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PRISM Leader Receives Diversity Leadership Award

Erin Shaw ’19 was once content to keep to herself. Then she came to the University of Mary Washington, where a club meeting ultimately connected her with people from all walks of life. Soon, she was on the executive board of People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual and Gender Minorities (PRISM), advocating for […]

UMW Hosted Psi Chi Research Symposium

Bruce Rybarczyk, associate professor and director of clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, delivered the keynote address at the 28th annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. The lecture, “The Sleep System: Your Owner’s Manual for Maintenance and Repair,” was held on Friday, April 19 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Chandler Hall, Room 102.

Bruce Rybarczyk, associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University
Photo courtesy of VCU

As part of the symposium, psychology students presented their research during sessions on Thursday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chandler Hall, Room 102. A reception followed the conclusion of the symposium on Friday.

Ryabarczyk is a faculty member and director of the clinical psychology program at VCU.  His research focuses on understanding and facilitating the psychological adaption to chronic medical illness and disability. Ryabarczyk’s studies, which have been published in numerous scholarly journals and book chapters, include coping mechanisms and intervention techniques for recovering patients and behavioral sleep medicine.

Sponsored by UMW’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, the symposium provides a forum for students to share their research and findings with professors and peers.

For more information, contact Mindy Erchull, associate professor of psychology, at (540) 654-1557.

Psychology Students Present at Psi Chi

Ted Dumas, assistant professor of molecular neuroscience at George Mason University

Ted Dumas, assistant professor of molecular neuroscience at George Mason University, will deliver the keynote address, “Boundaries: When One Stops and Another Begins,” at The 27th Annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in Chandler Hall, Room 102.

Students will present their research during sessions on Thursday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All presentations will take place in Chandler Hall, Room 102. A reception will follow the conclusion of the symposium on Friday. The two-day symposium is free and open to the public.

Dumas is a faculty member and researcher in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at Mason. Dumas has been studying the relationship between behavior, the brain and disease for more than 20 years and has published articles in numerous academic journals. Dumas also is the head of the Physiological and Behavioral Neuroscience in Juveniles Lab at Mason.

The symposium is sponsored by UMW’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology and provides a forum for students to share their research and findings with their professors and peers.

For more information, contact Mindy Erchull, assistant professor of psychology, at (540) 654-1557.