PSYC 5614: Personnel Psychology

Graduate courses act as Honors credit, as long as you earn a grade of B- or higher.

Instructor:  Janet Barnes-Farrell

Open to psychological sciences majors in their senior year.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2600 (with final grade of A or A-) and instructor consent. If you are currently taking PSYC 2600, permission will be granted contingent on providing the instructor with confirmation of your final grade.

Methods and techniques of personnel psychology.  Topics addressed include job analysis, recruitment, selection and hiring, training and development, performance evaluation, and related areas.

PSYC 5460: Social and Personality Development

Graduate courses act as Honors courses, with Honors credit awarded for a grade of B- or higher. 

Instructor: Rhiannon Smith

Recommended preparation: PSYC 2400, PSYC 2100

Fundamental theory and empirical research on social-emotional development in childhood and adolescence. Topics include social cognition, empathy, aggression, gender, ethnicity, and interpersonal relationships. Students in this course will read and critique empirical journal articles, participate in class discussions, and give class presentations.

2018 Rowe Lecture

Ms. Alicia Ely Yamin is the Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and Program Director for the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law. Her career focuses on the intersection of health and human rights, in both the academic world as well as in activism. She is known globally for her scholarship on and advocacy of right-based approaches to health. She contributed to the drafting of several General Comments by the UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. She regularly advises the UN bodies related to health and human rights while providing guidance to NGOs on landmark litigation. She has served on WHO Task Forces and is currently a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Health and Law. Ms. Yamin was awarded the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship on Global Health and Human Rights from 2007 to 2011.


Ms. Yamin has written a book, Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter, which was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. This work is focused on defining what a human rights based approach to health and development means, and why it matters. Additionally, it provides a foundation for the understanding of how a human rights based approach implies the potential for social transformation.

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PSYC 3884-002: Seminar in Psychology

Instructor: James Magnuson

Science of Learning and the Art of Communication

In this seminar-style course, we will discuss classic and recent findings in the “science of learning,” drawing on fields ranging from cognitive psychology and education to cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology. We will read primary sources and discuss them each week. We will also embrace the idea that effective learning in the sciences (as in all fields) requires effective communication, whether in research papers, course lectures, or presentations to non-scientific audiences. We will critically evaluate best communication practices for different media, venues, and audiences in light of research on the science of learning.

Those interested should contact Dr. Magnuson directly for more information, syllabus, and/or a permission number.

2017 Rowe Lecture

Dr. Feigl-Ding

Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD

Founder/Director of ToxinAlert.org

Faculty at Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Chief Health Economist at Microclinic International

Founder of Campaign for Cancer Prevention

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Student Union Theatre

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is an epidemiologist, nutritionist, and health economist. His research focuses on disease risk, digital technology, social networks, public health policy, and economics of prevention. He is principal investigator of several randomized trials in Kentucky, Denmark, and Jordan. Projects for which he is the PI, CEO, or executive director have received more than $10,000,000 in funding. His more than 100 publications in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Lancet have been cited more than 20,000 times.

As founder of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention in 2007, he led the first online crowdfunding effort to raise more than $500,000 for medical research. This resulted in features in Newsweek, The New York Times, and Chronicles of Philanthropy. He led a two year investigation into the safety of the drug VIOXX.

Dr. Feigl-Ding has been featured in four books and in Craig Newmarks’ 16 People and Organizations Changing the World in 2012. His work was thrice named ‘Best of American Heart Association’ and he received the 2012 Outstanding Young Leader Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the 2015 American Heart Association Grundy Excellence Award, and the 2014 Global Health Project of the Year from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award: David Fetterman

Recognized as one of the leading scholars in American education, Dr. Fetterman is author to 16 books and hundreds of articles and chapters on the subject. The recommendations from his book, Excellence and Equality, led the U.S. Department of Education to formulate a panel to select a national center for the gifted and talented. As an appointed member, Dr. Fetterman recommended the University of Connecticut to the panel, granting the University a $10 million federal award for the National Research Center for the Gifted and Talented, now directed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli. Dr. Fetterman’s fields of expertise include evaluation, medical and teacher education, dropout programs, gifted and talented education, higher education, and distance learning. His empowerment evaluation method (a self-help approach) makes great contribution to the theory and practice of education–and according to the American Evaluation Association, remains “one of the greatest evaluation innovations of the past two decades.”


2016 Distinguished Alumni Award: Mark Romanoff

Dr. Romanoff has witnessed significant gains and challenges in the field of pain management since beginning his career as an anesthesiologist in 1987. The increased use of controlled opioid medications for non-malignant chronic pain has proved controversial, providing much needed aid to many individuals while fostering an epidemic of overdoses and addiction in both patients and society. Dr. Romanoff is on the committee on Narcotic Use and Diversion of the North Carolina Medical Society in North Carolina (NC), one of four states with the highest incidence of abuse. In 2007, Dr. Romanoff helped create a centralized database of all controlled medicines in NC. In addition, he has participated in several state-wide committees focusing on developing protocols and policies for the reporting and monitoring of narcotic use. In 2013, he was selected to participate in Project Lazarus–an educational and mentoring program set up by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Romanoff’s continued lecturing, mentoring, and advising display his efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and ensure safe access to medication for those in need.