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Listening to Detroit’s Untested Sexual Assault Kit Survivors and Advocates to Improve Future Victim Notifications

Listening to Detroit’s Untested Sexual Assault Kit Survivors and Advocates to Improve Future Victim Notifications

February 2, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

A team of Michigan State psychologists, including Drs. Rebecca Campbell and Katie Gregory, recently concluded a major 3-year study looking at the victim notification process for Detroit’s untested sexual assault kit survivors on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women. This study provides guidance to a variety of teams, including lawyers, law enforcement, and advocates, who are tasked with notifying sexual assault survivors and potentially asking them to participate in the re-opening and prosecution of their cases.

Young Alumni Award Winner Spotlight: Jessica Kingston

Young Alumni Award Winner Spotlight: Jessica Kingston

January 26, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

Jessica Kingston, an MSU Psychology and MSU School of Criminal Justice alumna, won the College of Social Science’s Young Alumni Award this fall. We sat down with her to hear about her work as a Detroit-based employment attorney, how psychology impacts her work today, and how she works to connect MSU alumni.

New Study: Disordered Eating is No Longer a Disease of Affluent Girls

New Study: Disordered Eating is No Longer a Disease of Affluent Girls

January 25, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

Traditionally, stereotypes around eating disorders imply that it predominantly impacts girls from wealthy backgrounds. A new study from Michigan State University found that boys living in disadvantaged circumstances are at an increased risk for disordered eating; particularly if they have underlying genetic risk factors.

Canceling plans with a friend? MSU research says don’t lie

Canceling plans with a friend? MSU research says don’t lie

January 24, 2023 - Kim Ward

You’ve made plans to meet up with a good friend in a few hours, but now all you want to do is go home, change into sweats and binge-watch “Game of Thrones.” What do you say to your friend? Will they be upset? New research from Michigan State University found that the worst thing you can do is lie about your reason for canceling ­— indicating that how cancellations are made may be more important than whether cancellations are made.

Hey Siri, it’s time to understand the stuttering community!

Hey Siri, it’s time to understand the stuttering community!

January 19, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

A multidisciplinary team from Michigan State University and Western Michigan University has received a $750,000 grant through the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program to make voice-activated AI accessible and fair to people who stutter.

Alumni Award Winner Spotlight: Colleen Haley

Alumni Award Winner Spotlight: Colleen Haley

January 12, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

Colleen Haley, an MSU Psychology and MSU HRLR alumna, won the College of Social Science Alumni Award this past fall. We caught up with her recently to hear about her work as the CEO of Quality Metalcraft & Experi-Metal, what drew her to psychology and HRLR, and what she wishes she had known as a student.

Psych student wins micro-grant for pandemic artwork 

Psych student wins micro-grant for pandemic artwork 

January 4, 2023 - Shelly DeJong

Kasey Patrick, a double major in Psychology and English, was awarded an MSU Create! micro-grant to create a project that critically engages the past, present, or future of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Her piece, Paradox Spirits, is a three-part, mixed media collage that travels from pre-pandemic to the height of the pandemic to the present day. The piece looks at the political, social, and emotional states surrounding the pandemic. Patrick also strove to incorporate the overwhelming emotions and the barrage of information that she and others faced throughout the pandemic.

Overeating and the holidays: a psychologist’s perspective

Overeating and the holidays: a psychologist’s perspective

December 20, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Why is it that we often overeat during the holidays? How can some people always seem to make room for an extra slice of pie? Psychology professor Dr. Alex Johnson and his team of researchers know just how complex the answers are to those questions. From genetics to chemicals to environmental cues, there are a lot of factors that make a difference in why and how people eat.

Psychology student Megan Mikhail receives Social Science Graduate Student Researcher Award

Psychology student Megan Mikhail receives Social Science Graduate Student Researcher Award

December 20, 2022 - Emily Jodway

Megan Mikhail, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology, was awarded the 2022 College of Social Science Graduate Student Researcher Award for her research on eating disorders and disadvantaged populations.

Psychology professor S. Alexandra Burt named inaugural Diamond Distinguished Professor

Psychology professor S. Alexandra Burt named inaugural Diamond Distinguished Professor

December 15, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

MSU Psychology faculty, S. Alexandra Burt, has been selected as the inaugural SSC Diamond Distinguished Professor in College of Social Science.

MSU Psychology podcasts worth listening to

MSU Psychology podcasts worth listening to

December 8, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

If you’re a curious person who can’t get enough podcasts, this list is for you! MSU psychology faculty, postdocs, and grad students have been busy sharing their expertise on a variety of topics—including personality, twins, childfree adults, belief systems, and more! Dive in and enjoy stimulating conversations about research, theories, and ideas with some voices you may just recognize!

