Academic Writing Made Fun - websiteEach year in June for the past 3 years, the lab has had a writing retreat at Cindy Berg's home. Collaborators from across the country fly in (e.g., Drs. Deborah Wiebe and Debbie Palmer) for the 3-day event. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates are organized in teams around specific writing projects. The writing retreats allow the lab to work on multiple writing projects at various phases of completion (full drafts, partial drafts, ideas in progress). Our on-call statistician, Dr. Jon Butner assists with numerous state of the art statistical projects such as mediational HLM, latent class analysis, and SEM. Evenings find us trying some gourmet cooking or taking a hike in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. Each year the lab sends out multiple papers completed or started at the writing retreat (last year we submitted one paper during the retreat). The retreat provides a high paced, intellectually stimulating, and exciting alternative to the typical lonely and solitary writing experience.
Couples Laboratory for Observational StudiEs - websiteCLOSE
Dynamic Vision Group - websiteOur mission is to investigate Vision Sciences from a Dynamical Systems perspective. We are a multi-area group combining mathematics, rigorous experimentation, and advanced systems based data analytic approaches to come to understand the vision system.
Fred Rhodewalt Social Psychology Winter Conference - websitePark City, Utah // January 3-5, 2012
The conference combines some very pleasurable skiing with quality talks. The typical day includes skiing or other recreation from morning until 4:00 p.m. followed by talks from 4:30 to 7:30. After the talks people usually continue their discussions by breaking into small groups for dinner and an evening of socializing. We hope to limit the conference to around 20-30 participants, of whom no more than nine would present summaries of their recent research. The program will be limited to one session each evening consisting of three talks in the three hour program. There will be three sessions. Each talk will last 40 minutes followed by up to fifteen minutes for questions and discussion. There will also be plenty of additional time to discuss the details of one's research in private with other researchers. Park City Peaks Hotel, the site of the conference, will provide a conference room with tables and chairs, blackboard, podium, LCD projector, overhead projector, and projection screen. Times & DatesPlease consider attending the Social Psychology Winter Conference scheduled for the dates of January 3rd to the 5th, 2012 at Park City, Utah (arrive Wednesday the 2nd, meetings from Thursday the 3rd to Saturday the 5th, depart on Sunday the 6th). The purpose of this announcement is to describe the conference and to solicit your participation. The conference provides a casual and relaxed setting for the exchange of ideas among researchers on a broad range of social psychological topics. Attached are copies of programs from previous years to provide you with a sense of the breadth of the topics. This format has worked very well and we hope to continue the spirit of the earlier conferences. Thus it is our desire to attract participants from all areas of social psychology rather than feature one specialized field.
Jon's Dynamical Systems Lab - websiteOur research integrates systems concepts with quantitative innovations (statistical and methodological). Systems theory is essentially the study of change or how multiple components interact to form behavior that cannot be seen in its parts, but can be studied through its patterns in time. Systems theory is inherently interdisciplinary, sharing a language with mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry and more. Thus it has its own jargon. Additionally, many of the advanced approaches that fit a systems logic are designed in fields where a widget can be studied hundreds of thousands of times. Though we sometimes collect data in this manner, it is definitely not the norm for psychology. So we are actively exploring new directions that are both systems approaches and functional within psychological confines.
Life-Span Development and Adaptation Lab - websiteIn the Life-Span Development Laboratory we examine how individuals across the life span together with close relationship partners adapt to their daily environments through joint cognitive, interpersonal, and emotional processes. We have found that individuals cope with daily problems frequently together, and that collaborative coping can facilitate cognitive performance, mood, and adherence to health regimens. We use a variety of methodological techniques including surveys, interviews, daily diaries, coding of interpersonal processes, and physiological measurements via both cross-sectional and longitudinal designs.
National Center for Veterans Studies - websiteThe mission of the National Center for Veterans Studies is to engage in research, education, outreach, and advocacy to improve the lives of veterans, and better position these skilled, experienced and well-trained veterans for continued service that further advances American values, prosperity, and security. The NCVS is currently engaged in several studies focused on military and veteran mental health issues, including two large, military-funded clinical trials testing the effectiveness of brief interventions designed to reduce suicide attempts among active duty Soldiers. NCVS projects also aim to better understand the cognitive, affective, and behavioral processes that underlie suicide risk and trauma among military personnel, with the intent to identify protective factors that reduce suicide risk.
READY - websiteRegulating Adherence for Diabetes in Young Adulthood
Risk to Resilience Lab - websiteRisk to Resilience Lab
Our research focuses on the family processes that contribute to the development of/for protection against psychopathology. Dr. Kerig has long-standing interests in understanding and ameliorating the effects of interparental conflict, family violence, maltreatment, and parent-child discord. We are interested in the ways in which risk factors affect relationships among families members, such as in the study of parent-child boundary dissolution, as well as implications of these family processes for youths' own intimate relationships, such as in the study of dating violence. Studies going on in our lab at present focus on understanding the relationship between trauma and juvenile delinquency; investigating risk and protective processes for maltreated children; and studying the intersections among family dynamics, personality, and dating relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood. We also have an abiding interest in the study of resilience--uncovering the protective factors that allow children to overcome the risks associated with family stress and trauma will help us to design intervention and prevention programs that are developmentally sensitive and effective in real-world settings.
Spatial Transformations Experiment - websiteUse of Spatial Transformations and Reference Frames is an experiment being conducted in the Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition laboratory at the University of Utah.
Systems N Coffee - websiteSync
Systems N Coffee (Sync) is a group of faculty and students that meet approximately every other week to talk about systems theory. Each year we choose a theme and start from an introductory dynamical systems approach and build to a more advanced perspective over the year. Our main structure is to pick a book or series of articles which we read throughout the year and discuss in a casual manner.
Type 1 Diabetes ADAPT Project - websiteThe goal of the project is to understand how children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes and their mothers manage diabetes. Adolescence is a problematic time for managing diabetes as the child may be trying to assert her independence, which may lead parents to be less involved in diabetes management. The study explores whether age differences in parental involvement in diabetes management relate to the child's autonomy development, and are reflected in the interdependence of mothers and adolescents in coping with the stressors related to diabetes. This project is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). A 5-year longitudinal study was completed in 2010 and data analyses are continuing.
University of Utah HFES Student Chapter - websiteHuman Factors & Ergonomics Society Student Chapter of the University of Utah
The University of Utah Student Chapter of HFES is a group of students interested in human factors and ergonomics who organize to coordinate events and activities for the benefit of the students, the community, and HFES. For more information, please contact the University of Utah HFES Student Chapter President via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). To receive news about our group, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.