Psychology Program News Archive

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Laken McKenzie's well deserved accomplishments were on display during Concord University's 2015 Annual Honors Banquet held May 1. McKenzie was presented by Dr. Rodney Klein with the "Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year" award. In addition, she was named as CU's spring graduation Co-Valedictorian. McKenzie is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies. During the banquet, Dr. Klein also presented the "McNair’s Above and Beyond Award" to Chemistry major Stacy Farley and Geography and History double-major Mary Ryan.

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The Psychology program is pleased to announce that Dr. Adriana Falco will be joining the program beginning Fall 2015. Dr. Falco earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Biopsychology from George Mason University and received a Research Postdoc at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Falco's research uses preclinical animal models to investigate the behavioral, neurochemical, and pharmacological roots of nicotine abuse. She examines the role anxiety-like behavior, pharmacological, and neural components play in nicotine-induced behaviors in adolescent rats and their adult counterparts. Dr. Falco's research focuses on creating models that define individual differences, in terms of behaviors that predict reactivity to nicotine. She plans to extend her research to include the examination of sex differences.

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On April 16, 2015, the Psychology and McNair Scholars Program co-hosted Concord University’s 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Day and Graduate & Professional School Fair in the Ballroom of the Beasley Student Center. CU students and McNair Scholars from Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University shared nearly a 100 research posters and oral presentations with the public. The keynote speaker was Dr. Michael R. Markham, a leading expert in the neurobiology of animal communication systems. The Graduate & Professional School Fair featured representatives from 15 regional institutions including East Tennessee State University, Hollins University, Marshall University, Virginia Tech, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia University.

Psychology senior Laken McKenzie presented her work at Marshall University's Women and Gender in the Social and Natural Worlds: Rural Perspectives conference on April 11, 2015. McKenzie discussed her paper, "Sexual Orientation and Hiring Discrimination," during the conference’s Sexuality and Gender in Rural Appalachia panel.

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