Psychology Newsletter - Spring 2023

Good News!


scott highhouse

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Highhouse on his election to the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Executive Board. Dr. Highhouse will be serving as the Research and Science Officer. Dr. Highhouse has also been selected to be on the Human Factors Task Group for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Thank you, Dr. Highhouse, for your important service to the field!

sherona garrett ruffin

Dr. Sherona Garrett-Ruffin
is joining the 2023-2025 PURSE faculty learning community.  The learning community is funded by the National Science Foundation and is designed to help faculty incorporate EEG/ERP into the undergraduate curriculum.   The newly designed course materials will be used in the undergraduate psychophysiology lab course (PSYC 3280).

josh grubbs

Congrats to Dr. Josh Grubbs on his new grant to study sports gambling from the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio. Congrats and “great work” to the many graduate student researchers working with Dr. Grubbs who published articles in 2022, including Chris Floyd, Jessica Grant Weinandy, Brinna Lee, Camille Hoagland, and alumnus Joe Rosansky.

sam mcabee

Dr. Sam McAbee
was selected as Associate Editor at the Journal of Research in Personality. Congrats to Dr. McAbee, and thank you for taking on this important leadership role in our field! 

In November 2022 Elsevier released an updated database indexing the top 2% most widely-read and -cited authors in many scholarly fields. BGSU had 15 faculty on that list, and four were from the Psychology Department! Drs. Joshua Grubbs, Scott Highhouse, Annette Mahoney, and Ken Pargament are among the most highly-cited authors in the country, evidence of the enormous impact they are having in our field.



Welcome to the new cohort of first-year graduate students!


Congrats to Alex Connolly for winning the Best Poster Award at the International Center for Responsible Game conference, and to Chris Floyd for his Honorable Mention.


Junior Psychology major Kaylee Ries is one of 100 students across the U.S. to win an Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service. A well-deserved honor for an outstanding student!

Congratulations to the clinical graduate students who matched in the 2022 APA Internship—another 100% match rate! Good luck to this year’s cohort, and congrats on getting all those applications out!

Teaching Successes

Dr. Sherona Garrett-Ruffin reported that in 2022 she had great success using concepts maps in her abnormal psychology (PSYC 4050) class. Kaylyn Flanigan also used this approach in her introduction to psychology class (PSYC 1010). For more information about concept maps, Dr. Garrett-Ruffin recommends the Carnegie Mellon Eberly Center site, and says, “Concept maps are a graphic representation of students’ knowledge. Having students create concept maps can provide you with insights into how they organize and represent knowledge. This can be a useful strategy for assessing both the knowledge students have coming into a program or course and their developing knowledge of course material.”


It was great to see our undergraduate majors sharing their research and discussing their internship experiences at our end-of-semester Undergraduate Symposium. Congrats to the winners of our Department of Psychology Undergraduate Poster Awards in Spring 2022 and Fall 2022— Garrett Forlow, Connor Bailey, Maura Barley, Beyoncé Williams, Bethany Durken, Keira Mills, Kaylee Ries, and Cason Welly.


After a two-year break, the Psychology Department Mixer is back! Close to 100 faculty, graduate students, alums, retirees, and supporters gathered in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on September 23 2022, to celebrate our graduate student awards and to mingle. It was wonderful to see everyone!


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Since criteria for travel and research awards were announced for the Psychology Department Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund, we have awarded two travel and two research awards, and applications continue to come in. Thank you to faculty and graduate students who have served as reviewers of these applications! We have not yet received any applications for new initiatives—if you have ideas that might fit within the mission of the D&I Initiatives Fund and would require funding to implement, please reach out to Carolyn to discuss!  

We are grateful to Drs. Katie Stygles and Kacee Snyder from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Women and Gender Equity for leading a faculty discussion of student belongingness and inclusion in the classroom. We are planning to provide similar discussions for graduate students currently teaching/interested in teaching in the future, early in 2023. Stay tuned!

Increasing undergraduate research participation in psychophysiology  

Dr. Sherona Garrett-Ruffin, Vice Chair of Undergraduate Psychology Education, was selected to participate in a nine member faculty learning community funded by the National Science Foundation project: Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology (PURSUE). The purpose of the project is to address the need for curricular materials for the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of psychophysiology that combines STEM disciplines (psychology, biology, physics, and electrical engineering).  The focus of the project is on electroencephalography (EEG). EEG allows for the ongoing recording of brain activity in real time and has application to a wide range of areas in psychology (clinical, developmental, industrial organization and social psychology). The goal of the project is to develop, implement and distribute best practices in the teaching and training of electroencephalography for undergraduates and to increase research opportunities for undergraduates.  

Congratulations to Dr. Garrett-Ruffin on her selection to this learning community! Dr. Garrett-Ruffin is an expert on hands-on psychophysiology pedagogy, and our undergraduate majors have long benefited from her expertise in the PSYC 3280 Psychophysiology lab course.

sue wax

A note from Sue Wax

Faculty and graduate students please remember to apply for professional development/travel funding 60 days prior to departure. This allows me to provide you with pertinent information and advice regarding university travel registration, travel cost documentation, allowable/non-allowable travel expenses.  

Graduate students, please remember to complete the research funding form on the department webpage to apply for thesis/prelim/dissertation funding. Any TA’s who would like a quick orientation to procedures on how to request copies, where to pick up exams, grading scantrons, obtaining teaching supplies, can contact me or Chris Gebers. 

The purchase of software, online access tools (anything with a click-through agreement) must be vetted by ITS before it can be purchased.  This requires the submission of an ITS Software Request ticket and can take 6-12 weeks to complete the vetting.   

Anyone bringing a guest to campus as a guest speaker, research collaborator, etc., please touch base with me or Chris Gebers 30 days prior to the event so that we can get the required volunteer agreement to you for the guest to sign and assist with any travel arrangements or payments.

Research and travel funds application forms, as well as other resources, can be found on the Department of Psychology resources page.

Contact Us

Carolyn Tompsett, Ph.D. (Chair)
419-372-2835 |

Sue Wax (Budget Coordinator)
419-372-2303 |

Chris Gebers (Administrative Assistant)
419-372-8377 |

Paula Watson (Graduate Secretary)
419-372-2306 |

Updated: 02/08/2023 12:04PM