News and Events

Summer 2021 News

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Dr. Lachman Chosen for Award
Congrats to faculty Dr. Margie Lachman, who has been selected for the Gerontological Society’s 2021 Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award.
According to the Society’s citation, “This award is given to an individual who has fostered excellence in, and had a major impact on, the field by virtue of their mentoring, and whose inspiration is sought by students and colleagues.”
The award will be formally given during the Society’s meeting this fall.
Graduation Ceremony Available

Congratulations of our 2021 graduates! You can view the virtual graduation ceremony here.

Spring 2021 News

Dissertation Research Award
Congratulations to graduate student Xin Yao Lin of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Laboratory, who recently received an APA dissertation award:
Covid 19 info
Brandeis’ Spring 2021 semester is being conducted in a hybrid fashion, with some students living on campus and taking a portion of their courses in person and some students studying completely remotely. Students, faculty and staff coming to campus should comply with all measures required within the Campus Passport, including testing and taking the Daily Health Assessment. For complete information, visit the COVID-19 Response website.

Fall 2020 news

Signing up for Research Methods (PSYC 52a)
Sign-up for PSYC 52a, RESEARCH METHODS & LAB in PSYCHOLOGY for the Spring, 2021 semester will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, December 9 and 10.  The department will offer three sections of PSYC 52a with 25 spaces each.  Sign-up sheets will be available in Google Forms starting at 8:40 a.m. on those two days only.  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.  The Google Forms link will not be available until 8:40 am on December 9.  Contact Evelyn Caira at with questions.

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. Mitchell    Mon, Wed     2-4:00 pm
52a(3)Rsrch Mthds & Lab  Prof. Mitchell    Tue, Thu      10-12:00 pm
Art Wingfield- Invited Lectures

Art Wingfield gave a series of invited lectures in a southern hemisphere summer course held last semester in Cape Town, South Africa.  The course, which was designed to promote computational neuroscience in Africa, included graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from various disciplines, including neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, psychology, and biology.  The course was sponsored by the Simons Foundation and the International Brain Research Organization.

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Change in Undergraduate Advising
New UAH information for Fall 2020:
Professor Joseph Cunningham <> has taken the role of Undergraduate Advising Head. Students should send their declaration forms to Dr. Cunningham via email. If you prefer to set up a Zoom meeting, please email him with a few available time slots. 

News Feature

Lifespan Lab cited in BBC article
Mirjam Stieger of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Laboratory was cited in a recent BBC article

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Student Achievements 2019-2020

Check on what our graduate students have accomplished this year!

Spring 2020 News

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Margie Lachman featured in APA special issue
The work of faculty Margie Lachman was recently featured in a special issue of the American Psychological Association (link).
New student publications

Congratulations to two former honors thesis students, who had papers based on their theses accepted to peer-reviewed journals this week:
Tali Rychik (CoPE Lab; see paper here)

Selen Amado (Aging, Culture & Cognition Lab; see paper here

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Congratulations: Dr. Jennifer Gutsell
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Gutsell, who has been awarded tenure
Congratulations: Dr. Angela Gutchess
Congratulations to Dr. Angela Gutchess, who has been granted a full professorship
Verna Regan Award: Alycia Bisson
Congratulations to Alycia Bisson for winning the Verna Regan Award Excellence as a Teaching Fellow AS WELL AS the Award for Exceptional Departmental Service during the Remote Learning Transition of 2020. This award recognizes the contributions of graduate students who have been critical in supporting the department’s pivot to remote learning, whether through peer support, faculty support and overall technology troubleshooting. 
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Welcoming our new UDR

The department is excited to welcome our new undergraduate department representative, Gila Weinrib.

Originally from New Jersey, Gila spent a year after high school studying in Israel and is currently a Junior studying psychology and HSSP. She still does not know exactly what she wants to do in her future but hopes to work with patients directly in a treatment field related to clinical psychology or neuropsychology. She is a research assistant in the CARD lab and is particularly interested in emotions and how neurological mechanisms relate to psychopathology. Outside of schoolwork, Gila teaches in Sunday school, helps run Challah for Hunger, works on the dining committee, and volunteers for Spectrum. In her free time, Gila loves to “procrastibake” (happy to share all recipes!) spend time with her family, play the piano, and do arts and crafts. She’s thrilled to be UDR this year and cannot wait to discuss all things psychology related!

