Graduate Student Presentations:

Amanda Lash
July 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Location: Volen 201

Erin Bishop
July 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Location: Kutz 130

Please check back soon for more upcoming presentations.



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.

Thinking Ahead?:

There will be a new course in Spring 2015. This is a special one-time offering taught by our own Sarah Lupis! The course will earn an advanced seminar credit towards a psych degree.

PSYC 126a: Pathways and Mechanisms Linking Emotions to Mental and Physical Health
Prerequisite: PSYC 10a (formerly PSYC 1a)
Emotions are associated with mental and physical health and disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and cardiovascular disease.  This course surveys concepts of emotion and the physiological processes linking emotions to health, emphasizing stress as a mediator.


Professor Joseph Cunningham is the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH).   His office is located in Brown 317 and his new office hours will be Tuesdays 1-3pm and Thursdays 8-10am.

Visiting Faculty

Photo of Nadya Vasilyeva by Lori DeSantis PhotographyDr. Nadya Vasilyeva received her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Northeastern University. In her research, Dr. Vasilyeva examines cognitive processes underlying reasoning about uncertainty, focusing on how experience affects decision-making and development of flexible inductive reasoning. In addition, she is now working on a project investigating how intuitive beliefs about the workings of the mind affect the way students learn psychology in college. She teaches courses in Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research.  This Fall she will be teaching PSYC 33a, Developmental Psychology and PSYC52a, Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology.

(Image Credit: Lori DeSantis Photography)


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)

Previous Postings:

We would like to congratulate our graduate students, Ariel Berman and Carrie Robertson, on their first-authored papers:

photo of Ariel Berman  Berman, A. K., Lott, R. B., & Donaldson, S. T. (2014). Periodic maternal deprivation may modulate offspring anxiety-like behavior through mechanisms involving neuroplasticity in the amygdala. Brain Research Bulletin, 101, 7-11.
photo of Carrie Robertson Robertson, C. A., & Knight, R. A. (2014). Relating sexual sadism and psychopathy to one another, non-sexual violence, and sexual crime behaviors. Aggressive Behavior, 40(1), 12-23. doi: 10.1002/ab.21505

Professor Robert Sekuler presented a colloquium: "Cortical alpha oscillations serve and protect cognition" at MiNDS McMaster Integrative Neuroscience Discovery & Study on February 27th at McMaster University.

Photo of Jennifer Gutsell

We are pleased to welcome Professor Jennifer Gutsell to the psychology department faculty! She will be joining us starting in the Fall of 2013.  She will be teaching a new course, PSYC 155a, Interpersonal Sensitivity.     Professor Gutsell’s main interest is in the area of intergroup person perception, and more specifically she examines how prejudice and social group membership affects the neural mechanisms underlying the perception and understanding of the other’s actions, intentions and emotions. Her second interest is concerned with the role of emotions in self-control and its failure. To investigate these topics she utilizes a number of different research techniques using a multi-method approach that includes neural and physiological methods, as well as more traditional social psychological methods such as reaction time measures and self-report.  Her expertise include Social and Affective Neuroscience; Cross-group Resonance; Emotion and Self-control.

Yael Dai is the recipient of the 2013 J.V. Cunningham Writing Award for Excellence in Writing in the School of Social Science.  Ms. Dai, a psychology major who will soon graduate with the Brandeis class of 2013, was selected for the overall quality of her paper entitled Optimistic Patterns: A music intervention to facilitate routines and decrease anxiety in low-functioning autism.

The J.V. Cunnigham awards are given annually to up to five students.  The competition is open to all undergraduates, who must be nominated by members of the faculty.  The award consists of a certificate and a $100 cash prize.  The papers of all award recipients are also kept in the archives of the Brandeis English department.


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 Nic Rohleder, graduate students Danielle Gianferante, Luke Hanlin and Xuejie Chen and postdoctoral fellows Juliana Breines and Myriam Thoma are featured in the Brandeis Hoot. To read more about their research in the Health Psychology Laboratory, see the article: Rohleder publishes on self-compassion and reduced levels of stress.

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.