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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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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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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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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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Dr. Borrego Receives HIBT Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulation to Dr. Joaquin Borrego, clinical psychology professor at Texas Tech and first-ever recipient of the Hispanic Issues in Behavior Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research in Latino/a Psychology!  The Hispanic Issues in Behavior Therapy Special Interest Group (HIBT SIG) awarded this distinction to Dr. Borrego for his prolific research career and leadership within the Latino/a and Behavioral Therapy communities.

Department Chair Dr. Lee Cohen accepted this award on Dr. Borrego’s behalf at this past year’s Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual meeting. 

Dr. Borrego was a founding member of the HIBT SIG and served as co-chair for 11 years.  More information on Dr. Borrego's Lifetime Achievement Award and the HIBT SIG can be found here

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APA-accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is Ranked #1

A new study (Callahan et al., 2013)  has ranked Texas Tech's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology #1.  The ranking was based on two indicators of emerging professional benchmarks: 1) internship match rates and 2) percentage of the program's examinees passing the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).  TTU's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is APA-accredited.  We are very proud of our top ranking clinical program!

You can read more about this ranking here:


Callahan, J. L., Ruggero, C. J., & Parent, M. C. (2013). Hidden gems among clinical psychology training programs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0034233

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Dr. Lee Cohen elected APA Fellow in Div. 38 and 50

Dr. Lee Cohen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Division 38 (Health Psychology) and 50 (Society of Addition Psychology).  You can visit APA's Div. 38 website here and Div. 50 website here.  Congratulations, Dr. Cohen!

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NSF Grant Proposal Funded for Dr. Keith Jones and Colleagues

Congratulations to Dr. Keith Jones and his colleagues on their new funding!  The National Science Foundation has agreed to fund their new project titled, "EAGER: Sonifying Cyber-Security Cues for Internet Users Who Are Visually Impaired."  The purpose of the project is to develop and test sonifications (auditory displays) of cyber security threats (e.g., phishing scams) for blind Internet users.
The project was funded for $157,783 through the Division of Computer and Network Systems' Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program.  The project is a collaboration between various departments at Texas Tech University.  The Principal Investigator is Akbar Siami Namin (Department of Computer Science), and the Co-PIs are Drs. Keith Jones (Department of Psychology - Human Factors), Fethi Inan (Department of Education), Yuanlin Zhang (Department of Computer Science), and Rattikorn Hewett (Department of Computer Science).  
We are excited to hear about the findings of this project and see where this line of research will lead Dr. Jones and his future research questions!

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