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Students present research at Red River Psychology Conference

Posted on April 14, 2014

Psychology students presented research at the 28th Annual Red River Psychology Conference, hosted by Concordia College.

The following presentations were made:

Madhuri Tiwari and Katie Johnson (with Dr. C. Malone) “Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Word Fragment Completion”

Samantha Kallberg (with Dr. R. Bergstrom)”Appearance-related Social Norms: How the Thin-Ideal Impacts Opposite Sex Perceptions of Attractiveness” Read the rest of this entry →

Psychology student accepted to Carlson School of Management and offered fellowship

Posted on April 10, 2014

Courtney Messinger, a senior Psychology major, has been accepted into the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and has been offered a fellowship. She will be attending the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program. Congratulations, Courtney!

Gerontology Student Awarded Scholarship from the MN Gerontological Society

Posted on April 01, 2014

Katherine Johanson, a junior majoring in Gerontology and Psychology, has been awarded the Gerald Bloedow Scholarship from the Minnesota Gerontological Society. In 1994, MGS established the Bloedow Scholarship fund to honor the lifelong contributions of Gerald Bloedow to the field of aging and to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students to further their education in gerontology.

Johanson will receive the scholarship at the 38th Annual MGS Conference on April 25 in Brooklyn Center.

Psychology students to present research at Stanford

Posted on March 27, 2014

Three Psychology students have had their research abstracts accepted for a conference at Stanford University this spring. Kelsey Ihringer will present research on attachment and emotion discrimination; Madhuri Tiwari will present research on test anxiety; and Katherine Johanson will present research on perfectionism. These student research projects were mentored by Dr. Chris Malone and Dr. Lisa Nawrot in the Psychology Department.

Psychology Department offers summer courses

Posted on March 03, 2014

The Psychology Department is offering the following new courses this summer: Psy 290 (Positive Psychology) and Psy 390 (Forensic Mental Health). In addition, the following will also be offered: Psy 463 (Abnormal Psychology), Psy 342 (Learning and Memory), Psy 220 (Social Behavior, this is a LASC 5 course), Psy 261 (Personality), Psy 323 (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), Psy 317 (Alcohol and Drug Abuse), Psy 345 (Physiological Psychology), and Psy 202 (Lifespan Development).

Keep these in mind as your are making your summer school choices.

Elizabeth Nawrot’s article published in Journal of Vision

Posted on January 14, 2014

Elizabeth Nawrot, Psychology, had an article titled “The role of eye movements in depth from motion parallax during infancy” published in the December issue of the Journal of Vision. The research investigated the role of various eye movement systems in infants’ ability to perceive depth early in life. More than 200 babies participated. A number of MSUM undergraduate students were involved with the project, which was funded for three years by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Olivia and Keith Melroe honored by City of Fargo-Native American Commission

Posted on November 19, 2013

Olivia Melroe, School Psychology Graduate Program, and Keith Melroe were honored by the City of Fargo -Native American Commission at Fargo City Hall on Nov. 14 for their contributions to the Native American community. They were thanked for their support of, and availability to, multiple agencies and organizations across the community.

MSUM Psychology Alumna invited speaker at the NDSU Psychology Department colloquium this week

Posted on November 07, 2013

Susan Everson-Rose graduated from the Psychology Department in 1985 and completed a Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. She was the first President of the Psi Chi Chapter on our campus. Her research has received recognition from the American Heart Association and she received an Alumni Award from MSUM some years ago. Her colloquium at NDSU is Friday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 p.m. Below is the announcement from NDSU. Read the rest of this entry →

Psychology student and Dr. Lisa Stewart present at conference

Posted on October 31, 2013

Psychology student Rebecca Spanier and Dr. Lisa Stewart present at Northern Lights Conference in Grand Forks. Psychology major Rebecca Spanier presented a poster titled “Establishing the Reliability of the Preschool Receptive Vocabulary Measure (RVM) and the Expressive Vocabulary Measure (EVM)” at the October Northern Lights Psychology Conference at UND in Grand Forks, ND.

Stewart was advisor on the project and School Psychology students Adam Boles and Britney Bachmeier also participated in the research project.

Magdalene Chalikia published paper

Posted on October 07, 2013

The paper “Sex-Based Salary Disparity and the Uses of Multiple Regression for Definition and Remediation” by Magdalene H. Chalikia, Psychology Department, and Verlin B. Hinsz (Psychology Department, NDSU) has been accepted for publication in Current Psychology. The paper will first appear online at the end of October, and in hard version later in November 2013.

