Our new Assistant Teaching Professor: Dr. Melissa Masicampo

by on September 10, 2017

We are happy to welcome Dr. Melissa Masicampo in her new role as a full time Assistant Teaching Professor in the Psychology Department!

  Did you know that …….Dr. Masicampo studied psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where she was first introduced to the field of biopsychology. After graduating with a B.A., she moved to Tallahassee, Florida to earn her PhD in neuroscience from Florida State University. In graduate school, Dr. Masicampo examined the role of sensory input to the developing auditory system in early post-hatch chicks. It was also during graduate school that Dr. Masicampo got her first taste of teaching, both in the classroom and in running community outreach events.

Following graduate school, Dr. Masicampo moved to Winston-Salem to do her postdoctoral research at Wake Forest Baptist Health. There she tested a novel therapeutic to combat alcohol withdrawal seizures. Also during this time, Dr. Masicampo became an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Wake Forest University. After serving as Visiting Faculty at WFU for two years, Dr. Masicampo is now a full time teaching professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Masicampo enjoys spending time with family, vegetarian cooking, hiking with her dog, and horseback riding.

The Beacon Project Calls for Participant Applications for Seminar, 2018

by on August 15, 2017

The Beacon Project will host a seminar on Character and the Morally Exceptional in June, 2018.

Below, find dates and details provided by The Beacon Project team.

Read more about this project in a recent Wake Forest News article: http://news.wfu.edu/2017/05/23/good-finding-beacon-moral-growth/

Beacon Project Summer Seminar: “Character and the Morally Exceptional: Empirical Discoveries and Moral Improvement

Wake Forest University

Seminar Leader:
Dr. Christian B. Miller, A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy Director, The Beacon Project
Past Director, The Character Project

Becoming a virtuous person is one of the central goals of the ethical life. But how good of a job are most people doing in becoming virtuous? And are there any plausible strategies for cultivating the virtues and becoming morally exceptional which can help us to do better? This seminar will examine these two questions in detail. In the first half, we will see whether character traits even exist in light of various results in psychology. The second half will turn to various strategies for trying to bridge the character gap between the character we actually have, and the virtuous character we should strive to obtain. Developing and justifying such strategies is one of the most underexplored areas of ethics, although in recent years it has gained increased attention. Here we will look at new work by Nancy Snow, Jonathan Webber, Julia Annas, and Alan Wilson, among others, some of which has not appeared in print yet.

Participants will have their travel, meal, reading materials, and lodging costs covered. They will be housed at the Graylyn Conference Center (www.graylyn.com), one of the nicest facilities in the country. Seminar meetings are expected to last roughly three hours per day, and will conclude on Thursday, June 28 so that all participants can attend the Beacon Project Final Conference on June 28-30.

The application deadline is December 15, 2017. For more details please visit: http://www.moralbeacons.org/summer-seminar/

 

Stress in the Cities- Dr. Waugh offers his insights for WalletHub.com

by on August 6, 2017

 

Dr. Christian Waugh

WalletHub’s recently asked experts, including Professor Christian Waugh,to discuss factors that are associated with stress in our nation’s largest cities, including Winston-Salem. Beginning with a distinction between positive and negative stress, Professor Waugh offered perspectives on managing stress in the workplace and in our day to day lives. From productive work conditions to easing familial tensions, Dr. Waugh offered a breadth of practical, research-based suggestions for coping and stress management.  Check it out at https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stres sed-cities/22759/#christian-waugh

 

 

[Thanks to Ms. Mikaela Spruill for her assistance on this post.]

2017 John R. Jombock Award Recipient: Dr. John V. Petrocelli

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Professor John Petrocelli

Each year, WFU students nominate psychology professors for the John R. Jombock Award in Psychology, which recognizes exceptional student-faculty engagement. This summer it was announced that the 2017 recipient is Dr. John V. Petrocelli – a professor who has a strong track record of going above and beyond for his students in the classroom and his lab. We thank Professor Petrocelli for the positive impact he continues to have on students and our department!