World AIDS Day hits close to home for psych professor Dr. Robin Lin Miller 

World AIDS Day hits close to home for psych professor Dr. Robin Lin Miller 

December 1, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

December 1 is World AIDS Day. Dr. Robin Lin Miller, a professor of ecological-community psychology at Michigan State University, shares about growing up on Fire Island Pines, dedicating 37 years of her career to studying community-led responses to the HIV epidemic, and why HIV is still devastating to the marginalized and vulnerable.

Black Men in Psych: Kenan Sayers

Black Men in Psych: Kenan Sayers

November 30, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

When Kenan Sayers, a first-year MSU psychology graduate student in the Clinical Science area, heard that Black men are underrepresented in the field of psychology, he knew immediately that he was going to become a psychologist. With a handful of other graduate students around the country, he helped to form Black Men in Psych, a group that works to connect Black men in psychology and celebrate their successes.

MSU psychology professor recognized in ‘2022 Highly Cited’ list

MSU psychology professor recognized in ‘2022 Highly Cited’ list

November 18, 2022 - Kaylie Crowe and Kim Ward

Eleven Michigan State University researchers, including psychology professor Dr. Richard Lucas, have been recognized in the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics. The list identifies individuals from across the globe who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields of research over the past decade. 

Parents have very warm feelings toward other parents – here’s why that could be bad news for the child-free

Parents have very warm feelings toward other parents – here’s why that could be bad news for the child-free

November 18, 2022 - Zachary P. Neal and Jennifer Watling Neal

The aphorism “birds of a feather flock together” describes the fact that people tend to prefer associating with others who are similar to themselves. The phenomenon goes by different names: Sociologists call it homophily, psychologists call it in-group favoritism and political scientists call it affective polarization. It’s observed in a wide range of demographic and social characteristics including sex, race, religion, age, education and political party. But what about parental status? Do parents prefer other parents? What about child-free people who don’t want to be parents? Do these preferences even matter? Here Dr. Zachary P. Neal and Dr. Jennifer Watling Neal share about their research and what it means.

Psychology Student Spotlight: Takira Romero

Psychology Student Spotlight: Takira Romero

November 11, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Psychology major Takira Romero was a first-year when COVID-19 shut down campus. She continued to live at MSU during that time and experienced a very different campus than today’s bustling one. Now a third-year, she’s enjoying having more opportunities to connect with others in person.

New MSU study: Personality influenced college students’ romantic relationships during the pandemic

New MSU study: Personality influenced college students’ romantic relationships during the pandemic

November 4, 2022 - Kim Ward

Though the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many people’s social lives, new research from Michigan State University outlines some personality-related factors that may have contributed to students either continuing to form new relationships or avoiding them. The new study by MSU researchers found that one in five college students started a new romantic relationship during the pandemic.

MSU Psychology research shows daylight has big impact on cognitive functions

MSU Psychology research shows daylight has big impact on cognitive functions

November 2, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Imagine you are in a laboratory room watching two African grass rats trying to navigate through a maze. One grass rat moves through the course quickly and finds its way out easily. The other grass rat struggles and cannot figure out how to get out of the maze. You wonder why one navigates it so easily and the other cannot. You might be surprised to find out that the only factor that changed for each grass rat was light exposure.

New Study on Mental Health: Interventions need cultural, racial, social disparities awareness

New Study on Mental Health: Interventions need cultural, racial, social disparities awareness

October 25, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Mental health has been a national concern for many Americans during COVID-19, but little research has been done to determine what factors have influenced mental health and how they compare across countries. New research from Michigan State University sampled five countries— the United States, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and India—and looked at what factors affected suicidal ideation risk during COVID-19 lockdown.

Dr. Nathan T. Carter Joins MSU Psychology Faculty

Dr. Nathan T. Carter Joins MSU Psychology Faculty

October 25, 2022 - Anna Lionas

The Michigan State University psychology department welcomes Nathan T. Carter, Ph.D. as a new professor in the organizational psychology program. Dr. Carter hails from the state of Kentucky and has spent the past 10 years of his career working at the University of Georgia. Dr. Carter’s research focuses on personality and behavior in the workplace.

