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Departmental News

Unity Vigil for Charlottesville

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee wants to inform interested people about a Unity Vigil for Charlottesville being held Wednesday evening, 8/16/17, at 7:30 pm in the Junction at Mississippi State University. Participants are asked to bring flashlights or use smartphone apps that provide a stream of light. Candles will not be allowed. Participants are also asked to keep sidewalks clear and to be respectful of one another. Security will be present. Speakers include Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill, state Rep. Tyrone Ellis, local civil rights activist Dorothy Jean Isaac, MSU professors Jason Ward and Seth Oppenheimer, and Starkville University Baptist Church pastor Bert Montgomery. Other members of the clergy are expected to attend.

Congratulations to Jessica S. Bryant!

Jessica S. Bryant successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Investigating Individual differences Associated with Preferences for Depression Treatment", on Thursday, July 20th. She is pictured (center) with her committee from left to right: Dr. Cliff McKinney, Dr. Kevin Armstrong, Dr. E. Samuel Winer (Chair), and Dr. Michael Nadorff.

Congratulations to Joanna Hacthel!

Joanna C. Hachtel successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Developing a Short-Form Measure to Predict Illicit Use of Prescription Stimulants", on Tuesday, July 18th. She is pictured here (center) with her committee from left to right: Dr. Cliff McKinney, Dr. Torri M. Jones, Dr. Kevin J. Armstrong (Chair), and Dr. Michael R. Nadorff (Co-Chair).

Dr. Michael R. Nadorff Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Michael R. Nadorff was awarded the 2017 Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. The Award was given at the annual SLEEP meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. Congratulations Dr. Nadorff!

Psychology Department Mourns the Loss of Gabe Valentine

The Department of Psychology mourns the loss of Gabe Valentine, son of Michael Valentine, an Instructor in the Department. Gabe, a frequent visitor to the Department, lost his struggle with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) on Tuesday, June 6th. The Valentines request donations to fulfill Gabe's wish for a cure for EB in lieu of flowers.

Congratulations to Shea Golding on her Dissertation Defense!

Congratulations to She Golding on successfully defending her dissertation! She is pictured here with her committee: Dr. Mitchell E. Berman, Dr. Michael Nadorff (chair), Dr. Julie Cerel, and Dr. E. Samuel Winer.

Honors Undergraduates Successfully Defend Honors Theses

Congratulations to Allison Bruning (advisor, Dr. Michael Pratte), Zach Buchanan (advisor, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin, and Theresa Fitchie (advisor, Dr. Danielle Nadorff) for successfully defending their honors theses! These three students had to defend their written theses in front of a two-person committee and all three did an amazing job!

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