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 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."