Department of Psychology News
First MSU Psychology Ph.D. Candidate May 2017
Congratulations to our Ph.D. program trailblazer Mariana Olsen, who successfully passed her comprehensive exam and is now MSU’s first-ever Candidate for Ph.D. in Psychological Science!!!!!!
Dr. Keith Hutchison's research to be featured at annual conference April 2017
Attention and Memory Lab, Department of Psychology
Dr. Keith Hutchison’s Attention and Memory lab is featured at this year’s Ellis-Battig memorial symposium at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association annual conference April 6th – 8th in Salt Lake City. There are five presentations featuring work by seven MSU graduate students (four of whom are presenting). The event is also moderated by another former MSU Psychology graduate, Aaron Richmond, so it is an all MSU event! The Ellis-Battig Memory Symposium will highlight work exploring Social Contagion of Memory and the Role of Relative Judgments, The Role of Working Memory Capacity and Cognitive Load in Deception, The Effects of iClicker Bar Graph Feedback on Test Performance, Reconstructive Memory, Productivity Illusion in Distracted Driving, and Using Probabilistic Pre-Cues to Enhance Proactive Control: Evidence from Stroop Effects, Flanker Effects, and Negative Priming.
Dr. Michelle Meade's research featured by the BBC September 2016
Dr. Michelle Meade, Associate Professor in the
Department of Psychology
Dr. Michelle Meade, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, has had her research featured by the BBC. Dr. Meade's research examines mechanisms that give rise to memory distortion and investigates how those mechanisms might also lead to memory enhancement. Her research has shown that memories can be influenced by false details and that those details can influence others. The full BBC article, Four Ways That Other People Can Warp Your Memory, can be found on BBC.com. Dr. Meade was a 2013 recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, collaborating with other cognition experts in Australia.
Psychology Student News April 2016
Several of our Psychology students are going on to pursue or continue Graduate level degrees:
- Ted Maldonado (MS student) starting doctoral cognitive psychology program at Texas A&M.
- Danielle Hanger (BS student) starting PsyD program at University of the Pacific.
- Brooke Erickson starting the Counseling Psychology Masters Program at University of Denver.
MSU Women's Center Students of Achievement Awards March 2016
Five Psychology majors received “Student of Achievement” awards through the MSU Women’s Center. These included Rose Dormanen, Ryan Erickson, Danielle Hanger, Julie Theis, and Colleen Trottier.
Each Spring during Women's History Month, the Women's Center and the MSU Alumni Foundation honor the "Student of Achievement" Awardees. These students have worked hard to promote diversity and equality, have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities, excelled in their school work, and served as strong roles models for their peers.
Thirteen MSU students received “Student of Achievement” awards through the MSU Women’s Center for their hard work, community activism, and leadership at a reception on March 30th. Five of the 13 students were Psychology majors! These included Rose Dormanen, Ryan Erickson, Danielle Hanger, Julie Theis, and Colleen Trottier.
Awards for Excellence February 2016
Danielle Hanger, pictured with her mentor Dr. Keith Hutchison, was recognized for campus leadership and community service at the annual Awards for Excellence banquet.
Undergraduate Danielle Hanger was given an "award for Excellence" from MSU and honored at a banquet Tuesday night. Danielle was also given the "outstanding undergraduate award" in Psychology last December. Congratulations Danielle!
Forty of Montana State University’s top seniors and their faculty and staff mentors were recognized Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the 34th annual Awards for Excellence banquet held on the MSU campus.
The MSU Alumni Association and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the banquet. Honored students were nominated by faculty in their college or department. Qualified seniors must have at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, as well as demonstrated campus leadership and community service.
The award-winning students each selected a mentor who was honored with them at the event.
New Faculty Member Spring 2016
The Psychology department welcomes newly-hired Assistant Professor Dr. Neha John-Henderson! Dr. John-Henderson is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and her research interest is psychoneuroimmunology. Specifically, how early life environments such as socioeconomic status affect later health.
Dr. Smith awarded Fellow status Fall 2015
Dr. Jessi Smith has been named an Association for Psychological Science fellow. As an APS Fellow, Dr. Smith now becomes part of a distinguished group of peers whose work has influenced the field of psychological science in important and lasting ways. She was also named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.