MSU Psychology helps Michigan State Police retain a more diverse workforce

MSU Psychology helps Michigan State Police retain a more diverse workforce

October 21, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

A class of Organizational Psychology students pitched ideas to the Michigan State Police to better recruit and retain women and ethnic minorities as Michigan State Troopers. Their task was to persuade a panel within five minutes that their idea was the most useful and innovative.

APA’s Early Career Psychologist Achievement Award Names MSU Psychology Alumna

APA’s Early Career Psychologist Achievement Award Names MSU Psychology Alumna

October 20, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Danielle King has received the American Psychological Association (APA) Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists. Dr. King, who earned a doctorate in organizational psychology at MSU, is an assistant professor at Rice University and studies resilience and identity.

Meet a Psychology Student: Isabelle McKinney

Meet a Psychology Student: Isabelle McKinney

October 18, 2022 - Shelly DeJong, Anna Lionas

Isabelle McKinney is double majoring in Psychology and Human Capital and Society with a minor in Leadership of Organizations with a graduation date of May 2023. She is also dual enrolled in the master's program for Human Resources and Labor Relations with the hope of graduating in 2024. We sat down with her to talk about how she ended up on the path that she is on, what she loves about it, and what her advice is for new students.

National Institute of Health grant awarded to collaborative research team studying experiences of resilience in transgender communities

National Institute of Health grant awarded to collaborative research team studying experiences of resilience in transgender communities

October 12, 2022 - Emily Jodway

Dr. Jae Puckett (they/them; Michigan State University Department of Psychology), along with Drs. Em Matsuno (they/them; Arizona State University) and Paz Galupo (she/they; Towson University) have been awarded a $2.2 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. This grant will help fund the team’s research on experiences of resilience in transgender communities.

Navigating the Coming Out Process

Navigating the Coming Out Process

October 11, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Every October 11, National Coming Out Day is recognized. But for many, it is still a challenging day of figuring out what path is best for them. A team of psychologists and counselors collaborated to figure out the best ways for mental health service providers to support clients who are in the early stages of navigating the coming out process. 

A Conversation with the President of Psi Chi at Michigan State University

A Conversation with the President of Psi Chi at Michigan State University

October 7, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Sadie Mrakuzic, a senior studying Psychology and Public Policy, is the president of Psi Chi at Michigan State University, the International Honor Society in Psychology that focuses on excellence in scholarship and advancing the field of psychology. We reached out to Sadie to learn about her experience with Psi Chi, her goals as president, and her advice for new psychology students.

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Edward Witt

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Edward Witt

October 5, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Edward Witt earned a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology in 2011 after having been an undergraduate psychology student at Michigan State University. During his time at MSU, Edward worked in many different areas, but his main interest was in psychometrics and the measurement of maladaptive personality traits. Now as a manager on the Health Analytics, Research, and Reporting team for Walgreens, Edward can see how beneficial his time at MSU really was.

New Organizational Psychology Faculty: Dr. Dorothy Carter

New Organizational Psychology Faculty: Dr. Dorothy Carter

October 3, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

The Michigan State University psychology department welcomes new faculty member Dorothy Carter, Ph.D. to their organizational psychology program. Dr. Carter, who earned her Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016, specializes in leadership, teamwork, and the future of work.

A Conversation with the Co-Presidents of the Psychology Club

A Conversation with the Co-Presidents of the Psychology Club

September 27, 2022 - Shelly DeJong, Alexander Gutanski

Helena Corda and Lauren Gunter are the co-presidents of the Psychology Club, a campus group for anyone interested in the field of psychology. Students connect with their peers, volunteer at various events, and get insights into a variety of career opportunities. We reached out to Helena and Lauren to learn about their lives, the benefits of being involved on campus, and their goals as co-presidents.

Procter & Gamble Business Challenge invites psych Ph.D. student

Procter & Gamble Business Challenge invites psych Ph.D. student

September 26, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

For 18 years, Procter & Gamble (P&G) has invited organizational psychology graduate students to a weeklong challenge to address problems they face as a business. Michigan State University psychology graduate student, Nathan Baker, will be taking part this year.

Study: Asexual relationships need same ingredients as any other relationship

September 23, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

New research from Michigan State University found that, despite asexuals’ lack of or dislike for sexual attraction, the ingredients that make for a successful relationship among asexual individuals are virtually the same as those in any other relationship.

New Season of Minority Politics Online Seminar Series Begins

New Season of Minority Politics Online Seminar Series Begins

September 22, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

A new season of Minority Politics Online Seminar Series (MPOSS) kicks off on September 27th. This series, hosted by Drs. Ana Bracic and Nazita Lajevardi from the Department of Political Science, and Dr. Mark J. Brandt from the Department of Psychology, uniquely focuses on how politics affect and is affected by marginalized people who have less power and are often excluded from the system.

