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    Department welcomes Dr. Dmitrieva.

    The Department would like to welcome Dr. Natalia (Natasha) Dmitrieva, Ph.D. as our newest Assistant Professor!  Dr. Dmitrieva comes to us directly from her postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Dmitrieva earned her doctoral degree at The Pennsylvania State University in 2011 in Human Development and Family Studies, after completing two majors at UC Irvine in Psychology & Social Behavior and Philosophy in 2005. Dr. Dmitrieva is a developmental health psychologist with expertise in applied statistical methodology. The long-term goal of Dr. Dmitrieva’s research is to better understand how people manage stressors in the context of a chronic illness. In carrying out this work, she has a particular interest in utilizing innovative research methods and statistical analyses (e.g., ecological momentary assessment, latent variable modeling) to address to address rich and meaningful questions that may have been previously difficult to answer.  Dr. Dmitrieva will be teaching courses in statistics during the 2015-2016 academic year.

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    Andrew S Walters 225x150

    Andrew Walters AASECT- certified Sexuality Educator

    Andrew S. Walters has been designated by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) as a Certified Sexuality Educator Consultant.  AASECT credentials professionals working in sexual health after substantive academic training and supervision.  Dr. Walters is the only AASECT-certified Sexuality Educator in Arizona, and also is now Arizona's only Certified Sexuality Educator Consultant.  As an AASECT-certified educator consultant, Dr. Walters is able to supervise programs, agencies, and institutions with the development of sexuality- and sexual-health curricula to meet organizational needs.

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    NAU NASA Space Grant Recipient

    Tristan Swatts was awarded a 2015-2016 NAU NASA Space Grant Internship from the Arizona Space Grant Consortium. Tristan’s project, Unpredictable Environmental Noise, will be completed with Department of Psychological Sciences faculty member Dr. Melissa Birkett. Tristan will conduct his research in the upcoming academic year and present the results of his project at the Arizona Statewide Symposium at the University of Arizona in spring 2016. Tristan is a first year student from Sanders, AZ with a major in biomedical science and a minor in psychology.

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    Tony and Dana 225px

    Kudos to Department Faculty

    Notable: NAU faculty member Dr. Dana Donohue and her colleagues (Juan Bornan & Mats Granlund) won the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) Research to Practice 2014 International Research Prize for their paper titled “Examining the rights of children with intellectual disability in South Africa: Chidren’s perspectives.”  Dr. Donohue’s paper was published in the Journal of Intellectual and Development Disability (Vol. 39, No. 1).  This paper was judged to the “the most outstanding contributions among all papers published in JIDD throughout 2014.”

    NAU faculty member Dr. Tony Barnhart has recently published (with colleague S.D. Goldinger) “Blinded by magic: Eye-movements reveal the misdirection of attention” in the Journal Frontiers in Psychology (Volume 5) doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01461.

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    Nicole Bies Hernandez 225x150

    Dr. Bies-Hernandez's Research Acknowledged with Award

    Dr. Nicole Bies-Hernandez's research on teaching effectiveness was recently acknowledged at the National Institute of the Teaching of Psychology in January 2015.  Dr. Bies-Hernandez and her coauthors Kris Gunawan & David Copeland were was awarded the The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence given for the poster judged to be most outstanding in terms of contributing to excellence in teaching psychology. The title of the poster was “Teaching Practices that Predict Performance in Undergraduate Psychology Courses.” The purpose of their study was to explore which of the practices are the best predictors of students’ grade performance and learning in large (i.e., 200- or 400-person) sections of an introductory psychology course. For details, see the poster.

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    Tidikis and Donohue

    Drs. Tidikis and Donohue Team Up for International Research & Teaching Award

    Drs. Viktoria Tidikis and Dana Donohue were award an NAU Global and Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching Fund Award for their innovative proposal regarding creativity and intelligence.  Their work will bring together NAU (Flagstaff), St. Petersburg University (Russia), Arts Academy (Lithuania), International College of Business (Lithuania), and Vilnius University (Lithuania) in a cross-cultural study of perceptions and understandings of what constitutes creativity. Using measures of creativity and intelligence, Drs. Tidikis and Donohue will examine the cognitive processes believed to underlie creativity and intelligence and examine potential cross-cultural differences.

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    Graduate Students Participate in Cross-Cultural Training Experience in Republic of Palau

    Graduate students Amanda Dunn & Samantha Russell (pictured with Dr. Ann Collier) travelled to the Republic of Palau in January. There, they were part of a team headed by Dr. Collier to train health professionals from Palau's Ministry of Health to deliver an small changes wellness program. This project is part of Dr. Collier's Faculty Grant Program (FGP) titled:  Developing a Culturally-Sensitive Obesity Intervention for Pacific Island Families Using a Community-Based Participatory Research Paradigm" under the FY2015 FGP. Ms. Dunn and Ms. Russell are second year graduate students who will be pursuing Ph.D. degrees in areas related to health psychology following graduation from our program.