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Graduate Student Awards and Fellowships

    McPherson Award

  • Kelly Landman, 2010
  • Lindsey Dever, 2013

    Doris Sill Carland Awards for Excellence in Teaching:
    • Deanna Hamilton, 2004
    • Ginny Zimmerman, 2006
    • Deborah Fineberg, 2006
    • Lindsey Dever, 2011
    • Joanna Scott, 2012
  • Geraldine Marren Fellowship Funded by the American Association of University Women Scholarship for 2006-07: Sofia Ginzberg
  • Hebrew Immigration Aid Society Scholarship: Jenny Ratnovsky
  • 2005-06 Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism Grant Funded by Homeland Security: Virginia Zimmerman

American Association of University Women Reception

sophia On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 Sofia Ginzburg was honored at a reception for the recipients of the AAUW 2006-07 Geraldine Marren Fellowship award. The Geraldine Marren Fellowships will be awarded to full time students currently matriculated or accepted in a graduate program in the Humanities in an accredited college or university in the Philadelphia five county area. Geraldine Marren, a long time member of the American Association of University Women, was a social worker whose concern for and commitment to her community helped to make it a better place for all those she touched.


hillhamilton\Undergraduate and Ph.D. Candidate Join Forces to Study Effects of Children's Moods

Although a boost in mood improves adults' performance of many mental tasks, happiness may equip very young children with rose-colored glasses that reduce their accuracy in identifying the emotions of others. That's the finding of Tracy Hills '04 and Ph.D. student Deanna Hamilton, who collaborated on a research project that formed the basis of Hills' undergraduate thesis in psychology and will be incorporated into Hamilton's dissertation.

The Mind of a Child

If you’ve ever shaken your head in wonder at the way a child thinks, you’re not alone. At one time or another, most parents will question their children’s sometimes bewildering behavior. What’s gotten into him? How did she know that? When did he learn to do that? Kimberly Cassidy, assistant professor of psychology on the Rosalyn R. Schwartz Lectureship at Bryn Mawr College, is pursuing answers to those questions.

Understanding the Psychology of Terrorism

mccauleyProfessor of Psychology Clark R. McCauley is working on a book that will challenge many of the common assumptions people have about terrorism. For openers, McCauley believes that bioterrorism is not as dire a threat as some governments think. He also cites research showing that most terrorists are neither crazy nor suicidal. And he claims that the way nations respond to terrorism may be more dangerous than the threats posed by extremists.

Research at the Nexus of Clinical and Developmental Psychology

It's not surprising that the media have been devoting attention to the Bryn Mawr Family Research Center. Director Marc Schulz's goal is one that resonates with many people: gleaning insights that can help make marriages happier and children emotionally healthier.

Understanding a Common Language Problem

Fifteen years ago, Leslie Altman Rescorla, professor and chair of psychology, launched a long-term study of late-talking toddlers — children, especially boys, who at age two speak fewer than 50 words, compared with the 200 words that other children typically speak at that age. The problem is relatively common, with about one in 10 toddlers exhibiting some form of delayed language, Rescorla estimates. She enrolled about 40 late-talking two-year-olds in her study, analyzed their language abilities and behaviors, and compared them to a group of children with normal language skills. Rescorla has tracked the group ever since to see whether their early problems with language.

Challenging a Prominent Hypothesis

There is no getting around it: as we get older, we become slower. According to a prominent hypothesis, the general slowing hypothesis, cognitive slowing is the result of slowing in the speed of a general mechanism that contributes to many cognitive processes. Yet what if several different mechanisms are at work, what if the impact of cognitive aging differs depending on the task, and what step of the complex reaction process is affected? These are the kinds of questions studied by Assistant Professor of Psychology Anjali Thapar, and her research is yielding results that run counter to the general slowing hypothesis.

Homeland Security

Professor of Psychology Clark R. McCauley was named one of three co-directors of the new National Center for Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (NC-START) announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Jan. 10. The center, which will be based at the University of Maryland, College Park, is one of four such centers established by DHS. Each center brings together a multidisciplinary team of scholars to examine a cluster of critical homeland-security issues.

Voices in the Family, WHYY (National Public Radio) 10/08/01 Show on Childhood, Terrorism and War; Interview with Marc Schulz

Many children have … play dates and are under pressure to succeed academically. Children also have to deal with the impact of violence in their schools and neighborhoods, and more recently, with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests discuss childhood and how children deal with trauma.

2006 McPherson Award for Excellence and Service: Associate Professor of Psychology Kimberly Wright Cassidy

A developmental psychologist with a focus on cognition, Cassidy has won grant funding from the Mellon Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for what a nominator describes as "a very active and productive research program that includes multiple publications in the top journals in developmental psychology."

Study links responses to workday stress with marital satisfaction, APA Monitor

After a tough day, women are more likely than men to criticize or show anger toward their spouses, while men tend to respond to daytime stress by withdrawing from their mates--yet all these behaviors may be signs of a happy marriage for both sexes, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Family Psychology (Vol. 18, No. 1)…Wives who are happier with their marriages may feel more comfortable and freer to vent frustrations to their spouse after a stressful day… suggests lead researcher Marc S. Schulz, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College.

Emotions Reveal Troubled Marriages: Men's Hostility, Women's Sadness May Reveal a Troubled Marriage WebMD Medical News

June 18, 2004 -- It may not take an expert to spot a marriage bound for trouble. A new study shows a group of college students was able to predict with more than 80% accuracy which couples would still be together five years later by just observing their emotional interactions…Researchers pooled their assessments, and found that the students predicted with 85% accuracy which couples would still be together after five years. "How women and men express their emotions can affect the quality and stability of their marriage," says researcher Marc Schulz, associate professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College…