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Creating a Culture of Health

AU's new Department of Health Studies promotes scholarship in a field that touches every school in the university.

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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

Emily Farr will defend her dissertation on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. The title of her dissertation is: Fear of Emotion and Antecedent Emotion Regulation.

Committee Members

Anthony Ahrens Ph.D. chair
Kathleen Gunthert Ph.D.
Nathaniel Herr Ph.D.
outside reader Sue Wenze Ph.D.  

Carley Clayman will defend her dissertation on July 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Biology Conference Room (Hurst Hall 102). The title of her dissertation is: "The role of ethanol and caffeine pre-exposure in behavioral and neurochemical responses of juvenile and adult zebrafish (danio rerio).


Victoria P. Connaughton, Ph.D., Chair
Laura M. Juliano, Ph.D.
David N. Kearns, Ph.D.
Naden T. Krogan, Ph.D.
Eric Glasgow, Ph.D.

Suzanne Parker will defend her Master's thesis on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 pm in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is: "Does Priming Elicit Shifts in Cognitive Style?"

The committee members are Tony Ahrens (chair), Nate Herr, and Wendi Gardner
(Northwestern University).