Congratulations are in order for our research assistant Sydney Risley, one of two recipients of the Costello Family Scholarship in Psychology. She was nominated by Cognition, Affect, and Temperament research lab's primary investigator Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar who wished to recognize Sydney for her outstanding work in lab as well as high GPA. Dr. Perez Edgar goes on to describe Sydney as one of her most accomplished research assistants.Sydney was awarded the scholarship in early February of this year.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new Levy Lab Research Assistants for Spring 2014:
We hope your time in lab serves as a valuable and enriching academic experience!
To learn more about our new research assistants please click on their names to access their profiles
Levy Lab doctoral alumna Lori Scott was recently named assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Scott earned both her masters and doctoral degrees at Penn State University under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Levy, she then went on to complete her internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC as well as the Clinical Research Training Program for Psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Scott's research interests include emotion dysregulation, aggression, and borderline personality disorder.
Jhanev Allen, Matthew Perlman and Shirley Rojas Acosta, all levy lab research assistants, were recently awarded with the Chaiken Family Trustee Scholarship. The Chaiken Family Trustee Scholarship is the largest scholarship ever received by the college of liberal arts. The donors, Gene and Roz Chaiken, instituted this in an effort to help qualified students be able to focus on their studies by reducing their financial burdens.
Both Matthew and Shirley were chosen to share their personal stories at the Chaiken Scholarship event held at Penn State's Moore building last October. Matthew spoke about how receiving the scholarship had provided him with the opportunity to spend more time volunteering and helping out in the community, as well as taking more responsibilities in his research lab. He also spoke about his graduate school plans and expressed his gratitude to the donors. Shirley spoke about how the scholarship had impacted not only her, but her family in the Dominican Republic who carry the burden of supporting two college students in America. She also shared her graduate school plans and expressed her appreciation for her donors' selfless aid.
Congratulations to all three of you!
Fellow status is a grand honor specially reserved for APA members who have done exceptional and groundbreaking work that has had great impact in the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level. Nominations are offered by the different APA Divisions, and the final decision is made by the association's Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives after careful review of nominees' contributions.
The North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (NASPR) recently celebrated its 2013 conference in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee, with the theme of "Beyond the Brand: What Makes Psychotherapy Work?". Among the conference participants were Levy lab director Dr. Kenneth Levy as well as graduate students Tracy L. Clouthier, Wes Scala, Christina M. Temes, and post-doctoral fellow Johannes C. Ehrenthal.
NASPR is the north american branch of the international association that is the Society for Psychotherapy Research. The main purposes of this multidisciplinary organization includes the encouragement of psychotherapy research, the sharing of new findings, and ultimately the enhancement of psychotherapy effectiveness.
The Kennedy Forum celebrated on October 23rd and 24th in Boston, MA and held in occasion of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's Community Health Act brought together a number of individuals such as former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Vice President Joe Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Chelsea Clinton and our very own Dr. Kenneth Levy to discuss and advocate in favor of the forum's main goals of uniting the mental health community, pushing for further breakthroughs in policies having an impact on those living with mental illnesses, disabilities and addictions, removing the stigma surrounding mental illness, and achieving parity by treating the brain with the same importance with which we treat the body.
In regards to working with Congressman Kennedy, Dr. Levy commented that he "looks forward to future collaboration with Congressman Patrick Kennedy in working to establish parity guidelines that will assure those suffering from psychological difficulties receive the quality mental health care that they both need and deserve."
To read the full story featured in the Penn State News Page you may follow this link
To learn more about The Kennedy Forum you may follow this link
Current lab research assistant and cortisol coordinator Jennifer Fox was recently awarded the Liberal Arts Enrichment Fund and the Psychology Department Funding Award for her neurocognitive research in Borderline Personality Disorder. Both of these university funds have the goal of financially supporting deserving students' academically oriented endeavours, in Jen's case her research projects. Jennifer is an excelling Schreyer Honors student at Penn State pursuing a B.S. in Psychology, and has been part of the Levy Lab since summer of 2012.
Congratulations and best of luck on your research!
Our very own Neil Meyer was recently featured on an article published by The Altoona Mirror . The article was titled "Home school a growing option", and as it's name suggests looks at the growing number of parents and students leaning towards home-schooling. It names many of the pros and cons of the educational option, as well as include various testimonials from parents, teachers, and home-schooled individuals such as Neil.
- To view the full article please click HERE
- To learn more about Neil Meyer please click HERE
We would like to dedicate this news post to congratulating all of our new Levy Lab coordinators:
Kusdos on your accomplishments, and we trust you all will be beyond successful in fulfilling your new duties as well as surpassing our expectations.
Former Levy Lab research assistant David Neale-Lorello was recently featured on the American Psychology Association's website, and can be found here: http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2011/11/midlife.aspx
The APA Journals office recently featured a summary of the article "Biobehavioral reactivity to social evaluative stress in women with borderline personality disorder” authored by Dr. Lori N. Scott, Dr. Kenneth N. Levy, and Dr. Douglas A. Granger, as their article spotlight of the week on both their Facebook and Google Plus pages.
