Psychology

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

November 2019

  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci was invited to contribute to a special issue on the neuroscience of sexual motivation in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. She wrote a review article on her lab’s contributions to the field titled  “‘What a Girl Wants’: What Can We Learn from Animal Models of Female Sexual Motivation?” with her collaborator Russell J. Frohardt.





  • Maddie Straup ’18, Justin White ’18, Sarah Butterworth ’18, Delaney Dunn ’18, Kayla Tate ’19, and Alexandra Guermeur ’18 coauthored a manuscript titled “I Knew You’d Understand: How Gendered Expectations of Understanding Affect Stress” that has been accepted for publication in the interdisciplinary journal Personal Relationships.





September 2019

  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci  served as senior panelist and advisory board member during a four-day workshop for BRAINS (Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience) in Seattle, WA. BRAINS is a National Institutes of Health–sponsored program for professional development and community building among underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and new faculty in the neurosciences.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano  recently completed work guest editing a special issue in the journal Frontiers in Psychology  on the topic “Engaging Undergraduates in Publishable Research: Best Practices.” The editorial, which contains links to all 43 articles, can be found here . A faculty-development lunchtime discussion on the topic of publishing with undergraduates will be held on Friday, October 4 from 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.





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March 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Becca Northwas interviewed about her recent book on the podcast “Something You Should Know.” The episode aired on March 24.





February 2019

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux presented a poster with collaborators at the Evolutionary Psychology Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Portland, OR, on Feb. 7, 2019. The poster, “Does Humility Breed Likability? Perceptions of Compliment Givers and Receivers by Status and Modesty,” presented results from her study of how we perceive others who respond modestly or boastfully to compliments, depending on the relative status of the compliment-giver.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano recently participated in Cultural Day at Austin’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, giving three interactive classroom presentations on the psychology of sex, gender, and sexual orientation.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano presented a poster titled “Guiding Undergraduates through the Process of First Authorship” at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Portland, Feb. 7–9.





  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano gave a presentation at the annual Austin AVID College Readiness Symposium held at St. Edward’s University, Feb. 2. Her talk was titled “Things I Wish My Students Knew before Coming to College: A Professor’s Guide to Success.”





January 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Becca North’s book Your Hidden Superpowers: How the Whole Truth of Failure Can Change Our Lives  as published by Severn River Publishing in December 2018.





December 2018

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Carin Perilloux was interviewed on the YouTube channel The Dissenter (Portugal) about her research on sexual-interest perception, physical attractiveness, and more. You can watch the interview here.