News and Events

Congratulations to our new Psi Chi International Honor Society Members

The Induction Ceremony for our 28 new members will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library.

Welcoming our new UDRs (Undergraduate Departmental Representatives)

The psychology department welcomes two new UDRs for 2018-19 UDRs.  They are:

Maya Barton-Zuckerman Maya Barton-Zuckermanand Akshiti Todi.

Photo of Akshiti Todi

They will be joining our current UDR, Lauren Puglisi.

Our UDRs are available to answer any questions, assist with course selection, and help undergraduates navigate the psychology program. Please feel free to reach out to them anytime!

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar

The Psychology department's UDRs will be hosting Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD, Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program of William James College next Tuesday, April 10, 7-8:30 pm in Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center.
Join us for a discussion on working in mental health with culturally diverse individuals and communities! 

This program is for students who are interested in an overview and discussion on:

·       Multicultural and global perspectives in Psychology and behavioral health
·       Factors in working with marginalized individuals, families and communities
·       What is cultural competence, awareness and sensitivity 
·       Diverse populations and settings requiring culturally competent mental 
           health clinicians
Questions?  Please contact Selen Amado '18 or Caroline Kaye '18

Summer School Opportunities

If you are a psychology major and want to complete course requirements over the summer, the following required classes will be offered in Summer of 2018:

Other psychology electives will also be available. Full course listings are available on the Summer School website.

Grant Opportunity

The Ilene Gordon Wittels Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship in Social Psychology

Note: Applications for Summer 2018 will be accepted until March 16, 2018 at 5 pm.

This fellowship program was established to enhance research opportunities for undergraduate students working in Psychology Labs with a focus on social or developmental topics. The Summer Research Fellowship will run from June 1 to August 17, 2018.

Students who will be rising Brandeis sophomores, juniors, and seniors in summer 2018, and working in a social psychology lab as of January 1, 2018 are eligible to apply. Recipients must be Psychology majors and are expected to be in residence during the period mentioned above.

Awardees will be announced by April 9, 2018.


Letters of recommendation and transcripts should be sent by email to

For general questions, please contact Sarah Lupis, Psychology Department Coordinator, at

Psychology Alumni Career Panel & Networking Night

Wednesday, February 7, 7–8:30 p.m.

Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center

Discover what the Brandeis alumni are up to after graduation. Learn what you can do with a psychology degree, and talk to the alumni to gain valuable connections for internship and job opportunities! More about this event.

Spring 2018 News

Apply to be an Undergraduate Departmental Representative (UDR)
Apply to be an undergraduate departamental representative
Sign-up for Psyc 52a, Research Methods & Lab in Psychology

Sign-up for Psyc 52a, RESEARCH METHODS & LAB in PSYCHOLOGY for the Fall 2018 semester will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21. The department will offer two sections of PSYC 52a with 25 spaces each. Sign-up sheets along with further information will be posted outside the Psychology Office, Brown 125, starting at 8:40 a.m. on those two days only. Individuals who cannot sign-up personally should ensure that their names are entered on the sheets by a second person. After the sign-up process ends, we will contact you to let you know if you made it into the class. Priority is given to seniors, then juniors, etc.

Mandatory Prerequisite is Psyc 51a, Statistics


52a(1)Rsrch Mthds & Lab    Prof. Mitchell        Mon, Wed 10-12:00 pm

52a(2)Rsrch Mthds & Lab    Prof. Wright          Mon, Wed 12-2:00 pm

Undergraduate Advising Head

Professor Joseph Cunningham is our Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH). His office is located in Brown 317 and his Spring 2018 office hours are Tuesday 2-3 pm and Thursday 1-2 pm.


  • Professor Robert Sekuler has been elected a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists. The society was founded by Edward Titchener in 1904 and elects 6 new members annually from among the leading experimentalists in North America.

  • Professor Margie Lachman has received a 2015 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award. To read more, visit the EurekAlert press release.

  • 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.

  • Professor Shantanu Jadhav has won the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 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.

In the News

  • Dr. Ray Knight received The Theoharis Seghorn Award for Professional Achievement from the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
  • Dr. Don Katz interviewed about color perception and taste for NPR: Are Gummy Bear Flavors Just Fooling Our Brains?
  • Dr. Andrew Molinsky (IBS) headlied an event for the annual Dialogues Program to discuss strategies to build personal confidence in the workplace.

  • Dr. Paul DiZio's research on the psychology of movement is featured in a Brandeis Magazine article.

  • Dr. Shantanu Jadhav is featured in BrandeisNow: Wellington Prize Winnder Aims for the Stars. He was the winner of the 2016 Wellington Prize, with which he used to purchase a mechanical telescope.

  • Dr. Margie Lachman is featured in BrandeisNow: Financial Stress takes a toll on appearance.

  • Dr. Sheila Brownlow, who received her PhD from our program in 1989, and has now been named one of the 10 Must Take Psychology Professors in Charlotte, NC! To learn more about her accomplishments, read the article on the Catawba College News Page.

  • Professor Katz is featured in BrandeisNow: How many senses do humans really have? Read the article to learn more about why he believes taste, smell, touch, sound and sight may be part of the same system!

  • Arielle Keller '16 has been selected for this week's Scholar Spotlight! The Scholar Spotlight series is a new initiative in Academic Services to help highlight excellent research that is happening around campus. For more information and opportunities for research funding or fellowships, see the Academic Fellowships at Brandeis University Facebook page.

  • A special issue of Research in Human Development, Just One Wish for the Study of Human Development, includes an article written by Prof. Margie Lachman.

  • Professor Robert Sekuler's research with Timothy Hickey and Yile Sun is featured in BrandeisNOW. They used a computer game to collect data at the Museum of Science to investigate audiovisual interaction and the impact of sensory distraction.

  • Professor Margie Lachman is featured in BrandeisNOW for her research with the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions.

  • 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.

  • Professor Ellen Wright is featured in the Brandeis Hoot.