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PHOTO:ActigraphFaculty Member and Alum Win Award for Best Article in 2015

September 8, 2016

The Asian American Journal of Psychology presented the award for Best Journal Article of 2015 to Dr. Matthew R. Lee and his former student Ms. Christina J. Thai (2013) at the Annual Convention of the Asian American Psychological Association.

JMU Peer Advisors"Day with the Dukes" Being Held Saturday

September 7, 2016

Psychology alum Jesse Tarr (’08) returns to celebrate the 10th annual “Day with the Dukes”. JMU is hosting Special Olympics for a day devoted to fun and physical activity.

PHOTO: Kala MelchioriDepartment of Psychology Welcomes Dr. Kala Melchiori


Dr. Kala Melchiori will be joining the Department of Psychology this fall as a tenure-track faculty member.  Dr. Melchiori received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

PHOTO: Jim BenedictFaculty Emeritus Jim Benedictís Continued Love of Learning


From 1977 to 2007, Dr. Jim Benedict taught an array of Psychology courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level including statistics, learning, consciousness, and the psychology of stress.

PHOTO: JMU students at eventPractice Safe Text: An Intervention to Reduce Texting while Driving

May 23, 2016

Reggie Shaw, a national safe driving advocate, visited to speak about his experience with texting while driving. Reggie had been involved in a major car accident caused by texting while driving which took the lives of two people.

PHOTO: EvansBe the Change: Bill Evans Chosen as Commencement Speaker

May 12, 2016

At the 2016 Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Bill Evans invoked Mahatma Gandhi as he encouraged graduates to consider how they might be “the change we want to see in the world.” Evans was invited to be the faculty speaker by a commencement committee that surveyed students to determine their selection.

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