Psychology: News

World Genocide Awareness Project

On March 23rd and 24th, the psychology department in conjunction with the Center for Applied Ethics and Ally Initiatives for Civil Rights and Civic Responsibilities sponsored Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict project.  Students and staff could tour the tents of six countries which experience genocides including Native Americans, the Holocaust, North Korea, Rwanda, Argentina, and Cambodia. Click here for the full story.
world genocide awareness project tent

Five UW-Stout students (Dan Comstock, Mary Brodhagen, Steffanie Fisher, Sophie Sigel, and Katy Hardy) and three faculty members (Sarah Wood, Jo Hopp, and Desiree Budd) presented research internationally during the first week of October, after their work was accepted for the 53rd annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in Florence, Italy.  


In addition to attending the conference, the students and faculty also spent time enjoying Florence and eating gelato. UW-Stout presentations were:

  • “Problems and Solutions Associated with Creating a Laboratory Infrastructure at a Small Primarily Undergraduate Institution,” by Budd, Wood and Michael Donnelly of Sulcus Scientific Consulting. 
  • “Don’t Tell Anyone: The Influence of Anticipatory Cues on Responses to Revelations of Mundane and Exciting Secrets,” by Jesse Bruce, of Andover, Minn.; Donnelly; Wood; and Jessica Swanner, on staff at Iowa State University. 
  • “To Play or Not to Play: Long-term Neurological Changes Associated with Sports-related, