Academic Advisor: Psychological Sciences.
The department has adopted a new moniker, the Department of Psychological Sciences. The name of our BA, BS, MS, and PhD majors (Psychology) will remain the same. The new name was adopted to better reflect the identity of our current faculty and the department training model.
The Department of Psychological Sciences is pleased to announce the hiring of two new faculty! Dr. Heather Bailey will join the Cognitive program this fall. She received her Ph.D. at Kent State University in 2009 and has been a postdoctoral scientist at Washington University since her graduation. Dr. Chip Pickens will join the Behavioral Neurosciences program this fall. He received his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and has been a postdoctoral scientist at NIDA and NIAAA since his graduation. We are thrilled to have them join our team.
Grants and Research Awards
Dr. Mary Cain received a 3-year $436K grant from the National Institute for Drug Abuse to study the effects of differential rearing on glutamate homeostasis and addiction in May 2013.
Dr. Greg Monaco, Director for Research and Cyberinfrastructure Initiatives of the Great Plains Network and Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kansas State University, was a member of a team receiving a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Dr. Gary Brase and Dr. Eugene Vasserman (Computing and Information Sciences) received a 2-year $148K grant from the National Science Foundation to study Education-optional Security Usability on the Internet, in September 2012.
Dr. Les Loschky and Dr. Sanjay Rebello (KSU Physics) received a 2-year $399K grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of cueing attention on Physics problem solving, in January 2012.
Dr. Lester Loschky was awarded a 3-year $1.4M grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to create a new measure of attentional breadth for use in simulators in September 2011.
Dr. Brenda McDaniel was awarded a 2-year $199K grant to examine the structure and consistency of character in adolescence and emerging adulthood in August, 2011.
Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick received a 5-year $1.3M R01 grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health in 2010.
Dr. Michael Young received a 3-year $218K grant from the National Institute for Drug Abuse in 2010.
Dr. Elaine Johannes (BS, 1979) received the 2010 College of Human Ecology Extension Excellence Award.
Teaching Awards Won by Faculty and Graduate Students
2013: Tammy Sonnentag, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools' (MAGS) Doctoral Level Teaching Excellence Award
2012: Dr. Satoris Culbertson, The College of Arts and Sciences William L. Stamey Teaching Excellence Award
2012: Dr. Brenda McDaniel, Presidential Distinguished Faculty Award for the Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research
2011: Dr. Donald Saucier was awarded a Kansas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
2010: Dr. Donald Saucier, Presidential Distinguished Faculty Award for the Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research
2010: Dr. Donald Saucier, The College of Arts and Sciences William L. Stamey Teaching Excellence Award
2009: Dr. Mary Cain, Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Service & Other Awards
2013: Dr. Mary Cain selected for the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.
2013: Dr. Mary Cain, APA Division 6, Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Service Award,
for continuing exceptional contributions to the Division.
Dr. Brenda McDaniel's research on relationship flow was covered on MSNBC.
Dr. Lester Loschky gave an invited talk at the Yarbus Symposium at the 5th International Conference on Cognitive Science, in Kaliningrad, Russia, and an invited colloquium at the Psychology Department of the Technical University of Dresden, in Dresden, Germany, in June 2012.
Dr. Gary Brase gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Evolution, Culture, and Reasoning, at the Inamori Center, Kyoto University, Japan, and at the Psychology Department of Osaka City University, in Osaka, Japan, in January 2012.
Dr. Richard Harris gave an invited workshop on Using Undergraduates as Teaching Assistants at the meeting of Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas at Fort Hays State U., Hays, KS, in October, 2011.
Dr. Clive Fullagar gave the Keynote Address "Finding Flow: Lessons I Learned From Rock Band(R)" at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas, Hays, Kansas, in October, 2011.
Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick was elected as an at-large member of the APA Division 3 (Experimental) Executive Board for 2011-2014 in September, 2011.
Dr. Laura Brannon appeared in the Today Show online in September, 2011.
Drs. Mary Cain, Kim Kirkpatrick, and Matthew Palmatier delivered an invited symposium as the state representatives for Kansas at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX, in April 2011.
Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick delivered an invited address at the 25th anniversary meeting of the Texas Applied Behavior Analysis meeting, Galveston, Texas, in February, 2011.