University at Buffalo Psychology Department

University at Buffalo Psychology Department The Department of Psychology at UB reflects a commitment to cutting-edge research and outstanding training of students in psychological science.

Our productive faculty conduct research in four primary areas of psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Social-Personality Psychology. The undergraduate program combines breadth of exposure to the field with opportunities for specialization. Active engagement in psychological research is at the core of our Masters and Ph.D. programs, and opportunities are plentiful for undergraduate majors who wish to become involved in research. The Psychology Department, located in Park Hall on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, offers a vibrant and collegial atmosphere in which to investigate questions about the mind and behavior.

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Congratulations to UB Psychology Assistant Professor, Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D., on her National Science Foundation C...
10/02/2020
Three UB researchers receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards

Congratulations to UB Psychology Assistant Professor, Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D., on her National Science Foundation CAREER award!

From the science of taste to transistor technology to understanding plate tectonics and volcanoes, the funded projects will address issues of societal importance.

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09/28/2020

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Calling ALL students majoring in psychology! Dr. Quinton will be hosting a presentation on Wednesday September 30th about the psychology honors program over zoom!

09/28/2020
The career-minded who prioritise wealth are more likely to be lonely

From Daily Mail: "When people base their self-worth on financial success, they experience feelings of pressure and a lack of autonomy," said paper author and psychologist Lora Park of the University of Buffalo. Dr. Park's research was co-authored with current UB doctoral student, Deborah Ward, and was published in the journal of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Experts from the US explored why basing one's self-esteem around financial success - the so-called 'Financial Contingency of Self-Worth' - can have drawbacks.

Senior psychology major Charles Sanders chalks a reminder that early voting begins Oct. 24. Other chalk messages include...
09/24/2020
Vote!

Senior psychology major Charles Sanders chalks a reminder that early voting begins Oct. 24. Other chalk messages included information about shuttles available on election day, where and how to register to vote in person or by mail, as well as the deadline to register in New York.

Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Senior psychology major Charles Sanders chalks a reminder that early voting begins Oct. 24. Other chalk messages included information about shuttles available on election day, where and how to register to vote in person or by mail, as well as the deadline to register in New York. For more informatio...

Many of the characteristics related to auditory attention in birds match those of humans, according to a new study from ...
09/21/2020
Sharp attention explains why the early bird gets the worm

Many of the characteristics related to auditory attention in birds match those of humans, according to a new study from University at Buffalo Psychology Professor, Micheal Dent, PhD, and recent UB alum, Huaizhen Cai. #UBuffalo #psychology

UB research suggests that birds can focus on sounds around them nearly as well as humans.

Are you interested in making the most of your college experience here at UB? Excited by psychological research? Thinking...
09/09/2020

Are you interested in making the most of your college experience here at UB? Excited by psychological research? Thinking about attending graduate school in psychology? Do you have (or by the end of your junior year will you have) a strong academic record?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then we would like to tell you about the Psychology Honors Program. Dr. Wendy Quinton, the Director of the Psy Honors Program, will be doing a short presentation and then will be having a question-and-answer forum about the program on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, at 4:30pm, on Zoom. See the flyer below for more details:

Calling ALL students majoring in psychology! Dr. Quinton will be hosting a presentation on Wednesday September 30th about the psychology honors program over zoom!

More UB Psychology Alumni in the News, this time from VICE:York University Psychology professors Jeffrey Wardell (UB Cli...
09/04/2020
Parents Most Likely to Turn to Booze During Pandemic: Study

More UB Psychology Alumni in the News, this time from VICE:

York University Psychology professors Jeffrey Wardell (UB Clinical Psychology Ph.D. alum) and Matthew Keough co-led the study, which found that parents with at least one child under the age of 18 were more likely to consume alcohol as a coping strategy for distress following the pandemic’s onset.

Parents with children still at home are dealing with numerous stressors during the coronavirus pandemic, the study said.

From Yahoo News: A new website called WindowSwap is quenching wanderlust during the coronavirus pandemic by providing fr...
09/01/2020
New website lets you peer out of the windows of homes around the world: ‘It’s the beautiful everyday’

From Yahoo News: A new website called WindowSwap is quenching wanderlust during the coronavirus pandemic by providing free (virtual) trips to anywhere in the world.
UB Psychology alum, Elaine Paravati-Harrigan, Ph.D. weighs in on what some of us may gain from such virtual trips in a time when travel is restricted. #UBuffalo https://news.yahoo.com/new-website-lets-you-peek-through-strangers-windows-from-home-its-the-beautiful-everyday-170945438.html

The "WindowSwap" website lets you travel to Germany, Japan and Sweden without leaving home.

