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Nawrot attends CUR annual business meeting

Posted on July 10, 2017

Lisa Nawrot (Psychology) attended the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annual business meeting in Flagstaff, AZ, June 29-July 2. Nawrot serves as a Councilor in the Psychology Division.

CUR divisions include arts and humanities, biology, chemistry, education, engineering, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences, an at-large division that serves administrators and other disciplines, and a division for directors of undergraduate research programs.

MSUM has enhanced institutional membership in CUR so any faculty or staff member may join and receive CUR benefits, including resources and discounted meeting costs.

For more information, visit,, or join the MSUM Undergraduate Research email list serve.

MSUM new hires

Posted on June 15, 2017

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead! Make sure to stop by their departments to say hello and let them know it’s a GREAT day to be a Dragon!

May 31, 2017

  • Joey Blackmore – Assistant Football Coach, Athletics

 June 5, 2017 

  • Thomas Reburn – Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions

June 6, 2017 

  • Alannah Dosh- Adjunct Faculty, Psychology 

June 8, 2017 

  • Anneli Ryan – Adjunct Faculty, History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies

Read the latest edition of the Red River Psychology Journal online

Posted on May 01, 2017

The latest edition of the Red River Psychology Journal (RRPJ) is now online.

The RRPJ accepts manuscripts from MSUM undergraduate psychology students (and the School Psychology Graduate Program). An editorial board consisting of student editors working with faculty advisors reviews all manuscripts in a peer-review process. Regular departmental news, including student and faculty accomplishments, is included in each issue.

The 2016-17 editorial team included student editor Zane Voglewede and faculty editors Dr. Lisa Nawrot and Dr. Rochelle Bergstrom.

Register for Environmental Psychology this summer

Posted on April 17, 2017

Need a LASC Area 10 course? Take Psy 324 Environmental Psychology this summer.

Psy 324: Environmental Psychology (ID 000126); May 17-June 7; Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Register today!

Dr. Stewart receives award from Minnesota Psychological Association

Posted on March 27, 2017

Dr. Lisa Stewart, Director of the School Psychology Program in the Psychology Department, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member award from the Minnesota Psychological Association. The award will be presented at the Spring MPA conference in Plymouth, Minn.

PSY 202 study

Posted on March 06, 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between geographic place as a social and political mechanism of human development and it’s effect on the psychosocial development of LGBTA+ members who reside in that specific location.

If you are interested in participating in a personal interview, please contact group members at or

Please contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Mugi, if you have any questions or concerns at

To participate in the study, visit the survey link.

Dr. Stewart, students present early math research at MnAEYC state conference

Posted on March 01, 2017

Dr. Lisa Stewart, Psychology/School Psychology and her early math research team—Ashley Doll, Kate LeBrasseur and Joshua Johnson—presented a session at the state Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) – Minnesota School Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) state conference on February 3, 2017 in St. Paul, Minn. Their session was titled “Making Early Math Activities and Math Vocabulary in your Preschool Classroom Fun” and included a summary of research on early math vocabulary conducted in a local preschool and hands on activities and practice using the study materials.

Dr. Mugi, Dr. Paul lead discussion on international student connections with faculty, student services

Posted on January 31, 2017

Dr. Charles Mugi, Psychology Department, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs program, were invited to lead a discussion: Classroom Involvement for the students in the International Student Services Office. The purpose of the event was to help international students connect with faculty and student services here at MSUM. The afternoon event was held on Friday, Jan. 27 and organized by Adrienne Hamann and Kelsey Stacken, International Student Services Office.

Dr. Chalikia presents at universities in India

Posted on January 10, 2017

Dr. Magdalene Chalikia, Psychology Department, gave an invited presentation on “Perception and Perceptual Illusions” on Monday, 19 December, 2016 at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. Dr. Chalikia was also invited to present a lecture on “Ethics in Research and Plagiarism.” This lecture was part of a Workshop on Research Methodology, held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Lakshmibai National College of Pysical Education, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Study Abroad: Dominican Republic Spring 2017

Posted on October 24, 2016

Join us for an information session to learn how you can earn three credits while being immersed into the culture, language, and service learning activities of the Dominican Republic for 12 days.

