Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Recognizing Kevin Haroian, Retiring Director of the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research

Kevin Haroian
This fall we are celebrating the retirement of Kevin Haroian and remembering his four decades of service to the University of Minnesota as the Director of the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR).   Kevin is being succeeded by Rachel Hawley as the new Director of the MCTFR.  Below is a history of Kevin's time at the University as well as a history of the MCTFR, as these narratives are inextricably bound.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Gewirtz Awarded Grant to Study Genetics and Opioid Addiction

Headshot of Dr. Jonathan Gewirtz
Jonathan Gewirtz
, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, was awarded a grant of $3,065,405 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Waller Elected President of SMEP

Congratulations to Professor Niels Waller Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota for his recent appointment as the president of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP).

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Being a Classroom Partner at Murray Middle School

Cheryl Olman leaning on a computer screen showing brain scans
Cheryl Olman, PhD, jokes that her motivation for starting the Classroom Partners program at Murray Middle School in St. Paul was selfish. After earning tenure, Olman wanted to find a way to give back, but she wanted to stick close home and to create a program “that I wanted to work in...a program that I was proud of.” Initially, Olman signed up to be a tutor in an existing tutoring program at Murray Middle School, which is only a few blocks from her house. Now, several years later, she helped develop and is preparing to launch the Classroom Partners program, which will match more than 60 University of Minnesota student volunteers with 11 classrooms at Murray.

New Diversity Science in Psychology Reading Group for Graduate Students

Image of a Stack of Books with the words "Diversity Science in Psychology Reading Group"
Two UMN Psychology faculty recently began a Diversity Science in Psychology reading group for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across the department. Rich Lee (Counseling) and Moin Syed (PIB), along with Gail Ferguson in the Institute of Child Development (ICD), wanted to create a space for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to read and discuss current trends and topics in psychology that are relevant to studying diverse, minoritized populations.