August 25, 2019

Wilson Comments on Survivors of Mass Shootings

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science Laura Wilson continues to provide insight about the psychological effects of mass shootings to national media. She was recently interviewed on Brinkwire.com in an article titled “‘National anxiety’ about mass shootings following massacres in El Paso and Dayton.”

“The narrative we hear in these impacted communities is, ‘I never thought it would happen here,’ and so I think that gets people thinking, ‘Well then, that can happen to me too,'” Wilson said, adding, “The immediate aftermath is the greatest level of risk for that type of reaction and then we tend to see it decrease over time.” Read more. 

 

Rettinger Comments on Cheating in Higher Ed in USA Today

David Rettinger, associate professor of Psychological Science

David Rettinger, associate professor of Psychological Science

David Rettinger, associate professor of psychological science and director of academic programs at the University of Mary Washington, was recently interviewed by USA Today in an article titled, “Students are still using tech to cheat on exams, but things are getting more advanced.” “Technology presents new ways for students to do things that they’ve always been doing, which is avoid doing the work themselves,” said Rettinger, president of the International Center for Academic Integrity. “Forever, students would go to a book and copy things for a paper. Copy and paste plagiarism is as old as reading and writing, but now it’s so much easier. You don’t even have to leave your desk to do that. The bar has gotten much lower.” Read more. 

 

Wilson Comments on Survivors of Mass Shootings in National News

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science Laura Wilson’s expertise about the psychological effects of mass shootings continues to be sought-after by the national media. Here are her recent comments:

‘National anxiety’ about mass shootings inflamed by the 24-hour news cycle is sparking gunfire false alarms such as the Times Square hysteria – as experts warn of mass panic episodes following massacres in El Paso and Dayton (Daily Mail)

For some in Chicago, gun violence is a daily reality, leaving the same trauma as mass shootings (WRCBtv)

 

Wilson Comments About Psychological Effects of Mass Shootings in National Media

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science Laura Wilson’s expertise about the psychological effects of mass shootings continues to be sought-after by the national media. Here are her recent comments:

When the Child Parents Love Becomes a Shooter (The Atlantic)

False Reports Of Gunmen In N.Y.C. And Virginia Cause Jitters Following Mass Shootings (NPR)

For some in Chicago, gun violence is a daily reality, leaving the same trauma as mass shootings (NBC News)

Schiffrin Quoted in Article on Intensive Parenting

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin was quoted in an article on TheLadders.com titled “Science suggests parents are taking parenting too far.” A leading expert on the topic, Schiffrin said, “Intensive parenting really stresses the parent out. The research is looking like it’s not beneficial for kids to do everything for them because they don’t become self-sufficient and that is correlated with higher rates of depression and anxiety at the college level.” Read more. 

Liss Interviewed for Outside Magazine on Women Anglers’ Portrayal on Instagram

Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss

Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss was interviewed for an article in Outside magazine titled “How Instagram Became Divisive for Female Fly-Fishers.” The article explains how some female fly-fishers are frustrated with companies hiring inexperienced women anglers as influencers, while, at the same time, the influencers are trying to defend themselves and their abilities to their peers. Liss says, “It’s hard for women to negotiate hypermasculine environments. You become a token. All your activities are highly scrutinized, and if you mess up, it’s seen as if all women are incapable of fly-fishing.” Read more. 

Schiffrin Quoted in Yahoo Article about Intensive Parenting

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin was quoted in a Yahoo.com article titled “Science Suggests Parents are Taking Parenting Too Far.”

In the article, Shiffrin says, “When I was in college there was no parental involvement unless there was some kind of crisis. It’s just a really different level of involvement now. Parents are giving kids feedback on their papers, or emailing or calling me and other faculty members. It’s not every student, but it’s shocking that it happens at all.”

“Intensive parenting really stresses the parent out,” Schiffrin continues. “The research is looking like it’s not beneficial for kids to do everything for them because they don’t become self-sufficient and that is correlated with higher rates of depression and anxiety at the college level.”

Read more. 

 

Wilson Interviewed by AP about the Impact of Mass Shootings

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology Laura Wilson was interviewed for an Associated Press article on how America has been transformed by mass shootings and the impact on survivors of these tragedies. The article was picked up by numerous media outlets, including the the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Colorado Public Radio, The Times-Herald, Times Union, Lowell Sun, KJCT8.com, KXNET.com and others. The article states,”Wilson, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia conducted a meta-analysis — an examination of data from 11 studies of PTSD symptoms among more than 8,000 participants who ranged from those who’d witnessed shootings to those who just lived in the communities in a 20-year period.”

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/ap/mass-shootings-transform-how-america-talks-prays-prepares/article_2741b9d6-c8ff-59e1-aa59-7e1939aba29a.html

https://www.cpr.org/news/story/mass-shootings-have-become-a-national-trauma-changing-the-way-we-talk-pray-and-prepare

https://www.news-herald.com/news/nation-world/mass-shootings-transform-how-america-talks-prays-prepares/article_e3f4e2c6-1279-5aa4-9da7-9450d82bfd4e.html

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/America-transformed-by-mass-shootings-13917932.php

http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_32663805/mass-shootings-are-transforming-united-states

https://www.kjct8.com/content/news/Mass-shootings-create-rippling-network-of-stricken-survivors-510730261.html

https://www.kxnet.com/news/mass-shootings-create-rippling-network-of-stricken-survivors/2046945585

https://www.kjct8.com/content/news/Mass-shootings-create-rippling-network-of-stricken-survivors-510730261.html

https://www.kxan.com/news/national-news/mass-shootings-create-rippling-network-of-stricken-survivors/2046855136

 

Wilson Comments on the Psychological Effects of Mass Shootings

Assistant Professor of Psychology Laura Wilson

Assistant Professor of Psychology Laura Wilson

Assistant Professor of Psychology Laura Wilson recently commented in the national media on the psychological effects on survivors of mass shootings.

Wilson, the co-author of the The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings, said the following to Buzzfeed News in an article entitled “If You Graduate Right After A Mass Shooting, Good Luck: You’re On Your Own”: “The biggest concern I would have for them is the disconnect from people who have gone through similar things.”

She also said, “Simply by definition, mass shootings are more likely to trigger difficulties with beliefs that most of us have, including that we live in a just world and that if we make good decisions, we’ll be safe,” in an article entitled “An Anniversary We Would All Like to Forget-But Never Will,” in the Post Newspaper in Texas.

In an article entitled “The Long Reach of Grief After Gun Violence” on yr.media, she said, “A lot of what we see among survivors is that they struggle to understand why they survived when others didn’t, because they made the same decisions everyone else made.” She explained that each survivor and their recovery is unique and cautioned against generalizing survivor experiences or regarding them as “typical.”

Schiffrin Quoted on Parents Excessive Involvement in College Course Choices

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin

Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin

A study completed by Professor of Psychology Holly Schiffrin was cited in an article in The News Minute entitled “How Much Freedom do Students have while Choosing their Undergraduate Course?”

One study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies found that parents’ excessive involvement in their children’s lives yields unfavourable results. The lead author Holly Schiffrin argues, ‘Parents are sending an unintentional message to their children that they are not competent.’ This is in turn, could result in feelings of depression and dissatisfaction.”

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-much-freedom-do-students-have-while-choosing-their-undergraduate-course-101901