In The Spotlight

Congratulations to:

  • ·      Kaitlyn Irwin (’18 CLAS), of Hillsborough, NJ, will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish Language & Literature, with a minor in Education. She is also a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a Special Olympics volunteer photographer, Community Relations Chair at Relay For Life, and a volunteer at Gigi’s Playhouse. Irwin spent the fall of her junior year in Cadiz, Spain. She will return to Spain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in the La Rioja region. Following the completion of her Fulbright year, Irwin will pursue a career in occupational therapy.
  • ·     Brian King (’18 CLAS), of Edison, NJ, will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Theology. He has served Villanova’s Student Government Association in several leadership roles, welcomed visitors to campus through the Blue Key Society, and mentored students at several organizations in the area. King also has experience in fundraising and as a martial arts instructor. He will use his Fulbright award to teach English in India. Upon his return to the United States, King will pursue a career in education.
  • ·      Hee Jae (Ana) Song (’18 CLAS), of Oradell, NJ, will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, with minors in Psychology and Global Health. Song has pursued independent research within Villanova’s Biology Department throughout her undergraduate career, while also serving in leadership roles for several service opportunities on campus. Song will spend her Fulbright award year in South Korea, where she will complete a research project titled “Oral Health Care for People with Mental Health Disorders in South Korea.” Upon her return to the U.S., she will pursue a Master of Public Health degree and a degree in dental medicine.

Congratulations to our semi-finalists,

  • Kenna Yadeta (CBN)
  • Zach Oxford-Romeike (MS, Psychology)

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2018-19 Officers of VU Chapter of Psi Chi

Congratulations to Olivia Best (President), Chenle Xiu (VP), Emily Albertson (Treasurer), and Samantha Dashineau (Secretary).

Dr. Demas is shown here receiving the award with Professors Toppino (left) and Brown (right).

On March 23, 2018, Dr. Gregory Demas, Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Indiana University, was awarded the Daniel J. Ziegler Distinguished Alumnus Award.  The Ziegler Award is presented by the faculty of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences to alumni of undergraduate or graduate programs in psychology at Villanova University who have made notable contributions to the department, the field of psychology, other disciplines, or society in ways that represent the mission of the Department and University. 

Dr. Demas earned his MS in Psychology at Villanova University in 1993 and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University.   His research examines interactions among the nervous, endocrine and immune systems and behavior in a variety of ecologically-relevant environmental contexts.  Dr. Demas presented a colloquium entitled “You Make Me Mad:  The Neuroendocrine Mechanisms Underlying Aggression in a Seasonal Species”.   

Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience published Dr. Joe Toscano's paper, "Gradient acoustic information induces long-lasting referential uncertainty in short discourses"

Dr. Laura Getz's paper on her dissertation work "Questioning the automaticity of audiovisual correspondences" has been accepted for publication in Cognition journal.

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Slotter for being selected for the 2018 Sage Young Scholar Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to personality and/or social psychology by an early career scholar.