We would also like to reiterate our gratitude to Joe and Carol Gigler for their generosity in establishing the John R. Jombock Academic Fund in Psychology, named for Carol’s father.  Mr. and Mrs.Gigler have three children, Kati (’10); Mary (’12), and Maggie (’14) who graduated from WFU. The Gigler family were early adopters of student-faculty engagement support and established this current use and endowed fund to support and to recognize exceptional student-faculty engagement. Professor Janine Jennings was the first recipient of this award (2016).

 

[Special thanks to Ms. Mikaela Spruill for her assistance on this post .]

A Rising Star: Former M.A. Student Kira McCabe Shines at The Biennial ARP Conference

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Kira McCabe, Ph.D.

We are happy to report that Kira McCabe, a graduate from our MA program in 2009, was recognized as a Rising Star at a recent ARP conference!  The Association for Research in Personality recognizes up and coming scholars during their Rising Star Symposium each biennial conference. This year Kira McCabe, PhD.  was selected to present her work, Among top STEM graduate students, what early antecedents distinguish ultimate STEM leaders? A 25-Year longitudinal study, with Dr. David Lubinski & Dr. Camilla P. Benbow.

 A 2009 Wake Forest M.A. graduate, working with Dr. Fleeson, Kira McCabe went on to University of Groningen where she received her Ph.D. in 2015. Currently, she is continuing her studies as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, where her interests in quantitative methods, personality, motivation, and personality development all come together in her work for the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth. By earning this distinction, Dr. McCabe was honored as a young talent in the field by her peers and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for her. To find out more about Dr McCabe’s work, please go to — http://www.vanderbilt.edu/psychological_sciences/bio/kira-mccabe.  

SPECIAL THANKS TO MS. MIKAELA SPRUILL FOR HER ASSISTANCE WITH THIS REPORT

Psychology Department announces Assistant Professor position in Science of Well-being

by on July 19, 2017

 

Assistant Professor of Psychology: Science of Well-Being

The Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in July, 2018.  We are seeking applicants with a research program focused on the science of well-being in relation to social disparities. We are particularly interested in scholars who study social disparities or the impact of socio-economic, ethnic, or cultural factors on well-being.  Additional areas of focus include the nature and development of well-being (subjective well-being and meaning/purpose) and/or character strengths. Evidence of superior scholarship, teaching ability and strong quantitative skills is required. The successful candidate will teach courses in her or his areas of expertise as well as more general courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, conduct programmatic research, supervise undergraduate and graduate student research, and be committed to diversity and inclusion as core values. We additionally expect the successful candidate to actively participate in and contribute to the well-being research theme of the Department.

The Department offers BA and research-oriented general MA degrees.  Additional information about the Department is available at http://college.wfu.edu/psychology

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education.  The University is ranked among the top thirty national universities by U.S. News and World Report.  The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty, staff, and students and to the development of a multicultural educational environment that affirms the value of cultural diversity and inclusion. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.”  For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html

Applicants should apply on-line at https://wakejobs.silkroad.com including a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee, your vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness if available.  At least three signed confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to letters@wfu.edu.  Applications will be processed from Oct. 20 until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact the search committee at psyjobs@wfu.edu

 

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Psychology announces Assistant Professor position in Cognitive Psychology

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Assistant Professor of Psychology:  Cognitive Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Cognitive Psychology beginning in July, 2018. We are primarily interested in candidates whose research focuses on topics related to cognitive control, such as working memory, attentional control, inhibitory processing, metacognition and related topics. This hire is part of an initiative to increase our department’s already existing strengths in self-regulation, which include faculty doing research on topics such as emotion regulation (Waugh, Seta), self-control (Masicampo, Petrocelli), self-regulated personality change (Jayawickreme), and aspects of memory and executive function (Jennings, Dagenbach). Evidence of superior scholarship and teaching ability is required. The successful candidate will teach courses in Cognitive Psychology, as well as more general courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, conduct programmatic research, supervise undergraduate and graduate student research, and be committed to diversity and inclusion as core values.

