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Newsletter Winter 2020

Former Students Give Back in Remembrance of Professor McKeachie  

Maury & Miriam Lacher 2019 (left), Miriam & Maury Lacher 1960s

Former students of Bill McKeachie donate to the Wilbert (Bill) McKeachie Fund and share about their time as graduate students during the ‘60’s in Ann Arbor.  Their recent trip back to Michigan  for the Wilbert (Bill) J. McKeachie Symposium and Memorial Dinner last fall reminded them how their experience in the Psychology Department shaped their careers and desire to give back.  Read more.

Alumni Spotlight

Tammi CarrChadTough Foundation Co-Founder and The Jones Family Foundation Director
UM, Psychology BA (1997)   

Jason, Tammi & Lloyd Carr (left), Tammi Carr with her son Chad

Five years after the loss of her son, Carr shares her family's journey with the ChadTough Foundation, healing after trauma, and the importance of mental health services.  Read more.

Alumni: Share your Career Experience

We would love to hear from alumni who have pursued traditional or non-traditional psychology careers! If you would like to share your post-graduate career experience, please contact us.

Faculty Research Highlight

Priti Shah works with undergraduate Quynh Tran testing computerized cognitive tasks.

Priti Shah, Professor of Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience and Educational Psychology

In today’s Information Age, Shah’s research focuses on the importance of evaluating evidence and critical thinking skills in decision making. Read more.

Faculty News Feature

Stephanie Preston, Professor of Psychology

Understanding why we get so mad behind someone walking slowly might be able to help us make better decisions about anger.  Read more.

Lecturer Spotlight

Jerry Miller with Project Outreach students and staff.

Jerry Miller, Lecturer IV

As the longtime teacher of  Project Outreach, Miller says, "I highly value enabling students to observe psychological concepts in the world outside the classroom, while providing meaningful community service."  Read more.

Faculty Retirements 12/31/19

Wayne Aldridge,  Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Neurosurgery (left), Fred Morrison, Professor Emeritus of Psychology (middle), Marion Perlmutter, Professor Emerita of Psychology (right)

Congrats Clinical Science on PCSAS Accreditation!

The Clinical Science Program was accredited for ten years by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) in 2019 under the strong leadership of Area Chair Dr. Patty Deldin.  The program is also accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  Read more.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

The Department of Psychology's Diversity Committee is proud to launch a new initiative called This is DEI, to showcase the range of work (research, teaching and mentorship) being conducted by faculty and students on diversity, equity and inclusion. Please check out our first feature interview with Dr. Nicole Gardner-Neblett here.

Undergraduate Student Research Spotlight

Brandon BondBiopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience Junior

Brandon Bond spent last summer in Spain with the Psychology & Research program. He had the opportunity to actively engage with patients, participate in therapy sessions, and learn about the psychiatric profession up close.   Read more.

Sarah BronerCognitive Science & Psychology Senior

Sara Broner works with Dr. Nestor Lopez-Duran on her senior honors thesis examining social factors and familial risk for depression.   Read more.

In Memoriam

Donald Brown
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Research Scientist Emeritus at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT).   

McKeachie Symposium & Dinner Reception Highlights

The Psychology Department hosted the Wilbert (Bill) J. McKeachie Symposium and Memorial Dinner in November 2019; honoring the distinguished career and life of the Emeritus Professor. View video and photos of the events.


THANK YOU everyone who supported Giving Blueday 2019! We are grateful for the many heartfelt contributions from our alumni and friends. 

A story behind one of the many donations we received was shared by Kathleen Timberlake (Psychology A.B. 1968, Education A.M. 1977, Ph.D. 1985). Her gift was in memory of William (Bill) D. Timberlake (Psychology M.A. 1967, Ph.D. 1969). Bill Timberlake was a world renowned professor from Indiana University where he was one of the founders of the university's internationally recognized Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior. Kathleen shared that Bill Timberlake was persuaded to attend UM by Wilbert (Bill) McKeachie, UM Professor Emeritus of Psychology, who recently passed away. Kathleen expressed how grateful she was for the scholarships and grants that she received during her time at UM and how important it was to her to pay it forward to future generations of students. 
Giving Blueday has passed, but the impact of these gifts is just beginning. If you were not able to make a gift on Giving Blueday and would still like to contribute, click the link below.

Thank you for your support

Upcoming Events

A monthly series of community talks by U-M Psychology Faculty at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor Public Library.  Learn more.

Where in the World Have Our Psych T-Shirts Been?

Madelyn Evans

Psychology Class of 2020

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Madison Haas

Psychology Class of 2020

Barecelona, Spain