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We are thrilled to introduce our newest faculty member, Dr. Ellen Yeung! Assistant Professor in the Applied Social Psychology program. Welcome, Dr. Yeung! Read more about her below:

Ellen Yeung, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, received her PhD in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, emphases in Health and Quantitative Psychology. Previously, she was an NIAAA-funded (T32) postdoctoral fellow in the Alcohol Studies Program at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she received training in statistical genetics, the psychology of alcohol use and addiction.

The substantive goal of Dr. Yeung's research program is to understand unique and shared risk and resilience factors underlying addiction and chronic pain, and the mechanisms linking the two. In particular, using a lifespan developmental perspective, her work aims to examine the influences of genetics, social environment, and their interplay on: (1) the pathologies of addiction and pain, independently (2) sensitivity to pain among individuals with addiction; (3) susceptibility to addiction among patients with chronic pain; and (4) the biopsychosocial pathways that may account, at least in part, for the reciprocal relation between addiction and chronic pain. The qualitative goal of Dr. Yeung's research program is to bridge substantive and statistical knowledge to generate novel methodological and statistical approaches for addressing substantive interests.

She has published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Annals Behavioral Medicine, Development and Psychopathology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, PAIN, and Psychoneuroendocrinology.

She loves meditation and yoga, and she is an avid dog lover.

Ellen Yeung with her best friend’s dog, Reo.

Please join us in congratulating Dr.Lisa Bowleg, who has just been awarded an R21 from the National Institute of Mental Health! The title of the grant is "Developing and Validating New Measures of Multilevel Intersectional Stigma to Improve the HIV Prevention Continuum for Young Black Gay Bisexual and Other Men who Have Sex with Men in the South". Wonderful news!!

Congratulations on these recent fellowships awarded to Psychology folks!

Psychology major, Melissa Baker, has been awarded a Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  She will work with faculty mentor, Dr. Mimi Le on a project titled, "The Relationship Between Physical Activity Levels & Postpartum Depression Symptoms at 6 Weeks Postpartum".

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student, Sanam (Sammy) Dhaliwal, has been awarded  a George Washington University Summer Dissertation Fellowship for her project, "The Role of Sleep Disruption in the Onset of Perinatal Depression"  Sammy's faculty mentor is Dr. Mimi Le.

Applied Social Psychology Ph.D. student, Steffi Renninger, has been awarded a George Washington University Summer Dissertation Fellowship for her project, "Adaptive and Maladaptive Responses to Weight Loss Failure among Middle-Aged Men: The Potential Moderating Role of Achievement Goals." Her faculty mentor is Dr. Tonya Dodge.

Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Patrick Cox, received an Early Career Travel Grant to attend the upcoming Vision Sciences Society meeting in St. Petersburg, FL in May.  Patrick works with Dr. Steve Mitroff.

Sanam (Sammy) Dhaliwal and Maria Cimporescu, who were awarded Richard Walk Dissertation Fellowships!  Sammy’s research mentor is Dr. Mimi Le, and her project is entitled “The Role of Sleep Disturbance in the Onset of Perinatal Depression”.  Maria’s mentor is Dr. George Howe, and her project is “Stress Appraisal of Anticipatory Stressors Related to the Transition Out of College”

We wish all of them the best in these endeavors!