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Psychology Podcast

We’re pleased to announce that the Department of Psychological Sciences has initiated a new educational podcast series, covering a broad range of topics in psychology such as eating disorders, persuasion, life stress, giftedness, consumer product usability, and suicide, among a host of others. I want to thank Dr. Frank Durso for initiating, directing, and making this project a reality, along with the assistance of Kristin Goodheart, R.B. Watts, and Allyson Hall, three of our doctoral students. Most of these topics will include a TTU faculty member, along with a prominent national expert on the selected topic.

Listen Here Effective Parenting

Dr. Alan Kazdin and Dr. Joaquin Borrego discuss effective parenting. Dr. Kazdin is a Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Director of Yale's Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic. He served as the President of the American Psychological Association and has authored many professional-audience books on child psychology and behavior including, The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child. Dr. Borrego is an assistant professor of psychology at Texas Tech University and director of the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Research Lab. His research focuses specifically on children between the ages of 3 and 8 with disruptive behavior problems.

Listen Here Situation Awareness
Dr. Mica Endsley and Dr. Frank Durso discuss situation awareness and ways to improve awareness while driving. Dr. Endsley is founder and President of SA Technologies and is nationally recognized as a leader in the study and application of situation awareness. Dr. Durso is a professor at Georgia Tech University and was previously at Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech, Dr. Durso founded and produced this podcast series. He served as president for Division 21 of the American Psychological Association and co-authored the book, Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Successes.
Listen Here Helping People with Disabilities

Dr. Marcia Scherer and Ms. Shelley Ducatt discuss how to interact with people who have a disability. Dr. Scherer is author of the book Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities. She is the director of the Institute for Matching Person and Technology and Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Ms. Shelley Ducatt is the Associate Director of the Student Disability Services at Texas Tech University.

Listen Here Child Sexual Abuse
Dr. Joseph Wyatt and Dr. Amy House discuss child sexual abuse. Dr. Wyatt is a professor of psychology at Marshall University and Dr. House is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia and director of the Sexual Trauma Survivors Program.
Listen Here Improving Health Care

Dr. Frank Drews, Dr. Marilyn Sue Bogner, and Dr. Dana Grzybicki discuss patient safety and ways to improve healthcare. Dr. Drews is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Utah. He is a cognitive psychologist who is interested in medical decision-making and human error in medicine. He is a recent recipient of the ALLUISI Early Career Award. Dr. Bogner is a psychologist and an independent medical error consultant and author of the books Human Error in Medicine and Misadventures in Health Care. Dr. Grzybicki is a medical doctor who has researched quality measurement and quality improvement pertaining to pathology practices and diagnostic information.

Listen Here Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dr. Roxane Cohen Silverr discusses post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Dr. Silver is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. In her research, she has explored the long-term effects of traumatic life experiences, including a three-year national longitudinal study of responses to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. She was the 2007 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s award for distinguished service to psychological science and was appointed to the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee of the US Departments of State & Homeland Security in 2006.
Listen Here Interracial Relationships

Dr. Volker Thomas and Dr. Terri Karis discuss challenges with being in an interracial couple and ways to manage these differences. Dr. Thomas is an associate professor in the department of child development and family studies at Purdue University, and Dr. Karis is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Listen Here Humor
Dr. Rod Martin, Dr. Lee Sherman, and Comedian Seth Weitberg discuss the psychology of humor. Dr. Martin is a professor at the University of Western Ontario and author of the book “The psychology of humor: An integrative approach.” Dr. Sherman is a professor of educational psychology and associate of the Center for Human Development, Learning and Teaching at Miami University of Ohio. Seth Weitberg is a comedian for Chicago’s Second City.
Listen Here Road Rage

Captain Gregory Stevens and Dr. Tara Galovski discuss road rage. Captain Stevens is a public information officer for the Lubbock Police Department and Dr. Galovski is a professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Listen Here Divorce
In this edition of the Texas Tech Psychology Podcast, Dr. Paul Amato and Dr. Ronda Eade discuss the effects of divorce and strategies to help children cope. Dr. Amato is a professor at Penn State University, and Dr. Eade is a licensed professional counselor and developmental psychologist at Texas Tech University.
Listen Here Virginity

In this psychology podcast Dr. Lane Powell and Dr. Debby Herbenick speak about virginity. Dr. Powell is a Certified Family Life Educator and professor at Texas Tech University, and Dr. Herbenick is Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University. She is also a sexual health educator at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

Listen Here Depression
In this Psychology Podcast, Andrew Solomon and Dr. Kelly Cukrowicz discuss depression. Mr. Solomon is an award-winning author who describes his experience with depression in his book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. Dr. Cukrowicz is an assistant professor of psychology at Texas Tech University who researches depression and suicide.
Listen Here Teamwork

In this Psychology Podcast, Dr. Eduardo Salas and Dr. Richard McGlynn discuss teamwork. Dr. Salas is Trustee Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida where he also holds an appointment as Principal Scientist for human factors at the Institute for Simulation and Training. Dr. McGlynn is a professor of psychology at Texas Tech University.

