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Are melatonin supplements good for young adults to use?

Are melatonin supplements good for young adults to use?

June 13, 2024 - Elle Wernette, Shelly DeJong

Melatonin is widely used but little is actually known about it. Dr. Elle Wernette, a Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience alum, shares about her research project examining if melatonin supplements are good for young adults to use.

From Psych Major to HDFS Doctoral Candidate: A Spotlight on Qi Huang

From Psych Major to HDFS Doctoral Candidate: A Spotlight on Qi Huang

June 11, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Psych alum, Qi Huang, is now a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies. Learn more about Huang's journey from undergrad to a doctoral candidate, her dissertation research on international students facing academic dismissal, and what advice she has for international students navigating higher education.

Ask the Expert: Resilience and Well-being in Transgender and Nonbinary People

Ask the Expert: Resilience and Well-being in Transgender and Nonbinary People

June 6, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

What is known about resilience in transgender and nonbinary people? How can gender affirmation play a role in better health outcomes? Jae Puckett, PhD, shares about their research focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse communities.

PSY Academic Advisor Noël R. Lugo Receives 2024 Initiative of the Year Award

PSY Academic Advisor Noël R. Lugo Receives 2024 Initiative of the Year Award

May 29, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to Noël R. Lugo, psychology academic advisor and coordinator of undergraduate diversity programs, on receiving the 2024 Initiative of the Year Award from the Office of Undergraduate Studies within the College of Social Science.

Ask the Expert: Disadvantaged Neighborhoods and Mental Health

Ask the Expert: Disadvantaged Neighborhoods and Mental Health

May 20, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Can parents counteract a violent neighborhood? Does green space have an impact on brain development? Dr. S. Alexandra Burt shares about her research on under-resourced neighborhoods and its impact on mental health and brain development.

Psychology Professor William Chopik Receives Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement

Psychology Professor William Chopik Receives Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement

May 15, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to Dr. William Chopik for receiving the 2024 Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement from the International Association for Relationships Research (IARR).

Graduate Student Connor Eichenauer Receives 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to J-DEI

Graduate Student Connor Eichenauer Receives 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to J-DEI

May 13, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to Connor Eichenauer, a 5th year graduate student specializing in Organizational Psychology, on receiving the 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to JDEI.

Why so many jobs are boring: New MSU study identifies large interest gaps in US labor market

Why so many jobs are boring: New MSU study identifies large interest gaps in US labor market

May 9, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

A recent study found large gaps between people’s career interests and U.S. job demands. These gaps indicate that the interest demands of the U.S. labor market differ drastically from the supply of interested people, revealing how many people have unfulfilled interests at work.

Sean Hankins named the recipient of the 2024 Dean's Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Staff Award

Sean Hankins named the recipient of the 2024 Dean's Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Staff Award

May 7, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

The College of Social Science has selected Sean Hankins, an academic specialist who serves as the director of the MSU Adolescent Diversion Program, for the 2024 Dean's Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Staff Award.

MSU experts weigh in on push for a shorter US workweek

MSU experts weigh in on push for a shorter US workweek

May 7, 2024

Angela Hall is an associate professor in Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, and Chu-Hsiang “Daisy” Chang is a professor of organizational psychology in the Department of Psychology in the College of Social Science. Together, they answer questions about the potential effects of a reduced workweek, including labor history and potential implications.

Autism Awareness Month: A Behavioral Neuroscientist’s Insights on Social Play

Autism Awareness Month: A Behavioral Neuroscientist’s Insights on Social Play

April 25, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

What’s going on in your brain when you’re navigating social situations? And how exactly are social behaviors developed and regulated by the brain? Behavioral neuroscientist Dr. Alexa Veenema shares about her research on social play.

2024 Outstanding PSY Senior: Alisar Alabdullah

2024 Outstanding PSY Senior: Alisar Alabdullah

April 24, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Meet Alisar Alabdullah the 2024 Psychology Outstanding Senior!

10 MSU PSY graduates receive Board of Trustees' Award for academic excellence earning a 4.0 GPA

10 MSU PSY graduates receive Board of Trustees' Award for academic excellence earning a 4.0 GPA

April 16, 2024

During its April 12 meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees presented the graduating seniors with the Board of Trustees' Award, recognizing their achievement of the highest scholastic average one can receive, a 4.0 GPA.

