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IUP Professor of Psychology Part of Free Webinars on Addressing Violence Effectively

Pearl Berman, professor of psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be one of the presenters for two webinars on May 11 and May 17, free and open to all Pennsylvania residents, about addressing violence in Pennsylvania communities. The webinars are sponsored by a collaboration between IUP, the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Psychology Day, April 29

The Psychology Department invites you to the 2022 Psychology Day. Since the 2016 spring semester, the last Friday of classes is our collective expression of enthusiasm for psychological science, featuring invited speakers along with psychology students and their mentors presenting their scholarship activities.

Perillo Receives Early Career Teaching and Mentoring Award

Anthony Perillo, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, recently received the 2021 Early Career Teaching and Mentoring Award from the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of APA).

Psychology Brown Bag Discussion: Assessments of Learning Disabilities

Please join Professor Timothy Runge from IUP’s Psychology Department, on November 17 at 11:30 a.m. for a Zoom lecture discussing assessments of learning disabilities.

Psychological Colloquium: “Six things you knew about coronavirus (but didn't realize you did)”

Please join Professor Robin Goodwin from the Warwick University, United Kingdom, on November 5, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. for a Zoom lecture discussing psychological and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Runge Completes Survey of Pennsylvania Educators' Preparedness to Address Student Trauma

Timothy Runge, Psychology, IUP collaborates with Timothy Knoster and Danielle Empson on a survey of PK-12 Educators in Pennsylvania.

Psychology Day, April 30

The Psychology Department invites you to the 2021 Psychology Day. Taking place on Zoom, this is our collective expression of enthusiasm for psychological science, featuring invited speakers and psychology students and their mentors presenting their scholarship.

Ammerman Authors Article on Driver Education Practices in Pennsylvania

PhD candidate Kathleen Ammerman was the primary author on the article “A Survey of Driver Education Practices in Pennsylvania,” which appeared in the 2020 fall/winter issue of Pennsylvania Education Leadership.

Runge to Investigate Educator's Response to Students Impacted by Trauma

Timothy Runge was awarded a research grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to investigate the extent to which Pennsylvania educators are prepared to recognize and respond to students impacted by trauma or distress.

Psychology Colloquium: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Contact Tracing Interviews using Psychological Science

Please join Jacqueline Evans and Deborah Goldfarb, Florida International University, on March 4 at 4:00 p.m. for a one-hour Zoom presentation that will describe the findings of research that has successfully tested the application of psychology to contact tracing interviews.

Program Alumni Awarded Young Alumni Achievement Award

School Psychology program alumna Jessica Dirsmith was selected for the IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Program Alumnus Awarded ASPP School Psychologist of the Year

Isaac Tarbell, alumnus of the IUP Educational and School Psychology program, was selected as the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania’s School Psychologist of the Year.

Black is Keynote Speaker at Mount Aloysius Conference

Professor Lynanne Black, Educational and School Psychology Department, was the keynote speaker at the Mount Aloysius Conference on College Teaching on October 23, 2020.

Psychology's Kaniasty Publishes on Social Support Received by Emergency Responders

Krys Kaniasty collaborated on “Social adjustment in New Zealand and Philippine responders: A test of main and moderating effects of received social support,” published in the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies.

Kovaleski Publishes “The Data-Driven School”

Joseph Kovaleski, Dan Hyson, Ben Silberglitt, and Jason Pederson have co-authored the newly published book, The Data-Driven School. This book provides practical procedures to utilize data to conduct decision-making at the classroom, building, and school-wide levels.

Psychology Colloquium: “Understanding the Role of Group Processes in Public Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Please join Professor John Drury from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, on September 17 at 12:20 p.m. for a Zoom lecture discussing psychological perspectives on collective resilience and vulnerability in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Raeff Publishes Book on Human Action

Catherine Raeff, professor of Psychology, published a book with Oxford University Press titled, Exploring the Complexities of Human Action. The book offers a theoretical framework for thinking systematically and integratively about what people do as they go about their complex lives in all corners of the world.

Berman Leads Webinar on Talking to Children and Teens About Racism

Pearl Berman, Department of Psychology, demonstrates how to talk to youth about tough topics at a developmentally appropriate level. This Zoom workshop on Wednesday, August 19, will help parents and other concerned adults talk to children and teens about the historical trauma faced by African-Americans and how this has influenced current civic unrest over police brutality and racism.

Doctoral Candidate Froehlich Receives ASPP Scholarship

School psychology doctoral candidate Kylie Froehlich was awarded a scholarship from the Association of School Psychologists in Pennsylvania to attend the Public Policy Institute, held in Washington, DC.

Runge Presents Webinar for Writing Proficiency and Interventions Post-COVID-19

Timothy Runge, professor in the Educational and School Psychology Department, was invited to present a one-hour webinar for the National Association of School Psychologists on the topic of “Return to School Special Series: Classroom Interventions for Writing, Post-COVID-19.”

Runge and Kovaleski Sit on Expert Panel Regarding COVID-19 and Academics

Runge and Kovaleski were invited to be expert panelists regarding academics and COVID-19 in schools.  This is a free webinar.

Runge Invited to Present Workshop at PaTTAN in Harrisburg

Timothy Runge, professor and chair of the Educational and School Psychology Department, was invited to present a workshop titled “Enhancing Cross-Disciplinary Problem-Solving and Decision-Making within Tiers 1, 2, and 3 and the Eligibility Process” to teams of educators at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on February 28, 2020.

Faculty and Students Present at NASP Convention 2020

In February 2020, multiple professors and students from the Department of Educational and School Psychology presented at the National Association of School Psychologists annual convention, held in Baltimore, Maryland.

PhD Candidates Awarded PASSHE Scholarship

PhD candidates Summer Wurster and Dana Elmquist were each awarded the PASSHE Highmark Graduate Award in the amount of $1,000. The award is given to graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in a health-related field. 

Psychology Students Named to Fall 2019 Dean's List

The Psychology Department congratulates our 165 psychology majors for being named to the Dean’s List for fall 2019. Students receive this recognition for each semester in which they earn a GPA of 3.25 or higher, while taking a minimum of 12 credits.