Spring 2017

Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards 2017

The Provost’s Office, UConn Alumni, and the Women’s Center annually sponsor the Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony, which recognizes women undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled academically within each school/college and demonstrated high achievement in research and service to the University community.  A reception will be held in their honor during graduation weekend.

All graduate student nominations for students outside of Social Work, Law, Medicine, and Dental Medicine should be submitted at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GradSchool2017  Dr. Holsinger will select the recipient from the Graduate School in consultation with a faculty committee.


Eligible students are limited to those graduating in summer 2016, fall 2016, or spring 2017.

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at UConn Alumni at 2384 Alumni Drive on the Storrs Campus.

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please call Kathleen Holgerson at 860-486-4738.

Spring Workshops in R

Spring Workshops in R

Hosted by Henry Wolf VII

Wednesdays, March 22 & March 29


Arjona 307


The first workshop will focus on dplyr, a toolbox for cleaning, reorganizing, and summarizing your data.

The second workshop will focus on ggplot2, a toolbox for creating professional, publication-quality visualizations of your cleaned data.


Dealing with Data in dplyr

This tutorial on R will cover the use of the dplyr package for cleaning and manipulating data. We will learn how to extract rows and columns that meet certain criteria, create new columns from existing data, join data frames, and get summary information. We will take messy data and get in into a format that can be used for statistical analysis (or visualization).

Getting Good at ggplot2

This tutorial on R will cover the use of the ggplot2 package for creating visualizations from data. We will learn the graphics of grammar, how to build visualizations (histograms, scatterplots, etc.) by specifying how they should look. We will take clean data and create visualizations that are on par with those in publications and on FiveThirtyEight.

*Important Note: For either of the tutorials: Be sure to have the latest version of R and R Studio installed, and bring some of your own data if you would like to try some of these techniques. If you have never programmed or used R before, please complete the free Introduction to R web tutorial from Data Camp.

Psychological First Aid and Disaster Mental Health Training

DATE: Friday, March 10th

Location: Alumni House – UConn Storrs Campus

RSVP: By March 8th to Annadell Jaczynski: Annadell Jaczynski. Please register for one or both sessions. New participants encouraged to attend full-day.


Kathryn S. Dean, MSSW, Coordinator, CT-Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network, Department of Psychiatry – UConn Health

Jeffrey Montague, M.Div., Director of Integrated Health & Wellness, Southeastern Mental Health Authority


Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00: Fostering Resilience and Recovery: Behavioral Health Services following Mass Casualty Tragedies (Appropriate for those with no training, or review for those with a previous training in Psychological First Aid)

During this session participants will be introduced to “Disaster Mental Health 101” and to the consensus based model for lending psycho-social support to survivors, witnesses, family members and responders following a mass casualty/fatality tragedy, “Psychological First Aid (PFA)”

Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Practicing the Core Actions of Psychological First Aid and then Considering Self-Care: Scenario-informed Conversations: (Appropriate for those who have participated in the morning session or those with previous Psychological First Aid Training)

During this session the eight core actions of Psychological First Aid will be reviewed, after which the participants will be use post-tragedy scenarios created specifically for a campus community context in order to practice applying the essential elements of the PFA core actions in “play” with each other.  In addition, healthy self-care will be addressed, and participants will use post-tragedy scenarios to consider/practice good self-care when fulfilling a response role.

Graduate Course Being Offered in FA 2017

Seminar in Data Science 

Course Registration Information
EPSY 6194, Section 010
Thursdays from 4-7pm
 Instructor: Dr. D. Betsy McCoach 

Data Science has grown from a buzzword to a burgeoning field in the past decade. Data scientists must be able to harvest, tame, and manipulate data as well as to ask and answer important questions of interest through data analysis, and they must be able to communicate their results to a variety of audiences, both verbally and visually.  As such, data science involves a combination of computer programming, analytic, creative and critical thinking, and communications skills.  In this graduate seminar in data science, we will explore the new interdisciplinary field of data science.  This course is meant as an introduction to data science for graduate students who have already taken basic coursework in quantitative research methods and/or statistics.  The focus of this course is practical and applied.  Students will learn some basic programming skills (in Python, Stata, and R), and will learn to gather, store, manipulate, analyze, and communicate data to answer research questions and solve problems.

If you have any questions regarding this course please contact the instructor, betsy.mccoach@uconn.edu.

APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) are jointly offering 22 graduate research scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The American Psychological Association Science Directorate administers the granting of the scholarships. Graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program or an interim master’s programs are eligible to apply. If a student is currently enrolled in a terminal master’s program, the student must intend to enroll in a PhD program immediately following completion of the master’s program. Special attention will be given to applications from students who, at the time of application, are within the first two years of graduate study in psychology.

Deadline: June 30, 2017

For more information on scholarship details and how to apply click here.

New Graduate Course Offered-Fall 2017

“Introduction to Statistical Programming in R”

PSYC 5170, Section 002

Course Name: Current Topics in Psych

Wednesdays, 4:40-5:30 PM

Instructor: J. Dixon

If you have any questions regarding this course please contact the instructor, James.Dixon@uconn.edu

Graduate Students–Apply now for an APA Convention Student Travel Award

The APA Science Directorate is pleased to sponsor its annual travel award competition for graduate students of psychology who will present research at the APA convention. This year’s convention will be held Aug. 3 – 6 in Washington, DC.

Graduate students in psychology who are the first author of a poster or talk are eligible to apply for one of this year’s grants of $300 each. Applicants are required to submit an application form, cover letter, research summary, CV and paper/poster acceptance notice.

The deadline for applications to arrive is April 7, 2017.

Applications must be sent by email in a single PDF.  Up to three students from each department of psychology in the U.S. and Canada may submit applications. If more than three students from a department wish to apply for travel awards, the department must perform an initial screening and forward only three applications. Students enrolled at universities outside of the U.S. or Canada who will travel to the APA convention are eligible to apply for grants from the APA International Office but may not apply for this Student Travel Award.

The application form and additional details are available at the APA Convention Student Travel Awards Web page.  You may also send an email to the Science Directorate.

Research Study-Participant in Data Collection

Jonah Po-Fai Li, second year Master’s student at the University of Denver studying Counseling Psychology is looking for participants for his Master’s thesis. His Master’s thesis is investigating how individuals’ well being and distress would change in face of stress. The details to participate in this study’s data collection process are below.

Individuals who are 18 years or older are eligible to this study. The study will take about 10 minutes. Potential risks and/or discomforts of participation may include feeling uncomfortable due to some of the questions from questionnaires. However, the risk is minimal. Participants will have a chance to enter a drawing to win a $40 amazon gift card. Findings would provide implications to clinical practice and current literature, benefiting the field of Psychology and the society.

Link for survey: https://qtrial2016q2.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tZ9AXSGQnUAIu1

If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact Jonah through email, po-fai.li@du.edu or phone, (303) 515-9349 and Dr. Chu-Lien Chao (Faculty Sponsor and Honor Thesis Supervisor) through Chu-Lien.Chao@du.edu or (303) 871-2556.