Dr. Michele Breault, the first female faculty member hired in the Truman (then Northeast Missouri) department of psychology, began teaching in 1980. Last December, Michele retired from full-time teaching and was honored by forty two people in attendance at a Homecoming Alumni Reception this past October. Below are a few comments from our alumni on a recent alumni survey.
Dr. Michele Breault Honorary Fund was created through initial donations by several of her faculty colleagues and former students. The fund was dedicated in her honor for the purchase of needed hallway seating for students to gather, collaborate and talk to faculty members as Michele always took the time to do.
“She was a fantastic influence”
“It was the research experience I had with her that …led me to my current job”
“She taught me so much about psychology and…how to mentor others in a sensitive and accepting way”
“Michele was a fantastic instructor in the social psychology course”
“Dr. Breault challenged me to go outside my comfort areas and test the guidelines of social interaction.”
Seniors Megan Hohenstein and Analia Albuja presented research at the 21st Annual McNair Presentation on September 9, 2013. Megan presented “Working Memory, Metacognition, and the Impact of Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom” and Analia presented “Machismo and Marianismo Revisted: Language, Acculturation, and Gender Role Perceptions Among Latinos”. Psychology faculty whom served as mentors for their research projects are respectively Drs Sherri Palmer and Terry Palmer.
The purpose of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. The mission of Truman’s program is to ensure that participants attain their undergraduate degrees on time, encourage them to enroll in graduate programs and then track their progress through to the successful completion of the Ph.D.
The Psychology Department congratulates the following faculty members for their recent recognitions for their outstanding teaching and mentoring!
Dr. Fred Shaffer (Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year), Dr. Rob Tigner (ODK’s Faculty Hall of Fame), Dr. Teri Heckert (finalist, Educator of the Year), Professor Sal Costa (semi-finalist, Educator of the Year)
Six oral and seven poster presentations were given at the Student Research Conference on Tuesday, April 16th. Psychology major, Sarah Jo David is pictured here presenting her poster titled “How Much Does Quality of Life Improve for Panic Disorder Patients Receiving Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy? A Meta-Analysis” Dr. Jeffery Vittengl served as Faculty Mentor.
Recently, psychology professor Dr. Sherri Palmer served on a panel on the future of LGBTQ rights sponsored by the Students For Social Change. Other members of the panel were Dr. Anton Weisstein (biology), Dr. Paul Parker (political science), Dr. Mike Ashcraft (philosophy & religion), Aaron Malin (executive director of Missourians for Equality and president of Student Government), and Brandon Eychaner (president of Prism).
Psychology students Jabari Allen, Evan Fluty, Joseph Gregory, Daniel Jones, Alexander Kane, Max McDermott, David Schultz, Teresa Vodopest, and Chris Zerr presented three oral papers and three posters at the 44th Annual Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Conference in Portland, Oregon March 14-16, 2013.
One of the studies, ‘Can Heartfelt Emotion Facilitate Autonomic Recovery from a Math Stress?’ was selected as one of four citation papers during the conference. In addition, students presented ‘Do the Left and Right Hands Differ in Responsiveness to Experimental Stressors?’ and ‘Can Heartfelt Emotion Attenuate the Autonomic Effects of a Math Stressor?’.
Additionally, Dr. Shaffer served as the program chair for the conference.
The psychology department is offering many exciting classes this summer and during May and August Interim! A majority of these classes are completely online, meaning that students can take them even if they don’t plan on spending their summer in Kirksville. The course catalog for the Summer can be viewed here.
Join psychology club on the following dates this semester! All meetings are at 7PM in MG 1000.
February 27th – Abnormal Psychology
March 6th – Forensic Psychology
March 20th – The Psychology of Parenting
April 10th – The Psychology of Lying
April 24th – Psych Game Night and Elections