Carlo DiClemente, presidential research professor and professor of psychology, was selected as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group (AB-SIG) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
The award is presented every other year to a member who has made outstanding contributions over the course of his or her career to the field of addictive behaviors, consistent with the goal of advancing cognitive and behavior therapies.
The selection committee this year felt DiClemente best embodied the spirit of this award. He will be formally honored at the upcoming ABCT meeting in Nashville, TN on November 23rd.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of medicine,” says Psychology Associate Professor Jason Schiffman when describing treatment of psychosis.
Schiffman is a staff member at the new “Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness.” The center’s mission is to identify young people with psychosis or at risk for the specific symptom that makes violence more likely. The program aims to get them into immediate treatment and to provide support.
In an interview Monday on WYPR’s Maryland Morning, Schiffman outlined how early treatment of people with psychosis or showing signs of developing it is critical in getting those individuals on a path towards leading a life they want to live.
“The field has really moved towards understanding that the earlier we intervene, the better the life trajectory of individuals on a route with these symptoms or on a journey having these experiences,” Schiffman said.
He also described how the new center will focus on collaborative work to provide the best possible treatment and support.
You can listen to the full interview here.
Professor of Psychology Robert Provine is one of more than sixty speakers who will participate in next month’s “City of Ideas” festival in Puebla, Mexico. The event brings together scientists and scholars to celebrate and discuss creativity and curiosity.
The festival takes place from November 7-9. The program will include artistic and cultural short films and presentations from individual speakers.
Provine was also recently cited in an “io9″ article with an excerpt from his book, “Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond.” The article examines the emotion behind crying.
“Several lines of evidence suggest that the NGF [nerve growth factor] in tears has medicinal functions,” the excerpt reads. “The NGF concentration in tears, cornea, and lacrimal glands increases after corneal wounding, suggesting that NGF plays a part in healing.”
You can read the full excerpt and article here.
Psychology Associate Professor Jason Schiffman is in the news again for his role in Maryland’s new Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness. The center aims to identify young people with psychosis, specifically between age 12-22, or people who are showing early symptoms and to provide treatment and support as quickly as possible.
A major focus of the center is its Clinical High-Risk Program, an initiative Schiffman is working on with Gloria Reeves, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The goal is to provide education and spread awareness about the early warning signs of psychosis to increase the chance of intervening early. Schiffman is quoted in The Baltimore Sun in an article about the center.
“If there’s a theme here, it’s that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of medicine,” he said.
You can read the full article here.
The Maryland General Assembly approved funding this year to establish a “Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness” to identify young people with psychosis or at risk for the specific symptom that makes violence more likely. The program aims to get them into immediate treatment.
Psychology Associate Professor Jason Schiffman is a member of the new center’s staff and is quoted in a USA Today/The Pew Charitable Trusts article. He describes how early treatment for people with psychosis can be pivotal.
“There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that the sooner a person with psychosis gets into treatment, the better the outcome for that person’s well-being, for that person’s chances of living and working in the community, for them living the life they want to live,” Schiffman said.
He also provides insight on how certain symptoms present in childhood can put a person at high risk to develop psychosis later in life.
“The person may say that the passage of time feels faster or slower than usual,” Schiffman said. “Familiar surroundings can seem strange, confusing or unreal. They might say they’ve heard things others can’t hear like people whispering or talking. They might say they mistake shadows for people or noises for voices. They might report seeing things on TV or reading in the newspaper that they think has special meaning to them. They often pick up hidden threats or putdowns in what people say or do. Some say they sometimes use words in unusual ways.”
You can read the full article here.
Nicole Else-Quest, assistant professor of psychology joins WYPR’s “Midday with Dan Rodricks” to address gender gap in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) industry, and to discuss findings from her latest study on math and science attitudes and achievement as it relates to gender and ethnicity, published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly.
“Our first goal was to conduct a study that examined how boys and girls achieved in math and science and feel about math and science,” said Dr. Else-Quest. “And what we found was girls and boys perform equally in math and science, for the most part. There’s no evidence that the girls can’t do math and science.”
The full segment can be heard here.
Psychology professor Robert Provine’s latest book, “Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping and Beyond,” was recently reviewed in the American Journal of Human Biology.
“Provine brings together ethology, neurophysiology as well as psychology to describe the secrets of our daily behaviors in detail,” writes the reviewer. “Aimed at a wide readership, Provine’s book consists of 13 chapters written with humor… using only minimal resources, available to anyone, he is studying behaviors that raise serious questions.”
The full review can be read here.
Nicole Else-Quest, assistant professor of psychology, is in the news for a forthcoming paper in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly. The study shows that male and female students earn similar grades in math and science, while Asian American students of both genders outperform all other races. The study also found that male students of all ethnicities reported a greater perception of their abilities in math, while female students associated greater value to science-related courses.
The findings have been covered in an April 4 story in “Voices of America” entitled “Asian-American Students Outpace Other Groups in Math, Science,” a March 29 story in “Medical Daily” with the headline “Asian Students Better at Math and Science; Girls Equal to Boys in STEM Career Potential,” a March 29 story in “Council and Heal” entitled “Despite Stereotypes, Girls and Boys Do Equally Well in Math and Science,” a March 31 story in “The Indian Express” titled “Asian-American students outperform other ethnic groups,” and a April 9 story in “Asian Scientist” with the headline “Asian Americans Outperform Peers In Science & Math Study.”
Else-Quest told “Voices of America” that she doesn’t want the data to further the “model minority” perception about Asian-Americans.
“I think that stereotype is harmful for everyone, whether benevolent or not,” she said. “They put us in boxes or restrict us in some way. When we talk about Asian-Americans, we have to recognize it’s a tremendously diverse population with a variety of cultures and varying levels of status and language proficiency.”
Shawn Bediako, associate professor of psychology, will speak at the 4th Annual Roland B. Scott Memorial Symposium. The topic of the symposium is “Pain in Sickle Cell Disease: Pain: Myths, Facts, and Stigma.”
The symposium will take place on May 7 at the Howard University Hospital. For more information, see the flyer below.