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Psychology Awards, Honors and Accomplishments

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National Awards

Teaching Accomplishments

  • In 2016, Dr. Eva Ferguson received the Adlerian Psychology Teaching Award, signed by the Chancellor, that bestows on her the title of "Distinguished Scholar", based on her many years of scholarship in diverse areas of psychology and based especially on her leadership and research in Adlerian psychology.
  • In 2016, Dr. Joel Nadler received the Vaughn Vandegrift URCA Research Assistant Mentor Award.
  • In 2015, Dr. Steve Hupp received the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award.
  • 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.

psychology professor award

Research Accomplishments

  • In 2017, clinical psychology student Haley Von Holst won the Graduate School Dean Vaughnie Lindsay Symposium Poster Award for her poster titled Students' Reports of Parents' Leadership Styles: Differences Between African-American and Eurpean-American Students.
  • In 2017, clinical psychology student Melissa Beyer won the 1st place award in the graduate school's SLAM presentation session. Melissa's presentation was titled The Language of Sexual Assault and the Therapeutic Relationship.
  • In 2017, Dr. Jeremy Jewell and SIUE Photographer Howard Ash won the Best Representation of Research Impact Award in the Visualizing Research Impacts Competition
  • In 2017, Dr. Andy Pomerantz won a Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. He was honored for his textbook titled Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice and Culture, which is now in its fourth edition.
  • In an analysis of publication productivity among school psychology faculty in all NASP-accredited, specialist-level programs (Laurent & Runia, 2016), Drs. Jewell and Hupp were ranked the 24th and 25th most productive researchers in the U.S.A.
  • In the same analysis (Laurent & Runia, 2016), SIUE's school psychology graduate program was ranked seventh in the nation in scholarly productivity.
  • In 2016, Sarah Velsor, a graduate of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program, received SIUE's Outststanding Thesis Award. Her thesis is titled The Roles of Emotional Regularion and Working Memory in the Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and False Memory for Negative Information.
  • In 2016, Dr. Jeremy Jewell won the SIUE Hoppe Research Professor Award, which honors Dr. Jewell for his outstanding grant-funded research projects.
  • In 2016, clinical psychology graduate student Lainie Barron received a 2nd place award for her research poster presented at the Illinois State Academy of Science.
    In 2016, psychology major Jennifer Garland received the URCA Research Assistant of the Semester Award.
  • 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.
  • In 2014, Dr. Eva Ferguson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.
  • In 2013, psychology major Tiffany Maglasang received the URCA Research Assistant of the Semester Award.
  • 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 2012, Dr. Andy Pomerantz was awarded the Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award for his efforts to integrate his research with student learning.
  • In 2012, Rosey Morr, a psychology major, won the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Research Assistant of the Semester Award.
  • 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 2011, Chelsea Vanderpool's thesis on gender-role congruency and salary negotiations won an honorable mention from the Midwestern Association of Graduate psychology award studentSchools.
  • 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 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  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 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 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".
  • Since 2000, psychology faculty and their student co-authors have published more than 300 scholarly papers. You can find many of these articles listed on the faculty bio pages or in Google Scholar.

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.

student research poster

Additional Accomplishments

  • In 2016, Dr. Thad Meeks won a Friend of Student Affairs Award. He was honored by SIUE's student affairs unit for his committee and panel work, as well as his efforts in the Psychology Focused Interest Community in University Housing.
  • In 2015, Dr. Jeremy Jewell was named a "Mental Health Hero" by Wellspring Resources of Alton, Illinois. This award recognizes Dr. Jewell's work with children, families, and the courts throughout Southern Illinos.
  • In 2014, Dr. Danice Brown was honored for her outstanding record of teaching, research and professional service focused on multicultural issues by receiving the SIUE Champion for Diversity Award.
  • 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, 30-50 psychology students, staff and faculty participate in the Psiathlon, a 5K run/walk which typically raises $200-$400 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.
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