KirstenKirsten Butcher, our wonderful associate professor has been selected as a U of U Presidential Scholar. The purpose of this award is to promote retention of exceptionally promising mid-career faculty who are significant contributors to scholarship, education, and outreach at the U. Congrats, Kirsten!

The Science Channel’s television series “Through the Wormhole” recently featured the eye tracker lie detection software developed by Ed Psych professors John Kircher, Doug Hacker, Anne Cook, Dan Woltz and David Raskin. Congratulations on this wonderful recognition. To read more about the eye tracking method for detecting lies read this University News Center article >>.

Aaron FischerAaron Fischer has received two awards for his research and training support. He received the 2015 Early Career Research Award from the Society For the Study of School Psychology for his work on An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation through Telepresence Robots. He also received the Autism Council of Utah grant for his work on Training and Support for Early Identification of Autism in Early Intervention Systems. Please join us in congratulating him for his amazing efforts.

Sue MorrowSue Morrow, professor of Counseling Psychology received several prestigious awards recently. She received the 2015 American Psychological Association Division 35 Strickland Daniel Mentoring Award and the the 2015 Laura Brown Award for Outstanding Contributions in Advancing Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Psychology. These awards are presented to people who have demonstrated many skills in the areas. Congratulations Sue!!!

Paul GoreWe are preparing to say goodbye to one of our fantastic professors, Paul Gore, as he is preparing to become a Dean at the College of Social Sciences, Health and Education at Xavier University. We will miss him dearly, but wish him the best of luck!

With co-editors Ed O'Brien and Bob Lorch, Anne Cook has recently published an edited volume, Inferences During Reading, through Cambridge University Press on how, when, and why readers draw inferences during reading. The book contains chapters from experts in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and neuroscience.

Congratulations to the

Emerging Leader in Counseling Psychology
Alberto Varela
Emerging Leader in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
April Yazzie
Emerging Leader in School Counseling
Jessica Otero
Outstanding Research Award
Brian Pace
Award for Teaching Excellence
Halley Brown
Social Justice Award
Carolina Corrales
Peer Mentoring Award
Alexandra Kelly


RobynRobyn Riley, a School Psychology Doctorate student, has taken over as the assistant clinic director of our Assessment and Support Clinic. As the director, these students typically help run the clinic and make sure that everything goes smoothly. The previous student in charge of this was Mackenzie Boon, and we thank her for her work as well as welcome Robyn as the new director. Good luck to both of them.

Bradley BloomfieldBradley Bloomfield, a doctoral student in the school psychology program, recently gave a presentation at the 2015 convention of the National Association of School Psychologists in Orlando, Florida. He presented on a meta-analysis of mindfulness-based interventions for youth and caregivers with Aaron Fischer, Ph.D (University of Utah), David Klingbeil, Ph. D (University of Wisconsin), and Jessica Willenbrink (University of Wisconsin). This presentation discussed the results of a meta-analysis that evaluated the evidence base of mindfulness-based interventions as well as the practices that are most likely to lead to success. It was a fantastic presentation, and we are lucky to have Bradley in our department.


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Dr. Sean Cunningham completed the School Psychology PhD program here at the University of Utah in 2012 with emphases in Autism, Neuropsychology and Early Childhood. Since completing the program, Dr. Cunningham has worked in several contexts including highly nationally ranked hospitals, schools, private practice, community mental health centers and residential facilities. Additionally, he has taught several college level classes, including those in developmental psychology and research methodology. Dr. Cunningham currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. We are extremely proud that he has accomplished so much after completion of the School Psychology PhD program.

AverillLynnette Averill, a 2013 graduate of the Counseling Psychology doctoral program, is completing a two-year Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)-Clinical Neurosciences Division and Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in Connecticut. She has just accepted a faculty appointment with Yale’s Department of Psychiatry and the NCPTSD and will be beginning this position in early May. Dr. Averill’s current work focuses on pharmaco-neuroimaging trials examining novel psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment-resistant PTSD and depression. She recently had an articles published by JAMA-Psychiatry. You can find the article here. We want to congratulate Lynnette on her research and success.

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