News

In her nearly six years as an assistant professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke, Sarah Gaither has become an influential voice in diversity scholarship. While prioritizing teaching and undergraduate research in her Duke Identity & Diversity Lab, Gaither has also published articles in mainstream news outlets like CNN, Today and Vox, appeared on National Public Radio’s The State of Things and Code Switch and received a career award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Now, she can add a… read more about How your sense of self affects the choices you make: Sarah Gaither awarded NSF CAREER grant to study how considering multiple identities can lead to flexible thinking  »

Lise Wertheimer Wallach passed away on November 7, 2021 at the age of 93.  Lise was a long-time, esteemed faculty member of the Psychology Department at Duke.   She was a deep thinker, inspiring teacher, and generous mentor.  In her research, she and her late husband Michael Wallach tackled big problems with important implications for the field of psychology and for improving society as a whole.  Lise was born on October 12, 1928 in Berlin, Germany, one of three children of the famous psychologist Max … read more about In Memoriam, Lise Wertheimer Wallach (1928-2021)  »

Professors Shani B. Daily and Gregory Samanez-Larkin have been selected to lead faculty engagement within Duke’s new residential living and learning model, QuadEx. As Levitan Faculty Fellows and special assistants to the vice provosts for undergraduate education and student affairs, Daily and Samanez-Larkin will foster student-faculty engagement and opportunities for student intellectual exploration. Their initial work will include developing the QuadEx Faculty Fellows program, which will honor a select group of faculty… read more about Daily and Samanez-Larkin to Lead Faculty QuadEx Engagement »

Eleven faculty members from the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience have been awarded Research Seed Grants via philanthropic support from The Charles Lafitte Foundation Program in Psychological and Neuroscience Research at Duke University. The faculty projects – all chosen by review committee – show great promise both for generating exceptional research and for providing opportunities for students. “We had to make some tough decisions this year,” said Elizabeth Marsh, department chair, in an email… read more about Department of Psychology & Neuroscience announces 2021-2022 Faculty Seed Grant recipients  »

In a large national survey, adults who struggled with picky eating habits as children overwhelmingly said they benefitted more from positive and encouraging strategies their parents used than forceful or coercive approaches. The research, led by a team at Duke Health, was conducted among a generation of people who struggled with food avoidance before it was identified in 2013 as a psychiatric condition called Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). The researchers said their findings, appearing online Nov. 11 … read more about Supportive Strategies Help “Picky Eaters” Deal with Food Aversions »

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in the summer of 2020, graduate students in the Duke Clinical Psychology Program came together to create an environment that prioritized anti-racist training and education at a department level.  As part of those efforts, Ph.D. candidates Nicolas Camacho and Joseph Diehl spearheaded a lunchtime talk series to address racism, inequity, and injustice, with support from faculty members Timothy Strauman and Zachary Rosenthal.   We spoke with Camacho about how the talk… read more about Duke graduate students create clinical psychology anti-racism lecture series  »

This fall, Tamar Kushnir joined the Psychology & Neuroscience faculty along with Assistant Professor Cristina Salvador. Kushnir, an expert on social learning and social cognition in young children, received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and joins Duke from Cornell University where she was Professor in the Department of Human Development. We spoke to Kushnir about her research, the Early Childhood Cognition Lab she will run at Duke, her approach to… read more about Tamar Kushnir, Bringing New Ideas on Learning and Cognition in Young Children »

A new $5 million gift from the Charles Lafitte Foundation will bolster Duke Science and Technology, the university’s signature effort to elevate excellence in the sciences, and support students’ aspirations in pursuing the study of artificial intelligence, fintech, cybersecurity, neuroscience and more. This is the second major gift to Duke from the family foundation of Duke parents and philanthropists Jeffrey and Suzanne Citron of Hobe Sound, Fla., who donated another $5 million to Duke in 2018. The largest portion of the… read more about Charles Lafitte Foundation’s $5 Million Gift Furthers a Shared Goal of Solving Challenges through Innovation »

Writing can be a solitary and lonely process for Cecilia Márquez, assistant professor in the Duke History Department. Amid teaching classes and other activities, setting aside time to work on her first book that explores the experiences of Latinos in the American South from 1940 to present can be challenging. That’s why the Duke Faculty Write Program has been a helpful resource for Márquez since she joined Duke in 2019. “To me, writing can be a very isolating process, and the challenges associated with writing can feel… read more about A Community of Writers Cultivates Collaboration »

The department of Psychology & Neuroscience welcomes new staff member Chelsea Fillippa to the role of Program Coordinator / Director of Graduate Studies Assistant (DGS-A). Having previously served as a program assistant and DGS-A in the department of Economics, she brings with her a wealth of background knowledge about the role.  Below is a Q&A introducing Fillippa to the broader community.     What is your official job title? Program Coordinator / Director of Graduate Studies… read more about Department welcomes new staff member Chelsea Fillippa  »

The Trinity College of Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the 2021 awards for undergraduate teaching. Given each year, the awards honor exceptionally strong educators from across the college. Teaching award recipients are selected by the Arts & Sciences Council on the basis of student evaluations, teaching statements and colleague recommendations. “These four awards are bestowed by the Arts & Sciences faculty in recognition of especially outstanding teaching,” said Arts & Sciences Council Chair… read more about Arts & Sciences Teaching Awards Celebrate Excellence Across the College »

The roots of Duke’s Center for Combinatorial Gene Regulation go back to the second floor of the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences. That’s where Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Tim Reddy, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics Greg Crawford, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering Charles Gersbach have workspaces near each other. With all three harboring intense curiosity – albeit different approaches – about unlocking the human genetic… read more about Spirit of Faculty Collaboration Endures »