Saturday, September 28, 2013

Join the research labs of full-time faculty members

Are you interested in research?  Undergraduates have the opportunity to join the research labs of full-time faculty members on both campuses.  This is an excellent opportunity to apply the skills you have learned in your coursework, receive mentorship from a professor, and explore a specific field or topic in psychology in depth.  It is also a helpful experience that increases applicants' competitiveness for graduate study.

Click here to see a listing of our faculty members who are currently welcoming students into their labs and their active projects.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dr. Sarah Elliott, Cognitive Psychologist, Joins Our Department

Hello, I am a new Cognitive Psychology professor here at Roosevelt. I completed my B.A. at the University of Nevada, Reno and my Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. Most recently, I completed a NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago. In general, I study how our brains create a perceptual experience from visual stimuli. In particular, I am interested in the neural mechanisms of form and color perception and how these mechanisms may be compromised by normal age or disease. If you’d like to learn more about my research or browse my publications, feel free to visit my web page:

I currently teach Sensation and Perception (Psyc 325) and Cognitive Processes (Pysc 326) at Roosevelt University. One reason I was interested in Roosevelt University is because of its strong focus on Social Justice. In my courses, students learn to apply behavioral neuroscience concepts to their own thoughts and behaviors, such as how they perceive and then act towards events and other people. The take-away message from these lessons is that sometimes our brain is our own worst enemy, and it’s important to recognize when our brains create misrepresentations. These concepts can be very important in social situations, such as where we misremember details of what was said, what a person looked like and what they were wearing, or even events that transpired.

As a scientist and mentor, I am committed to scientific outreach and student success. I regularly volunteer for the Museum of Science and Industry, and previously volunteered for several student run organizations at the University of Chicago to engage the public in neuroscience research. I look forward to participating in events at Roosevelt to foster interest in STEM careers and teach students, as well as the public, the importance of scientific research. As a mentor, I am happy to speak with students about their future plans and help them take the necessary steps to achieve their goals. Students should always feel free to contact me with any questions, whether about Cognitive Psychology, or general questions about their future goals

Monday, September 23, 2013

Social Justice in Action: Tutor a Child in Reading

Interested in tutoring a child in reading? Opportunities will be available beginning in October through the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation (MISJT). We are partnering again this year with a community organization, WITS, in order to provide educational support to fourth and fifth graders from a southwest-side Chicago elementary school.

These youth will be coming to the Chicago Campus every Tuesday and need mentorship and your help to increase reading their reading skills in order to succeed in school. Members of the Roosevelt community, including faculty, administrators and students, are invited to join us for this worthwhile experience. (We encourage faculty members to reach out to their students about this opportunity.)

Volunteers will work one-on-one with a child during tutoring sessions that will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in AUD 320. A brief orientation and training session will be held before the start of the program on the following dates:

Tuesday, Sept.  24 from noon-1 p.m., AUD 418 (bring your lunch if you'd like)
Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 5 - 6 p.m., AUD 418

Please email Nancy Michaels at if you have questions or are interested in volunteering and want to sign up for one of the two sessions. Your help and time with this are most appreciated!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Psychology Honors Track in the Honors Program at Roosevelt

The Psychology Department is happy to announce the launch of a specialized track within Roosevelt University's Honors Program.  Be part of a select program offered at our Chicago Campus.  Take on unique challenges and use your knowledge to turn them into opportunities for achievement. 

Get ready for rigorous instruction with leading professors; graduate school preparation; and an exciting curriculum that incorporates a series of honors psychology classes, creative writing, critical thinking, advanced thesis writing, and closely guided research. 

Connect with other students by collaborating in small, discussion-based classes.  Participate in paid research projects at local organizations.  Assume internships at hospitals, nonprofits, and social service agencies.  Participate in psychology clubs on campus and the Honors Program Student Organization to become involved with academic and social activity programming. Receive honors recognition on your academic transcript and election into the national psychology honors society.  

The Psychology Honors Track features three dedicated electives offered by the Psychology Department, the chance to participate in a faculty member's research lab, and the opportunity to complete your own thesis.  Present your scholarly work at a local conference or on campus.  Become a teaching assistant to help with the instruction of an introductory-level psychology class.  You can complete an internship through our department to make a difference in the community helping others.  This program offers new students and current Roosevelt students who qualify great opportunities. 

Learn more about the Honors Program, the Psychology Honors Track, and how to apply here.

Wrongful Convictions: Distinguished Speaker Series

The X Factor: Causes of Wrongful Convictions of Women Featuring Karen L. Daniel and Nicole Harris

Wednesday, September 25
5:00-6:30 pm
Roosevelt University Gage Gallery
18 S. Michigan Avenue

Free and open to the public.

Karen L. Daniel, J.D. is co-director of Northwestern University's esteemed Center on Wrongful Convictions. Since 2000, Ms. Daniel has successfully represented numerous wrongfully convicted clients, achieving exonerations in both DNA and non-DNA cases.

Nicole Harris was exonerated in 2013 after being wrongfully convicted of murder in 2005. She earned a BS in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2004 and is currently employed by Northwestern University.

Additional lectures will take place throughout the fall. All lectures will take place from 5-6:30pm in the Gage Gallery. Upcoming lectures include: October 16 (Law Professor, David Harris), October 23 (Sexual assault survivor and restorative justice practitioner who mistakenly identified her attacker), November 6 (Former First Assistant State's Attorney, Robert Milan), and November 13 (Executive Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, Rob Warden).

The series is sponsored by the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project - one of the centers and institutes of the Roosevelt University College of Arts and Sciences-and the Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Shari Berkowitz at

Friday, September 13, 2013

First date: New Roosevelt study shows women most careful in online dating

Women who meet a first date online are more likely to take safety precautions than they are with someone they don’t know but who asked for the first date in person, a new study by Roosevelt University psychologists shows.

Published in August by Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, the study by psychology professors Jill Coleman, Catherine Campbell and recent Roosevelt PsyD graduate Billie Cali surveyed 82 Roosevelt female students about 13 behaviors that could help protect them on a first date.

These include: telling a friend where you are going; taking your own car; monitoring alcohol intake; meeting in a public rather than private place; carrying enough money for a taxi; having a trusted friend be with you and your date; considering self-defense strategies if the need arises.

The survey participants, ages 18 to 36, were asked to rate how likely it was for them to take the different safety precautions if: they accepted a date with someone they were corresponding with and liked a profile and look on Facebook; or they accepted a date with someone that they didn’t know well but whom they were attracted to in one of their classes.

Read the full story by clicking here.