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Jacob Farnsworth honored for Outstanding Contribution
Jacob Farnsworth has been selected as the recipient for the "Outstanding Contribution  Awa...


Texas Psychological Association Awards
December 2, 2014 in All

Dr.Shelley Riggs received the Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, one of our alumni, Dr. Jeff Temple (UTMB) received the Outstanding Contribution to Public Service Award, and awards for 2 posters!

Sandra Carballo, John Moorman, and Michael Barnett’s poster “Trait Narcissism, Empathy, and Gender among College Students” received the Outstanding Undergraduate Award in this year’s poster competition at the 2014 TPA Annual Convention.

McGuffin, J.J., Riggs, S.A., Newcomb, G., Romero, D., & Woolford, B. poster “Student Veteran Adjustment to College: Role of Combat Exposure and Insomnia was the TPF Poster Competition First Place Award Winner

The awards will be acknowledged on TPA’s website and in the winter 2015 issue of the Texas Psychologist.

UNT researcher helps unravel health paradox
December 2, 2014 in Clinical Health Psychology, Experimental Psychology

John Ruiz, a professor of psychology, led a study published in the Journal of Latina/o Psychology that found answers to the Hispanic Mortality Paradox, or why Hispanics in the U.S. tend to outlive non-Hispanic whites by several years — despite often having lower income and educational attainment levels often associated with shorter lives. The study, conducted with researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, attributes the paradox to illness survival and recovery advantages. The study found that Hispanics were hospitalized significantly fewer total days during a 12-month period than both non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, and were more likely to survive the hospital stay. Click here to read more.

Is your boss psychopathic?
December 2, 2014 in Clinical Psychology

Craig Neumann, professor of psychology, is part of a research team that has developed an evaluation tool to determine traits of psychopathy, including manipulation and ruthless exploitation of others, lack of conscience and feelings for others and impulsive and reckless behavior, in their supervisors. Dr. Neumann and colleagues from New York City, the University of Québec at Trois-Rivieres, the University of British Columbia and the University of Texas-El Paso developed the Business-Scan 360, also known as B-Scan 360, to measure employees' perception of psychopathic personality traits in their supervisors. Click here to read more.

Special Issue
November 3, 2014 in Counseling Psychology


Dr. Petrie was co-guest editor for a special edition on eating disorders in Psychology Sport and Exercise, an international journal, which is currently available (Volume 15, Issue 6). Dr. Petrie was also mentioned in a News and Events article located on the Loughborough University's website.


Faculty Awards
October 23, 2014 in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Experimental Psychology

Dr. Rex Wright (bottom left) has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva.

Dr. Shelley Riggs has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Society of Family Psychology (Division 43).

Dr. Thomas Parsons has been awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

 Dr. Richard Rogers

The Miranda rights and warnings -- the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in court, the right to an attorney, and so on -- are simple and easy to understand, right?

Not necessarily, says Richard Rogers, Regents Professor of psychology.

Rogers has studied the Miranda rights and their use across the country for more than a decade. Over that time, Rogers has found that some of the warnings used to inform defendants of their rights may instead confuse them, especially juveniles.

"There are so many different versions of it with even some of them written at a college or post-college level," says Rogers. "Thousands of defendants give up their rights with a poor understanding of what those rights are, and often, profoundly mistaken beliefs."

His research and discovery prompted the American Bar Association to call for clear and concise Miranda language for juveniles across the country. His latest work, Mirandized Statements, a book by Rogers and Eric Drogin, a legal scholar and forensic psychologist at the Harvard Medical School, offers valuable tools to help defense attorneys and prosecutors alike build the strongest cases possible and to help the judges weigh the arguments about whether to suppress a Mirandized confession.

Because of his work, Rogers has received the UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award.

 Dr. Mark Vosvick

Vosvick is the director for UNT's Center for Psychosocial Health Research and co-director of the LGBT Studies Program at UNT.

He played a key role in the acquisition of the archives of the Resource Center Dallas that trace 60 years of the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender social movements in the North Texas region.

The collection includes documents, letters and articles as well as artifacts like a T-shirt from the 1979 National March in Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Acquiring the collection after years of negotiating was significant, Vosvick says, because they will help scholars study how the experience of the LGBT community was different in the south than it was in the east or west.

His role in acquiring the collection fell outside a traditional faculty role, he says, but preserving that source material was important.

"I think that inspires folks to think about the role of faculty outside of traditional scholarship." Vosvick says. "We were able to make valuable materials available for the next couple generations of scholars."

He served as chair of the UNT Faculty Senate from 2012 to 2014 and as vice chair from 2010-2012. In that time he sought to strengthen the senate's voice by encouraging senators to embrace their roles as representatives and actively seek input from all their constituents. As part of the senate, he led the formation of the Committee on the Status of LGBT Faculty.

Because of his work, Vosvick has received the UNT Foundation Faculty Leadership Award, the UNT Community Award (Presidential Excellence Award), and the President’s Council University Service Award.