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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!

Dr. Elin Grissom was honored with the "University Senate Award for Excellence in Research" at the Spring 2020 President Convocation on January 17. Her accomplishments leading up to the award include her ongoing research in stress, hormones, learning, and memory, as well as the publication of her most recent two peer-reviewed papers over the last year and seventeen research-related papers she has written over the past few years. Congratulations Dr. Grissom!

On the 17th of January, Dr. Kate Yurgil was honored with Marquette Fellowship for her project focused on integrating behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to investigate whether PTG is associated with neural differences in emotional processing that may underlie altruistic behavior and for providing a basis for understanding positive outcomes following trauma. Congratulations Dr. Yurgil!

Oanh Nguyen ('18) won the "Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation" award for her presentation at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences conference in Baton Rouge on March 16, 2019. Her poster, with faculty mentor Erin Dupuis, Ph.D., was on the topic of attitudes toward sexual street harassment and ambivalent sexism. Congratulations, Oanh!

Dr. Tony Lam was recently published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research for his manuscript, "Spontaneous Otoacoustic Emissions Reveal an Efficient Auditory Efferent Network." Congratulations Dr. Lam. Click here to read his paper published with colleagues Drs. Marian, Hayakawa, and Dhar.


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