MSU Psychology holds memorial luncheon in honor of Dr. Deborah Kashy

MSU Psychology holds memorial luncheon in honor of Dr. Deborah Kashy

April 15, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Faculty, staff, alumni, graduate students, and friends gathered to remember and celebrate the lasting impact of Dr. Deborah “Debby” Kashy who passed away on September 8, 2023.

Psychology Communicator Shelly DeJong earns 2023-24 Matt Hansen Award for Support Staff

Psychology Communicator Shelly DeJong earns 2023-24 Matt Hansen Award for Support Staff

April 10, 2024 - Emily Jodway

The College of Social Science Dean’s Advisory Committee of Support Staff recently announced Shelly DeJong as the winner of the 2023-24 Matt Hansen Award for Support Staff.

Clinical Science graduate student receives the Caldwell Award

Clinical Science graduate student receives the Caldwell Award

April 9, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Alexandra Vazquez, a psychology graduate student in the Clinical Science area, was awarded the Bob and Bets Caldwell Land Grant Values Award for her notable record of service-oriented research, mentorship, and community involvement.

Journey to UURAF with Sophia Futo and Sumaiya Imad

Journey to UURAF with Sophia Futo and Sumaiya Imad

April 7, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

First-year Social Science Scholar students, Sophia Futo from Ohio and Sumaiya Imad from Bangladesh, were awarded Provost Undergraduate Research Initiative (PURI) funding to research how people with lived experience of psychosis can be better involved in clinical psychology research. Working with Dr. Katy Thakkar, they are doing a comprehensive literature review in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other locations around the world. We met with Sophia and Sumaiya to talk about their research, what has surprised them along the way, and why this work is important to them.

MSU Organizational Psychologist Meets with Congressional AI Task Force Members

MSU Organizational Psychologist Meets with Congressional AI Task Force Members

April 2, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Organizational Psychologist Dr. Christopher Nye has been at the forefront of addressing the intersection of AI and workforce dynamics. Recently he met with two members of the Congressional Task Force on Artificial Intelligence.

Meet Clinical Science Alum Sharon Adusei

Meet Clinical Science Alum Sharon Adusei

March 29, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Dr. Sharon Adusei earned a PhD in Psychology from Michigan State, specializing in Clinical Science. She is now a Clinical Strategy Manager at a digital health start-up, she works clinically with children and parents in her private practice, and she services on two boards. She shared recently about her time at MSU, how it set her up for success in her many roles today, and what advice she has for current students.

Community-Centered Leadership: A Q&A with Dr. Kwesi Brookins

Community-Centered Leadership: A Q&A with Dr. Kwesi Brookins

March 25, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Meet Dr. Kwesi Brookins, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and professor in the Ecological-Community Psychology program. Dr. Brookins will be delivering the keynote at the Joseph L. White lecture series on April 5th at 1:30M.

Faculty voice: Three myths about personalities

Faculty voice: Three myths about personalities

March 20, 2024 - Ted Schwaba, Ph.D.

Dr. Ted Schwaba shares three myths that you may assume to be true about personalities, but current findings robustly refute.

MSU drives conversation, research on the future of work

MSU drives conversation, research on the future of work

March 17, 2024 - Jack Harrison

Faculty from across MSU colleges and representatives from community organizations came together to collaborate and engage on the subject of the future of work. Expert-led interactive discussions centered on four topics, including human interaction with artificial intelligence, accessibility changes to technology, new skills in the labor market and government engagement. Additionally, graduate students presented their research on the future of work.

Research Spotlight: Ignacio Acevedo

Research Spotlight: Ignacio Acevedo

March 17, 2024 - Karessa Weir

Associate Professor of Psychology and Core Faculty in Chicano/Latino Studies, Dr. Ignacio Acevedo has contributed greatly to the research on how young people access services and supports, especially within Latine communities. It is the basis of his Community-AID Lab which uses data to develop, disseminate and improve sustainable preventative and positive development programs for all youth.

