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Idaho State University psychology graduate students receive national awards

December 6, 2016

POCATELLO – Idaho State University psychology graduate students Chris DeCou, Colin Mahoney and Ariana Tart-Zelvin have recently received awards from national organizations for their work.

DeCou received the Outstanding Student of the Year Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He was selected based on his work with trauma exposed incarcerated women, examining risk and protective factors for incarcerated women’s mental health with psychology professor and chair Shannon Lynch.

Mahoney was awarded a $1,000 American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (APF/COGDOP) Graduate Research for his dissertation study titled “A Laboratory Examination of Sexual Risk-Taking in Sexually Traumatized Women” mentored by psychology professor Steve Lawyer.

Tart-Zelvin won the 2016 Ted Blau Student Poster Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, which came with a $500 prize. The poster titled “Neural activity associated with rehearsal strategy use on a working memory task” presented data from Tart Zelvin’s dissertation study mentored by psychology professors Kandi Turley-Ames and Xiaomeng Xu.

For more information on ISU Department of Psychology graduate programs, call 208-282-2462, visit www.isu.edu/psych/ or write psych@isu.edu.


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