April 18, 2015

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

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 http://cas.umw.edu/psychology/files/2012/02/symposium-final-program_2015.pdf.

UMW Psychologists Discuss Balance on Public Radio Show

University of Mary Washington psychologists Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin say that finding happiness in life doesn’t come from having more material possessions. Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin “There’s really no way to be all in at work, all in as a parent, all in as a partner or spouse and all in in other social roles like volunteering,” said Liss who coauthors the recently released book Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family and Lifewith her colleague. “You have to find out what works for you to give balance in life.” Liss and Schiffrin explore how to achieve this balance in an upcoming interview on Virginia’s Public Radio Program With Good Reason, which airs Jan. 24 through Jan. 30. In the radio show, they discuss how to avoid working or parenting in excess, how to focus on what is intrinsically motivating, and how to work toward gender equality in the home and workplace in order to give concrete steps toward reaching harmony among our roles in life. 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. The show also airs broadcast on public radio stations in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington D.C. To listen from outside of the Fredericksburg area, a complete list of air times and links to corresponding radio stations can be found at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen.  Audio files of the full program and its companion news feature are available online at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2015/01/where-did-you-come-from. Liss and Schiffrin are international experts on the subjects of happiness, gender issues and intensive and helicopter parenting. Liss is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV). Schiffrin is president of the Virginia Academic and Applied Psychologist Academy of the Virginia Psychological Association. Balancing work and family also is personal for Liss and Schiffrin. While maintaining full teaching and research loads, they also are raising young children.

Liss to be Featured on With Good Reason

An encore presentation of Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss’ interview on With Good Reason can be heard beginning Nov. 15 through Nov. 21.

Broadcast times are listed at: www.withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen

The full program will be posted a week after the show at: withgoodreasonradio.org/2014/11/plague-after-war

Standing Up Against Sexism

Ask Chris Kilmartin what his ideal stage would be, and he may divulge a secret wish to appear on “The Daily Show” trading barbs with political funny guy Jon Stewart.

Still, Kilmartin, a part-time stand-up comedian and full-time University of Mary Washington psychology professor, says he is just as happy making an impact in the classroom and on the national stage—shattering stereotypes about gender psychology and bringing attention to the serious issue of sexual violence.

Standing Up Against Sexism

Ask Chris Kilmartin what his ideal stage would be, and he may divulge a secret wish to appear on “The Daily Show” trading barbs with political funny guy Jon Stewart. Still, Kilmartin, a part-time stand-up comedian and full-time University of Mary Washington psychology professor, says he is just as happy making an impact in the classroom and on the national stage—shattering stereotypes about gender psychology and bringing attention to the serious issue of sexual violence.

APS Publishes Wilson’s Article

The Association for Psychological Science’s “Observer” recently published an article by Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, entitled “Introduction to Meta-Analysis: A Guide for the Novice.”

Liss and Schiffrin Featured on CBS

Balancing the Big StuffHolly Schiffrin and Miriam N. Liss, professors of psychology, recently published their book, “Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life” and discussed it on CBS’s Virginia This Morning program. They talked about the ways in which we all define “having it all” and how we can obtain it for ourselves through a better evaluation of what we want from ourselves, our families, our jobs and each other.

Check out the video: Two Mary Washington professors explain what it means to “have it all”

Learning Lab Redefined

There is a new student in Professor Woodrow Richardson’s Tuesday afternoon principles of management class.

Learning Lab Redefined

UMW students train service dogs.

Mindy Erchull Honored with Leadership Award

Mindy Erchull, associate professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized as an emerging leader by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Mindy Erchull

Mindy Erchull

The award, given by the APA’s Committee on Women in Psychology, honors psychologists who have made a substantial contribution to women in psychology and show promise of an extensive, influential career. Erchull was distinguished for her pattern of scholarship, mentorship of undergraduate students and service to the profession.

She was named an APA Fellow in 2013, and currently serves as program chair for the 2015 APA convention for the Society for the Psychology of Women. She has presented her research on gender issues and feminism at numerous APA conventions.

Erchull earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in social psychology from Arizona State University, after receiving a B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College. Her research interests include objectification and sexualization of women, feminism and feminist identity, psychological aspects of reproductive health, and attitudes about menstruation. She also has broad training in social psychology, health psychology, psychology of women, women’s health, social influence, and statistics and research methods.

In addition to research and academic training in these areas, Erchull serves as a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, Women’s Reproductive Health, and Gender Issues. She also regularly reviews manuscripts for other journals, including Sex Roles, Health Care for Women International and Basic and Applied Social Psychology.