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Department of Psychological Science

Welcome to the Department of Psychological Science

Faculty and staff in our department share a common mission: to create, evaluate, disseminate, and apply psychological knowledge and skills to understand and improve the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities.

We aspire to contribute nationally and internationally via our excellent teaching, research and clinical offerings, a student-scholar focused mentoring program, and a faculty actively engaged in research and scholarship across the domains of biobehavioral, clinical, developmental, and social psychology, as well as human behavioral psychopharmacology.

Our mission with respect to Graduate Education is to train the researchers, practitioners, and teachers of psychology who will create the future of this field and who will benefit humankind by increasing knowledge about the nature and causes of human behavior, by treating mental and emotional disorders, and by preventing such disorders.

The department expects to be an important player in the university's new Neuroscience, Behavior, and Health Spire of Excellence, which promises to bring new multidisciplinary research and educational opportunities over the next few years that will help deepen our understanding of the causes and treatment of human diseases with significant behavioral causes or components.

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After Trauma, New Technologies May Target Who Needs Help

Matthew Price

Sending trauma victims home without follow-up could come with a long-term cost, according to Matthew Price, assistant professor of psychology and expert on anxiety issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “I think for many individuals who have a life-altering experience, lots of things are chaotic,” he says, “and their mental health declines substantially over a gradual period of time and never quite recovers.”

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Winter Blues: Lack of Sun Often Leads to Depression

Winter Blues: Lack of Sun Often Leads to Depression

Even on yet another cloudy day in Vermont, walking into Dr. Kelly Rohan's office offers a glimmer of hope. "This is not a coincidence, I take my surroundings very seriously given my line of work," Dr. Rohan said. Two windows, bright yellow walls, and stunning pictures of the Greek Islands act as a substitute to sunshine. Since 2008, she has conducted a winter blues study with nearly 200 locals impacted by SAD.

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Graduate School Discussion Panel

Graduate School Discussion Panel

The Psychology Department hosted a panel discussion regarding applying to graduate programs in psychology. Discussion topics included the following:

  • Is Graduate School for you?
  • What type of program should you apply to?
  • How can you best prepare to be admitted?

Panelists included UVM Psychology Professors Liz Pinel and Matt Price, social psychology graduate student James Hodge, and UVM Social Work Professor Susan Comerford.

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What Can I Do with a BA/BS in Psychology?

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Wondering what you can do with your psychology degree after you graduate? Watch a panel discussion with individuals who discuss what they were able to do with their psychology degrees after undergraduate graduation.

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Experimental Psychology Graduate Student Leigh Ann Holterman Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Leigh Ann Holterman

This prestigious fellowship is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit and who have the potential to have a broad and significant impact in their respective fields. Holterman’s work is focused on understanding the social and physiological factors that contribute to different outcomes in the peer relationships of school-age children.


UVM Graduate College Spotlights Psychological Science Graduate Program

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The UVM Graduate College spotlights our graduate program in its most recent web posting. Professor Rex Forehand says “it says what we do here, that we do it well, and that it does matter!”


Spotlight on Research

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In Alice Schermerhorn's lab, we are focusing on questions like, Are some children at greater risk of adjustment problems because of their temperament traits? What processes can explain this? We are using electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cutting-edge methodologies, to examine the neurophysiology associated with children’s processing of interparental conflict.


UVM Dean and Autism Expert Weighs in on New CDC Study

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“The CDC report raises the importance of early detection and intervention as the occurrence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is on the rise,” says Patricia Prelock, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM. “It is more important than ever that we are effective in our diagnosis and ensure children receive the intervention that will support their future success.”


Betsy Hoza Appointed Bishop Joyce Chair in Human Development

Betsy Hoza

This professorship was established in the early 1980’s to honor Bishop Robert F. Joyce and his “selfless devotion to betterment of the human condition.” The Bishop Joyce Chair in Human Development was created to recognize faculty “whose teaching and research will help to give focus and direction to the work of others who seek to enhance the quality and meaning of life.”


Professor Hoza's webpage

MindBody Medicine
Recruiting Healthy Volunteers

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The UVM MindBody Medicine Clinic is recruiting healthy volunteers as controls for our research study on chronic pain, depression and DNA.

Eligible participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Are between the ages of 18-76
  • Have no chronic or acute pain
  • Have no symptoms of depression or high anxiety
  • Are generally healthy
Time commitment will take approximately an hour and includes completion of a paper questionnaire and two visits for urine and/or saliva samples.


Next Up...

Dept of Psychiatry Research Day

Patrick Boissy, Ph.D.

Associate Professory of surgery,
University of Sherbrooke, Canada

The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Therapy: The Talking Cure in the Era of Evidence-Based Practice

April 18, 2014
9:00 am

Austin Auditorium
Fletcher Allen Health Care

Panel Discussion
What Some Folks Did With Their BA/BS in Psychology

Robert Brenna (worked at HowardCenter), Kelsey Hudson (research coordinator at Mass General), Nancy Stalnaker (Dir. UVM Institutional Review Board), Annie Wright (works in UVM Psych research lab)

April 22, 2014
4:30 - 5:30 pm

John Dewey Hall room 314

Psychology Lab Fair

Drop in to hear about current research and check on research opportunities

April 22, 2014
5:30 - 7:00 pm

John Dewey Hall room 100

Dissertation Defense

Amy Paysnick

Moderating Effects of Coping on Associations Between Stress Reactivity and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems

May 9, 2014
1:00 p.m.

John Dewey Hall room 238

Dissertation Defense

Carolyn Dundon

The Cortisol/DHEA Ratio and Sexual Function in Women With and Without Depression

May 14, 2014
11:00 a.m.

John Dewey Hall room 342

Dissertation Defense

Lilya Sitnikov

Emotion Regulation Strategies in Binge Eating Disorder: Rumination, Distress Tolerance, and Expectancies for Eating

May 21, 2014
2:30 p.m.

John Dewey Hall room 238

Undergraduate Research Matthew Price

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