Walters honored for teaching
Dr. Andy Walters was appointed as NAU’s sole President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow and named the SBS Teacher of the Year. For both awards, Dr. Walters was recognized for his tremendous commitment to undergraduate students: his outstanding teaching skills, both within the traditional classroom experience as well as service learning supervision (PSY 408c--Fieldwork), and his work as an exemplary mentor to students. His students have achieved numerous awards and achievements under his supervision. Dr. Walters has been identified by NAU Golden Axe recipients as the faculty member who “provided the most significant impact on academic success," 8 times in the nine years he has been teaching here at NAU.
Department welcomes Robert Goodman
The Department is pleased to introduce Dr. Robert Goodman as our newest Assistant Professor. Dr. Goodman completed his PhD in Social Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in 2014. Dr. Goodman’s research examines the neurological, behavioral, and psychosocial consequences of a particular kind of attention known as mindfulness: an open and receptive awareness of experience as it occurs in the present. Rob examines the interplay between mindfulness and several core psychological processes, such as emotion, and memory. For example, how does mindfulness influence the way people experience and regulate emotions? Does mindfulness affect the content and accuracy of episodic memory? Could mindfulness training be applied to treat age-related memory decline? Dr. Goodman’s research takes a social and affective neuroscience approach to address these questions across several levels of analysis using electroencephalography (EEG), event and experience sampling, and other behavioral markers. Dr. Goodman will be teaching research methods (PSY 302w) and group behavior (PSY 326) this fall, and is enthusiastic to about involving NAU students in his research.
Department welcomes Jason Whetten
Mr. Whetten, our newest Instructor, recently completed his masters degree in the Teaching of Psychology at NAU and has taught Introduction to Psychology and Developmental Psychology at Coconino Community College. Prior to completing his masters at NAU Mr. Whetten worked as a habilitation provider for the Department of Economic Security Division of Developmentally Disabled and well as wrote and directed for a youth musical theatre program at Eastern Arizona College. For the fall semester, Mr. Whetten will be teaching two sections of PSY 101 (Introductory to Psychology) and two sections of PSY 255 (Introduction to Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience) and is looking forward to meeting NAU students and engaging them in important content in the psychological sciences.
Undergraduate students impress at Research Symposium
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences had an impressive presence at the 2014 NAU Undergraduate Research Symposium, with the Department of Psychological Sciences playing a particularly important role in that success. Our Department had 102 presentations (57% of the SBS total). The College considered 24 posters for special awards and all three prizes were awarded to Psychological Science students. First place ($500) went to Sara Tackett (Attention Divided: Texting in Different Situations, Dr. Ann Huffman, faculty mentor); Second place ($300) went to Morgan Wachowski (Effects of Substance User Type, Dr. John Houser, faculty mentor); Third place ($200) went to Alexandra Viachos (Beauty vs. Brawn, Dr. Nicole Bies-Hernandez, faculty mentor).