Psychology News

Dr. Blossom's research group awarded faculty-student research grant

Dr. Blossom has launched a new project examining toddler's knowledge of grammar utilizing touch-screen technology to create a toddler-friendly, engaging assessment paradigm. She is collaborating with Professor Scott Hanselman in Computer Information Systems to supervise a team of students that includes Molly Perkins from Psychological Science (an experienced child language research assistant!), Robert Bacon from Computer Information Systems, Aislinn Gilmour and Kaitlin Wells in Education. This group was awarded a faculty-student research grant to support this work titled: Using Touchscreen Technology to Assess Early Grammar Knowledge. Congratulations! We look forward to learning more about this project at the Castleton Scholars Celebration in the Spring!

Dr. Engel's research group awarded a faculty-student research grant

Dr. Engel has hit the ground running in his new position here at Castleton. He has recruited a curious and motivated group of students to collaborate with him on his research project titled: Factors Impacting Ethanol Sedation Tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster. Congratulations David Carlino, Caitlin McCluskey, Audrey Phillip, and Nicholas White! We look forward to hearing about your project at the Castleton Scholars Celebration in the Spring.

Welcome, Dr. Greg Engel

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Greg Engel to the faculty in the Department of Psychological Science! Dr. Engel earned his PhD at the University of Vermont in Neuroscience and has most recently been working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California-Merced. Dr. Engel studies behavioral genetics and uses fruit flies to study genes that impact the behavioral response to alcohol. He is bringing his fly lab to us, broadening the opportunities for research training that we can offer our students!

Dr. Engel's bio

School Psychology Program Launched!

Fall 2016 is an exciting semester for us, as it marks the launch of our new graduate program in School Psychology. This program is the product of a great deal of planning and hard work from the Psychology faculty-- especially Dr. Shannon Newell! We are proud to offer the first graduate program in School Psychology in the state of Vermont. Welcome, graduate students!

School Psychology Graduate Program Information

New year, new name

The Psychology Department is now The Department of Psychological Science! This name change reflects changes in the field as well as the recognition of Psychology as a hub science.

Congratulations Graduates!

On May 7, 2016, we gathered with our graduating seniors before the formal commencement activities to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2016 graduates! We are proud of the impact you have had on our department and our Castleton community during your time here, and we look forward to learning about the impact you make on the broader world! The future is bright!

Congrats to Psi Chi Inductees 2016!

On April 29, 2016, the Castleton University Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society, inducted nine new members! Congratulations to McKenzie Bover, Amanda Chambers, Callie Flanders, Helene Herrick, Rachel Horn, Ali Nelson, Molly Perkins, Alyssa Raub, and Mikayla Shaw! These students have demonstrated excellent academic work in Psychology and we are proud of you!

Psi Chi

Psychology students present work at the Castleton Scholars Celebration

Several Psychology students presented their work at the 2016 Castleton Scholars Celebration on April 21. This event showcases original student work across a wide variety of departments. Congratulations to the student presenters on your hard-earned recognition for your scholarly works! Shannon Moriarity, Personality, Social Media, and Body Image; Rachel Horn & Molly Perkins, Assessing Toddlers' Comprehension of Subject-Verb Agreement Morphology Using the Manual Search Task; Eden Shrikiy & Lauren Fredette, The Effects of Nudging on Improving Food Choice; Mikayla Shaw, Brandi Gontang, & Kaitlyn Skalla, The Effect of Growth Mindset Training on Self-Esteem; McKenzie Bover & Colleen Kunz, The Many Facets of and Education; and Justin Rotz & Robin Fortier, Personality and Nomophobia.

Castleton Scholars Celebration clip on PEGTV Channel 15

Psychology students present work at the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences Student Symposium

Kelly Mesler, Molly Perkins, Ally Brandland, Rudy Vadakin, Rachel Horn, Shannon Moriarity represented the Castleton Psychology Department at the annual VAAS Student Symposium which was held on April 9, 2016 here on our campus. They presented work on children's acquisition of grammar (Rachel & Molly), body image and social media (Shannon), a civic engagement leadership project for a Castleton community tutoring program, and assessing grit in students. Excellent work everyone!

Winter "Max" Thayer '15 returns to give Alumni Career Conversation

On March 15, Max Thayer '15 returned to campus to give a talk about his current career path. Max graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Statistics and is currently a student in the Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy and Management at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the #1 ranked graduate school in public health in the world. Max discussed his experience moving from Castleton to Johns Hopkins as well as his research which ranges from helminths to domestic public health policies including policies concerning cannabis.