The Department offers BA and research-oriented general MA degrees.  Additional information about the Department is available at http://college.wfu.edu/psychology

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education.  The University is ranked among the top thirty national universities by U.S. News and World Report.  The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty, staff, and students and to the development of a multicultural educational environment that affirms the value of cultural diversity and inclusion. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.”  For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.

Applicants should apply on-line at https://wakejobs.silkroad.com including a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee, your vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness if available.  At least three signed confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to letters@wfu.edu.  Applications will be processed from Oct 20 until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact the search committee at psyjobs@wfu.edu

 

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

 

MICHELLE FRANCIS WINS 2017 MELSON OUTSTANDING MASTERS STUDENT AWARD!

by on May 1, 2017

We are excited to announce that Michelle Francis, a second year graduate student in the WFU Psychology Department, is the recipient of the 2017 Melson Outstanding Masters Student Award for 2017.

CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle and to her thesis advisor, Dr. Lara Kammrath.

Michelle will receive this award during the May Hooding & Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 13th at 3:00.  This competitive award is based on students’ academic records, departmental citizenship, and research productivity and quality.

We are thrilled that Michelle is the 4th student (3 students in a row!) from our department to receive this award — the 2016 winner was Timothy Valshtein (advisor Dr. Catherine Seta) and the 2105 winner was Taylor Bolt (advisor Dr. Dale Dagenbach). Erica Carlson (advisor: Dr. Michael Furr) received the award several years ago.

Michelle came to our department from the University of Pittsburgh where she received a degree in psychology with minors in both applied statistics and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. Her thesis research with Dr. Kammrath focuses on how people choose others for social support and the emotional outcomes of these choices.

Shortly after commencement, Michelle will enter a position as an Intermediate Research Specialist at UVA’s Curry School of Education in a lab in the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).

We will miss Michelle and wish her the best! We have no doubt that she will continue to enjoy success!

Florence Robinson Neuroscience Award Winner Announced: Hope Peterson

by on April 20, 2017

 

We are happy to announce that the winner of the 2017 Florence Robinson Neuroscience Award, given each year to an outstanding Wake Forest student graduating with a minor in Neuroscience, is HOPE PETERSON.

Congratulations Hope!!

Hope is a Psychology Major working with Professor Blumenthal on a 5 year MA degree in Neuroscience.

Hope will receive recognition at the Awards Ceremony held on Commencement weekend, a plaque from the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor, and $300.

Selection was based on her performance in NEU courses, engagement in research, and the communication of research results.

Ms. Peterson has worked in the laboratories of Drs. Christian Waugh and Terry Blumenthal as well as a lab in the Regenerative Medicine department at the Clinical Center of the NIH. There her project involved tracking the long-term progression of symptoms in patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and examining the validity study of a neuropsychological measure known as the Rey Tangled Line Test, to determine if it can be used as a concussion screening tool. Hope is currently working in Dr. Blumenthal’s lab with the goal of creating a clinically relevant diagnostic measure of tinnitus, or chronic ear ringing. Hope is in the 5-Year Neuroscience Master’s program.

This award is funded by Professor Susan Fahrbach to recognize outstanding achievement by a student in the Neuroscience Minor and to encourage students to consider careers related to neuroscience. It is named the Florence Robinson Neuroscience Award in honor of Professor Fahrbach’s mother-in-law, an economist with a love for education who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2003 and passed away in 2009.

2017 ROBERT C. BECK EXCELLENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED: JESSICA JORDAN

by on April 19, 2017

The WFU Psychology Department is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Robert C. Beck Excellence in Psychology Award.The winner is chosen on the basis of outstanding academic work, research experience, and community service. The winner will be honored at the May graduation Awards ceremony, will have her name put on a plaque in the Psychology Office, and will receive a check for $250. This year’s winner is:

Jessica Jordan

          In addition, we have a number of seniors who will receive Honorable Mention for their performance as a Psychology major based on these same criteria. These students will also be listed in the Awards ceremony program.

Dakota Becker

Nicole Gertenbach

Megan Kessler

Haley McCalpin

Alyssa Medenblik

Lucy Rawson

Anne Scherer

Kimmie Walton

We hope you will join us in congratulating these seniors!

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