Spring 2015 Accomplishments

Congratulations are due the following SHARP members for accomplishments garnered during the Spring, 2015 term:

  • Lauren Colburn earned a STARS Fellowship to work this summer in Yale Professor Jessica A. Cardin’s neuroscience laboratory.
  • Ben White was awarded a UConn IDEA grant to support his summer studies with SHARP.
  • Alyssa Zabin received a UConn IDEA grant, a summer internship at Liberty Mutual Insurance, and her honor’s thesis project was profiled on the departmental website.
  • Four SHARP members had presentations accepted for national conferences: Natasza Marrouch, Mary Brisca, Megan Iacocca, and Blair Johnson.
  • Blair Johnson was promoted to Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology (there will be a formal ceremony in the Fall, 2015, semester).
  • Three SHARP members graduated with their bachelor’s degrees: Megan Iacocca, Rabale Hasan, and Neera Ramchandani.
  • Rabale Hasan and Megan Iacocca completed their honor’s theses.
  • UConn’s social psychology program has admitted Megan Iacocca for her graduate work.

Great work, team!

A successful academic year (2016-17)

It has been a productive year for the SHARP team, counting the following among its accomplishments:

  • New National Institute of Aging (NIH) grant support to focus on the Science of Behavior Change (through a sub-contract with the Resource Coordinating Center, based at Columbia University, New York, NY).
  • New funding from CLAS’s Bennett Fund to focus on interpersonal violence.
  • New funding from InCHIP and UConn-Health’s Department of Psychiatry to focus on placebo responding in antidepressant trials.
  • Two members of the team received undergraduate grants: Michaela Mato and Taylor Mangini; two completed undergraduate grants and presented their work at UConn poster sessions: Stephanie Lin and Benjamin White.
  • Two graduate students received prestigious Farber Awards to support their graduate training: Natasza Marrouch and Kiran McCloskey.
  • Rebecca Acabchuk, Emily Hennessy, Natasza Marrouch each published articles this year, many in collaboration with SHARP lab leader Blair Johnson.
  • There are many new members on the SHARP team in the last 12 to 15 months (see our names and photos here).
  • Finally, congratulations Benjamin White, Stephanie Lin, Allison Fusaro, and Rachel Takes, who each graduated in the May 2017 commencement. We’ll miss you!

June 2016 Accomplishments

  • The team composed of Dr. Andrew Winokur (UConn Health), Dr. Irving Kirsch, as well as SHARP members Rebecca Acabchuk and Blair T. Johnson has been awarded a grant from a University of Connecticut competition hosted by the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) and UConn Health (Psychiatry). Their project will focus on placebo responding in antidepressant trials. Congratulations, SHARP!
  • Hayley Vanessa MacDonald has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of Alabama. Congratulations, Hayley, we’re proud of you and wish you all the best!
  • Rebecca Acabchuk successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in UConn’s Department of Physiology and Neurobiology. Congratulations, Becky!

SHARP Accomplishments–May 2016

Congratulations to the three most recent SHARP alumni! Three completed bachelor’s degrees, including (a) Alyssa Zabin, who finished her Bachelor’s as a University Scholar with a double major in Psychology and Sociology; (b) Angela Suh, Psychology Major, Neuroscience Minor, Physiology and Neurobiology Minor, Molecular and Cell Biology Minor; and (c) Tashmia Bryant, with a Psychology Major. Last but not least, Robert E. Low completed his Ph.D. in social psychology. We wish you the best! Keep SHARP!

January SHARP accomplishments

SHARP lab team members are to be congratulated for their achievements in the last month or so:

  • Natasza Marrouch has been named an IBACS Fellow for Summer, 2016.
  • Dr. Pamela Rackow will be joining the Health Psychology group of Prof. Marijn de Bruin at the University of Aberdeen in May 2016 as Research Fellow.

SHARP has two new University Scholars

Congratulations to SHARP members Benjamin White and Stephanie Lin, who have been named UConn University Scholars for the class of 2017. According to the UConn website:

The University Scholar Program is one of the most prestigious programs for undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. Available to students from all of the University’s schools and colleges, the University Scholar Program allows students to design and pursue an in-depth research project and to craft an individualized plan of study that supports their intellectual interests during their final three semesters.

Graduating as a University Scholar is considered the highest academic achievement that UConn bestows on undergraduate students. No more than 30 University Scholars are selected each year.

You can see all the 2016 University Scholars here. Ben and Steph join Alyssa Zabin (class of 2016) as three current SHARP members with this honor.

Hayley MacDonald Earns Ph.D.

Congratulations are due to Hayley MacDonald, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on August 10, 2015; her co-major professors were Profs. Linda S. Pescatello (Kinesiology) and Blair T. Johnson. Great work, Dr. MacDonald!