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On January 8, 2014, Dr. James Prochaska was recognized by Governor Lincoln Chafee for his success in "changing the way behavioral health services are practiced in Rhode Island, for helping the state's behavioral health services adapt to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Acts, and for his dedication in supporting recovery in the field of behavioral health." Congratulations Dr. Prochaska!




Dr. Mark Wood has been named Associate Editor for the journal, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, which is the official journal of Division 50 of APA. To learn more about Dr. Wood's research and background visit his faculty page.



Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Rogers! Dr. Rogers received the 2013 Graduate Mentoring Award. The award was presented on behalf of the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences.





Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Weyandt who is featured as a URI Big Thinker for her work, which investigates the effects on ADHD on College Students!

Department hosts colloquium by Dr. Jessica Hoffman of Northeastern University.

On December 11, 2013 the Department of Psychology hosted a colloquium by Dr. Jessica Hoffman, of Northeastern University. The title of the colloquium was Collaborating for Impact: Family, School, Community and Policy-Based Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity. Dr. Hoffman shared information about her research and service projects focused on reducing childhood obesity. The work she discussed included efforts to make fresh produce readily available to families participating in Head Start programs; efforts to increase physical activity of young children through accessible and funprograms; and, efforts to increase the availability of healthy foods and snacks in schools. A copy of Dr. Hoffman's presentation slides is available here: URI Fall 2013 Colloquium


Congratulations to Wayne Velicer - the 2013 winner of the Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. This award is presented annually to honor an individual who has a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions within the areas of Division 5: assessment, evaluation, measurement, research methods, and/or statistics. The Award was presented in the Division 5 Award Symposium at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, which was held in Honolulu Hawaii from July 31 to August, 4.

Check out this exciting Nonviolence & Peace Training Alternative Spring Break travel opportunity to Kathmandu, Nepal, led by Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita and the Center for Peace and Nonviolence. Visit the link for trip details, this year's itinerary, and read about past student experiences! If you are interested in global mental health and international experiences related to the psychology of nonviolence and peace then consider signing up for future trips!


Check out the 2012 Psychology Department Announcements for updates and stories from the past year!

A Message from the Chair

Su Boatright

Read more from Dr. Su Boatright-Horowitz, Interim Chair of the Department of Psychology.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Prochaska recognized by Governor

Dr. Wood named Associate Editor of Journal

Dr. Rogers receives Mentoring Award

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Undergraduate Corner

Student Spotlight: Katie Gallagher '14

Student Spotlight: Tatiana Restrepo '14

Student Spotlight: Perry Sandrock '14

Student Spotlight: Brandon Sousa '15

Student Spotlight: Victoria Correia '16

Check the Sakai Advising tab for information on your advisor and updates.