Listen Here Giftedness
In this Psychology Podcast, Dr. Mindy Kornhaber and Dr. Michael O'Boyle discuss exceptionality. Dr. Kornhaber is an assistant professor at Penn State University who previously worked with Dr. Howard Gardner as a researcher. Dr. O'Boyle is a professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University.
Listen Here Domestic Abuse

In this Psychology Podcast, Dr. Dawn Hughes and Dr. Murray Straus discuss partner abuse. Dr. Hughes is a clinical and forensic psychologist who maintains an independent practice in New York City. She is also a Clinical Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at New York. Dr. Straus is a professor of sociology and founder and co-director of the Family and Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.

Listen Here Special Podcast: What to do with a BA in Psychology
In this special edition podcast, Dr. Robin Hailstorks, director of Precollege and Undergraduate Programs at the American Psychological Association and faculty member at Prince George's Community College, and Dr. Robert Morgan, Author of Careers in Psychology: Opportunities of a Changing World and faculty member at Texas Tech University, discuss what jobs students can get with just a bachelors degree in psychology.
Listen Here Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

In this Psychology Podcast, Dr. Nancy Cooke and Dr. Missy Cummings discuss current and anticipated uses of uninhabited aerial vehicles as well as psychology's role. Dr. Nancy Cooke is a professor of Applied Psychology at Arizona State University Polytechnic and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at New Mexico State University. She is also editor of the journal Human Factors and author of the recent book Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Solutions. Dr. Missy Cummings is a Boeing Assistant Professor in the Aeronatuics and Astronautics Department and Director of the Humans and Automation Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Cummings was one of the first female fighter pilots in the United States Military.

Listen Here Smoking
In this Psychology Podcast, Dr. Lee Cohen, director of the Clinical Psychology program at Texas Tech University, and Dr. Thomas Brandon, director of tobacco research at Moffitt Cancer Research Center and a professor at the University of South Florida, share information about smoking, its health effects, and how to quit.
Listen Here Phobias

In this Psychology Podcast, Dr. Martin Antony, a professor at the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University and Director of Research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Center at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, and Dr. Frank Dattilio, who maintains a dual faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, share information about how phobias develop and the treatment of phobias.

Listen Here Navigating Therapy
In this Psychology Podcast, we follow RB as he enters the mental health care system. Dr. Stephen Cook, director of the Psychology Clinic at Texas Tech University, narrates as RB seeks therapy from the Texas Tech Student Counseling Center.
Listen Here Sleep Hygiene

In this Psychology Podcast, we speak with Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Ancoli-Israel, who is also a faculty member in the Psychiatry Department at the University of California, San Diego, shares information with us pertaining to proper sleeping habits and the science behind sleep.

Listen Here Time to Contact
In the seventh installment of Psychology Podcasts, we talk with Dr. Patricia DeLucia, Director of the Human Factors Program at Texas Tech University, and Dr. Rob Gray, Head of the Applied Psychology Program at Arizona State University about how batters know when to swing at a pitch, and about how drivers anticipate collisions on our highways.
Listen Here Love & Relationships

On the sixth installment of the Psychology Podcast, we hear from Dr. Lucy Brown (Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University) about what it means to be in a state of romantic love. Dr. Clyde Hendrick and Dr. Susan Hendrick, both TTU faculty, also shed some light on what helps to keep a long term relationship going. We also hear a short story about love and chocolate from Diane Kron, owner of K Chocolatier in Beverly Hills.

Listen Here Suicide
On the fifth installment of the Psychology Podcast, we address the serious issue of suicide with Dr. David Rudd, TTU Department of Psychological Sciences Chair, and Dr. Lisa Firestone, director of research and education at the Glendon Association. We are also able to hear a survivor recount the moments leading up to her suicide attempt - an experience that forever changed her life.
Listen Here Using Technology

On the fourth installment of the Psychology Podcast, Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis of George Mason University and Dr. Wendy Rogers of Georgia Institute of Technology explain to us why it is not necessarily our fault if we are unable to work some consumer products. We conclude this episode with Dr. Don Norman’s (Nielsen Norman Group) predictions of specific problems with future technologies.

Listen Here Dealing with Stress
Stress can often be difficult to handle, especially when you don’t really understand its source. On the third installment of the Psychology Podcast, the general public shares with us some positive and some negative ways that they deal with stress. Then, TTU Faculty member, Dr. Erin Hardin, offers advice on how to overcome stress proactively.
Listen Here Persuasion

On the second installment of the Psychology Podcast, TTU faculty member, Dr. Jeff Larsen, discusses various persuasive tactics that salespeople use to convince us to make a purchase. Following, Dr. Richard Petty from Ohio State University fills us in on what makes persuasion effective.

Listen Here Eating Disorders
The first installment of the Psychology Podcast approaches the serious issue of eating disorders with comments by TTU faculty member, Dr. Jim Clopton, and Pulitzer prize nominated Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia.