Department of Psychology News

Big Idea: Student Thanks Holocaust Survivors

Ryan Johnson

After writing a psychology class paper about the photos and stories of Tennessee’s Holocaust survivors from the “Living On” website, student Ryan Johnson decided to take the project a step further, and shared his paper with the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. When the commission’s executive director read it, she asked Johnson to present it at Annual Day of Remembrance, held in April in Nashville.

UT’s Counseling Psychology Program Receives American Psychological Association Award

The Department of Psychology’s Counseling Psychology Program received the Innovation in Graduate Education Award from the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs for its novel curriculum emphasizing social justice and community empowerment in 2012. The award recognizes innovative practices in graduate departments of psychology that have improved the quality of education and training.

New Dean Arrives to Lead College of Arts and Sciences

Theresa Lee, who was hired as dean in June after a nationwide search, has now arrived on campus to lead the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to her administrative appointment, she has an academic appointment of professor in the Department of Psychology. Her appointment began January 1.

UT Professor Offers Advice to Help Couples Avoid Holiday Pitfalls

holiday couple

Finances, dealing with in-laws, sibling rivalry, and the stress of having too much to do—all of these can be a lump of coal in your holiday stocking. Kristi Gordon, associate professor of psychology, said families can often sidestep problems by talking through potential conflicts before they happen.