School Psychology graduate student Maggie McLean presents at regional MILC conference

Posted on October 03, 2013

Maggie McLean presented a poster at the Midwest Instruction Leadership Council (MILC) conference on using data to evaluate whether a movement and music program increased on task behavior and task initiation in a group of second grade students. Dr. Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, advised McLean on the poster and also attended the MILC conference held at the St. Paul River Centre Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Dalhouses publish chapter

Posted on October 03, 2013

Doris Walker-Dalhouse, Professor Emerita, STL and A. Derick Dalhouse, Psychology, have a chapter published in Immigration in the 21st Century: Political, Social, and Economic Issues, edited by Judy Ho and Published by Nova Publishers, N.Y. The title of the chapter is Preservice Teachers Culturally Relevant Beliefs: The Impact of a Clinical Experience Tutoring Sudanese Students.

iPad Technology Initiative

Posted on September 03, 2013

The graduate program in School Psych program recently was approved for a university sponsored iPad technology initiative. All on-campus School Psychology graduate students will be issued iPads this fall at no cost to the students. The iPads will be integrated into day-to-day course instruction, as well being used by the graduate students in assessment labs, in practicum settings, and for research projects. The iPads will allow the MSUM graduate students to be trained on the increasingly sophisticated assessment and data collection applications that they will be expected to be using when working in public schools. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Lisa Stewart Gets Local Minnesota Reading Corps Members Ready For Kids

Posted on August 26, 2013

Dr. Lisa Stewart, psychology, trained 80 Northwestern Minnesota Americorps Reading Corps members Aug 20- 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Over 1,000 Reading Corps members from all across Minnesota started their year of service this week by taking the Americorps pledge and getting trained to provide high quality targeted interactions and reading interventions with kids from age 3 to grade 3. Many MSUM Dragons and alums have been Minnesota Reading (or Math) Corps members. To learn more about the program, see Dr. Stewart or visit

Psychology Graduate Publishes Paper

Posted on August 22, 2013

Recent Psychology graduate Spencer Coffman has published a paper on “Facial Expression: The Ability to Distinguish Between Enjoyment and Nonenjoyment Smiles.” Spencer conducted the research with Dr. Elizabeth Nawrot (Psychology) as part of an Experimental Psychology class. The article appears in the Summer 2013 issue of the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. Spencer graduated in 2012 and plans to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology.

Lisa Stewart presented at state RTI conference

Posted on June 19, 2013

Lisa Stewart organized and presented at an RTI conference that drew more than 360 regional educators. Dr. Stewart, School Psychology, was on the planning committee for the 3rd annual N.D. Response to Intervention (RTI) conference held at the Fargo Holiday Inn June 10-12. In addition to organizing the conference, Stewart presented at several conference sessions on topics ranging from RTI-A, using iPad apps in educational interventions, vocabulary interventions, and team action planning. School Psychology graduate students Adam Boles and Margaret McLean co-presented with Stewart at two separate presentations and 8 other School Psychology graduate students volunteered at the conference.

Psi-Chi inducted 14 new members

Posted on May 09, 2013

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology, inducted 14 new members into the MSUM chapter on May 6. The new members are: Danielle Bany, Megan Boeddeker, Amanda Heitkamp, Miranda Horst, Kelsey Ihringer, Katherine Johanson, Samantha Kallberg, Catherine Kippley, Emily Lyons, Courtney Messinger, Jesse Olson, Jessica Sand, Emily Steinle, and Madhuri Tiwari.

Psychology alum presents at Neuropsychiatric Research Institute

Posted on May 08, 2013

Alum John Gunstad, Psychology ’97, is presenting “Obesity, Bariatric, Surgery and Cognition” at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo May 14. See attached document below for details.

Gunstad is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University. Read the rest of this entry →

Psychology Departmental awards given to undergrad students

Posted on April 26, 2013

The Psychology Department gave out four Departmental Awards to undergraduate students at both the junior and senior level to recognize their achievements. This spring, Bria Itzen was given the “Psychology Student Departmental Award” (junior psychology major), while Kelsey Ihringer was given the “Psychology Research Award” (junior psychology major). Read the rest of this entry →

Richard Kolotkin publishes marriage self-help book

Posted on April 18, 2013

Booktango publishing has recently released, “The Insightful Marriage: What You Really Need to Know and Do to be Happily Married” written by Richard Kolotkin, Professor of Psychology. This marriage self-help book is available for both Kindle and Nook readers. It is also available directly from Booktango.

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