Environmental Pollution, Social Injustices, and Cognitive Health: A New Study in Southeast Louisiana

Environmental Pollution, Social Injustices, and Cognitive Health: A New Study in Southeast Louisiana

March 15, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Thanks to recent funding, Dr. Kas Anderson Jr. and a team will be scientifically studying the impact of air pollution and social detriments of health on quality of life and cognitive health for older Black Americans in rural Louisiana.

MSU Criminal Psychology Club Spotlight: Iliana Wilson

MSU Criminal Psychology Club Spotlight: Iliana Wilson

March 13, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Meet Iliana Wilson, the President of the MSU Criminal Psychology Club! Iliana is pursuing dual degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice with plans to graduate in the fall of 2024. As a Spartan, Iliana has had multiple research experiences including interning with the Cold Case Unit with the Michigan State Police. Read on to learn why Iliana chose Psychology and Criminal Justice, what the Criminal Psychology Club is all about, and what some of her best advice is for other students.

PSY Staff Spotlight: Darlene Dalessandro

PSY Staff Spotlight: Darlene Dalessandro

March 13, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Meet Darlene Dalessandro, an Academic Program Coordinator who has helped countless graduate students over the years! Read on to learn what Dar likes most about her job, how she describes herself, and more!

Meet Organizational Psychology Alumna Dr. Jen Wessel

Meet Organizational Psychology Alumna Dr. Jen Wessel

February 29, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Dr. Jen Wessel earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State, specializing in Organizational Psychology. Now an associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, Dr. Wessel reflects on her time at MSU, how it impacts her work today, and what three pieces of advice she has for current graduate students.

Three PSY Graduate Students Receive College Research Awards

Three PSY Graduate Students Receive College Research Awards

February 27, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to three MSU Psychology graduate students on receiving research awards from the College of Social Science to support their dissertation work!

Meet Joy Pond, the New PSY Department Administrator

Meet Joy Pond, the New PSY Department Administrator

February 22, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

You might have noticed a new face in the Department of Psychology this week! Meet Joy Pond, the new PSY department administrator.

Diversity Spotlight: Pat Carey, PhD

Diversity Spotlight: Pat Carey, PhD

February 14, 2024 - Becky Jensen

Dr. Patricia M. Carey graduated from MSU with a degree in Psychology and most recently served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Programs at New York University. She is a constant advocate for Black women in higher education and the pursuit of racial justice for all individuals.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Lee June

Diversity Champion: Dr. Lee June

February 12, 2024 - Emily Jodway

Dr. Lee June, an MSU Psychology professor, has been involved in advocacy for racial justice his entire life, inspiring students to be ‘justice fighters' in their own right. He is an award-winning author, has taught in the Honors College and the African Studies program and has served in a variety of advisory positions for university multicultural and diversity issues.

Adolescent Diversion Program Spotlight: Mariella Battley

Adolescent Diversion Program Spotlight: Mariella Battley

February 7, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Mariella Battley is a senior pursuing a Psychology Bachelor of Science degree. During her time at MSU, she has been involved with the Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP) first as a student and secondly as an undergraduate assistant. Read to learn how ADP impacted her, what she hopes for the future, and what advice she has for current students.

MSU making voice-activated AI more accessible, fair

MSU making voice-activated AI more accessible, fair

February 5, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

A multidisciplinary team, including Organizational Psychologist Dr. Ann Marie Ryan, receives a $5 million NSF award to make voice-activated AI accessible and fair to people who stutter.

Dr. Lucy Thompson Published in Handbook of Power, Gender, and Psychology

Dr. Lucy Thompson Published in Handbook of Power, Gender, and Psychology

January 31, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to Dr. Lucy Thompson on authoring a chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Power, Gender, and Psychology. Dr. Thompson’s chapter addresses the critical need for feminist perspectives in psychological understandings of workplaces and organizations. Read on to hear her approach as a critical feminist psychologist, why this framework is vital to work and organizational research, and what advice she has for students entering the workplace.

MSU’s Program Evaluation Student Has Global Impact

MSU’s Program Evaluation Student Has Global Impact

January 30, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Throughout Fahim Safi's travels around the world, Fahim is pursuing a graduate degree through MSU’s Program Evaluation online program. Hear from his own words about the impact he’s having in the world, why he chose program evaluation, and what advice he would give to people looking to make a difference in the world.

