Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Oliver Sacks, World Famous Neurologist, Dies at Age 82

Students of Psychology undoubtedly know of Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied, cared for, and wrote about people with a variety of unusual brain disorders.  The author of such classics as The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, The Island Of The Colorblind, Awakenings, A Surgeon's Life, and The Lost Mariner died of melanoma.  His insightful and profoundly moving accounts of those with brain dysfunction will surely be missed.  Click HERE for the full story from the New York Times.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Psychology Fast Fact

Each year psychology students present their research at conferences in places such as Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City.  In the past ten years, psychology students have made 41 presentations at local conferences, 38 presentations at regional conferences, and 4 presentations at national conferences.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ball State University Undergraduate Research Conference

Ball State University is hosting a one-day undergraduate psychology research conference, with the goal to engage advanced undergraduate researchers interested in psychology (particularly those interested in Educational, Developmental, and School Psychology) in a professional experience. Students are invited to present completed, ongoing, or planned research, and individual or group presentations are invited. If travel to  BSU is problematic, they will be able to support virtual as well as live participation. Students will be able to submit their proposals through our online form starting Monday August 24 (the proposal will be a short summary of what they hope to present ~ 200 words).  In addition to sharing research that is being conducted, students will be given an opportunity to learn more about various graduate programs in the region, in the event they are considering masters or doctoral work in the field. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeremy Cassady at

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Psychology Department would like to welcome all of our incoming students to Ashland University, as well as welcoming back all of our returning students. We are looking forward to working with you in our classrooms as well as in the psychology laboratory!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Courtney Gallagher '15

Courtney Gallagher graduated with a degree in psychology in the spring of 2015.  Check out this video produced by the Ashland University Career Services Center that details the internship and other experiences that Courtney had while she was an AU student.  Click HERE to watch!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Psychology Majors Perform Well on National Test

This past spring 16 graduating psychology majors completed an examination of psychological knowledge by taking the Psychology Area Concentration Achievement Test (PACAT).  The PACAT measures student knowledge in six foundational areas of the discipline and this exam is used by our department to improve student learning and make data-driven decisions about our curriculum.  This year's examinees were tested on their knowledge in the areas of abnormal, developmental, experimental design, history and systems, personality, and social psychology.  This year's group scored better than 72% of the 5,064 students nationally who also took this exam.  Congratulations!!  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Psychology Graduates

Congratulations to the following Psychology majors who graduated from Ashland Univeristy during spring commencement on May 9, 2015!!

Nicholas Adkins, Magna Cum Laude

Crystal Ankney, Cum Laude

Nicole Austin, Magna Cum Laude

Tesla Baich

Hank Benton

Patti Brown

Kelsey Dropsey

Courtney Galligher

Shelby Gaydosh

Edie Henthorne, Magna Cum Laude

Sara Lautzenhiser, Summa Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha Kappa

Amanda Mayes, Magna Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha Kappa

Mary Moeller, Magna Cum Laude

 Taylor Nervi

Hannah Neumeyer

Morgan Phillips

Melanie Poorman

Brittney Van Riper

Megan Winkler

Friday, May 8, 2015

Summary of Research Activities, Spring 2015 Semester

Over the course of the spring semester the students and faculty in the Psychology Department were busy with data collection.  A total of 21 researchers (both students and faculty) collected data from participants in our pool, which amounted to over 375 total hours of data collection.  Data were gathered for 18 different studies, including studies where data was gathered "face to face" and others where online data collection procedures were used.  Overall, it was a fruitful semester in the laboratory, which resulted in a number of student presentations at the spring URCA symposium and presentations by both students and faculty at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Leadership and Service Nominees

Students and faculty were recently recognized for their dedication to Ashland University at the 28th Annual Leadership and Service Recognition Reception on April 19th.  At that reception, the following individuals were nominated for a variety of catagories:

Nick Slinger - Emerging Leader Award

Mary Moeller - Outstanding Campus Leader Award

Hannah Neumeyer - Outstanding Campus Leader Award

Dr. Chris Chartier - Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year

In addition to these nominees, Nicole Austin, Shelby Gaydosh, Edie Henthorne, and Morgan Phillips were selected into Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Congratulations to all for these outstanding achievements!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Academic Honors Convocation Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students who earned awards at the annual Academic Honors Convocation on April 19th.  Olivia Hess was named the psychology department's Sophomore Award winner, Emily Shrider was named the Junior Award winner, and Mary Moeller was named the Senior Award winner.  This is an outstanding achievement, so please join us in congratulating them!!