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Awards, Honors and Accomplishments

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National Awards

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Teaching Accomplishments

  • In 2013, Dr. Cathy Daus received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success.
  • In 2013, Dr. Betsy Meinz received the Vaughn Vandegrift URCA Research Assistant Mentor Award.
  • In 2012, Dr. Jeremy Jewell also received the Vaughn Vandegrift URCA Research Assistant Mentor Award.
  • In 2011, Dr. Steve Hupp received a Teaching Recognition Award from the Office of the Provost.
  • In 2009, Dr. Laura Pawlow received the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award (see related video).
  • In 2009, Dr. Pat Pearson received a Teaching Recognition Award from the Office of the Provost.
  • In 2009, Dr. Dan Segrist also received a Teaching Recognition Award from the Office of the Provost.
  • In 2002, Dr. Sue Thomas received the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award.
  • In 2006, our department received the Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


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Research Accomplishments

  • Since 2000, psychology faculty and their student co-authors have published more than 300 scholarly papers. Follow these links to learn more about faculty publications or student research.
  • Faculty in the Department of Psychology at SIUE have or have had the following editorial responsibilities:
    • Dr. Eva Ferguson served as editor of a special 2010 issue of the Journal of Individual Psychology focused on the need to belong.
    • Dr. Steve Hupp serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools.
    • Dr. Andy Pomerantz serves on the editorial board of Ethics and Behavior.
    • Dr. Paul Rose serves on the editorial board of Psychology and Marketing.
  • In 1996, the Department of Psychology received the Paul Simon Teaching and Research Award, among the most prestigious awards SIUE offers, for "outstanding efforts linking teaching and research in the classroom".
  • In 2008, Bailey Williams, a graduate of our Clinical-Adult Psychology Program, won SIUE's Outstanding Thesis Award. Her thesis title was How Impaired is Too Impaired? Ratings of Psychologist Impairment by Psychologists in Independent Practice.
  • In 2009, Chris Berghoff, a graduate of our Clinical-Adult Psychology Program and now a PhD student at SUNY-Albany, won SIUE's Outstanding Thesis Award. His thesis was titled Toward a Functional Dimensional Approach to the Treatment of Mental Illness: The Relationship Between Experiential Avoidance and Impulsivity.
  • In 2009, Undergraduate psychology majors Jessica Warden and Bianca Trejo won Regional Research Awards from Psi Chi
  • In 2009, psychology students Jennifer Ritchie, Heather Jeffers, Justin Little and Laura Schulz received a second place award for their poster (titled Differences and Similarities Between College Students' Values and Their Parents' Values) at the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Lindenwood University.
  • In 2010, Chelsea Vanderpool, a graduate student of our Industrial/ Organizational Psychology Program and now a PhD student at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, won SIUE's Outstanding Thesis Award. Her thesis was titled The Effects of Gender-Role Congruency on Salary Negotiation Outcomes.
  • In 2010 Jillian Elhoffer and Meghan George won a first place award [IMAGE: psychology award student] at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention for their poster titled Yes I Can! (Get Some Job Satisfaction) -- An Organizational Initiative Affecting Weight Loss, Mood and Job Satisfaction.
  • In 2010, Dr. Eva Ferguson was named a fellow of the Midwestern Psychology Association. This nomination was made to recognize Dr. Ferguson's significant contributions to the science of psychology.
  • In 2011, Chelsea Vanderpool's thesis on gender-role congruency and salary negotiations won an honorable mention from the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.
  • In 2011, Shanique Brown, an I/O psychology graduate student, won the Phi Kappa Phi award for her thesis-based research poster titled The Influence of Anticipated Regret on Decision-Making Within Law Enforcement.
  • In 2011, Dr. Thad Meeks won the Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year Award. At a Sigma Xi meeting honoring his accomplishments, he gave a lecture titled Individual Factors that Determine Our Ability to Fulfill Future Intentions.
  • In 2012, Rosey Morr, a psychology major, won the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Research Assistant of the Semester Award.
  • In 2012, Dr. Andy Pomerantz was awarded the Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award for his efforts to integrate his research with student learning.
  • In 2013, psychology major Martha Pinones received a travel award from the Social Science Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research to support her presentation titled "Memory and gender: Can bilateral eye-movement affect recall?" at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.
  • In 2013, psychology major Tiffany Maglasang received the URCA Research Assistant of the Semester Award.
  • In 2014, Dr. Eva Ferguson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.
  • In 2014, Casey Nixon, a graduate of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Program, received SIUE's Outststanding Thesis Award. Her thesis is titled Organizational Punishment for Sexual Harassment: Implications for Men and Women.

