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Jungmeen Kim-Spoon Appointed to NIH Review Panel


Dr. Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Associate Professor of Psychology, has been appointed to the Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientificj ournals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Dr. Warren Bickel Receives Grant to Study New Smoking Intervention


Dr. Warren Bickel, Professor of Psychology and Director of the VTCRI Addiction Recovery Research Center,  has been awarded a $3.2M grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) for research on “Self-Control Improvement Intervention (SCII): Improving Abstinence in Smokers.”  The grant will provide funding for five years to develop innovative new ways to enhance the brain’s ability to abstain from acting on nicotine craving leading to the urges to smoke. 

Tom Ollendick Chosen for Career Achievement Award


Dr. Thomas Ollendick has been chosen to receive the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. His nomination package was spearheaded by his former graduate student, Amie Grills-Taquechel. Tom has been involved extensively with the organization and is a past president.

Brenna Maddox Receives Dissertation Research Award


Brenna Maddox, graduate student in the clinical science program, will receive a Graduate Research Grant from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). The award from OAR will help support Brenna's dissertation project.

Kirby Deater-Deckard Receives Visiting Research Grant


Kirby Deater-Deckard, Profesor of Psychology, has been awarded a 1-month visiting research grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. He will work with Professor Maja Dekovic´ and her research group in Holland at the University of Utrecht during the Fall of 2013.

Amanda Watson Recieves GSA Research Presentation Award


Amanda Watson, graduate student in the Developmental and Biological Psychology program, was selected for an award based on her presentation at the Graduate Student Association 29th Annual Research Symposium. Amanda’s presentation, “Individual Differences in Inhibitory Control Skills at Three Years of Age,” was selected for the award based independent judges.

Three Clinical Graduate Students Honored for Excellence in Access and Inclusion


Three clinical graduate students, Caitlin Conner, Neville Galloway-Williams, and Haley Gordon, have been selected to receive 2013 Excellence in Access and Inclusion Awards from the Services for Students with Disabilities Office.

Douglas Smith of Bridgewater, Virginia, awarded a 2012-13 ACC Creativity and Innovation Fellowship


Junior psychology major, Douglas Smith of Bridgewater, Virginia, was awarded a 2012-13 ACC Creativity and Innovation Fellowship. The grant program, coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Research, recognizes undergraduate students who are pursuing indepen

Doctoral Student Zhe Wang Receives Prestigious Chinese Scholarship


Zhe Wang, a fifth-year PhD student in the Developmental and Biological Psychology PhD program, has received China’s most prestigious international graduate student scholarship, the “Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.”

 

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