Department of Psychology News

The Evolution Institute: Burghardt Discusses Niche Construction

The Evolution Institute recently featured a conversation between Gordon Burghardt and  scientist Kevin Laland on the topic of niche construction–the process through which an organism alters its own or another species’ environment, rather than one being passively shaped by the other. Read the interview online. Burghardt is an Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, holds appointments in the

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WUOT — Dialogue: Suicide in Tennessee

WUOT 91.9 FM recently interviewed Leticia Flores, director of the UT Psychological Clinic, and Caitlin Clevenger, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, for a discussion called Dialogue: Suicide in Tennessee.

WVLT: UT Expert Studies Impact of ’13 Reasons Why’ on Suicide

A recent Netflix hit “13 Reasons Why” has been deemed controversial and raised concerns for safety around the country. WVLT Local 8 Now interviewed Caitlin Clevenger, a doctoral student in UT’s Department of Psychology, who believes the show could increase the risks of suicides.

13 Reasons Why a Positive or Negative for Teens? UT Expert Answers

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has drawn widespread acclaim and criticism for its portrayal of a teenager’s death by suicide. Caitlin Clevenger, a doctoral student in UT’s Department of Psychology, examines the good and not-so-good aspects of the popular show.