Spring 2020

HDFS online graduate course open to psychology students

Dear Students,

I’m writing to let you know of a HDFS graduate course that will be offered in the spring semester. The course is called “Bullying and Victimization in Childhood and Adolescence” (HDFS 5095.001). This course is open to graduate students in Psychological Sciences. As this course is only offered once every several years, I wanted to share this with you in case this is a topic that you’re interested in learning more about.

Here’s a brief description of the course:

This course provides graduate students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of bullying in childhood and adolescence. As bullying is a multi-faceted problem, the course will address the role that peers, families, schools, media, culture, and governmental policies play in both perpetuating youth bullying and helping to reduce bullying of youth. We will examine the impact of bullying on psychological functioning, social adjustment, and physical health of youth, and factors that increase risk versus resilience in youth who are bullied. Students will learn about research on school-based prevention and intervention programs, assessment of bullying in youth, and laws and policies that can help to reduce youth bullying. This course is relevant for diverse disciplines relevant to youth health and wellbeing, including Human Development & Family Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Social Work, Education, Nursing, Allied Health, and others.

This is an online course, so there are no in-person classes, which makes it easy for scheduling your other courses. The course format includes online video seminars, readings, and online weekly discussion forums where we discuss important questions related to each week’s topic.

*In the past, several senior honors students (undergraduates) in Psychological Sciences have taken this course, with permission from their department/advisor. Interested honors students can contact me for further information.

If you would like to learn more about the course, please feel free to be in touch with me (Rebecca.puhl@uconn.edu). I would be happy to send you the full syllabus, and/or meet with you if you have additional questions.


Dr. Puhl


Rebecca Puhl, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Sciences

Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
University of Connecticut

Spring 2020 Grad Course Offering: Advanced Programming with Data in R

Advanced Programming with Data in R

Instructor: Adam Sheya

Date/Time is TBD.


The purpose of this course is to help graduate students acquire programming skills that make organizing, transforming, visualizing, and presenting data more efficient and reproducible as well as support data analysis workflows and model building. This is a lab based course and lectures are minimal. Class time will be spent practicing the art of programming with data under the instructor’s guidance. Students are encouraged to interject their own data and projects into the course. We will be using R and RStudio but the programming concepts and practices translate to other languages and environments like Python.  Students are expected to have a basic familiarity with R and have completed at least the introductory statistics courses. Ideally students will already have experience in analyzing their own data. Students will be evaluated on their performance in the weekly lab activities. The labs are designed to be completed within the class time. Students are encouraged to integrate what they learn in the class into their data analysis activities outside of class. Topics include Basic R Commands and Concepts , Data Objects, Subsetting, Control Flow, Functions, Environments, Conditions, Scripts, Functional Programming in R, Debugging, Performance, Interfacing with other languages, Visualization, and formatting articles and presentations. Topics and depth of coverage will be adjusted to student need and interest.

Clinical Psychology Research Talk Series

Clinical Research Seminar 2019-20
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:25, Bousfield 160


Kristin Arapuano, Yale University
Contextualizing brain signatures of vulnerability to health-risk behaviors in the real world


Diane Quinn, Social Division
Current research


Brandi Simonsen, Neag School of Education
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Building State, District, and School Systems to Support Students


Nathaniel M. Rickles, School of Pharmacy
Integrating New & Old Approaches to Changing Patient and Provider Medication Use Behaviors: Applications to Mental Healthcare and Beyond


Christine Yantz, Clinical Division
Third party observer effects in neuropsychological assessment


Valori Ann Banfi, Science Librarian
Systematic Reviews and Scoping Reviews


Devin Kearn, Neag School of Education
Research on brain processes in dyslexia


Valori Ann Banfi, Science Librarian
Finding the Big Bucks: Funding Databases

2019-2020 Psychological Sciences Colloquium Schedule (Updated)

The remaining colloquium scheduled is listed below. All talks will take place in BOUS A106 at 3:30 pm on Wednesday’s unless otherwise noted.


October 23, 2019

Suggestions are welcome!


October 30, 2019

Dr. David Kenny, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Title: TBA


February 5, 2020

Suggestions are welcome!


February 12, 2020

Suggestions are welcome!


February 26, 2020

Dr. Dan Swingley, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Title: TBA


March 4, 2020

Dr. Vic Ferreira, Department of Psychology, UC San Diego.

Title: TBA


March 11, 2020

Dr. Robin Vallacher, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.

Title: TBA


March 25, 2020

Dr. Robert Astur, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Tenure Talk

Title: TBA


April 1, 2020

Dr. Inge-Marie Eigsti, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Tenure Talk

Title: TBA


April 15, 2020

Dr. Ian Stevenson, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Tenure Talk

Title: TBA

Fall ’19 / Spring ’20 BIRC Speaker Series announced

Fall 2019

First Tuesday of each month @ 1:30-3:00p in Arjona 307 unless noted*


Vistors from UCHC are encouraged to use the UCHC-Storrs shuttle service. Please contact us if you are interested in meeting with a speaker.

Date Speaker Title
*Date Change*


Tor Wager, PhD

Dartmouth College (beginning July 2019)

TBA (MRI statistical analyses methods, pain processing)
*Date Change*


Uri Hasson, PhD

Princeton University

Face to Face, Brain to Brain: Exploring the Mechanisms of Dyadic Social
11/05 Stephanie Jones, PhD

Brown University

TBA (integrating human brain imaging and computational neuroscience methods to study brain dynamics using MEG/EEG and tDCS/DBS/TMS)
12/03 Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD

Columbia University

TBA (socioeconomic disparities in children’s cognitive and brain development)

Spring 2020

First Tuesday of each month @ 3:30-5pm (location TBA)

Date Speaker Title
02/04 Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Yale University

TBA (social and affective dimensions of autism in young children)
03/03 David Badre, PhD

Brown University

TBA (cognitive neuroscience of memory and cognitive control)
04/07 Alex Martin PhD


TBA (neural mechanisms of object recognition)
05/05 Michael Crowley, PhD

Yale University

TBA (brain basis of childhood anxiety disorders including avoidance, threat detection, and worry)

Graduate Course Offerings for Upcoming Semesters

Academic Year 2019-2020


Spring 2020 

Spring 2020 Grad Course Calendar (as of 11/14/19)Spring 2020 Grad Course Calendar


Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Grad Course Calendar- Fall19 Grad Course Calendar-final


Misc. Course Descriptions

Spring 2020

Tools to Analyze Language with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Tools to Analyze Language

Programming with Data in R with Adam Sheya

Programming with Data in R Outline

Occupational Health and Safety with Rob Henning

Occupational Health and Safety Description

Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity with Maxim Volgushev



Fall 2019

Cross-cultural Psychology with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza


Tools to Analyze Language with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza


Performance Appraisal Seminar with Janet Barnes-Farrell


Neural Basis of Learning and Memory with Etan Markus

Neural Basis of LearningMemory_outline

Human Factors with Rob Henning

Human Factors Description

Current Topics in Psychology (SLAC Professional Development) with Jim Magnuson & Marie Coppola

Current Topics in Psychology (SLAC Professional Development) Description

Clinical Connections Seminar with Inge-Marie Eigsti & Emily Myers

Clinical Connections Seminar Description

Research Seminar in Language and Cognition with Rachel Theodore

Mondays 12:20-1:10 BOUS A 106 (‘Talk Shop’). For more information, please contact instructor.

Current Topics in Cognitive Science (SLAC Seminar – Foundations of Learning and Language) with Jim Magnuson

Fridays 9 AM-12:05 PM. For more information, please contact instructor.