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Fall 2018 Newsletter

Welcome back students, staff & faculty to the 2018-2019 school year

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Message from the Chair

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Bert Uchino, PhD

The arrival of Fall brings to mind that change is in the air.  Our department is no exception and it starts with the Chair’s office.  After 3 years of leading our department to new heights with her leadership and vision, Lisa Aspinwall is returning to her faculty position.  During her time as chair, Lisa spearheaded a highly successful Graduate Council Review, hired numerous faculty who are emerging leaders in our department, and retained valuable faculty members.  She also started a number of new programs within the department to better serve our teaching and research missions (e.g., Undergraduate Psychology Service & Internship Award, underrepresented postdoctoral fellow program, among others).  We owe Lisa a huge debt of appreciation for her outstanding leadership over the last 3 years that has left a lasting impact on our department.   

Now for some introductions.  Although a new chair, I have been a faculty member in the department for the last 25 years in both the social and health programs.  I look forward to leading the department in its teaching, research, and service missions over the next three years.  I would also like to introduce and send out a warm welcome to our new graduate students.  They have come from all over the country to obtain graduate training here at the U.  We also welcome two new staff members to our department.  Our webmaster Gaven Neufeld is already doing wonderful work and helped develop this newsletter along with Angela Newman.  We also welcome Holly Bruce who is a project coordinator and has come to us with valuable experience in the private sector.  

Continue reading the chair's message here.


Psychology Department Welcomes New Students

New Student Group Photo

From Left to Right:

Back row: Jack Silcox, Holly Gagnon, Amy McDonnell, Joshua Landvatter, Robyn Kilshaw

Front row:  Emily Ivey, Morgan Saxon, Stacey Brothers, Analyse Vasquez

Click here to see individual student's area of study.

Support Psychology!

You can contribute to psychology! Each year, we give out awards to students in honor of their accomplishments. Click here to how you can support psychology.

We'd love to hear from you!

We're always glad to hear updates from alumni, emeriti, and friends. If you'd like to be featured in our newsletter, please send your biography and a photo to Angela Newman (  See our Alumni News section.

AnnaBelle Bryan Receives Academic Excellence Award

AnnaBelle Bryan is the recipient of a 2018 Academic and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Award!  This prestigious award program recognizes superior service and ongoing contributions by full-time staff employees. Read more about AnnaBelle's Award here

PSYchology Outreach Committee REACHes out to
high school students

Graduate students Robert Vlisides-Henry, MaryJane Campbell and Grace Nicora drove to Cedar City in May 2018 to talk with 11th graders at SUCCESS Academy early-college high school.  Visits are continuing at other SUCCESS Academy Schools. Read more about Psychology Outreach here

Last Updated: 6/4/21