.

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. (2019).  Insights into criteria for statistical significance from signal detection analysis.  Meta-Psychology, 3, MP.2018.871.

Past NewsLetters

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.

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.