Welcome to our incoming and returning Psychology students!
08/31/2020

Welcome to our incoming and returning Psychology students!

UB Clinical Psychology alumni in the News: From The New York Times - Finding opportunities for children to exercise thei...
08/31/2020
How to Handle Separation Anxiety Meltdowns in Kids

UB Clinical Psychology alumni in the News:

From The New York Times - Finding opportunities for children to exercise their “brave muscles” and safely practice being away from their parents is especially tough in quarantine, said Paula Yanes-Lukin, Ph.D., director of psychology in the Children’s Day Unit at the Youth Treatment and Evaluation of Anxiety and Mood Program at Columbia University.

The pandemic has made some children even more worried about leaving the sides of parents and caregivers.

From UB Now: Young children with parents with alcohol problems, those whose parents experience marital aggression and th...
08/28/2020
Parents, family influence adolescent substance abuse

From UB Now: Young children with parents with alcohol problems, those whose parents experience marital aggression and those with fathers who were more aggravated with their children in early childhood were more likely to have substance abuse problems as adolescents, according to a study by researchers in the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology. #Ubuffalo #psychology

The study found there was a higher proportion of children from alcoholic families that used substances as adolescents compared with those from non-alcoholic families.

UB Psychology assistant professors, Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D., and Gregory Loney, Ph.D., are co-authors on a study pu...
08/27/2020
New type of taste cell discovered in mice

UB Psychology assistant professors, Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D., and Gregory Loney, Ph.D., are co-authors on a study published in the journal PLOS Genetics on a new type of taste cell discovered in mice.

In the past, it was thought that taste cells were highly selective, capable of discerning only one or two types of the five basic stimuli — only sweet, for instance, or only salty and sour. Though many cells are indeed specialists, the discovery of a subset of cells that can respond to up to four different tastes suggests that taste science is more complex than previously thought.

#UBuffalo

Congratulations to Wendy Quinton, Ph.D., clinical associate professor in Department of Psychology on her 2020 SUNY Chanc...
08/26/2020
21 faculty, staff receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

Congratulations to Wendy Quinton, Ph.D., clinical associate professor in Department of Psychology on her 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching!

The awards provide system-wide recognition of consistently superior professional achievement.

A series of new studies led by University at Buffalo associate professor of psychology, Kenneth DeMarree, Ph.D., suggest...
08/21/2020
Study sheds new light on certainty of opinions

A series of new studies led by University at Buffalo associate professor of psychology, Kenneth DeMarree, Ph.D., suggest there may be a more general disposition at work that predicts the certainty of newly formed evaluations, just as they do for pre-existing opinions.
#UBuffalo #psychology

UB research suggests how attitude certainty might predict behavior on matters other than preexisting options.

From University at Buffalo Study Abroad Programs and Psychology major, Nikola Vehabovic, who participated in the Winter ...
08/21/2020

From University at Buffalo Study Abroad Programs and Psychology major, Nikola Vehabovic, who participated in the Winter 2019 – UB Classics in the Mediterranean program

As we are all encouraged to stay at home during these uncertain times, we’d like to provide a #virtualescape to remind you that the world is a beautiful place…let us introduce Nikola Vehabovic, a Psychology major who participated in the Winter 2019 – UB Classics in the Mediterranean program:
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“When I studied abroad in Italy, I was completely blown away at how all of these natural and man-made wonders stood the test of time. Remaining resilient through countless battles, wars, and natural disasters, these locations still live to tell the tales of people who lived thousands of years ago. The meaning I took away from my study abroad trip is that humans are powerful enough to leave a mark on the future no matter what atrocities might occur. Every single one of our ideas and actions can and do make a lasting impact on the world around us. What are you waiting for? Chase your dreams and make them a reality.”
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Visit our website to learn more about this program: https://tinyurl.com/yyrwjcwl! 💙 🇮🇹 #UBabroad #UBuffalo

UB International Student Services is aware of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidelines released on Jul...
07/08/2020

UB International Student Services is aware of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidelines released on July 6 and are working on outreach to students regarding expectations for the fall 2020 semester. If you are an international student, please make sure to add [email protected] to your email contacts and monitor your inbox for a message.

