Focus on the faculty: Jennifer McDowell

Posted 2 years 2 months ago

The mysteries of the brain shape the contours of psychology professor Jennifer McDowell's research and teaching:

What are your favorite courses and why?

“Biologic Foundations of Behavior”— most graduate students in clinical or counseling fields have to take it, end up taking it with me, and a subset of students   always dread it. When I was new, I felt sorry that they were forced to take the class.  I have evolved.  Now I start by explaining how important this class is, and that it should be required for every student. Sometimes brains work well and sometimes brains do not...

Josh Miller wins APF's Millon Award

Posted 2 years 2 months ago

Professor of psychology Josh Miller was awarded the 2016 Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation:

The annual award honors an outstanding early- to mid-career psychologist engaged in advancing the science of personality psychology including the areas of personality, personality theory, personality disorders and personality measurement, according to the foundation.

As director of clinical training in the UGA department of psychology, Miller has focused his research on the idea that personality disorders can be conceived of,...

Improving psychiatric diagnoses

Posted 2 years 5 months ago
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A team of researchers led by faculty in psychology has identified a number of biological markers that make it possible to classify mental disorders with greater precision:

The advent of modern medical diagnostic tools has made it possible to identify the hallmarks of innumerable diseases with simple, reliable tests that portray the inner workings of the body in exquisite detail—allowing doctors to pinpoint the specific cause of a patient's complaint and prescribe the proper course of treatment.

The same cannot be said, however, for the field of psychiatry. Despite advances in...

Noted and Quoted, November 2015

Posted 2 years 5 months ago

In new stories about history, art, climate, psychology and the environment, Franklin faculty provided key insights in media from around the world. A sample from the past month:

Examining Hurricane Patricia. Marshall Shepherd, professor of atmospheric sciences, was asked if the storm’s media coverage was over-hyped. “Are you kidding me? How can you over-hype a record-shattering hurricane, packing EF-5 tornado winds, and approaching a major country?” Articles filed in, Washington Post and Mexico News Daily.

Different strokes: Artists debate value of college – R&B...

Amazing Student Miller Singleton

Posted 2 years 6 months ago

Franklin College double major Miller Singleton (biology & psychology) strives to make service and study abroad the hallmarks of her UGA experience:

Since my freshman year, I have volunteered as a mentor with Shop with a Bulldawg, an organization whose mission is to serve Athens by bringing joy and hope to children during the holidays. I currently volunteer with Affinis Hospice in which I have the opportunity to serve as a companion and listen to the incredible stories of my patients. My idea of service transcends borders, and UGA has afforded me numerous opportunities to travel...