Awards for SIUE's Psi Chi Chapter

  • In 1995, Dr. Robert Engbretson received the Psi Chi National Advisor Award.
  • In 1994, the SIUE chapter of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, received the National Chapter Award.

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Additional Accomplishments


  • In 2014, psychology major Cassidy Sherman, a member of the SIUE women's soccer team, was named the Prarie Farms Student Athlete of the Week.
  • In 2014, Dr. Danice Brown was given the Champion for Diversity Award by SIUE's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.
  • In 2014, Dr. Jeremy Jewell received a service award from the Living Independently Now Center (LINC) of St. Clair County. This award recognized Dr. Jewell for his four years of service on the board of directors for LINC.
  • In 2014, Dr. Liz McKenney received an Extra Effort Award from Edwardsville School District 7. This award recognized Dr. McKenney for her work on Project CASTLE (Collaboration for Autism Spectrum Teaching, Learning, and Excelling).
  • In 2013, psychology major Anthony Davis won SIUE's Resilient Non-traditional Student Award. This award honors a student who has overcome significant hardship to become a successful student at SIUE.
  • In 2013, Dr. Thad Meeks won the Faculty/Staff Community Service Award from SIUE's Kimmel Leadership Center.
  • In 2012, the Family Resource Center in Cougar Village received the Collaboration of the Year Award for working with psychology professors Laura Pawlow, Jeremy Jewell and Steve Hupp. Dr. Pawlow, Dr. Jewell, Dr. Hupp and their students have made presentations to children living in Cougar Village and organized recreational activities for them.
  • In 2012, undergraduate psychology major Crystal Harris won a Senior Standout Award for her outstanding academic achievements and contributions to campus life.
  • In 2011, psychology major Laura Koch won the Degree Completion Award from SIUE's Office of Human Resources. This award gives an SIUE staff member who is an exceptional student a year of support to complete his or her baccalaureate degree.
  • In 2011, psychology major Renee Dow won the Gateway Career Services Association Career Kit Award. This award honors an excellent undergraduate in the St. Louis region who has developed exceptional professional skills through out-of-class work.
  • In 2011, psychology senior Renee Dow also won a graduate fellowship (to support her later graduate work) from Phi Kappa Phi.
  • In 2011, psychology seniors Ashley Hemrich and Renee Dow won Senior Standout Awards for their academic accomplishments and contributions to campus life.
  • In 2011, psychology major Kacee Aldridge was selected for and participated in the University of Texas San Antonio's African American Literatures and Cultures Institute.
  • Dr. Jeremy Jewell, a member of the Clinical Child and School Psychology program, was named a "Champion for Children" in 2009 by Children's Home+Aid, an Illinois organization which provides adoption, foster care, early childhood education, counseling, and child abuse prevention services. This award honors Dr. Jewell, who has published widely on such topics as juvenile delinquency, family environment and drinking and driving, for his work with children, youth and families.
  • In 2010, Alec MacDonald won the Prestigious Non-Traditional Student Award (honoring Alec's academic excellence, determination and enthusiasm).
  • In 2010, psychology majors Elise Valdes, Emily Kreke and Heather Hackel all won Senior Standout Awards for their outstanding academic achievements and contributions to campus life.
  • In 2009, Laurie Estilette won the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award (honoring Laurie's leadership roles in the university and community).
  • Each year approximately 100 psychology students, staff and faculty participate in the Psiathlon, a 5K run/walk which typically raises around $1,000 for a local charity.
  • More than 35 graduates of SIUE's Psychology Department have gone on to doctoral programs in clinical psychology, school psychology, social psychology, and other areas in the last decade. Find out which doctoral programs admitted them here.

SIUE Honored by a Visit From Dr. Robert Sternberg During SIUE's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Dr. Robert Sternberg visited SIUE in January 2008 and delivered an extremely popular talk about creativity. Dr. Sternberg is among the top 75 "eminent psychologists" of the 20th century according to Review of General Psychology, and he is considered an ISI "highly cited" researcher in psychology and psychiatry. He was the 2003 President of the American Psychological Association, and he is the author of more than 1,100 journal articles, book chapters, and books.

Click on the image below to watch the Streaming Video of Dr. Sternberg's talk at SIUE:

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