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Psychology's Jeff Carroll co-authors new paper

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:17am

Scientists using an experimental treatment have slowed the progression of scrapie, a degenerative central nervous disease caused by prions, in laboratory mice and greatly extended the rodents' lives, according to a new report in JCI Insight. The scientists used antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), synthetic compounds that inhibit the formation of specific proteins.

Meet the 2018-19 Outstanding Graduates from CHSS/Social and Behavioral Sciences

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 9:49am

More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

WWU's Kate McLean to present 'The Power of Storytelling' May 29

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 1:12pm

On Wednesday, May 29 from 6-7 p.m. at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, 500 Carolina St. in Bellingham, Kate McLean, director of Western's Center for Cross-Cultural Research, will present the latest research on storytelling and development, as well as the role storytelling can play from infancy to adulthood, in "The Power of Storytelling in Child and Adolescent Development."

This event is free and open to the public.

Jackie Rose and Alex Czopp to Present 'Blazing a Trail to Sabbatical: Two Research Journeys across Gender, Culture & Species' May 1

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:35am

Jackie Rose and Alex Czopp will be giving a lecture from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in AW 210 titled “Blazing a Trail to Sabbatical: Two Research Journeys across Gender, Culture & Species." Rose and Czopp will discuss the various experiences that influenced their paths from an undergraduate student to a WWU faculty member on sabbatical. This lecture is open to the public, and a great way to learn about some of the exciting research happening at Western.

The talk is co-sponsored by Psi Chi, and light refreshments will be available before the talk.

WWU's Joshua Kaplan to Present 'Cracking the Cannabis Code: How Advances in Cannabis Research Can Improve Medicine and Limit Harm' May 1 at City Hall

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 1:35pm

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Psychology Joshua Kaplan will present 'Cracking the Cannabis Code: How Advances in Cannabis Research Can Improve Medicine and Limit Harm'  from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers at 210 Lottie St. as part of the CHSS Dean's Lecture Series.

WWU Offers Free Counseling to the Community

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:40am

Beginning April 2019, graduate students in Western Washington University’s Psychology Department will provide individual counseling, under faculty supervision. These services are free.

Western’s Counseling Training Clinic has openings for individual counseling of adults, adolescents and children. Appointments for individual counseling are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Faculty Awards & Recognition Ceremony set for April 25

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 9:46am

All WWU faculty are invited to attend the 2019 Faculty Awards & Recognition Ceremony from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in the Wilson Library Reading Room, hosted by Provost Brent Carbajal and Faculty Senate President McNeel Jantzen.

WWU to Host Moin Syed for ‘The Open Science Movement is for All of Us’ April 15

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:58pm

Western Washington University’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research will host Moin Syed, associate professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, for ‘The Open Science Movement is for All of Us’ from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, April 15 in Academic West 204.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Psych grad student seeks help from the campus community on thesis

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:00am

My name is Kristín Haraldsson. I am a Master’s student in experimental psychology at Western looking to recruit participants for my thesis project on identity and immigration. Participants will meet us for a 1-2 hour interview where they will be asked questions about themselves, their parents, and any social groups they may belong to. All information shared is completely confidential, and there a number of steps that we take to ensure that your information is handled appropriately. Participants will be compensated a $50 Amazon e-gift card for their time.

WWU's Center for Cross-Cultural Research to host Columbia University’s Shige Oishi on Feb. 11

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 8:49am

Western Washington University’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research will host Shige Oishi, professor of Psychology at Columbia University, for a guest lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in Academic West 204, titled “What is a good life? A happy life, a meaningful life, or something else?”

This lecture is free and open to the public.

WWU’s Josh Kaplan to Present ‘Cracking the Cannabis Code’ Jan. 29

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 8:34am

Josh Kaplan, assistant professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at Western Washington University, will present “Cracking the Cannabis Code: How advances in cannabinoid science can improve medicine and limit harm” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 29 in Academic West 204 the WWU campus.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by WWU’s Behavioral Neuroscience program.

Sugar Nation: WWU's Jeff Grimm working to unravel how the brain feeds addictions and cravings

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 9:26am

Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the body’s craving for sugar, and he and his team of undergraduates recently published a paper showing how a certain protein, DARPP32, was related to sucrose craving and how that craving could be reduced through environmental enrichment. Western Today recently talked with Grimm about his work and the research of his team.


Opportunity to Participate in a Study and Earn a $50 Amazon Card

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:04am

Experimental psychology master's student, Kristin Haraldsson is recruiting participants for her upcoming thesis project. Please see below for more information. 

WWU's Joseph Trimble to present 'Sabbatical Sojourn in Scotland Among Scholars, Students, Saints, and Spirits' Nov. 29

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:07pm

WWU's Joseph Trimble will present 'Sabbatical Sojourn in Scotland Among Scholars, Students, Saints, and Spirits' at 4 p.m.on Thursday Nov. 29 in Communications Facility 115 as part of the WWU Dept. of Psychology Lecture Series.

Psychology's Brent Mallinckrodt receives Outstanding Lifetime Contribution award

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:55am

Professor Brent Mallinckrodt, Department of Psychology, is recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution award from the Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science of the Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. The citation award citation reads: For exceptional scholarship in the areas of application of attachment theory to psychotherapy process and outcome, stress buffering effects of social support in cancer patients, and coping resources available to racial/ethnic and sexual minority persons.