New Associate Deans Named in COLA

March 10, 2016

Brett Gibson and Mary Rhiel

Brett Gibson, associate professor of psychology, has been named associate dean of faculty for the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2016. Current associate dean and professor of geography Alasdair Drysdale will be stepping down from the position at the conclusion of this academic year. Gibson’s responsibilities will include oversight of a number of important faculty areas including faculty appointments, the promotion and tenure process, lecturer promotions, computing, professional development funds, annual faculty and departmental reports, and sponsored research. “As a faculty, we often become insular and necessarily focus on our own scholarship and department. I am looking forward to working with faculty across the diverse programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts,” says Gibson, who brings 13 years of experience to UNH, including service as coordinator of the neuroscience and behavior major as well as acting chair of the Department of Psychology.

Mary Rhiel, interim senior vice provost of academic affairs and associate professor of German, has been named associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts, effective June 1, 2016. John T. Kirkpatrick, named senior vice provost and dean of students earlier this year, had served in the associate dean role, with only a 2-year hiatus, since 1988. Rhiel’s responsibilities will include oversight of key undergraduate and graduate areas including student academic matters, student recruitment, study abroad, student conduct, student scholarship, career advising and curriculum. Rhiel brings many years of service to the University including the current year in Academic Affairs, two years as faculty fellow in the Dean’s Office, and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Rhiel also created the Berlin summer study abroad program, serving as its director since 2009. “I care deeply about students and believe strongly in the value of a liberal arts education. I am excited to assume a position in the College of Liberal Arts in which both are central to the work I’ll be doing,” says Rhiel.

Dean Kenneth Fuld, who himself will be stepping down at the end of the academic year, has invited the newly appointed associate deans to work alongside the Dean’s Office staff this spring, whenever possible, in order to aid with a smooth transition. “Professors Gibson and Rhiel are and will continue to be wonderful assets to the College,” says Fuld. “They will be key figures in supporting the incoming dean, Dr. Heidi Bostic, as she familiarizes herself with the faculty, staff and programs in the College.”


Celebration for Dean Kenneth Fuld Announced

March 1, 2016

Kenneth Fuld photo

A celebration for Dean Kenneth Fuld and his years of service to the Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts and the University of New Hampshire will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Huddleston Hall Ballroom. Dean Fuld will be stepping down in June of 2016. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

An RSVP is requested by April 10, 2016. Please click here to RSVP.

Fuld joined the UNH Psychology Department in 1979 after spending three years as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at Brown University. He earned his Ph. D. in psychology from Dartmouth College and his B.A. in psychology from Northeastern University. After serving as chair of UNH’s Psychology Department for more than eight years, Fuld joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Dean in January 2008. He was appointed Interim Dean in July of that year, and became Dean in July 2010. Fuld’s field of research, broadly construed, is neuroscience, with an emphasis on vision and visual perception. He has published in leading journals on the topics of color vision, spatial vision, and physiological optics and has taught courses ranging from Introduction to Psychology at the undergraduate level to advanced seminars in color vision and the development of vision at the graduate level.


Katie Edwards Named APA Contributing Editor of the Year

November 18, 2015

Katie Edwards

Assistant Professor of Psychology Katie Edwards has been named the Contributing Editor of the Year 2015 by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the journal “Psychology of Violence.” The honor recognizes outstanding contributions by an ad-hoc reviewer based on the quality, quantity and timeliness of reviews.

“Psychology of Violence” is a multidisciplinary research journal devoted to violence and extreme aggression, including identifying the causes of violence from a psychological framework, finding ways to prevent or reduce violence, and developing practical interventions and treatments.

Edwards’s research focuses on predictors and correlates of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization, perpetration, and bystander intervention among adolescents and young adults; leaving processes in relationships characterized by IPV; disclosure of IPV experiences and social reactions to these disclosures; and ethics of IPV research.


Recent Books by Psychology Faculty

November 16, 2015

Faculty members in the Department of Psychology have published books this year that together exemplify the wide range of subject-matter that UNH psychologists cover in their research, from the history of psychology to brain and cognition to social psychology.

book coverToward the Next Generation of Bystander Prevention of Sexual and Relationship Violence: Action Coils to Engage Communities

by Victoria L. Banyard
Springer Briefs in Criminology
Springer

This brief integrates and synthesizes an array of research about who helps others and under what conditions and discusses the implications of this research for a bystander intervention focused prevention agenda to reduce sexual and relationship violence in schools and communities. It combines an examination of bystander helping behavior in the specific context of sexual and relationship violence with social psychological research on bystander behavior outside that context in order to inform prevention efforts. This brief is designed for researchers, practitioners, and students concerned about violence prevention and who are interesting in bystander intervention as a promising prevention strategy. Connections between research and practice are the foundation of this brief.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.

book coverInferences During Reading

edited by Edward J. O’Brien, Anne E. Cook, and Robert F. Lorch Jr.
Cambridge University Press

