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Gloria Selva, an undergraduate research assistant working with Dr. Stephens, is one of eight students selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Virginia. Gloria will work on research focusing on schools, classrooms, and other youth settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development. She will also participate in meetings and workshops intended to prepare students for graduate level coursework and research.

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The Developmental Psychology Program invites applications for our 2014 summer internship program, an 8-week, unpaid mentored research experience in developmental science, June 9- Aug 1, 2014. The program is designed for highly motivated undergraduate psychology majors or graduating seniors who plan to apply to graduate school in developmental science.

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Dr. Eliza Nelson just published a paper titled "Early handedness in infancy predicts language ability in toddlers" in Developmental Psychology. The study found that consistent right-handedness during infancy was associated with advanced language skills at 24 months. Further, children who were not lateralized as infants but who became right-handed or left-handed as toddlers had typical language scores.

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Russell Sage Foundation has awarded Dr. Mary Levitt $23,090 for her study "Students from Other Lands: Findings and Recommendations from Project SOL. The award is to facilitate the preparation of a book based on a longitudinal study of adaptation in newly immigrant children and adolescents funded initially by the Spencer Foundation.

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Alan Meca receives UGS Provost Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

Newly graduated doctoral student Dr. Alan Meca has been selected as the recipient of the UGS Provost Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. He will receive the award at the Provost Awards Recognition Reception Friday, April from 4-6 pm at the Frost Art Cafe, which is during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

Dionne Stephen was selected for a Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) Junior Faculty Fellowship. The program will fund Dr. Stephens' research project that seeks identifies culturally informed perceptions of violence against women in Mysore, India.

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Psychology majors Marcela Ramos and Daniela Salaza were among more than 70 student researchers from 10 South Florida colleges and universities who presented their findings at the 2014 Life Sciences South Florida STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium recently. Dr. Shannon Pruden is their mentor.

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Dr. Reeb-Sutherland receives CCF Intramural Award

Bethany Reeb-Sutherland was awarded the CCF Intramural Award to in February to investigate differential brain activity via event-related potentials (ERPs) in 1-month-old infants during learning of social and non-social cues. Additional funds will be use to examine neural plasticity in response to an attention-training intervention in children and adolescents with an anxiety disorder.

Alina Nazareth received 1st place in the UGS Social Sciences Oral Research Presentation

Alina Nazareth received 1st place in the Social Sciences Oral Research Presentation category at the UGS Scholarly Awards Conference. Alina is a second-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Shannon Pruden. She is studying spatial skills in children and adolescents. She was recognized for her work at the Provost Awards Recognition Reception.

Alejandro Casas awarded Undergraduate McNair Fellowship

Undergraduate student Alejandro Casas was chosen from a pool of over 800 applicants as a fellow for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Alex will work with Dr. Reeb-Sutherland to examine behavioral and neural changes in response monitoring as the result of an attention-training intervention for pediatric anxiety.

Carla Abad has been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend, coverage of their school's tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research.

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Dr. Eliza Nelson receives near-infrared spectroscopy training award

Dr. Eliza Nelson as been awarded an Center for Children & Families (CCF) intramural grant of $4000 for near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) training to examine lateralization in infants. The grant will pay for her and a graduate student to receive training in collecting, processing, and analyzing NIRS data and also to purchase an infant cap for use at FIU in future projects.


The inaugural Developmental Science Program Summer Internship program ends this month. The 8 week program attracted an elite group of students from Williams College, UConn, Vassar, Emory, Cornell, and Illinois. The seminar ends with presentations of the work each student completed in their assigned labs on Wednesday July 30th in DM 258.

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Two articles by 2nd year Doctoral Student Adam Zimmerman were published this summer. His article "Online Aggression: The Influences of Anonymity and Social Modeling" (Psychology of Popular Media Culture) shares his findings that aggressive social modeling exacerbates online aggression in anonymous individuals. He also co- authored "Novel Group-Based Paradigm for Manipulating Ostracism and Group Members’ Performance" which was publish in Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice.

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Dr. Pruden will be participating in the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Science Communication Program (SCP) where she will receive professional development training in science communication across a variety of audiences, particularly audiences in the informal learning setting. As part of this opportunity, Dr. Pruden will create a hands-on table top demo that showcases her research.

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Dr. Shannon Pruden awarded NSF grant to study Physics students' learning processes

This National Science Foundation funded project, entitled "Exploring the Neural Mechanisms of Physics Learning," will investigate undergraduate students' learning of physics concepts and associated neural mechanisms with learning using fMRI. Co-PI Dr. Pruden will oversee the administration of behavioral assessments. This award starts August 15, 2014 and ends July 31, 2017 and is for a total of $594,547.


Dr. Stephens to lead Gender, Sexuality & Hip Hop workshop for Miami- Dade Teachers

Dr. Dionne Stephens will be presenting her research to psychologists, social workers and counselors who work with students identified with emotional/behavioral disabilities within the Miami- Dade County Public School (MDCPS) system on November 4. This workshop, titled "Gender, Sexuality & Health in Hip Hop”, will examine the relevance of youth driven cultures when addressing diverse student populations psychological well- being.


Alina Nazareth awarded a FIU Dissertation Year Fellowship

Congratulations to Alina Nazareth for being awarded a FIU Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYF). The selective DYF provides support to highly-qualified doctoral students during the writing phase of their dissertation. This award is given to students who are conducting outstanding research in and have established a notable record of scholarship during their doctoral studies.