Student Presentations

Kenneth Pitts
July 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Shapiro Science Center Ground 14
Determinants of Cortisol Signaling

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The Education department will be offering a the following new course, which is cross-listed with Psychology!  If taken successfully, this course will earn an 'advanced seminar' credit towards the psychology degree.

ED 173b The Psychology of Love: Education for Close Relationships
Tue/Fri 12:30-1:50, Professor Joseph Reimer
What is love? How does it develop? How do psychologists study how people think, feel and behave in close relationships? These questions will guide our inquiry and inform our guiding question: how can we educate young people to better care for their friends, lovers and intimates?

PSYC 1a:
The number for this course changed from PSYC 1a to PSYC 10a beginning in Fall 2014, but the content is unchanged.  PSYC 10a may not be taken for credit by students who took PSYC 1a in prior years.

Professor Joseph Cunningham is the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH).   His office is located in Brown 317 and his new office hours will be Wednesdays 11am - 12 noon and Thursdays 10am - 12 noon.

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Wasserman, Photography by Heratch EkmekjianDr. Stephanie Wasserman is a Physiological Psychologist and Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. Her early publications focused on animal studies of cocaine self-administration and the potential therapeutic effects of magnesium for treating cocaine addiction.

When she became a foster and adoptive mother, her research interests ventured into a new arena. Her contemporary research seeks to uncover the foster parent voice via in-depth, open-ended interviews. Themes of attachment, separation, risk, and resilience have emerged and are being compared to, and contrasted with, well-established theoretical frameworks in psychology.

Dr. Wasserman will be teaching the Biological Basis of Motivation this fall. During the spring semester she will teach a new course Attachment, Separation, Risk, and Resilience in Adoption and Foster Care.

Professor Wasserman was interviewed by the Brandeis Hoot: Teaching at Brandeis: An Extraordinary Experience.

(Image Credit: Heratch Ekmekjian)

Other News:

photo of Shantanu JadhavWe are pleased to welcome Professor Shantanu Jadhav to the psychology department! Professor Jadhav’s research is in the area of Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience. The research focus of his lab is Learning, Memory and Decision Making in the rodent brain. Professor Jadhav’s research aims to understand the neural basis of cognition and behavior by studying processing at the cellular and network level in the neuronal circuits of the brain. His previous work has investigated sensory processing in cortical circuits, memory replay in the hippocampus, and hippocampal-prefrontal interactions during behavior. His current research examines how activity in population of neurons across different brain structures supports the ability to learn, remember and make decisions. He utilizes multiple techniques, including behavior, chronic in vivo electrophysiology during behavior, optogenetics and computational methods.


Professor Xiaodong Liu has received a 2015 Provost's Innovations in Teaching Grant.

Professor Robert Sekuler has received a 2015 Provost's Innovations in Research Grant.

Professor Angela Gutchess has received an Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Research Grant for her project entitled “Improving Memory in aMCI with Self-Referencing.” For more information, please visit the Alzheimer's Association webpage.

Professor Shantanu Jadhav has won the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to explore memory and decision-making in mammalian brains. This award honors early-career scientists and scholars who are among the next generation of scientific leaders. To read more, visit the BrandeisNOW article.

Professor Raymond Knight accepted a Mentorship Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology. He received this award in recognition of continuous dedication to mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the field of psychology.

Professor Arthur Wingfield received a Brandeis-Israeli Collaborative Seed Grant!  He will be working with the IDC, in Herzliya to initiate collaborative research efforts there.

Congratulations to Dr. Nicolas Rohleder! On March 16th he accepted the Herbert E. Weiner Early Career Award and present a lecture at the American Psychosomatic Society meeting.

Professor Arthur Wingfield received 2010 Baltes Distinguished Research Award!

In the News

Professor Margie Lachman is featured in BrandeisNow for her research aimed to get middle-aged and older adults off the couch! To read more about her research and the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions, see the article: New Brandeis research consortium promotes healthy aging through active living.

Dr. Gutchess reviews research on the aging brain as part of a special issue of Science, which looks at the mechanisms and contexts of successful brain aging and whether or not we should consider aging a natural part of life or an illness. To learn more, you can read her article, Plasticity of the aging brain: New directions in cognitive neuroscience, online.

Professor Ellen Wright is featured in the Brandeis Hoot! Learn how she became interested in psychology and be sure to check out her advice to students in the following article: Prof. Wright followed winding path to psychology and Brandeis

Professor Nic Rohleder, graduate students Christine McInnis, Danielle Gianferante, Luke Hanlin and Xuejie Chen and postdoctoral fellows Myriam Thoma, Juliana Breines and Suzi Hong are featured in the Brandeis Hoot and BrandeisNow. To read more about their research in the Health Psychology Laboratory, see the articles: Rohleder publishes on self-compassion and reduced levels of stress or Obesity and stress pack a double hit for health.

Faizia Sharif, an assistant in the Aging, Culture & Cognition Lab, is featured in BrandeisNow as part of the program for Waltham High School students to get hands-on experience in the lab.

Avi Aizenman `13 is featured on BrandeisNow for her work on the relationship between audio and visual stimulation.

Professor Angela Gutchess and Dr. Nicole Rosa in ElderBranch.

Professor Don Katz interviewed: Voodoo, amygdalae and death

Psychology Today's article: Top 10 Reasons to Major in Psychology!

Professor Leslie Zebrowitz is featured in Losing Control.

Health Psychology Laboratory profiled in Brandeis Magazine.

Aging, Culture and Cognition Laboratory study on BrandeisNOW.