Adolescent Diversion Program Spotlight: Jessica Bryson

Adolescent Diversion Program Spotlight: Jessica Bryson

January 25, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Jessica Bryson is a Psychology and Criminal Justice major with a minor in Youth and Society. As a sophomore, Jessica participated in the Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP) an experiential learning course that involves training undergraduate students to work with local youth who are involved in the juvenile court system. Jessica shared recently about how ADP impacted her, how it has helped shape her goals for the future, and what advice she has to future psychology majors.

College of Social Scientists shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

College of Social Scientists shined in this year’s Diversity Research Showcase

January 24, 2024 - Karessa Weir, Shelly DeJong

Students from MSU College of Social Scientists brought home a wide variety of awards at this year’s Diversity Research Showcase hosted by MSU Honors College. This annual university-wide showcase features MSU undergraduate student work or work in progress on issues of diversity that advance inclusion.

Dr. Buchanan Reappointed to Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board

Dr. Buchanan Reappointed to Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board

January 19, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to MSU Psychology professor Dr. NiCole Buchanan on her reappointment to the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board.

PSY Student Research Spotlight: Sam Barans

PSY Student Research Spotlight: Sam Barans

January 18, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Sam Barans, a senior majoring in psychology and mathematics, has worked hard over the years to acknowledge what he’s interested in and pursue what he’s most curious about. He received the Dean’s Assistantship Award which is allowing him to explore his research interests of better understanding barriers that individuals involved in the American justice system or are experiencing serious mental illness face in getting help. Sam shared recently about his research experiences, how his path led him to this point, and where he hopes to go in the future.

PSY Staff Spotlight: Mindy McLouth

PSY Staff Spotlight: Mindy McLouth

January 17, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Meet Mindy McLouth, a friendly face in the MSU Psychology Clinic since 2005! Read on to learn what Mindy’s favorite thing about her job is, what she likes to do outside of work, and more!

Graduate Student Jo Alanis Receives J-DEI Research Grant

Graduate Student Jo Alanis Receives J-DEI Research Grant

January 12, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Jo Alanis received the MSU Psychology Department’s Graduate Student J-DEI Research Grant. Jo recently shared about her work researching immigrants in the workplace, why this type of work is important to her, and what she wishes that she had learned earlier.

Since Roe was overturned, fewer Michigan adults want to have children

Since Roe was overturned, fewer Michigan adults want to have children

January 11, 2024

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, it created uncertainty for Americans’ access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care. This uncertainly may have led to an increase in the number of Michigan adults who said they never want to have children, according to Michigan State University researchers.

Now Accepting: Applications for the 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to J-DEI

Now Accepting: Applications for the 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to J-DEI

January 10, 2024

The MSU Department of Psychology's J-DEI Committee is now accepting applications for the 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to J-DEI

Now Accepting: Applications for the 2024 Faculty/Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to J-DEI

Now Accepting: Applications for the 2024 Faculty/Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to J-DEI

January 10, 2024

The MSU Department of Psychology's J-DEI Committee is now accepting applications for the 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Staff/Faculty Contributions to J-DEI.

When do we become old? New MSU study explores age bias across 13 countries

When do we become old? New MSU study explores age bias across 13 countries

January 9, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Age is but a number, right? Look at any birthday card aisle in the store and you are sure to see “50 is the new 30” or “You’re only as old as you feel.” A new study from Michigan State University explored age perceptions over the course of the lifespan of over one million people across 13 countries.

PSY Student Spotlight: Lia Moore from TheGreenCuisine

PSY Student Spotlight: Lia Moore from TheGreenCuisine

January 4, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Lia Moore, a senior MSU psychology major, recently launched a new vegan cooking show, TheGreenCuisine. In the pilot episode, Lia and her guest, Maliq Carr, recreate his favorite food but with plant-based ingredients. We sat down with Lia recently to talk about her pivot after a medical retirement from volleyball, her love of learning, and what led her to her new cooking show.

Jeneia Dinglasan Receives Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Contributions to J-DEI

Jeneia Dinglasan Receives Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Contributions to J-DEI

January 3, 2024 - Shelly DeJong

Congratulations to Jeneia Dinglasan, a psychology major with minors in social science qualitative data analytics and cognitive science, for receiving the MSU Psychology department’s Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Contributions to Justice, Diversity, Equity, and/or Inclusion.