Congratulations to Dan Spina (Advisor: Ken Levy) whose poster entitled “The Real Relationship and Reflective Functioning in Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder,” won a poster award at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research. 

Congratulations Hyun Joon Park and Danfei Hu for receiving The College of Liberal Arts STAR (Superior Teaching and Research) Award!

Congratulations to Aaron Pincus for being chosen for this year's Bruno Klopfer Award!

Congratulations Courtney Gerver, Jason Griffin, Natalie Schwob, Alicia Vallorani and Natalia Van Doran for be awarded RGSO dissertation awards this semester!!

Penn State receives grant to study factors promoting early childhood development

Maria Vinca nominated to Penn State Homecoming University Court

Koraly Pérez-Edgar named editor-in-chief of psychology journal

Congratulations Dr. Roger Beaty and Colleague for being recognized by the Psychonomic Society for having the BEST paper last year in Behavior Research Methods.

To learn more about the award, go to

To check out the paper, "Automating creativity assessment with SemDis: An open platform for computing semantic distance" go to

Congratulations to Serena Gray, Department of Psychology Summer 2021 Marshall.

A native of San Gabriel, California, Gray will continue her volleyball career at the University of Pittsburgh while working toward a master of science degree in applied developmental psychology.

Outside of the classroom and off the court, Gray worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Cole Emotion Regulation Laboratory, where she focused on the dynamics of self-regulation. 

“Professor Cole’s work focused on emotional development in early childhood, so we mainly studied how children regulate their emotions when performing difficult tasks,” she said. “I was mostly in charge of coding video recordings from these studies.” 

 Congratulations to all summer 2021 graduates!


Janet van Hell and colleague Abby Walker (Virginia Tech) on receiving a new NSF Collaborative Research grant.


Koraly Pérez-Edgar will be the incoming editor of the Journal of Developmental Psychology (January 2022)

Peter Arnett was recognized during the International Neuropsychological Society's (INS) 2021 conference for his excellence in mentoring!

Alicia Grandey (and coauthors) received the Scholarly Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management for

Newswire also covered some research in our department:


Adriene Beltz won APA Division 5's Anne Anastasia Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award.


Kristin Buss recognized with 2021 President's Award for academic integration

Koraly Perez-Edgar named recipient of 2021 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

Pamela Cole recognized with a Faculty Scholar Medal

Beth Gerace won the 2021 Outstanding Teaching Award for Teaching Faculty in recognition of her contributions to our undergraduate teaching program. 

Congratulations to:

Julian Scheffer recipient of the 2021 Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Flora Oswald recipient of the 2021 Laura Richardson Whitaker Award from the Department of Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Myles Arrington recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program honorable mention

Jacob Dai received support for his dissertation study from the Association for Psychological Science's Student Grant Competition

Congratulations to Lani Rosenbaum on receiving the Solutions Network Scholarship for Reducing Disparities in Child Welfare for the 21-22 academic year. 

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Drais-Parrillo for being selected by Psi Chi as professor of the year!

Congratulations to Tin Nguyen and Jordan Chamberlain for being selected by Psi Chi as Tas of the year!

Congratulations to Roger Beaty for receiving the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science. The APS Rising Star awards recognize "outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PHD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions."

Great News and Congratulations!!

Shannon Ranio won the College of Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award.

Kelly Confer won the College of Liberal Arts Sustainability Award.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Sean Laurent will be joining the Social Faculty in Fall 21.  Dr. Laurent studies how people think and feel about other people's minds and actions, including how people form and revise their moral judgments. Topics of interest include social and moral cognition, perspective taking and empathy, intentionality and mental states, and also intersections between psychology and the law.

SSRI News - Graduate student overcomes barriers to receive NIH award

SSRI - Moral emotions and COVID-19 blog

Penn State News - Buss named McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families

Parents And Children Together (PACT) continues to make an impact during pandemic

The BRIDGE Diversity Alliance is offering resources related the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

See for an updated list of these resources and related resources and events

Coronavirus response

Self-care resources for coronavirus anxiety

Rob Roeser is hosting a "mindful moment" via Zoom - Wednesdays at 11:00am

An article by Michelle Newman and former student, Sandra Llera

7 ways to cope with corona anxiety

Talking with children about coronavirus 

Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award