ISS is aware of the SEVP guidelines released on 7/6/2020 and are working with UB leadership. We are working on outreach to students regarding expectations for the fall 2020 semester, please add [email protected] to your contacts so that you can avoid our email going to your spam box.

Although people may think that money improves one’s relationships, research suggests otherwise. Focusing on money is ass...
06/29/2020
Does Wanting More Money vs. More Love Affect Mental Health?

Although people may think that money improves one’s relationships, research suggests otherwise. Focusing on money is associated with spending less time maintaining relationships and less desire to rely on others for help. But why does focusing on money relate to worse social outcomes? Psychology Today discusses research conducted by a team from the University at Buffalo, led by UB Social-Personality Psychology Ph.D. student Deborah Ward, and the Harvard Business School on the subject.

New research shows the impact of your priorities upon your whole life.

Dear UB Psychology community,The year 2020 has brought us a wide range of challenges and sorrows so far. In addition to ...
06/11/2020
Diversity and Inclusion

Dear UB Psychology community,

The year 2020 has brought us a wide range of challenges and sorrows so far. In addition to the pandemic, which has shaped our experience for the past several months, we have witnessed the horrific deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Public protests of these killings, and how these protests have been handled, have occasionally been troubling in their own right, with disturbing events even happening here in Buffalo.

These events run clearly counter to the orientation of our department, which embraces inclusion and diversity (https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/psychology/about/psychology-ub/diversity-and-inclusion.html). I ask that we support each other as best we can. These events affect all of us in different ways and to different degrees. It is hard to reach out when we have to remain physically distant but we will do our best to provide support and resources to our UB Psychology community. Particularly to our students and graduates of color, we see you, we are listening, and we are committed to work diligently on racial equity and structural injustice that affect our university community daily.

Relatedly, and in light of the recent dramatic evidence that racism continues and may even be expanding in our country, it is timely for me to mention that our Diversity Committee will be meeting next week – chaired by Associate Clinical Professor Joyce Lacy. One agenda item this committee will discuss is how our department will respond to continued racial injustice, structural racism, and cases of police brutality. We will post the results of these discussions here.

My best to you all, Peter
(Department Chair)

The Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo is strongly committed to creating an inclusive community that is welcoming to everyone. As a department, we recognize that our ability to engage in innovative research, teaching, and outreach depends critically on recruiting, maintaining...

Please join us in celebrating our 2020 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department th...
05/14/2020
Class of 2020 Celebration

Please join us in celebrating our 2020 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department this year!

From Psychology Today: Studies have begun to show that people can meet their social needs in nontraditional ways through...
05/05/2020
How to Fill Your Social Fuel Tank

From Psychology Today: Studies have begun to show that people can meet their social needs in nontraditional ways through different kinds of social behaviors. One of these studies by recent Psychology Ph.D. alum Elaine Paravati, Ph.D., and UB Psychology Associate Professor, Shira Gabriel, Ph.D., involved the creation of a new measure they called the Social Fuel Tank in order to investigate which social strategies people use and how much those help them feel a sense of belonging. #UBuffalo

COVID-19 has created a crisis of loneliness, but connection comes in many ways.

An article in Esquire reports on a study by UB researchers that found that people who base their self-worth on financial...
04/27/2020
People Who Base Their Self-Worth on Financial Success Feel Lonelier and More Isolated-Study

An article in Esquire reports on a study by UB researchers that found that people who base their self-worth on financial success feel lonelier and more isolated, and quotes study co-authors Lora Park, associate professor of psychology, and Deborah Ward, a UB psychology doctoral student. #UBuffalo

But it’s not financial success or the desire for money per se that’s problematic.

Two of our psychology undergraduates, Arsh Issany and Kathleen Ohman, have been chosen to receive the 2020 SUNY Chancell...
04/24/2020
14 UB students receive Chancellor's Awards

Two of our psychology undergraduates, Arsh Issany and Kathleen Ohman, have been chosen to receive the 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor SUNY bestows upon its students.

