Letter From the Chair 

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Hello all,

Please pardon the interruption in our bi-annual newsletter. The Spring edition was skipped this year due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but we are back now with a Fall edition to catch everyone up to date. Early in Spring 2020, the Department managed to secure signed offers for three new tenure line faculty, two in the area of addictions and another whose research lies in health disparities.

You can read about them in this newsletter, but all three have started as new Assistant Professors in Fall 2020. And what a strange start indeed, since we see them only online! The year 2020 has taken all of us for quite a ride. Although it started off reasonably well, the SARS-COV-2 virus had shut the campus down by Spring Break in mid-March. After the break was over, faculty and students had to learn to deliver and participate in courses remotely, and on campus research was shut down entirely. We quickly managed to learn various online platforms such as Zoom and Teams, however. The strength of our experience with the existing online-only bachelor’s degree in psychology helped us through the transition, exceeded only by the amazing efforts of our faculty and staff to rescue the remaining semester. As we have gradually moved back to campus part time, with most of our teaching efforts remaining online or hybrid, what has impressed me the most is the outstanding team effort of all involved in the Department of Psychology. It truly humbles me to be part of that effort. We anticipate remaining steady with a mix of in-person, hybrid and online courses and research through at least the end of Spring 2021, but I am confident that we will emerge a stronger Department having pulled through a tough pandemic year together.

Don Rojas

Chair, Department of Psychology
CSU College of Natural Sciences

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Psychology faculty work to improve pandemic mental health across Colorado

Image of Brad ConnerImmage of Debbie EssertThe initiative to provide emergency expansion of mental health care across the state has a focus on suicide prevention during the pandemic.

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Department Highlights

Image of SuinnEmeritus Professor Richard Suinn recently received the APA/APF 2020 Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Image of Mark PrinceAssistant Professor Mark Prince recently received the Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions Award from the Society of Addiction Psychology, Division 50 of the American Psychological Association.

Undergraduate News

Faviola Robles-Saenz

A first-generation college student and a daughter of Mexican immigrants, north Denver native Faviola Robles-Saenz has never been one to take education and opportunity for granted.

Julius Philpot

Julius Philpot, an Air Force veteran and current Colorado State University student double-majoring in psychology in the College of Natural Sciences and health and exercise science in the College of Health and Human Sciences, was chosen to be the head coach of the Liberty Common High School boys basketball team.

Psychology students participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates poster session

Colorado State University’s Bridges to Baccalaureate partnership program offers summer research opportunities to students from Front Range Community College. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program supports participating students as they pursue independent research projects in the sciences. REU culminates with a poster session and graduation from the program. Two psychology majors participated in REU this year: Corey Simpson and Nikki Wasinger.

Alum Spotlight

Andrew L. Stewart

Andrew L. Stewart, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clark University, where he recently received tenure. He is a social psychologist studying intergroup relations in the contexts of gender, race and ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and class. Professor Stewart also has a strong interest in advanced statistical methods, including multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and dyadic and group data analyses. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2014 and his B.S. in psychology and mathematics from Colorado State University in 2009.

Department News

Image of CanettoProfessor Silvia Sara Canetto 2020 recently received the American Academy of Suicidology Louis Dublin Award.

Professor Canetto is receiving this year’s Louis I. Dublin Award, bestowed by the American Association of Suicidology.

‘I knew that was going to happen:’ Deja 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.

CSU occupational safety and health program receives $9 million training grant

The grant will support the education of more than 100 new professionals dedicated to improving worker health, safety, and well-being.

Department of Psychology welcomes Noah Emery, Ph.D.

In Fall Semester 2020, the Department of Psychology welcomed Assistant Professor Noah Emery as the newest Counseling Psychology faculty member.

Department of Psychology welcomes Rachel Brenner, Ph.D.

In Fall Semester 2020, the Department of Psychology welcomed Assistant Professor Rachel E. Brenner as the newest Counseling Psychology faculty member.

Department of Psychology welcomes Hollis Karoly, Ph.D.

In Fall Semester 2020, the Department of Psychology welcomed Assistant Professor Hollis Karoly as the newest Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology and Counseling Psychology faculty member.

Scott Hamilton’s legacy lives on at CSU

Emeritus Professor Scott Hamiton, who passed away on July 30, 2020, will be remembered for his contributions to psychology.

Psychology Professor Bryan Dik publishes new career self-help book

Psychology Professor Bryan Dik’s latest vocational self-help book, Redeeming Work, was published earlier this year.

Psychology professor elected President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Gwenith Fisher was recently elected President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

Visualizing a pandemic: Researchers aim to increase public acceptance of safe behaviors

Professor Jessica Witt and a team from University of Michigan are identifying ways to visually communicate COVID-19 risk data to the public.


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