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10/24/14

Dr. Littlefield Receives Early Career Achievement Award

At the 48th Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Dr. Andrew Littlefield will receive the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group’s Early Career Achievement Award. This award is given out every two years to newer doctors for their contribution to the field of addictive behaviors.

Dr. Littlefield received their Ph.D. in 2013, but first published in 2009, and continues to contribute to the understanding of drug and alcohol use. Their work focuses on developmental change in alcohol involvement as it relates to personality, impulsivity, and motivation, from a variety of perspectives.

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6/16/14

TTU Showcases Dr. Davis's Neuroimaging Research

Dr. Davis standing in front of an fMRI
Cognitive faculty member Dr. Tyler Davis has been recognized in Texas Tech Today for his contributions to long-term memory research.  By using fMRI, Dr. Davis has studied why some new experiences feel familiar.  His work provides neurological evidence for global similarity models, which predicted that we judge familiarity by comparing a current experience to all of our storied memories, not just to those that are most recent or most relevant.  As Dr. Davis told Texas Tech Today, "We often feel like we are just retrieving that previous trip to that one particular restaurant when we are asked whether we'd been there before, but there is a lot of behavioral evidence that we activate many other memories as well when we judge familiarity."

Dr. Davis' general research interests are in categorization.  As well as working for the TTU psychology department, he is also the assistant director of the school's Neuroimaging Institute.  Congratulations to Dr. Davis for his success!


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6/9/14

Brittany Neilson Receives NASA TSGC Fellowship

Congratulations to human factors graduate student Brittany Neilson, whose hard work and dedication to space research has earned her the Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship.  This fellowship is funded through NASA and awarded to applicants who demonstrate excellence in academics as well as an interest in space.  Brittany is currently on internship at NASA Langley Research Center.  Great job representing TTU, Brittany!

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4/24/14

Outstanding Researcher Award Given to Dr. Bob Morgan

This spring, the Texas Tech College of Arts and Sciences presented Dr. Robert Morgan with one of two Outstanding Researcher Awards. Dr. Morgan, a John G. Skelton, Jr. Regents Endowed Professor in Psychology, has been at TTU since 2000 and specializes in forensics and correctional psychology. In addition, he is the Director of Forensic Services at StarCare Specialty Health System.

Previously, he has received the 2003 Early Career Achievement Award in Division 18 and the 2006 Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Texas Psychological Association. Congratulations to Dr. Morgan on his many achievements!


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4/10/14

Dr. Taraban is a 2014 Integrated Scholar

Congratulations to applied cognitive professor Dr. Roman Taraban for being designated a Texas Tech Integrated Scholar this year!  The Office of the Provost awards this distinction to faculty members who are outstanding in teaching, research, and service and who are able to successfully integrate these three functions.  Qualifications for Integrated Scholars include researching and publishing on teaching innovations and incorporating these innovations into their own classes. 

Dr. Taraban’s research focuses on language processing, writing comprehension, and engineering problem solving.  Previous scholarships and awards, such as a 2010 Fullbright Scholar grant and 2013 TTU President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, are testament to his long-held passion for teaching and learning.  More information on Dr. Taraban’s accomplishments and an interview with him about being an integrated scholar can be found in this article.  Our psychology department is lucky and proud to have him in our department! 


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4/7/14

Franklin V. Taylor Award Given to Dr. DeLucia

Dr. Patricia DeLucia can add the Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Applied Experimental/Engineering Psychology to her long list of accolades!  The head of the TTU human factors department is being recognized for her outstanding achievements in the field, including her research, publications, new contributions, and general leadership.  As part of the award, Dr. DeLucia is invited to give an extended presentation at the 2015 APA annual meeting. 

Dr. DeLucia’s research has spanned a large number of areas in human factors.  For example, she studies perception and its relation to transportation, healthcare, the military, and sports.  Because of her interest in healthcare and nursing, Dr. DeLucia is an adjunct professor in the TTU school of nursing in addition to being a full professor in the department of psychology.  

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Dr. Cukrowicz Receives the Edwin S. Shneidman Award


The American Association of Suicidology is giving the prestigious Edwin S. Shneidman Award to Dr. Kelly Cukrowicz, an associate professor in Tech’s clinical psychology program.   This award is named after the founding member of the American Association of Suicidology and is given to those, like Dr. Cukrowicz, who make ourstanding early-career contributions to research in suicidology.  Already, Dr. Cukrowicz’s contributions include more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and several funded grants.  Her research focuses on improving the understanding and identification of suicide risk in older adults with the goal to develop preventative and treatment methods. 

Congratulations, Dr. Cukrowicz, and best of luck in your promising career! 
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Dr. DeLucia a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Vice President for Research


Congratulations to Dr. Patricia DeLucia, Professor and Coordinator of TTU’s Human Factors psychology program, for being named Research Fellow for the Vice President of Research!  As a faculty fellow, Dr. DeLucia is responsible for helping TTU’s top faculty members be officially recognized for their efforts.  Her duties begin this month.  Dr. DeLucia and Dr. Guy Loneragan, who teaches food safety and public health, beat out 14 other applicants for this distinction.  More information on these two new fellows can be found here.

We are proud of Dr. DeLucia for bringing this great visibility to our department and representing us so well!  
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2/17/14

Dr. Ireland's Language Similarity Research in the Spotlight on Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, Texas Tech posted an article about Dr. Molly Ireland's research and how it pertains to romantic attraction.  Dr. Ireland, a visiting assistant professor in the social psychology department, has found that when a couple begins dating, the success of their relationship correlates with whether or not they use similar function words. 

When speed dating, pairs that used highly similar personal pronouns (e.g. he, she, it, they), articles (a, an, the, some), and conjunctions (because, but, nor, yet) were more likely to go on a second date or be together three months later.  Language similarity better predicted a relationship's success than the daters' perceived similarity with each other or with their relationship quality. 

Dr. Ireland's research focuses on language, including its effects on social behaviors like conversations.  She has written on function word similarity in this speed dating context as an example of language style matching: when people engaged in conversation begin to speak alike.  Our department is proud of Dr. Ireland and glad for the attention her work is receiving!

Ireland, M. E., Slatcher, R. B., Eastwick, P. W., Scissors, L. E., Finkel, E. J., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2011). Language style matching predicts relationship initiation and stability. Psychological Science, 22, 39-44.

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2/5/14

Blakely Low is Recipient of NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Award

Congratulations to counseling student Blakely Low!  She has recently been selected as one of only 7 graduate students to receive the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student Research Grant for the 2013 cycle.  The NCAA Research Committee and Sports Science Institute granted her a $6000 grant for her upcoming dissertation.


Blakely has been working with the TTU Athletic Department to conduct her research.  The abstract for her grant-winning proposal, “The Impact of Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment Approach on Psychological Functioning in Student-Athletes,” is on the NCAA website.  At the end of this year, Blakely will have the opportunity to present her research to the NCAA Research Committee at the end of this year.  More information about this award can be found here.  Congratulations again for this remarkable achievement! 

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