The annual award recognizes and honors students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for integrating academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement.

Congratulations!

The award is the highest recognition SUNY awards its students.

From UBNow: A junior psychology major who hopes to research social and cognitive aspects of depression – including reduc...
04/23/2020
Psychology major receives Goldwater scholarship

From UBNow: A junior psychology major who hopes to research social and cognitive aspects of depression – including reducing prejudice of those struggling with the disorder – is UB’s latest Goldwater scholar, an honor UB administrators call the country’s premier scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing research careers. Congratulations, Cassondra!

Junior Cassondra Lyman is the latest UB student to receive the country's premier scholarship for undergraduates pursuing research careers.

From UB News Center: New research from the Psychology Department at the University at Buffalo suggests that non-traditio...
04/23/2020
Study: From watching reruns to relationships, there are many ways of feeling connected

From UB News Center: New research from the Psychology Department at the University at Buffalo suggests that non-traditional social strategies, which can include so-called “guilty pleasures,” are just as effective at fulfilling critical social needs as family connections, romantic relationships or strong social support systems.

#UBuffalo

Don’t worry about how you’re doing it, just keep filling your social fuel tank, UB researchers say.

04/22/2020
UB Psi Chi and Undergraduate Psychology Association

Congratulations to our new Spring 2020 Psi Chi inductees!

Video: Cassondra Lyman

Congrats to our Spring 2020 inductees 🎉🎊 !!! We are so proud of you that your endeavors have truly paid off 🤗. Being a Psi Chi member is a great symbol of academic excellence and we are happy to facilitate your exploration in the field of psychology 🧠

We celebrate your accomplishments and very much look forward to acknowledging each and everyone of you individually. Upon the unfolding of current events, we encourage you to look forward to updates on the future induction ceremony. Until then stay safe and healthy! 😊

Video: Cassondra Lyman

UB's Psychological Services Center has developed a new webinar series, Make Today Meaningful, that addresses basic copin...
04/22/2020
Make Today Meaningful – A self-help webinar series that teaches ways to enhance wellbeing and mental health

UB's Psychological Services Center has developed a new webinar series, Make Today Meaningful, that addresses basic coping skills focused on helping folks adapt to and find meaning during the current pandemic. We will be releasing a new webinar weekly, for 5 weeks, along with daily challenges. Each webinar will be approximately 20 minutes, is free to the public, and will be left on the website for folks to access at any time.

#MakeTodayMeaningful #UBuffalo

Who We Are and What We’re About! Make Today Meaningful is a web-based initiative put together by the Psychological Services Center at the University at Buffalo. Our goal is to provide free and accessible self-help resources in order to help everyone find ways to #MakeTodayMeaningful during times o...

UB Psychology and Empire Innovation Professor, Stephen Tiffany, Ph.D., was one of five UB faculty members that have been...
04/09/2020
Five named SUNY Distinguished Professors

UB Psychology and Empire Innovation Professor, Stephen Tiffany, Ph.D., was one of five UB faculty members that have been named SUNY Distinguished Professors, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system

Dr. Tiffany is an expert on the study of addictions, having developed theoretical models that have shaped the way experts in the field conceptualize the relationship between craving and addictive behavior.

Congratulations, Dr. Tiffany!

The faculty members were appointed to SUNY's highest faculty rank for their international prominence and distinguished reputations within their chosen fields.

From The Holcad: UB Clinical Psychology alum and current Assistant Professor at Westminster College, Jessica Rhodes, Ph....
04/07/2020
PODCAST! WC prof/clinical psychologist on mental health during the pandemic

From The Holcad: UB Clinical Psychology alum and current Assistant Professor at Westminster College, Jessica Rhodes, Ph.D., discusses mental health and dealing with stress during the pandemic, including issues revolving around parenting and working from home, on this week's WCN podcast.

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I just came across this page, and the articles posted really got me thinking, especially the older post about how having too many choices is stressing Americans out! It makes me think of a movie I just saw called Empathy, Inc. It’s about a man who gets involved in an extreme virtual reality start-up company that creates empathy in a person, something that we could all use when thinking we have too many choices. It’s a thriller movie, so it brings up a lot of psychological issues like the idea of mind versus body. I definitely recommend it for its thought-provoking concepts, and it’s easy to find on Amazon and iTunes.
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