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Support the Department of Psychology

Gifts made by alumni and friends from the community are vital to our department’s success. All donations are tax-deductible and support a range of student activities and faculty research.

Gifts from alumni and friends of the department can be directed to honor beloved faculty mentors, to support graduate student research and progress through the Ph.D. program, and to promote science and science education in the grandest of traditions. By donating a gift to either the Shipley Award or Bersh Prize fund, you will ensure that each year, a deserving student can receive up to $1000 to put toward data collection or travel.

The Thomas E. Shipley Jr. Research Prize Fund is granted annually to a graduate student in psychology to assist with his/her research. Your gift will to the Shipley Award fund will ensure that each year, a deserving student can receive up to $1000 to put toward data collection or travel.

Dr. Shipley, for whom the award was named, was a special faculty member in the Clinical Area of the Psychology Department. Beloved by students and appreciated by faculty for his dedication to social and humanitarian issues, Tom studied homelessness, poverty, and addiction in times before the significance of the problem was popularly recognized. He was dedicated to his students and to the notion that scientific study of psychological problems could address important social issues.  Tom was a faculty member at Temple from 1959 to 1997, when he became an Emeritus Faculty member.  Even after his retirement, Tom continued writing regularly in his campus office. During his tenure, Tom was known for many things, one of which was serving as a dissertation director and facilitator of student research. After Tom’s death in 2007, the Shipley family very graciously began this award in his honor. Many alums and faculty members have added to this award, so that now, we have funds available to award a graduate student every other year with up to $1000 to support their research. The Shipley Award honors Tom’s memory by providing important support to students working on their dissertations, just as Tom was so important when he helped students with their dissertation research. A gift in support of the Thomas F. Shipley Award will ensure that students continue to remember and benefit from Dr. Shipleys beneficence.

The  Philip J. Bersh Student Award goes to a student for a paper in the general area of Psychology or Experimental Psychopathology. Your gift will to the Bersh Prize fund will ensure that each year, a deserving student can receive up to $1000 to put toward data collection or travel.

Dr. Bersh began teaching at Temple, his alma matter, in 1967. His research on human heart rate conditioning is considered to be “classic” and appears in many psychology textbooks. He was teaching as a full-time faculty member just two weeks before his death at age 82 and was also awarded a research grant, posthumously, shortly thereafter. At Temple University for 35 years, Phil and his students assessed negative reinforcement and stimulus control in learned helplessness as a model in the Pavlovian tradition. This led to some work in his lab in mid 80′s on opioid mediation of Learned Helplessness at the time when that was in its heyday. One of Phil’s former graduate students once said that he, Phil, believed that “Pavlovian conditioning is operant conditioning in disguise and operant conditioning is Pavlovian conditioning in disguise.” He taught a graduate seminar course on experimental psychopathology, which of course was Pavlovian-(Ganttian-) based. Phil’s students were close to him intellectually, and his mentorship style endeared him to many of his former students. He was described as a family man as he spoke much about the importance of family and activities outside of academia (e.g., sports, music, politics, and economics). He was described as a true mentor and teacher of Pavlovian Conditioning. Several graduate students in his later years referred to him as “Dad”. After Phil’s death in 2004, the Bersh family very graciously began this award in his honor. Many alums and faculty members have added to this award, so that now, we have funds available to award a graduate student every other year with up to $1000 to support their research. The Bersh Award honors Phil’s memory by providing important support to students working on their dissertations, just as Phil was so important when he helped students with their research. A gift in support of the Philip J. Bersh Student Award will ensure that students continue to remember and benefit from Phil’s scientific and intellectual leadership.

Contributions are tax-deductible as charitable gifts and are formally acknowledged by the University’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

Make a Gift Online

To make a gift to the department, visit Temple University’s giving site and locate the “designation” area. Enter “Department of Psychology” in the “Other” box. To give to one of the aforementioned funds, in the box, type “Shipley Award” or “Bersh Award.” On the next page, enter your billing information.

Make a Gift By Phone

You can also make your gift by speaking with College of Liberal Arts Development Staff at 215-204-9153.

Make a Gift by Check

Download our form and mail it to the address below.

Temple University
Institutional Advancement
P.O. Box 827651
Philadelphia, PA 19182-7651