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Tobacco Research and Intervention Lab recruitmant of RA's

The Tobacco Research and Intervention Lab, located in the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Department of Addiction Psychiatry, is currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants to work on a research project throughout
the current semester. The RAs role would be to listen and code psychotherapy session tapes for a graduate student master’s thesis. All training would be provided by the graduate student coordinating the study. The position would be excellent
research experience for anyone interested in pursuing graduate study in clinical psychology.

A minimum of 5 hours/week would be required, although more would be preferred. However, no prior research experience is needed. In order to apply, please email Benjamin Billingsley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your resume, number of hours you could definitely commit, and a brief statement about why you would be interested in the position, by
February 11th.

Posted 2/8/18

Archived Media-Awards-Announcements 2016

Pernille Hemmer, Ph.D., has been selected as a 2016 Rising Star in the Association for Psychological Science. APS Rising Stars reflect the best and brightest of psychological science.
Elizabeth Torres, Ph.D. - Rutgers Today (Dec. 2016):
Rutgers neuroscientists find that problems controlling bodily movements are central to autism spectrum disorders. Discover why they warn that use of psychotropic medications to treat autism in children often makes neuromotor problems worse.
Tracey Shors, Ph.D. talks about MAP Training and depression research on NBC News: How Meditation and Running Can Help Fight Depression (7-2016)
Gretchen Chapman, Ph.D. posts to NEJM Catylyst, Patient Engagement: Increasing Vaccination Without Changing Beliefs (10-2016)
Alalia Albuja (Social Psychology graduate student; mentor Prof. Diana Sanchez) received a prestigious NSF Fellowship, 2016.
Danielle Hatchimonji (Clinical Psychology graduate student; mentor Prof. Maurice Elias) was named a 2016-2018 Fellow in the competitive Rutgers PreDoctoral Leadership Development Institute.
Our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program has been accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS).  We join 29 other Clinical Ph.D. programs dedicated to psychological science (see http://www.pcsas.org/accredited-programs.php for a complete list) in receiving this recognition.  This accreditation system is based on a careful analysis of program outcomes (i.e., the contributions our faculty, students, and alumni make to clinical science) and, as such, recognizes the impact we have on our field.  We are please to add PCSAS accreditation to our program's long standing APA accreditation.
Diana Sanchez, Ph.D. joins a select group of sixteen associate professors, at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, selected as the Chancellor's Scholars for 2016-2017.  She has also been awared Fellow status by The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues,  SPSSI, Division 9 of the American Psychological Association.
Benjamin Samuels, assistant professor, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience program, is the principal investigator of an award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression for the project titled The Role of the TGFbeta Pathway in Treatment-Resistant Depression and Anxiety.  Learn more about Dr. Samuels here.
Prof. Melchi Michel received a grant from NSF (2016) titled Visual Memory Mechanisms in Transsaccadic Integration and Overt Search. A fundamental question in vision science concerns how people perceive a continuous visual environment before them when visual information enters the visual system through a series of brief glances interrupted by frequent rapid eye movements. Part of the answer may be that the visual system relies on a form of visual memory to allow for continuity between glances. In the present work, the research team will investigate how this type of visual memory operates.  Achieving a better understanding of the basic operation of visual memory across eye movements could potentially lead to practical applications, such as optimized procedures for radiologists, baggage screeners, satellite image analysts, and others whose occupations require them to search for critical pieces of visual information during a visual search process.
Prof. Pernille Hemmer has been selected for the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2016). Her proposal, titled Applications of Bayesian Inference to Human Memory and Decision Making applies an integrative approach of Bayesian models of cognition and Bayesian data analysis to experimental work quantifying the influence of changing beliefs on memory and decision making under uncertainty. The proposal includes an educational approach to train students in cutting edge computational research methods to enrich the infrastructure of the growing research field of computational modeling. The CAREER award - the most prestigious National Science Foundation award supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The aim is for building a lifelong leadership role in integrating education and research.
Rutgers Today talks to Brandon Alderman, R L Olson, C J Brush, and Tracey Shors, authors of the paper published in Translational Psychiatry: MAP training: combining meditation and aerobic exercise reduces depression and rumination while enhancing synchronized brain activity(Feb 2016).
Prof. Rochel Gelman is one of 100 eminent scientists chosen to write for the new book (2016): "Scientists Making a Difference: One Hundred Eminent Behavioral and Brain Scientists Talk about Their Most Important Contributions."

