November 24, 2017

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2017 Psi Chi PowerCards Available

The UMW chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, is starting its 2017 fundraiser. Each year, Fredericksburg-area businesses offer discounts for the calendar year to those who purchase a card. For $5, you can save money throughout the year and help a great group of students fund their projects at the same time. If you’re interested in purchasing one, you can contact their faculty advisor, Mindy Erchull ( or the chapter officers (

UMW Psychology Professor Featured on With Good Reason (

UMW’s Psi Chi Chapter Honored

The University of Mary Washington’s Chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, was recently honored as the 2016 Southeastern Regional Chapter of of the Year.  This award recognizes the chapter as modeling excellence through programming and service and identifies it as one of the premier chapters in the country.  The Department of Psychological Science would like to thank the 2015-16 office team and the membership as a whole for all of their hard work, which is truly deserving of this recognition.

Erchull Presents at Annual Meeting of Association for Women in Psychology

Mindy Erchull recently presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology held in Pittsburgh, Pa.  She presented a paper titled The thin ideal: A “wrong prescription” not an inspiration based on a book chapter in the recently published book, The wrong prescription for women: How medicine and media create a ‘need’ for treatments, drugs, and surgery.  She also presented a poster titled Self-sexualization: From other-evaluation to self-evaluation with Leanna Papp (’14) and Celeste Kelly (’15).

Erchull named Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

Dr. Mindy Erchull was selected for Fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science in recognition of her sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychological science.

UMW Professors to be Featured on ‘With Good Reason’ (The Free Lance-Star)

Professors to be Featured on Radio Program (World News)

Professors to be Featured on Radio Program

University of Mary Washington Professors Mara Scanlon and Mindy Erchull will be featured in upcoming episodes of the With Good Reason public radio program. Mara Scanlon During Professor of English Mara Scanlon’s encore interview, to be broadcast June 27 to July 3, she discusses Walt Whitman and his time as a nurse during the Civil War in a show entitled “America the Beautiful.” In a project that involved collaboration with three other universities, Scanlon worked on a digital humanities project, “Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman,” which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The full interview will be available beginning the week of the show at Mindy Erchull Associate Professor of Psychology Mindy Erchull’s encore interview will be broadcast July 4 to 19. In this program, entitled “The Innocence Project,” she discusses love and jealousy and the link to abusive relationships. Based on findings from a recent survey, Erchull suggests that women who see jealousy as a positive thing may be more likely to find themselves in abusive relationships. The full interview will be available beginning the week of the show at With Good Reason is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show airs weekly in Fredericksburg on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital. To listen from outside of the Fredericksburg area, a complete list of air times and links to corresponding radio stations can be found at

UMW to Host Psi Chi Symposium, April 23-24

The University of Mary Washington’s chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society for psychology, will hold the 30th annual Psi Chi Research Symposium on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24.   Amy Van Arsdale, 2015 Psi Chi Symposium Keynote The keynote address , “Questioning, Creativity, and Caring: Impacting Your Community at Every Level”  will be given by Amy Van Arsdale, assistant professor of psychology at Marymount University, at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 24. An award ceremony and reception will follow. More than 130 students will present their research as part of the symposium on Thursday, April 23 from 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. The symposium and research presentations are free and open to the public. Arsdale teaches classes on abnormal psychology, counseling theories and personality theories at Marymount University.  In her personal research, Arsdale studies the development of delinquent behavior among adolescent girls, which she developed an interest in while working on a research grant for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Arsdale also is interested in the study of juvenile justice, adolescent sex offenders and perfectionism. Arsdale completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Towson University Counseling Center prior to teaching at Marymount in 2010. In addition, she has conducted couple, group and individual psychotherapy at a domestic violence shelter, community mental health center and university counseling centers. For more information about the symposium, contact Mindy Erchull, associate professor of psychology, at 540-654-1557. To view the program, visit