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2015 Ann Rankin cowan lecture

The 2015 1st Annual Ann Rankin Cowan Lecture, made possible and sponsored by Ann Rankin Cowan and the Cowan Family Foundation, features Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Rothbaum is a clinical psychologist who specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, focusing in particular on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Most relevant to the Cowan Lecture, Dr. Rothbaum is a pioneer in the application of virtual reality exposure therapy to the treatment of psychological disorders.

Join us Friday, September 18 at 3 pm in Graham Memorial Hall, room 039, to hear her presentation, “Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: From Pharmacotherapy to Virtual Reality”.


2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Congratulations to our 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner: Sliman J. Bensmaia, Ph.D.!


UNC-CH Launches Positive psychology MOOC (Massive open online course)

MOOCAfter years of study, the science of positive psychology is making headway, offering evidence-based approaches to help people live full and meaningful lives. This is exciting for pioneers of the field like Barbara Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fredrickson will share her extensive knowledge of positive psychology through a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) available for free on Coursera starting February 9.Barbara FredricksonThe course not only gives students insight into the visionary scientific work of Fredrickson and her colleagues, it also features practical applications of this science that students can put to use immediately. Topics of study include positive emotions, creativity and resilience, love and connection, as well as flourishing and physical health.Students who take this course will become conversant in leading-edge theory and evidence straight from the PEP Lab, including work that measures the benefits of positive emotions for your heart and your immune system.Anyone can sign up for the six-week course at https://www.coursera.org/course/positivepsych. No background in science or psychology is needed.


Press Kit Request – Meredith Gulley, mcgulley@email.unc.edu

Course Sign-up: https://www.coursera.org/course/positivepsych
PEP Lab: http://www.unc.edu/peplab/home.html

Carolina Consortium on Human Development

The Center for Developmental Science is pleased to announce the Carolina Consortium on Human Development topic for the Spring Semester, 2015. The consortium series is titled “Cultivating a Developmental Science of Flourishing” and will be led by Andrea Hussong.

The proseminar meetings will be on Monday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:15 PM in the CDS lower level classroom. The first consortium will be on MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015, by Dr. Felix Warneken from Harvard University.

2014 Edition of Annual Psychology Newsletter

We are proud to announce the publication of the 2014 edition of our annual Psychology newsletter.  This year’s newsletter is full of interesting articles about faculty and student research as well as a spotlight on the newly launched Gil internship program.  Read the newsletter here.

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UNC-CH Receives $3 Million Grant From New First in the World Program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected to help the United States once again be first in the world in college graduates.

Abigail Panter, senior associate dean for undergraduate education and psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive $3 million over four years to develop the Finish Line project, designed to improve undergraduate retention.

Read the full article here.

UNC-CH Psychology Featured in Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine

The Department of Psychology at UNC-CH was recently featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine. Click below to read an article on the Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology and a story about the science of addiction, featuring Drs. Don Lysle, Gina Carelli, Todd Thiele, Stacey Daughters, Patrick Curran, Dan Bauer and Andrea Hussong.  Additionally, Dr. David Penn’s schizophrenia research is highlighted.  Lastly, there is a quote from Dr. Kelly Giovanello about a proposed minor in neuroscience. cover