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Nicole Caporino receives her award from Katherine Baucom and Michelle Craske

Professor Wins Award for Excellence in Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology Nicole Caporino has received the first-ever Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Integration of Science and Practice from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

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Dr. Nicole Caporino,  Assistant Professor of Psychology, has been selected as a 2016 “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The APS explains that “The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” 

Psychologist-in-Residence and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program in AU's Department of Psychology, Deborah Norris, Ph.D. recently published a book entitled In the Flow: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Mindfulness. The book describes the function and practice of mindfulness meditation for lowering stress and enabling emotional regulation. It also presents corresponding scientific research and theories about the neurobehavioral mechanisms of action of meditation.
In the Flow is intended for those who experience stress and would like to learn the evidence-basis for gaining greater control of emotions, and for creating more ease in life.
In the Flow is available for purchase here (

Upcoming Theses & Dissertation Defenses

Anila D'Mello will defend her dissertation on Friday March 17th, 2017 from 2:30-5:30 PM in Hughes Formal Lounge. The title of her dissertation is: "Cerebellum and Language: Applications to Autism."


Catherine Stoodley, Chair
Art Shapiro
Peter Turkeltaub (Georgetown University)
Chandan Vaidya (Georgetown University
John Desmond (External reader; Johns Hopkins University)


Amanda Chue will defend her Master's thesis on March 30, 2017 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. The title of her thesis is: "The Role of Sleep in Adolescents' Daily Stress Recovery: Negative Affect Spillover and Positive Affect Bounce-back Effects".

the committee members are: Kate Gunthert, Dave Haaga, and Nicole Caporino.