A Note from the Chair
I am delighted to send out the first in a regular series of updates from the Department of Psychology at Temple. I recently began as the new Chair of the Department, taking over from Marsha Weinraub who held the position for the past nine years. We are all very thankful to Professor Weinraub for her dedicated leadership and for bringing the Department and our programs to where we are today. I look forward to working with everyone as we continue to develop and grow as a community of psychological scientists.
Our B.A. remains one of the most popular undergraduate programs at Temple, with around 1,300 students majoring in Psychology. Department faculty also play key roles in the growing Neuroscience B.S. program in the College of Liberal Arts. Our other undergraduate offerings include established Minors in Psychology and in Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as a new Minor in Clinical and Health Psychology. This academic year also marks the first cohort of students in our 4+1 Master’s in Psychological Research, a new program that is designed to give Temple undergraduates the opportunity to gain high-level research experience in the laboratories of faculty members in the department. For more details, see the article on the 4+1 program by Pam Shapiro in the current issue of this newsletter.
At the graduate level, our research-intensive Doctoral program is thriving: We just welcomed our new class of twenty students who are just starting on an exciting new chapter in their academic careers. They join the ranks of our highly productive faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars whose efforts are an important part of the momentum that recently propelled Temple into the exclusive category of Carnegie Research I universities.
In terms of upcoming developments, one major current project involves the renovation of part of the basement of Weiss Hall to make way for the Temple University Behavioral Research and Imaging Center (TUBRIC). This exciting new Center, headed by Jason Chein, will become a hub of research at the interface of brain science and psychology, with its centerpiece being a 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner that is being purchased through a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
As the incoming Chair, one of my goals is to promote a greater awareness of how the work of our students and faculty is having an impact outside of the classroom and the laboratory. With this in mind, we are starting a new initiative to highlight outreach activities and to document how our research findings are relevant to issues at local, national, and even global levels. For more details on this initiative, please see the article by Tim Shipley later in this issue.
I hope that your academic year is off to a good start. If you have comments on any of the items in this newsletter, or just want to get in touch, feel free to email me at email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!