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Dr. Paul J. Watson . . .

. . . is the recipient of the UTC Lifetime Achievement Award in Research for 2019. Dr. Watson passed away on March 10, 2019. He served UTC and its students with distinction for 41 years, retiring in December 2018.  He taught an estimated 35,000 students in his tenure, and was among the most productive researchers on campus. 4.16.19

Students Present Research

Several students of the Psychology Department recently presented their research at the Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology in Washington, D.C., and also on campus at April's Research Dialogues. Pictured left to right: Thomas Vorweck, Claudia Craig, Amelia Edwards and Anna Splean.



Dr. Ross Receives Statewide Accolades


drdavidrossDr. David Ross has received the THEC 2019 Harold Love Community Service Award! Dr. Ross was one of only five faculty members from across the state of Tennessee, and one of two from UTC, to receive this prestigious award.

Dr. Ross surely exemplifies the high standards for community service set by Rep. Love, for whom the award is named. He is being recognized for his 25 years of advocacy for the underserved in the city of Chattanooga and beyond. Dr. Ross has provided extensive training on the science of eyewitness testimony to local and regional law enforcement agencies to enhance social justice, particularly for racial minorities and the poor. Dr. Ross’ expertise in the vagaries of eyewitness testimony was also instrumental in freeing Mr. Anthony Williams who had served 20 years of a life sentence imposed on him at age 14 for a murder he did not commit. Dr. Ross has provided significant time and financial support to a variety of community organizations, including Signal Centers, the YMCA Y-Cap program, and the Piece of Thread Program that provides Christmas presents for refugee children. 3/26/19

Alum Receives Research Prize


Amanda Schwartz, 2018 Psychology graduate, won first prize in the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research competition at this year's meetings of the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)! Her poster, based on her DHON thesis chaired by Dr. Amye Warren, entitled LIWC Analysis of Written Responses from Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, or No Diagnosis, was also co-authored with Dr. Kate Rogers and Dr. Nicky Ozbek. Using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LWIC) software, the study identified differences in written language patterns between those with and without invisible disabilities. Congratulations Amanda and her faculty co-authors! 3/22/19

Students Present at Conference

Morgan Andrews and Leanza Greenlee were two of the presenters at the American Psychology-Law Society in Portland, Oregon! 3/18/19

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Left: Morgan Andrews; Right: Leanza Greenlee.

Psy Grad Becomes CEO of One Warm Coat

Beth DeWolf is a 1990 graduate of the UTC Psychology Department. Congratulations Beth!  3.13.19

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UTC Grad Lands Position at Unum

Eddie Christopher, a graduate from our Research Psychology Master’s program, has been offered a position at Unum as an Advanced People Analytics Consultant. Christopher will be completing his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Purdue University this spring. While at Purdue, Eddie earned a certification in statistics, and he was able to earn this certification more quickly than anyone in the history of the program due to the training he received in the Master’s program at UTC.  Congratulations Eddie!  3.1.19

Zelin Speaks on Ch 12 About Sexual Harassment

Nice interview Dr. Zelin!
Story: Cadettes Come Forward Accusing Chattanooga Police Officer of Sexual Harassment.


Honors College

We are congratulating Psychology major Adeola Ijiyode for being named one of 11 Student Research Fellows in the Honors College! This award also carries up to a $1000 stipend to support her research. Adeola will assist Dr. Amye Warren with her work on mock juror perceptions of juvenile suspects, interrogations, and child and adolescent witness credibility. 1.30.19

Students Selected for Research Conference

Congratulations to psychology majors Hannah Boulware, Braden Sanford, Yankarlos Taveras, Olivia Dephillips, and Morgan Royer who have been selected to participate in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw State University) on April 11-13, 2019! Their studies were chosen from more than 4,000 submissions from all over the nation. As the most prestigious undergraduate research conference in the United States, NCUR celebrates student and faculty achievement, and promotes the value of undergraduate research participation.  In addition to presenting, NCUR participants will engage in professional development and social activities, and network with students and faculty from all over the United States. For many of our students, presenting at NCUR represents the pinnacle of their  undergraduate research experiences. 1.30.19

Masters Student Gets Tuition/Grant

Congratulations to Psychology Research Masters student Cameron Mackey on his acceptance to the Experimental Psychology PhD program at Ohio University! Cameron will receive a full tuition waiver and a $15,000 stipend to continue his studies on the differential disclosure to family and others by self-identified atheists. He will be working with Dr. Kimberly Rios who will also attend his thesis defense here at UTC on January 28th. Cameron has worked under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Hood while at UTC.  1.11.19

More Faculty Grants. Congrats!

Drs. Jill Shelton, Alex Zelin, and Kristen Black have received funding awards from internal and external sources.  Dr. Shelton received a $1,000 Faculty Achievement Award (FAA) from the College of Arts & Sciences for her project entitled "The Utility of Auditory and Visual Cues for Facilitating Strategic Monitoring in Prospective Memory."  Drs. Black and Zelin received $3,988 from the Girls Preparatory School (GPS) for their project entitled “Team Building for Faculty at the Girls Preparatory School.”  Congratulations!  10.10.18

Zelin Featured

An article written by Dr. Alexandra Zelin related to #MeToo at Work is featured prominently on the front page of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP – an international organization) website (  9.27.18

Black Receives Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Black has receive a UTC Faculty Grant for her study entitled "College Student Perceptions of Being Stressed."  The grant go in part to purchase a computer for her research lab! 9.11.18

Rogers featured on BBC

Please see the following link to ( for an interesting summary of a study by Dr. Kate Rogers and her co-author Dr. Jeremy Biesanz from the University of British Columbia, entitled Reassessing the Good Judge of Personality, appearing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (available through the library in PsycArticles). Their results indicate that some people are better than others (the “good judge”) at perceiving a target individual’s personality (perceptive accuracy) if that target provides relevant cues that accurately express their personality (expressive accuracy). So, good judges exist to the extent that they are presented with good targets. 7.31.18

Ferrier Receives Grant

Dr. David Ferrier has received $2,156 from the UTC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to cover the costs of the supplies needed for data collection (tablets, teacher survey, and child survey instruments). The tablet computers will allow for the computerized assessment of social-emotional and self-regulatory abilities in children using a number of empirically validated research measures. The funds also enable Dr. Ferrier to purchase two norm-referenced standardized clinical assessments of self-regulation in adults and of school readiness in children, separately. These will provide important benchmark comparisons that will allow him, in part, to examine the interplay between teacher characteristics and school readiness in children. 7/31/18

Zelin Awarded Research Grant

Dr. Alexandra Zelin has been awarded a Faculty PREP grant for the 2018-19 academic year to support her project entitled, Sexism, Gender Roles, and (Sexual) Harassment and Violence Against Women.  The funding will support Dr. Zelin's ongoing research agenda and assist in preparation of articles and conference presentations. 7.9.18

Faculty Receive Grant Awards

Congratulations to Drs. Amanda Clark and Kate Rogers, who have each received contract awards for their research collaborations with other faculty.  Dr. Clark is working in collaboration with UTC's STEM education department. The program was awarded $860,319 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, "Track 1: UTC Chattanooga STEM Education Noyce Scholarship Program."  The funding will provide scholarships and induction support to attract qualified STEM majors to secondary science and mathematics teaching careers and provide them with pedagogical and content/research rich experiences.  Funds will also be used to encourage traditionally underrepresented groups to major in STEM fields and seek secondary teacher licensure.

Dr. Rogers is part of a team that received $992,996 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, "UTC-ASSETS: Academic Intervention Social Supports, and Scholarship for Engineering Transfer Students. 6.13.18