• Dr. Darcey Allan was awarded funding to lead a Collaborative Grant Writing Faculty Learning Community during the 2017-18 academic year.

    Dr. Darcey Allan was awarded funding to lead a Collaborative Grant Writing Faculty Learning Community during the 2017-18 academic year.

    The aim of this learning community is to provide faculty with a structured and collaborative environment to support the development and refinement of an NIH grant proposal for each group member over the course of the year.  By participating in this group, members will learn about the NIH submission process through reading, critiquing and discussing each other’s proposals, and from consultants with expertise in submitting to relevant NIH agencies. Each member will write a grant proposal over the course of several months (different sections each month) and will receive and provide constructive feedback throughout the process in collaboration with other group members. Each group member will also receive funding to recruit an external reviewer with a strong history of NIH funding.

  • Chelsea

    Congratulations to Chelsea Hustus who graduated with a Masters degree in Psychology this Spring.

  • Graduating Congratulations

    Congratulations to Colleen Beck, Paige Coy, Laura Dawson, Maureen Kawecki, Emma Kruis, Rachael Rockwell, and Kaylee Tomasek, who have all graduated this Spring!

    • Colleen Beck  – Accepted at Northern Arizona University
    • Paige Coy –  Accepted at Ohio University
    • Laura Dawson –  Accepted to Grad School in England
    • Maureen Kawecki – Accepted at University of Rochester
    • Emma Kruis –  Summer Internship at FIU STP
    • Rachael Rockwell – Accepted at Ohio State University
    • Kaylee Tomasek – Taking a year off before attending Grad School
  • Congratulations to Dr Fran Wymbs

    Dr. Fran Wymbs received a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF).

    NSF awards $293k for program to build clinical research skills

    The National Science Foundation has awarded Frances Wymbs, Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine, a $293,000 three-year Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant. The program will provide undergraduate students with in-depth hands-on clinical research experience focused on children with social, emotional and behavioral problems. Faculty members with strong programs of research will mentor the students. Collaborators on the program include Sebastian Diaz, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of family medicine; Dawn Graham, Ph.D., lecturer in social medicine; Steve Evans, Ph.D., professor of psychology; Julie Owens, Ph.D., professor of psychology; and Brian Wymbs, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology.

    The goal of this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program is to provide undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on experience focused on gaining clinical research skills for children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems (SEB). Students are trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, and trained on how to design and conduct research studies on treatment-related issues for children with SEB. Students are also trained in the ethical conduct of research. Students are mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who have strong programs of research. Faculty members’ expertise includes services for children and adolescents with SEBs, parent-related stress and engagement in services for children’s SEB, factors impacting school services for SEB, decision-making for SEB services among parents, providers, teachers, and children, and integrated health systems for children and families with SEB living in rural or underserved settings.  As our REU site will include participation of students from underrepresented groups or diverse backgrounds (i.e., rural, first-generation, ethnic or cultural minority, women), we have an opportunity to potentially assist the career trajectories of these students, including enriching their graduate school prospects, career paths, and career options.  Additionally, some students who will participate in our REU may come from a field related to psychology, such as education or social work, where they may have had less exposure to working on clinical research projects.

  • Congratulations to Fran Wymbs

    Congratulations to Dr. Fran Wymbs for winning the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success

  • Congratulations to Theresa Egan

    Congratulations to Theresa Egan who received the 2017 Outstanding Teachers Assistant Award

  • Congratulations to Alex Holdaway

    Congratulations to Alex Holdaway who received the Department of Psychology’s Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award. Alex’s  mentoring activities of the Psychology Departments undergraduates has been exceptional.

  • Congratulations to Sean Tams

    Congratulations to Sean Tams who successfully defended his Masters Thesis!


  • Raisa Ray receives the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Masters Thesis Award

    Raisa Ray receives the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Masters Thesis Award 

    On Wednesday April 5, 2017 Raisa attended the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools conference in Indianapolis, Indiana where she presented her work and received the award. Her masters thesis was selected for the award out of nominated theses from the social sciences from 14 Midwestern states. Her thesis was published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Drs. Joe Shields (VP of Research) and David Koonce (Associate Dean for Graduate College) are pictured with her and the award.

    Raisa Ray is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology (Child Psychology specialization) at Ohio University. Her research interests pertain to the examination of multi finality related to social functioning in adolescents and young adults. Her studies involve the investigation of risk factors and developmental assets which can be used to enhance case conceptualization and intervention design.

    In 2009, Raisa obtained a B.A. in Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.  In 2010, she earned a Master’s of Science in Issues in Applied Psychology from University of Worcester, UK. Before coming to Ohio University in 2012, she completed a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Practice Interventions in Primary Mental Health Care at University of Manchester, UK and conducted brief CBT interventions with adults with anxiety and depression. In 2015, Raisa earned a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University.

    During her graduate studies at Ohio University, Raisa has gained a diverse clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and parents in a variety of clinical settings and schools. She is currently the project coordinator for a randomized control trial of a school-based intervention for high school students with ADHD. Raisa is also highly involved in mentoring undergraduate research assistants and teaches undergraduate psychology classes.

    Raisa is excited about her upcoming pre-doctoral psychology internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is looking forward to a career in which she can integrate clinical work with teaching/supervision and research.

  • CIRS presents at Ohio University Student Research Expo

    CIRS presents at Ohio University Student Research Expo.

    Excellent work from CIRS undergraduate students who presented at the annual Student Research Expo, April 6, 2017.  Congratulations to Jessica Smith who one first place in the psychology undergraduate group 2 section.


    Jessica Smith – 1st Place Winner

    Rates of Common Classroom Behavior Management Strategies and Their Associations with Challenging Student Behavior by Student Grade Level.

    Emma Kruis

    Exploring Demographics, Mental Health Concerns, and Reasons for Divorce among Recently Divorced Couples


    Elizabeth Wertz

    Examining Relations Between Teacher Acceptability of a Daily Report Card, Implementation Integrity, and Student Outcomes.



    Maureen Kawecki

    Unique Associations of and Sex Differences in the Relations Among ADHD, ODD Symptoms, and Parent Behavior