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Department of Psychology

News, Highlights, & Events

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Kimberly Warren Receives Grant
BALTIMORE, MD (July 17, 2020) - Dr. Kimberly Warren recently received an $10,000 I-GAP Award through the MSU Division of Research and Economic Development to develop a Global Competency Experiential Learning Program. I-GAP grants are designed to increase the likelihood of transferring a MSU invention to business or industry.

Dr. Karen Watkins-Lewis Receives Grant Sub-Award
BALTIMORE, MD (July 13, 2020) - Dr. Karen Watkins-Lewis recently received a sub-award of $150,000 through a National Science Foundation grant funded to Johns Hopkins University. She will evaluate the effectiveness of whether an informal, online, algebra-focused engineering themed out-of-school time program improves math ability, math self-efficacy, and nurtures engineering career goals in Baltimore City high school students.

Dr. Jocelyn Turner-Musa Becomes President-Elect of APA Division 1
WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2020) - Dr. Jocelyn Turner-Musa, Chair of the Department of Psychology, was named as the President-Elect of the American Psychological Association Division 1, The Society for General Psychology.  The core mission of Division 1 is to "promote coherence among psychology's diverse specialties by encouraging members to incorporate multiple perspectives from psychology's subdisciplines into research, theory, and practice." As such, Dr. Turner-Musa's platform will include a focus on diversity and inclusion, broadly defined. She is particularly interested in diversifying the membership and including more Minority-Serving Institutions, students, and early career professionals in the division.

Dr. Jocelyn Turner-Musa Named Guest Editor of Special Issue of Healthcare
BALTIMORE, MD (May 2020). Dr. Jocelyn Turner-Musa is Guest Editor for a special issue on health disparities in COVID-19 in the international journal "Healthcare". The Special Issue will include articles and commentaries providing insights into the influence of the social determinants of health, including structural factors such as housing and neighborhood density on mitigation strategies; cultural beliefs about testing; economic constraints; and the influence of access to testing on disparities in diagnosis, treatment, and mortality from COVID-19. Also, of interest is the role of stigma on getting tested for COVID-19, stigma associated with mitigation strategies such as wearing masks, and health outcomes related to stigma for some ethnic/racial groups.

Graduate Student Highlights

Psychometrics Doctoral Students Win APA Assessment Community Student Poster Award
WASHINGTON, DC (July 29, 2020) - Four graduate research assistants in the CRèMe Lab won the American Psychological Association's Assessment Community Student Poster Award, a joint award organized by APA Divisions 5, 12 (section IX), and 40. The review committee was very impressed with the quality of the study and the impact the work can have on the field.  The poster, titled, "Examining Instrument Adaptation Methodologies in Cross-Cultural Studies," was selected as one of three recipients and will be presented at the upcoming APA Convention in August 2020.  Doctoral student Christopher Amissah was the lead author, joined by Janine Jackson, Taj Rollins, and Tonya Taylor and Dr. R. Trent Haines, Director of the CRèMe Lab.

Psychometrics Doctoral Students Named as NCME Fellows
BALTIMORE, MD (February 2, 2020) - Two Psychometrics doctoral students, Christopher Amissah and Yvette Jackson, have been awarded the 2020 Chan-Zuckerberg Fellowship from the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). The competitive fellowship is awarded to graduate students from under-represented groups who intend to work in the field of educational measurement. Funds from the fellowship will allow the recipients to attend the 2020 Annual Meeting of NCME in San Franciso, participate in workshops associated with the conference, and participate in ongoing activities aimed toward supporting their careers in educational measurement. These fellowships are being sponsored by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The primary goal of the Fellowship program is to increase the representation of Black and Hispanic/Latinx Ph.D.s working in the field of educational measurement.

Undergraduate Student Highlights

Psychology Students Study Abroad in Guatemala
BALTIMORE, MD (February 13, 2020) - Dr. Kimberly Warren, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Psychometrics, recently led a team of students to Guatemala as part of Morgan State University's study abroad program.  Students earned course credit, lived with host families, studied Spanish with local tutors, and volunteered their time by participating in local health clinics, at-home medical visits, and working with students in an elementary school.  For more information and to view a video about the trip, visit the Morgan Newsroom.  

Psychology Majors Win ABRCMS Research Awards

ANAHEIM, CA (November 16, 2019) - Psychology majors and ASCEND scholars, Marvellous Oke and Damion Trotter, won awards for their poster presentation at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held November 13-16th in Anaheim, CA. Ms. Oke is a senior Psychology major. Her research is entitled "A machine learning approach to predicting the possibility of seizures during an admission for intracerebral hemorrhage". Ms. Oke's research was part of the CLIMB-UP program at the University of Buffalo. Damion Trotter, also a senior Psychology major, conducted research on "The sleep-wake architecture of BACHD mouse model and wild-type in relation to sleep deprivation". Mr. Trotter's research was part of the UCLA-HBCU Neuroscience Pathways Program. Other psychology student presenters were Breanne Martin, Sydney Simpson, and Jayln Toatly. Dr. Ingid Tulloch, Dr. Sherita Henry, and Dr. Jocelyn Turner-Musa also participated in the conference. ABRCMS is a professional conference for underrepresented students to pursue advanced training in STEM.