Welcome to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Howard Eichenbaum, Director of the Center for Memory and Brain and a University Professor, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is pleased to congratulate him on this great honor. From the Academy’s press release:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. | April 22, 2015 – The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 197 new members. They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, business, and philanthropic leaders.
The list of the new members is located at www.amacad.org/members.
One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.
For the complete list of new inductees, see the American Academy of Arts & Sciences press release.
Professor David Barlow is a 2015 recipient of an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Vermont. We are very pleased to congratulate Dr. Barlow for this well-deserved honor. From the UVM announcement:
David H. Barlow, UVM Class of 1969, is one of the most influential clinical psychologists of our time with an international reputation for his development of treatments for anxiety and related disorders. He has long had strong ties to the University of Vermont and completed his doctorate at UVM in 1969. Highly regarded as a leading spokesperson for the field of clinical psychology and a renowned researcher in anxiety, he is currently Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He was previously Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has published over 600 peer reviewed research articles and over 75 books and clinical manuals, in the areas of anxiety and related emotional disorders and clinical research methodology. His books have been translated in over 20 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian. His research has changed the understanding of anxiety, panic, and related emotional disorders and made major contributions to the development of treatments for these problems.
Kayla Finch, a doctoral graduate student working in the Center for Autism Research Excellence, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for her project, “See that I’m saying: Investigating the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying audiovisual speech integration in preschoolers.”
The project investigates individual variation in preschoolers’ ability to integrate audiovisual cues using a McGurk paradigm, relating their ability to integrate to auditory event-related potential components and to attention to the visual cue (the speaker’s mouth). The main hypothesis is that children who attend less to the mouth and have weaker ERPs will have poorer pre-reading skills.
Chloe Jordan will be receiving the Stephen G. Holtzman Award for Preclinical Investigators from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence at its June 2015 meeting.
This award was established by family and friends of Dr. Holtzman to honor his memory in tribute to his long-time service and dedication to the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. This award will be given annually or biannually to either a predoctoral student or postdoctoral trainee involved in preclinical research related to drug abuse and dependence.