Talking it through

Posted 2 years 1 month ago

Among the many aspects of communication between couples - from sharing aspirations, hopes and dreams to paying the bills and planning visits to the in-laws - the nature of how we talk to each other rises to particular importance. And while discussions of all kinds shape the interactions with our significant others, factors determining our relative happiness and quite often, the very sustainability of the relationship, can go beyond the success of communication itself:

One of the top reasons couples seek counseling is communication issues, so does better communication predict a more...

Amazing Student: Sarah Ouderkirk

Posted 2 years 4 months ago
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Franklin College double major (biology and pyschology) and president of the premed honors society (Alpha Epsilon Delta) Sarah Ourderkirk came to UGA as a legacy and is leaving ready for the next step in her training to become a medical doctor:

My favorite professor is...

Well, I have two. Karl Espelie and Sylvia Hutchinson have both walked alongside me over the course of my college career. They have taken the time to get to know me as a person as well as a student. 

I will be forever thankful for Dr. Espelie’s constant support and guidance while serving as my academic...

Focus on the faculty: Jennifer McDowell

Posted 2 years 5 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 5 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 8 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...