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Raquel Zumaeta received the Access Path (AP) to Psychology and Law Award for her research project titled, " Community Based De-escalation and Crisis Intervention." The award includes a $3,600 stipend across two semesters, $100 to cover research expenses, and a reimbursement to attend the 2022 AP-LS conference. Raquel's project aims to examine what the Loyola community knows about mental health crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.

Congratulations to Dr. Madison Silverstein for receiving the Marquette Fellowship for the summer of 2021. The Marquette Fellowship is awarded as an opportunity for summer full-time research and/or creative work. 

Dr. Madison Silverstein has a new publication in Psychometric properties of the assessment of COVID-19 attitudes and behaviors, published in Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policies (Silverstein, Mekawi, Alonzi, & La Torre).


Madeline Janney (PSYC '16) was named 2020 Young Alumna of the Year for her service to the university and New Orleans community. After graduating from Loyola University, Madeline merited a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southeastern Louisiana University. Currently, she is a speech-pathologist working with adults recovering from stroke or traumatic brain injury and children with with developmental disabilities. Madeline has been serving on the Young Alumni Board for three years and currently holds the position as President of the Board. 

Francesca Lausen (PSYC '21) has been named recipient of the Alumni Association Award, which awards $1,000 for tuition costs to only one graduating student per academic college at Loyola. Francesca is graduating this spring semester and is planning to apply to child clinical psychology PhD programs. The Psychology Department Faculty wants to congratulate Francesca Lausen on this achievement.

Congratulations to senior Sarah Alonzi, a co-author of a recently-published study investigating Google search trends for ways to reduce stress during the COVID pandemic.

Read the article here.

Here are some other links related to the publication:

See the Tulane press release Here

Associate professor of psychological sciences and director of neuroscience Kate Yurgil, an expert in the psychology of disaster, speaks to the Times-Picayune about Katrina memories and cancelled commemorations while living through hurricanes and a pandemic.

Congratulations to all our 2020 Spring Psychological Sciences Student Award Winners on a job well done! To view all our award winners and the photo gallery of their certificates click here.


Amidst the rapidly growing cases of COVID-19 in the United States, Dr. Kate Yurgil was able to give feedback during two press interviews on the relevance of trauma and community in the current pandemic in the late March of 2020. You can read the published articles here:


"Coronavirus a familiar, but different, kind of disaster for New Orleanians that faced Katrina" by Keith Spera (Times Picayune/       

Dr. Kate Yurgil's review article on the research of music training and brain rhythms that support important cognitive functions like working memory was published on the "Frontiers of Psychology" on the 21st of February, 2020. Her collaborative research article featuring her and four other co-authors can be viewed here at:


Congratulations Dr. Yurgil!


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