The information sessions will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. in Lommen 110 and on Monday, Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. in Lommen 91.  Read the rest of this entry →

Psychology Works Speaker Series

Posted on September 26, 2016

Monday, Sept. 26 | 4:30 p.m. | BR 162 

As part of the “Psychology Works” speaker series, clinical psychologist and MSUM psychology professor Dr. Richard Kolotkin will speak about the field of clinical psychology on Monday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in BR 162.  Read the rest of this entry →

Nawrot Attends European Conference on Visual Perception in Barcelona

Posted on September 06, 2016

Lisa Nawrot (Psychology) attended the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) in Barcelona, Spain this past week. Nawrot presented research on “The Development of Convergence and Divergence to Radial Optic Flow in Infancy.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Potter Attends Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Posted on July 27, 2016

Peg Potter, Psychology, recently attended a Public Policy Institute co-sponsored by The George Washington University and the National Association of School Psychologists in Washington, D.C.  Read the rest of this entry →

Nawrot Attends Council on Undergraduate Research Business Meeting

Posted on July 07, 2016

Lisa Nawrot (Psychology) recently attended the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) business meeting in Tampa, Fla. Nawrot was elected to serve as a Councilor in the Psychology Division.  Read the rest of this entry →

School Psychology Faculty, Graduate Students Present at MTSS Conference

Posted on June 29, 2016

School psychology faculty and graduate students presented at a statewide MTSS conference. Dr. Lisa Stewart, school psychology faculty, and Alannah Dosh, school psychology graduate student, presented a session on “Increasing Knowledge of Evidence Based Practice in your Schools,” and Alyssa McDonough, school psychology graduate student, presented a session on “Mindfulness Practices Across Tiers” at the North Dakota RTI/MTSS Conference in Fargo June 6-8.  Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty, Students Return from Study Abroad Trip to Peru

Posted on June 10, 2016

Five faculty — Mary Dosch, Janelle Miedema, David Paul, Vicki Riedinger, and Lisa Stewart — just returned from a leading a two week study abroad in Peru with 23 students.

For the second year in a row, the group was a cross disciplinary service-oriented group consisting of undergraduate and graduate students from education, psychology, speech language hearing sciences, counseling and social work. Read the rest of this entry →

Honors Program Scholarships Awarded

Posted on May 02, 2016

The Honors Program is pleased to announce that four students have been selected to receive new Honors Program Scholarships for 2016-17. Read the rest of this entry →

Lisa Nawrot elected to the Council on Undergraduate Research

Posted on March 08, 2016

Lisa Nawrot (Psychology) has been elected as a Councilor to the Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The mission of the CUR is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. The CUR hosts an undergraduate research poster session on Capitol Hill, produces a Quarterly journal, and provides special Institutes on undergraduate research and faculty development as well as a bi-annual national conference.

School Psychology Students and Faculty Present in New Orleans

Posted on February 24, 2016

Twelve graduate students in school psychology and four MSUM faculty attended the National Association of School Psychology Conference in New Orleans, LA on Feb 9-13. Several faculty and students presented at the conference. Dr. Olivia Melroe and colleagues presented a Symposium on “An Indigenous Conceptual Framework: Guiding Culturally Effective School Psychology Practice.” Kristy Boomer and Dr. Lisa Stewart presented a poster titled “Teaching Math Vocabulary in Preschool: A Comparison of Techniques.” Alannah Dosh, Dr. Lisa Stewart and Dr. Mary Dosch presented a poster titled “Resources for Improving Evidence-Based Practice in Schools.” The NASP conference was attended by over 5,000 school psychologists, faculty and students.

“Psychology Works” presentation held on Monday, February 22

Posted on February 10, 2016

The February “Psychology Works” presentation will be Monday, February 22 at 3:30 pm in Bridges 361. Kandia Qual, Fargo Area Program Director of Dacotah Foundation, will provide information and answer questions about internship and employment opportunities. Dacotah Foundation provides community-based chemical dependency and mental health treatment. The “Psychology Works” series, organized by the MSUM Psychology Department and Psychology Club, presents representatives from a variety of places in the FM community where psychologists and other mental health professionals work, and where undergraduate students may also work or do internships to gain valuable experience and skills.

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