Anxiety in Kids: MSU Psychology Professor Looks to Fill Research Gap

Anxiety in Kids: MSU Psychology Professor Looks to Fill Research Gap

September 21, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting adults and children. Research, support services, and intervention options are in place for many struggling people, but young kids are often left out. Psychology professor Jason Moser, Ph.D., and his team are working to fill this research gap and explore ways to help kids through this early developmental stage.

Psych Ph.D. Student Shares His Story to Help Others During National Suicide Prevention Month

Psych Ph.D. Student Shares His Story to Help Others During National Suicide Prevention Month

September 16, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Content Warning: mention of suicide, grief, suicide awareness, suicide prevention. September is National Suicide Prevention month and Corbin Standley, an ecological-community psychology Ph.D. candidate, is uniquely equipped to share his story.

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Andrew Defever

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Andrew Defever

September 13, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Andrew Defever earned a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology in 2018. As a student, Andrew realized that he wanted to work in industry rather than academia, so he began to figure out where he might fit best. Now as a senior manager in the research science division at J.D. Power, Andrew applies the data, research, and mentorship skills he learned while at MSU.

Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award Names MSU Psychology Alumna

Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award Names MSU Psychology Alumna

September 8, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

The College of Social Science congratulates psychology alumna Jennifer Lawlor on receiving the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award by JCI USA. Dr. Lawlor, who earned a doctorate in ecological-community psychology, works to help communities understand, share information, and move to action on complex social issues.

Study: Neighborhoods aren’t made for childfree people or single parents

Study: Neighborhoods aren’t made for childfree people or single parents

September 7, 2022 - Kim Ward

Over the last few years, the pandemic has forced most of us to stay home in our own neighborhoods. New research from Michigan State University found that for some groups of people, spending time in their neighborhoods is no block party. 

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Jacob Bradburn

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Jacob Bradburn

September 6, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Jacob Bradburn earned a PhD in Organizational Psychology in 2020. Shortly before graduating, he began working for Ford Motor Company as a People Scientist. Jacob sat down with us recently to talk about his time at MSU, what a People Scientist does, and how his program prepared him to make a difference in the workplace.

Organizational Psychologist Kevin Hoff Joins Faculty 

Organizational Psychologist Kevin Hoff Joins Faculty 

August 29, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

The Michigan State University psychology department welcomes new faculty member Kevin Hoff, Ph.D. to their organizational psychology program. Dr. Hoff, who earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois, comes most recently from the University of Houston. Dr. Hoff’s research specializes in careers, vocational interests, personality, and the future of work. 

Social Scientists Partner on Youth Violence Study in Lansing

Social Scientists Partner on Youth Violence Study in Lansing

August 29, 2022 - Emily Jodway

Carole Gibbs and Jennifer Cobbina of the College of Social Science’s School of Criminal Justice, along with Psychology research associate Sean Hankins, are in the midst of conducting an ongoing research project with adolescents in the Lansing community.

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Taylor Shippey

Meet a Psychology Spartan: Taylor Shippey

August 18, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

Taylor Shippey, a 2022 psychology major, has wasted no time since graduating. As a psychology undergraduate, Taylor discovered her passion for understanding, helping, and relating to people. As a graduate, she’s building upon her psychology skillset by entering the public relations field.

MSU Psychology Alumna Becomes First Woman President at Dartmouth

MSU Psychology Alumna Becomes First Woman President at Dartmouth

August 5, 2022 - Shelly DeJong

The College of Social Science congratulates alumna Sian Leah Beilock, on her recent election as the 19th President of Dartmouth College. Dr. Beilock, who earned doctorates in both kinesiology and psychology from Michigan State University, is the first woman elected to the position in Dartmouth’s more than 250-year history.

Social Science Students Present Research at Annual Mid-SURE Event

Social Science Students Present Research at Annual Mid-SURE Event

August 5, 2022 - Emily Jodway

Each year, Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE) affords undergraduate students from across multiple academic disciplines the opportunity to share their research with both the University and the community at large.

Jae Puckett Receives Transgender Research Award from APA

Jae Puckett Receives Transgender Research Award from APA

July 28, 2022 - Emily Jodway

The Transgender Research Award highlights and honors research that makes a notable contribution to this goal of understanding, health and well-being of transgender people and gender diversity in society. Dr. Puckett earned the recognition based on their most recent research area surrounding minority stress in transgender and gender diverse communities.