Their full summary:
"In 'Biobehavioral reactivity to social evaluative stress in women with borderline personality disorder,' Scott, Levy, and Granger (2013) report on a study contrasting women with BPD with those who scored similarly on measures of negative affect and impulsivity (trait-matched) and a non-trait matched group. Women with BPD showed higher anticipatory stress responses prior to a psychosocial stressor, as indicated by measures of subjective negative emotional and biobehavioral arousal, but showed attenuated cortisol reactivity after exposure to the stressor. The differences between women with BPD and those trait-matched suggested 'that emotional dysregulation in BPD is not merely an extreme variant of normative personality traits.'”
To view the official social media sites where the summary was featured you may click on the following links:
The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) has recently honored our very own Dr. Kenneth Levy by awarding him the Mid-career Investigator Award. This award is meant to recognize an assistant or associate professor of psychiatry or psychology based on his or her career accomplishments. To this date, Dr. Levy has authored over one-hundred and fifty publications as well as assembled an impressive and diverse array of professional achievements and honors.
Congratulations to our recently graduated 2012-2013 lab managers Shannon McCarrick and Kristin McLaughlin on receiving prestigious awards and recognitions this past spring 2013 semester. Shannon received the Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to excelling undergrads pursuing a bachelors degree in psychology. Kristin was granted the Wisniewski Family Enhancement Fund Award. This award is given to students hoping to pursue a career in mental health with an emphasis on neuro or clinical psychology.
Kudos on your great accomplishments!
We would like to congratulate all of our lab graduates and RAs leaving us this semester:
Thank you for all of your hard work in the lab! We wish you all the very best in your future and hope that your time in the lab has been not only positive and pleasant, but also a valuable learning experience that has enhanced your time here at Penn State as well as your academic careers.
We are extremely excited to announce that our graduating lab managers Kristin McLaughlin and Shannon McCarrick have both been accepted into clinical psychology PhD programs. Clinical is amongst the most competitive fields within psychology and so, gaining admittance into a doctoral program mirrors high academic achievement, and calls for high praise.
Kristin will be joining the clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Missouri at Columbia, MO. She will be mentored by Dr. Tim Trull who directs the Personality and Emotion Laboratory at the university and whose research centers around the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, and affective instability, among other topics. Kristin is also the proud recipient of the G. Ellsworth Huggins fellowship.
Shannon will be joining the clinical psychology PhD program at Ohio University in Athens, OH. She will be mentored by Dr. Tim Anderson, associate professor at the university who specializes in psychotherapy research. Dr. Anderson’s primary research interest is on the influence of interpersonal processes on psychosocial treatment.
Congratulations and best of luck to you both!
The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) celebrated its annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts this past April 20th and 21rst. The NASSPD is dedicated to furthering the study of personality disorders, providing the public with the latest discoveries in the field, and advocating for the funding of these kinds of disorders.
Among those invited to present at the conference was Dr. Kenneth Levy, whose talk was titled "The Outcome of Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Meta-Analysis". Other lab members who also had the chance to participate and assist the conference were lab graduate students Christina M. Temes, and Wes Scala, as well as lab RAs Neil Meyer, Jennifer Fox, Kristin McLaughlin, and Kevin Medved.
This past Tuesday April 9th, four of our lab RAs -Shannon McCarrick, Jennifer Fox, Kevin Medved, and Neil Meyer- presented their research posters at the Penn State University 2013 Undergraduate Exhibition. This exhibition gives the opportunity to students across all of Penn State to present their research in arts and humanities, engineering, health and life sciences, physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences, or course-based projects in any discipline. A winner from each category is also chosen to receive a prize.
Keep up the good work Levy Lab RAs!
Two of our lab undergraduate RAs, Hannah Shulman and Jennifer Fox, successfully presented their individual research posters at the Psi Chi Spring Research Conference this past Monday April 8th, 2013.Psi Chi is the international honor society of psychology, with over 1'000 chapters located all over colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada, including Penn State. Performing at this conference required a formal submission, as well as permission from the faculty advisor or professor overseeing the project.
Hannah's poster was titled "Examining the Role of Mood and Stress on Food Consumption" while Jen's was titled "Neurocognitive Functioning in Borderline Personality Disorder Patients". Great work ladies!
Kudos to our RA and soon to be lab manager Mr. Neil Meyer, who was recently honored with the Outstanding Adult Student Award! Neil is the 2013 recipient of this very prestigious award which aims to recognize one adult student nominee who has been out of high school for four or more years, has begun or resumed his or her education after the age of 24, and serves as an example to peers due to a history of overcoming different obstacles while achieving academic excellence and contributing to the community.
In addition, Neil was also recently awarded a $3,000 Penn State Summer Discovery Grant to work on his original research project, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Grant recipients are expected to seriously engage and immerse themselves in their projects, they are evaluated by their faculty supervisors towards the end of summer, and are to appear at the annual Undergraduate Exhibition the following Spring in order to present their work.
Congratulations Neil! Very well deserved.
To learn more about Neil's awards you may click on the following link:
"Penn Stater clears educational hurdles, wins adult student award"- Penn State News