Teresa Leyro, Ph.D. received an R03 grant from NIDA

Teresa Leyro, Ph.D. received an R03 grant from NIDA entitled "Examining the Role of Appraisal and Physiology in Stress-precipitated Smoking." This study seeks to examine both cognitive and physiological processes as mediators of the relation between stress and smoking behavior.

Ben Samuels, Ph.D. - "Rutgers Scientist Seeks Answers to Antidepressant Paradox."

Ben Samuels, Ph.D. - "Rutgers Scientist Seeks Answers to Antidepressant Paradox." Read about the research of Dr.Samuels and how Graduate and Undergraduate Students are involved: Rutgers Today Oct. 12, 2017

Archived Media-Awards-Announcements 2015

Cesalie Stepney (a graduate student in Psychology) wins the 2015 Student Award for Outstanding Research in the Child and School-Related SIG Poster Exposition at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 49th Annual Convention. Cesalie is a Pre-doctoral Intern at Yale University 
Megan Anderson Brooks, PhD, Rutgers Psychology, returns Dec 4, 2015 for Eagleton Institute's symposium – “Advocating for Science – How to Inform and Persuade Politicians.”  Rutgers Today.   Megan recently joined CRD Associates
Prof. Ben Samuels, et al. publish new info in Nature Neuroscience (9/21/2015) on SSRI mechanisims of influence on behavior. See Article and Commentary: The cellular target of antidepressants.
Prof. Maurice Elias received the 2015 NJ Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development Ernest L. Boyer Outstanding Educator Award for remarkable leadership on social emotional learning concepts and exemplifying leadership, quality, knowledge, & professionalism.
Prof. Edward Selby & Graduate students Amy Kranzler, Kara Fehling, & Emily Panza publish paper on non-suicidal self-injury disorder (NSSI) in Clinical Psychology Review (June 2015). See Rutgers Today
Drug Used to Treat Cancer Appears to Sharpen Memory  Rutgers Today reports on findings published by Prof. Kasia Bieszczad, et al. in The Journal of Neuroscience  (9/23/2015).
Prof. Howard Leventhal received a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Behavioral Medicine from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the integration of behavioral science and medicine and to honor his longstanding and significant impact on the field of behavioral medicine.
Who Gets a Transplant Organ? Rutgers Today reports on findings published in Psychological Science (6/17/2015) by Prof. Gretchen Chapman (right) and Jeff DeWitt of Rutgers and Helen Colby (PhD -Rutgers) of the University of California-Los Angeles.
"Speaking of Psychology: Keeping your brain fit" Episode 28 - Prof. Tracey Shors talks to APA: Hear the podcast
The Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence honors faculty members, recently promoted with tenure, whose work shows exceptional promise. Thirteen faculty received this award for 2015 including Psychology Professor Elizabeth B. Torres (front center).  more info
Lindsey Czarnecki, M.S., a graduate student working with Prof. John McGann was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Don Tucker Memorial Award, for the most outstanding presentation by a graduate student at the annual Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS).
YouTube, NJTV News, Apr 16, 2015: "Rutgers Researcher Finds More Awareness in Coma Patients   Dr. Elizabeth Torres of Rutgers University used wrist sensors and found a coma patient's brain and nervous system were directing her movements."
Rutgers Today Feature: A New Mother Comes Out of Coma with the Help of a Rutgers Professor "Sensor technology used in Liz Torres’ research identified brain activity in colleague’s wife..." Ken Branson - April 8, 2015