Psych News


Diversity Committee Beach Clean Up

Joint Diversity Committee Beach Clean Up

The USF Psychology Department Diversity Committee and Student Diversity Committee joined forces with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and held a beach clean up at Cypress Point Park. Congratulations to these great committees.

UPAS Speakers

Mental Health Matters: Raising Awareness and Breaking Stigma

Congratulations to the Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Society (UPAS) for a very successful event to celebrate Mental Health Awareness.

Dr. David Doan

USF Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni 2022 Award 

Congratulations to Dr. David Doan who was able to receive his USF Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni 2022 Award in person while he was on campus to celebrate Mental Health Awareness.

Judy Bryant Speaks at USF Celebration of Teaching

Judy Bryant Speaks at USF Celebration of Teaching

Judy Bryant participated in an invited panel at the March 11 Celebration of Teaching. It is hoped that this event, organized by USF's Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning, will be held annually.

USF 2023 Graduate Research Symposium Winners

Elizabeth Sykes and Roger Young won the 2023 Graduate Research Symposium Award, presented by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC).


Presenter: Elizabeth Sykes (CNS Psychology Graduate Student)
Title: Guilt in the Golden Years: Examining the Effects of Defendant Age, Victim Age and Age Stereotype in a Mock Murder Trial
Major Professor: Christine Ruva 


Presenter: Roger Young (CNS Psychology Graduate Student)
Title: Subjective Opacity Theory: Exploring the Ontological Gap Between The Mind and World as a Psychological Experience
Major Professor: Jennifer Bosson 

Psychology Graduate Students

Psychology Graduate Students Assist with the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology

Graduate students from both the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses assisted at the January National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. This event is co-sponsored by the USF Psychology Department. Volunteers were coordinated by Allie Choate. Thanks to Jenna Bowker, Kaelyn Wofford, Gemma Park, Erjia Cao, Gloria Laugalis, Alex Kah, Enzo Novi Migliano, Mikey Hopkins, and Sabrina Eisenberg. 

UG Alumni Panel

Career Panel A Huge Success

Thank you to our USF undergraduate psychology alumni who provided an excellent panel discussion on Exploring Careers in Psychology hosted by the Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Society and the Undergraduate Psychology Association. The event was very informative and the students in attendance were grateful for the wisdom shared by the alumni. Thank you alumni and Go Bulls!

UG Alumni Panel

10th Annual Psychology Expo: Undergraduate Poster Awardee

Natalya Thomas supervised by Dr. Dominic D'Agostino in the USF Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology: "The Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Non-Diabetics: A Viable Method to Improve Metabolic and Mental Health?"

Elizabeth Schotter Receives Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Dr. Elizabeth Schotter receives an Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Recognized for distinguished contributions to the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience, particularly for the development of detailed theories of the neuro-cognitive mechanisms involved in the process of skilled reading and the development of advanced experimental methods used to study those processes. Read more...

Christine Ruva Receives Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Dr. Christine Ruva receives an Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Recognized for distinguished contributions to Psychology and Law, particularly for research on pretrial publicity’s impact on a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial, which resulted in an invitation to assist in writing an amicus curiae brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court. Read more...

Study Abroad in Florence with Dr. Bryant

Students Enjoy USF's Study Abroad Developmental Psychology Course in Italy

Dr. Judy Bryant's Developmental Psychology students celebrate the end of the summer semester. They were part of USF's Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy.

USF Inclusive Excellence Student Awards

Destiny Gomez and Elisa Carsten received the USF Inclusive Excellence Student Award, presented by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office on April 12, 2022.

Destiny Gomez

Destiny Gomez (Psychology Major, Racial Justice Student Fellow, St. Petersburg campus)

"Destiny has worked to create a more inclusive and just campus on both Tampa and St Pete campuses by raising awareness of numerous injustices through xer work as Social Justice Director for OMA, as a racial justice fellow, and as a member of the Students of Color Advisory Board and as a student in xer personal interactions and social media engagement. " Read more...

Elisa Carsten

Elisa Carsten (Clinical Psychology Graduate Student)

"As President of the Department of Psychology’s Student Diversity Committee at the Tampa campus, Elisa has innovated the approach to diversity and inclusion in the psychology department and has pushed the movement to new boundaries. This has inspired several other students to join the mission and also resulted in the creation of the undergraduate mentorship program within the department." Read more...

Tammy Allen

2022 Ellen Galinksy Generative Researcher Award Recipient

Tammy Allen receives the Ellen Galinksy Generative Researcher Award for work-family research from the Work Family Researchers Network.

Elijah Seay

Psychology Major Elijah Seay Invited to Speak at National Council for Mental Wellbeing Conference

Senior Elijah Seay will speak in April at NatCon22, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing's conference. He will be part of a panel for professionals from all over the world about establishing relationships with youth and adolescents when providing care related to substance use. The organization invited Elijah because of his previous presentation to this organization.


Psychology Department Co-Sponsors 2022 National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology

The Department of Psychology helped co-sponsor the 2022 National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology the first week of January. Graduate students and faculty volunteered to assist with sessions.

Dr. Adriana Uruena-Agnes, Rose Miller, Dr. Stephen Chew (NITOP organizer), Dr. Judy Bryant, Haomin 'Ivy' Chen were among the volunteers (not pictured: Dr. Charlie Hoogland, Jessica Jordan)

Dr. Monica Webb Hooper

Dr. Monica Webb Hooper

Clinical alumna recently appointed the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Dr. Kemesha Gabbidon

Fights for Public Health

From mock doctor to real doctor, Kemesha Gabbidon fights for public health

Emma Frank Awarded

Summer Outstanding Grad

Emma Frank, a Psychology major, was named the Outstanding Graduate at USF's 2020 summer graduation ceremonies.

NSF Honorable Mentions

NSF Honorable Mentions

Psychology students recognized in National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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STP Mentorship of Teachers Award

Dr. Judy Bryant was just awarded the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s (STP) inaugural Mentorship of Teachers Award.

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Early Career Award

Dr. Fallon Goodman just won an early career award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, specifically an award from the 2020 Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program.  


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How to Read Faster

Dr. Liz Schotter's work on speed reading was featured in the New York Times magazine.


Shae Krispinsky awarded by Dean Eisenberg

Staff Appreciation Event

Shae Krispinsky received an Individual Award from the College of Arts and Sciences for consistently demonstrating significant and outstanding performance.