Lateral Preoptic Area Neurons Linked to Drug Seeking
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07 October 2021 Faculty, Students, Clinical Psychology, Publication

Lateral Preoptic Area Neurons Linked to Drug Seeking

The Lab of Dr. David Barker recently published a report in the European Journal of Neuroscience showing for the first time that neurons in a part of the brain's hypothalamus called the 'lateral preoptic area' are activated during key components of drug-seeking behavior.Dr. Barker, along with undergraduate student Vaishnavi Venkat, Dr. Mark West of the Department of Psychology, and alumni Dr. Kevin Coffey, examined the responses of lateral preoptic area neurons during drug-seeking behaviors,

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Teaching children how to understand and manage their emotions is essential
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01 October 2021 Faculty, Students, Clinical Psychology, Publication

Teaching children how to understand and manage their emotions is essential

 Maurice Elias, a psychology professor at Rutgers University and the director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, says even thinking about having school without providing social-emotional learning is like having air without oxygen — it’s just not possible!  

 https://www.nj.com/opinion/2021/09/teaching-children-how-to-understand-and-manage-their-emotions-is-essential-opinion.html

New Paper from Graduate Student Angela Dao and the West Lab in Brain Sciences
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19 August 2021 Faculty, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Publication, Graduate Students

New Paper from Graduate Student Angela Dao and the West Lab in Brain Sciences

Published research from Dr. Mark West’s lab has shown that chronic fentanyl self-administration generates a shift toward negative affect in rats during drug use, emphasizing that escape/avoidance of negative affect is a salient motivational factor reinforcing opioid addiction and supporting negative reinforcement as a driving factor for drug addiction. Read the article and learn more about how chronic fentanyl use generates negative affect in rats here: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3425/11/8/1064

Society of Experimental Social Psychology Selects Dr. Sanchez for Inaugural Diversity Science Award
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14 July 2021 Faculty, Social Psychology, Award

Society of Experimental Social Psychology Selects Dr. Sanchez for Inaugural Diversity Science Award

Society of Experimental Social Psychology Selects Dr. Sanchez for Inaugural Diversity Science Award

The department was thrilled to learn that Dr. Diana Sanchez was selected to receive the inaugural 2021 SESP Diversity Science Award. This award recognizes an early to mid-career individual who has made substantial, innovative, and sustained constributions to advancing the social psychology of diversity. Dr. Sanchez will receive this award at the upcoming Society of Experimental Social Psychology

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New Jersey Association of School Psychologists’ Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award
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15 March 2021 Award

New Jersey Association of School Psychologists’ Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award

New Jersey Association of School Psychologists’ Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award is given to a school psychologist, general psychologist, an individual in a related field, or any individual or organization who has contributed to the field of school psychology given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of school psychology: noteworthy recent contributions to the field, contributions over a long period of time, contributions to the professional literature,

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Two New Papers by the Samuels Lab
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26 February 2021 News & Announcements, Faculty, Students, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Publication

Two New Papers by the Samuels Lab

Two new papers were just published by the Samuels Lab. Both papers were led by senior graduate student Andrew Dieterich. The first of these, published in Translational Psychiatry examined sex-specific deficits for motivated behaviors in an animal model of mood disorders.  The second paper, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience examines how a projection from the basolateral portion of the amygdala to the nucleus accumbens participates in the maladaptive behaviors that

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Dr. Elizabeth Torres Receives the Prestigious Murray G. Osgood Innovation Award for Her Professional Accomplishments and Groundbreaking Research
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12 February 2021 Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Award

Dr. Elizabeth Torres Receives the Prestigious Murray G. Osgood Innovation Award for Her Professional Accomplishments and Groundbreaking Research

We are extremely excited to announce that The Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey have passed a Joint Legislative Resolution to acknowledge Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Torres, and to praise her as an individual of strong character and exceptional determination. This legislature commends her and pays tribute to her meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment to leading initiatives that have transformed research and treatments of autism in New Jersey. Dr. Torres' groundbreaking interdisciplinary work

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08 February 2021 Faculty, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience

McGann lab research featured in NY Times article on COVID and Smell

 

Dr. John McGann's work, published in the journal Science in 2017 was recently cited by a New York Times article entitled "What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?".COVID-19 has now become notorious for robbing individuals of their sense of smell, taking research on smell to the forefront of many scientific discussions.  Indeed, many individuals had taken smell for granted, considering it one of their weaker senses and the one they were most willing to lose.  Nonetheless, as

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Passing of Alumnus Dr. Elliot J. Coups
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08 February 2021 Faculty

Passing of Alumnus Dr. Elliot J. Coups

  

Dr. Elliot J. Coups earned his PhD in the Rutgers Social/Health Psychology Program in 2003 having worked with Drs. Richard Contrada and Gretchen Chapman, among other faculty as well as student collaborators. He held research positions at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center before joining the Rutgers faculty where he was a full member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Associate Professor of Medicine at the RWJ Medical School, and of Health Education

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Anne Sokolowski- 2020 Staff Excellence Award Recipient
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22 January 2021 Staff

Anne Sokolowski- 2020 Staff Excellence Award Recipient

In the Psychology Department, it is especially during times of high anxiety that students are drawn toward the Graduate Program Administrator and are fortunate to find Anne. They will show up to her office hours before their qualifying exam or thesis presentation asking about the various forms but, in point of fact, seeking any kind of assurance as they await their "trial." Anne responds to the requests with an efficiency that instills confidence but, more importantly, she recognizes the more salient

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