Department of Psychology News

Postdoc, Undergrads Pen Column in The Root About Flint Water Crisis

A team of UT undergraduates and one postdoctoral researcher penned a column for The Root exploring the causes of the Flint, Michigan water crisis and questioned which parties are to be held responsible. The water crisis poisoned Flint residents and a government investigation has brought forth charges as a result. The column’s writers include Louise Seamster,

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News Sentinel Highlights Burghardt Expertise About Snake-Human Relationship

A recent Knoxville News Sentinel story explored mankind’s complex relationship with snakes particularly since the reptiles remain a part of so many cultures’ fears, focus of worship, captive exhibits and symbolic or religious meanings. UT’s Gordon Burghardt expounded on the psychology of snakes in this story. He noted that the fear of snakes can easily turn

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Grad Student Research on Unfaithful Millennials Garners National Coverage

A new UT study exploring why some young adults cheat on their partners suggests that the behavior may be a way through which millennials deal with their transition to adulthood. The research has been featured in numerous national publications and websites including Allure, MSN, Evoke.ie, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, and Vice.

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.