Sign up for PSYC 52a, Research Methods (updated 3/24)

With our apologies, we are again moving the dates of our online sign-up for PSYC 52a (Research Methods & Lab) for the Fall 2020 semester.  The early registration period begins on Monday, April 20 – 24.  Our virtual sign-up will be held on Monday & Tuesday, April 13 & 14.  Please keep in mind that Statistics is a mandatory prerequisite for this course, and that priority is given to upper classmen.  The sign-up link will be activated and sent to you that Monday morning.  Questions?  Contact Evelyn Caira at  Hope you are all doing well.

             Mandatory prerequisite is Psyc 51a, Statistics


52a(1)Rsrch Mthds & Lab        Prof. Mitchell                            Mon, Wed   2-4:00 pm

52a(2)Rsrch Mthds & Lab        Prof. Wright                              Tue, Thu     2-4:00 pm

Fall 2019 News

"Careers in Psychology" Event 10/23

October 23, 2019

Next week on 10/23/19, William James College will be coming to Hiatt for a "Careers in Psychology" informational event.

Questions? Contact the Psyc UDRs:

Maya Barton-Zuckerman '20 <>

Wanchen Zhao '19 <>

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Sign-Up for Psyc 52a, RESEARCH METHODS & LAB in PSYCHOLOGY, Spring 2020

Sign-Up for Psyc 52a, RESEARCH METHODS & LAB in PSYCHOLOGY for the Spring, 2020 semester will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, October 23 and 24.  The department will offer three 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. Mitchell                            Mon, Wed   2-4:00 pm

52a(3)Rsrch Mthds & Lab        Prof. Mitchell                            Tue, Thu    10-12 pm

Congrats to graduates

Congratulations to the 2 PhD students and 13 MA students who will graduate this weekend!

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Nicole Ayasse wins Certificate of Leadership
Congratulations to graduate student Nicole Ayasse, who was awarded a Certificate of Leadership from the Graduate Student Association. Nicole has been recognized for her service and dedication as a graduate student leader. pic of nicole
Jeremy Simon awarded Verna Regan Award

Please join us in congratulating Jeremy Simon, recipient of this year's Verna Regan Award. This award is given each year to a Ph.D. student in Psychology who has excelled in working as a teaching fellow.

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Doctoral student Alycia Bisson awarded a 2019 University Prize Instructorship

Congratulations to doctoral student Alycia Bisson, who was awarded a 2019 University Prize Instructorship.
The University Prize Instructorship award provides our most promising educators with $6,000 to teach their own class.
This class will take an interdisciplinary approach to understand sleep, examining scientific research that explores different theories about why humans sleep, what happens to the body and brain during sleep, and ways that sleep can be improved.
This course will be offered in Fall 2019.

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Our New Undergraduate Departmental Representative
The department is pleased to welcome our new Undergraduate Departmental Representative, Wanchen Zhao, Class of 2021.  Wanchen will begin her duties this fall semester.
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Maya Barton-Zuckerman will continue as a UDR for the 19-20 academic year.
The Lasting Impact of Faculty

Such a powerful story from (Rabbi) Steve Schwartz about his experience at Brandeis, and an impactful interaction with faculty Dr. Joe Cunningham in 1982:

"One conversation with a professor sticks with me. I was a middling student. He grabbed me after class and we talked for maybe five minutes. I don’t remember exactly what he said. It had something to do with my potential, with something he saw in me that I didn’t see. I walked out of his office and thought of myself in a different way. Suddenly there was an intellectual curiosity, almost a kind of muse, that I am still following. I wonder if he ever knew?"

(full article:

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Fall 2018 News

Congratulations to Dr. Ray Knight

Congratulations to Dr. Ray Knight, who won the Joseph Zubin Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology. The award is "in recognition of lifetime contributions to the understanding of psychopathology."

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Congratulations to Dr. Angela Gutchess

Faculty member Dr. Angela Gutchess was elected to the governing board of the Psychonomic Society.

angela gutchessCongratulations Dr. Gutchess!


  • Recipients of the 2018 Teaching Innovation Grant include Professor Angela Gutchess (Teaching Learning Using the Science of Learning) and Professor Teresa Mitchell (An Image-based, Self-paced Module for Teaching and Learning Human Brain Anatomy).  Teaching innovation grants focus on innovations in teaching and student assessment, addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and team teaching/interdisciplinary course design
  • Professors Angela Gutchess and Bob Sekuler have received a 2018 Research Innovation Award for Perceptual and Mnemonic Differences across Cultures. Professors Hannah Snyder and Joy von Steiger (Brandeis Counseling Center) have won the same award for Promoting successful transitions to college for students at high risk for anxiety and depression. This award is aimed at early stage research to initiate innovative scholarly inquiry and creative activities that have the potential for significant, sustained impact.
  • 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. 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.