Inferencing is defined as ‘the act of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true’, and it is one of the most important processes necessary for successful comprehension during reading. This volume features contributions by distinguished researchers in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and neuroscience on topics central to our understanding of the inferential process during reading. The chapters cover aspects of inferencing that range from the fundamental bottom up processes that form the basis for an inference to occur, to the more strategic processes that transpire when a reader is engaged in literary understanding of a text. Basic activation mechanisms, word-level inferencing, methodological considerations, inference validation, causal inferencing, emotion, development of inferences processes as a skill, embodiment, contributions from neuroscience, and applications to naturalistic text are all covered as well as expository text, online learning materials, and literary immersion.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.

book coverHermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography

by William R. Woodward
Cambridge University Press

As a philosopher, psychologist, and physician, the German thinker Hermann Lotze (1817–81) defies classification. Working in the mid-nineteenth-century era of programmatic realism, he critically reviewed and rearranged theories and concepts in books on pathology, physiology, medical psychology, anthropology, history, aesthetics, metaphysics, logic, and religion. Leading anatomists and physiologists reworked his hypotheses about the central and autonomic nervous systems. Dozens of fin-de-siècle philosophical contemporaries emulated him, yet often without acknowledgment, precisely because he had made conjecture and refutation into a method. In spite of Lotze’s status as a pivotal figure in nineteenth-century intellectual thought, no complete treatment of his work exists, and certainly no effort to take account of the feminist secondary literature. Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography is the first full-length historical study of Lotze’s intellectual origins, scientific community, institutional context, and worldwide reception.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.


UNH Receives Grant to Examine How Communities Build Capacity to Prevent Violence

September 23, 2015

Researchers at the Prevention Innovations Research Center at UNH will study how people in communities work together to address violence thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers will evaluate prevention strategies developed by GreenDot, Etc, an organization that provides training and resources necessary to support individuals, institutions and communities in reducing power-based personal violence.

“The study will help us better understand how to assist broader communities, not just schools or campuses, to work together to address complicated problems like interpersonal violence. We know much more about changing people individually than about what moves communities forward as a whole,” said Vicki Banyard, professor of psychology and principal investigator on the grant.

Research on violence prevention has often looked at the impact of classroom or workshop-based strategies. There are a number of programs that show promise in changing the attitudes and behaviors of groups of students using these approaches. But research is also clear that characteristics of communities where those individuals live and work and study are also related to how people think about problems like violence. “We know from research that feeling close to and mattering to people in one’s community is related to lower rates of violence. It is exciting to be translating this research into community-based practice and action,” says Katie Edwards, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies and an investigator on the grant. “We know that interpersonal violence is a complex problem that will take more than one tool to solve,” says Banyard. “It is time to take prevention to the next level and add community work to our toolkit.”

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UNH Psychology Professor Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

September 21, 2015

photo of Ben Harris
Benjamin Harris
, professor of psychology at UNH, has been awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the History of Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes individuals who have made sustained, outstanding, and unusual contributions to the history of psychology over the course of a career.

“Benjamin Harris has published groundbreaking historical studies on topics in the history of psychology and psychiatry over the past 35 years,” said Henderikus Stam, president of the Society. “His important and original articles, chapters, and edited works have pushed psychologists not just to reconsider events and players in their history, but have shown the importance of critical historiographies to understanding the present. Furthermore, his commitment to mentoring students and his many leadership roles in organizations that represent historians of psychology has been exemplary.”

Harris has taught courses on the history of psychology and psychiatry at UNH since 2001. He has written widely on the history of behaviorism, psychology in the mass media, and on the politics of psychiatry. His chapter on work therapy for mental patients in the U.S. will soon appear in an edited history of patient labor around the world (Manchester University Press, January 2016). He is also an affiliate professor in the UNH Department of History.

The Society for the History of Psychology is an international organization of scholars, co-founded by UNH professor Robert Watson, who served as its first president in 1966. Watson was instrumental in developing UNH’s doctoral program in psychology.


UNH Study Finds Bystanders Support Victims of Harassment and Bullying More Often Than Commonly Thought

September 8, 2015

A national study by UNH’s Crimes against Children Research Center found that in contrast to previous studies, youth victims of in-person and online harassment and bullying report that in most cases, bystanders tried to help them.

Bystanders are present for the majority of harassment incidents (80 percent). In about 70 percent of these cases, victims report that a bystander tried to make them feel better. Negative bystander reactions, though considerably less frequent, still occurred in nearly a quarter of incidents and were associated with a significantly higher negative impact on the victim.

Lisa Jones, research associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study, noted that “While it is good news that most of the time kids are trying to help victims, it isn’t clear what kinds of support helps them most.  Unfortunately, our data show that it is negative behaviors by bystanders such as joining in or laughing that has the biggest impact and really makes things feel worse for victims.”

The research results are reported in the article, “Victim Reports of Bystander Reactions to In-Person and Online Peer Harassment: A National Survey of Adolescents,” in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. In addition to Jones, the article is authored by UNH researchers Kimberly Mitchell and Heather Turner.

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