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Bethany Kok began as a Postdoc on August 1st in the Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences, in Leipzig, Germany. Congratulations, Bethany!

Paul Miceli recently began his new position as Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services in the Duke University Career Center. Congratulations, Paul!


jmaccormackJenn MacCormack was awarded a fellowship from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students and Psi Chi.  The grant is to conduct pilot studies for a NSF GRF submission. Congrats, Jenn!

Dr. Kurt Gray recently received a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support his research.  Congratulations!

Dr. Kristen Lindquist and Dr. Kurt Gray have been named Rising Stars in Psychological Science by the Association for Psychological Science.  This is a multi-part series published by APS that spotlights professionals in the field whose research and work proves to be driving science into new directions.

love 2.0Using research from her lab at UNC, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson released her second book, Love 2.0, which is intended to reinvent how we look at and experience our most powerful emotion: love.  Love 2.0 by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

Daryl Cameron will join the faculty at the University of Iowa as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in fall of 2013.  Congratulations, Daryl!

Carrie Adair received a significant grant from the Mind and Life Institute to support her dissertation research.

Elise Rice recently received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award.  Elise will be recognized at the 2013 Graduate Student Recognition Celebration in April hosted by the UNC Graduate School.

Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk received a prestigious NSF post-doctoral fellowship to study teamwork processes at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Congratulations to all!

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with the University of California, Davis, recently announced that Dr. Sara Algoe received a research award to expand the scientific understanding of gratitude. Dr. Algoe’s project is titled, “Unpacking the Mechanisms of Gratitude’s Benefits with Close Relationships.” 

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Dr. Paschal Sheeran will join the Social Psychology Program and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center on July 1, 2013 as Full Professor.  Dr. Sheeran is currently a Professor of Psychology at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, and earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University College Dublin in 1984 and 1988, respectively, and his Ph.D. from University of Sheffield in 1997.  Dr. Sheeran’s research centers on self-regulation, defined as how people direct their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to achieve their goals. Within this overarching theme, the bulk of his research program targets health behavior change, with a smaller and more recent strand of work focusing on emotion regulation. Welcome, Dr. Sheeran!

Daryl Cameron was the recipient of the Christopher R. Agnew Research Innovation Award. He was awarded a $100 prize for his highly innovative research on compassion and morality, as exemplified in his article, “The Cost of Callousness: Regulating Compassion Influences the Moral Self-Concept” which appeared in Psychological Science in 2012.

Lahnna Catalino received the Chester A. Insko Best Publication Award. She was awarded a $100 prize for her article, “A Tuesday in the Life of a Flourisher: The Role of Positive Emotional Reactivity in Optimal Mental Health,” which appeared in the journal Emotion in 2011.

Dr. Kristen Lindquist, an expert on emotions and affective neuroscience, accepted our request to nominate her to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Social Psychology Program and began on July 1, 2012.  To learn more about her work, visit her website.

Dr. Kurt Gray, an expert on moral psychology and mind perception, also accepted our request to nominate him to join the faculty in Social Psychology as an Assistant Professor and began on July 1, 2012. You can learn more about his research by visiting his lab website.

Kristjen Lundberg received the 2012 Tanner Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She was recognized on Saturday, February 11th during the half-time ceremony at the UNC-Virginia Men’s Basketball game, in the Dean E. Smith Center. Congratulations, Kristjen!