Psychology Newsletter

December 2015

NEW Spring 2016 Psychology courses!

We were able to add some new psychology courses to our Spring schedule. If you are in need of an additional class or wanting to make changes to your schedule, consider these classes!

PSY 313 Drugs and the Brain:

Humans have used mind-altering drugs for thousands of years. These mind altering drugs come in many forms, ranging from common drugs such as caffeine, Adderall, and alcohol, to illicit drugs such as LSD and heroin. Advances in neuroscience and psychology have greatly expanded our capacity to understand how drugs alter neural circuits and how these alterations affect decision making, perception, and memory. This course will explore the connection between drugs, brains, and cognition and incorporate recent discoveries in neuroscience, biochemistry, and psychology. The course will be a combination of lectures and discussion of recent brain and behavior related science news and readings from instructors and students.

PSY 382 The Psychology of Health Disparities:

Despite the general improvement in national health, racial/ethnic health disparities remain a growing challenge in the United States. The Center for Disease Control reports that racial/ethnic minorities generally suffer higher incidence of most health challenges including infectious diseases, infant mortality, asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and earlier mortality compared to non-minorities. These disparities are caused by a combination of individual, genetic, and social/environmental risk factors (Olden & White, 2005). Advances in psychological science are helping to understand how these factors influence risk and contributing to interventions to improve health for all. The aim of this course is to move beyond a discussion of who is affected to a more focused look at the causes of health disparities. This course represents an integration of Psychology, Medicine, Epidemiology, Social Work, and Public Health with the clear emphasis on the contributions of psychological science. Throughout, the biopsychosocial model (BPS: Engel, 1977) will serve as the core model for organizing and guiding the discussion. The course is organized into 4 principle domains: 1) Orientation and the epidemiology of health disparities, 2) the biopsychosocial approach to understanding the determinants of health disparities 3) examination of disparities and processes within specific groups, and 4) psychosocial interventions and future directions.

December 2016 College of Science Commencement Ceremony

Are you graduating this December or Winter? Be sure to RSVP to the College of Science commencement ceremony if you are wanting to participate in the graduation ceremony! RSVP deadline is Dec. 8th; click here to officially RSVP and get more information about the ceremony.
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Psychology Research Assistants Wanted!

Cultural-Existential Psychology Lab
Dr. Daniel Sullivan’s cultural-existential psychology lab is seeking assistants to help carry out research for independent study credit during Spring 2016. Our studies focus on people’s needs for meaning, self-esteem, and secure relationships; what happens when these needs are undermined (e.g., negative emotions like anxiety and guilt); and individual as well as cultural differences in the types of things people find important and threatening in life. In addition to these topics, we are also generally interested in cultural and religious differences, as well as how differences in technology (e.g., using computers vs. face-to-face interaction for learning and relationships) influence psychological processes. If you are interested in working as a research assistant on these topics, please contact Roman Palitsky at, Peter Leavitt at, or Isaac Young at

Aging and Cognition Lab

Graduate students in the Aging and Cognition Lab are looking to fill research assistant positions for motivated undergraduates looking to further their research experience. Several positions are open, with duties varying from data coding to testing older adult participants. Commitment is at least 2 semesters, and course credit is possible. Email Suzanne at for more information.

Take UA Psychology Classes in Italy!

For the upcoming Fall semester, three psychology courses are going to be offered that will directly apply to your psychology major or minor.

Psy 352 Personality Psychology

Psy 365 Cultural Psychology

Psy 383 Health Psychology

To see the full listing of courses offered, check out their website!!

To apply, click here. If you have more questions, contact Lindsay Downs at!
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UA Winter Session Classes

Want to take a UA class over Winter Break? The UA offers many classes during the break. The Psychology Department offers many classes over winter session that are taught online, so you can be home for the break and take a course! Check out the course options in your UAccess Student Center.
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Apply: 2016 Latino Mental Health Research Training in Mexico

The online application is now open for the NIH/NIMHD-funded Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT) which we refer to as the Latino Mental Health Research Training Program. The last day to submit an application is February 1, 2016. Undergraduate and pre-doctoral level students who are interested in conducting mental health research in Mexico during the summer of 2016, and who meet the following criteria, are encouraged to apply:

  • 3.0 GPA or better
  • Research career orientation
  • Excellent Spanish language oral and written skills
  • Background in statistics
  • Undergraduates with junior or senior class standing for 2015-2016 academic year, post-baccalaureate/master level degree students, and pre-doctoral level students.
  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national (generally persons born in outlying possessions of the U.S.), or a permanent resident (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status)
  • From a group underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences, specifically, Black or African American, Latino/Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • Low-income individuals, meaning those whose annual income is below the low-income threshold line. This includes those who have qualified for Federal assistance programs or received loans or scholarships for those in financial need. These loans include: Health Professional Student Loans, and Loans for Disadvantaged Student Programs. These scholarships include any that are awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the category Scholarships for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need. Refer to the website below to determine if you or your family fall below the low-income threshold line.

Interested undergraduate and pre-doctoral level students meeting criteria should visit our website:

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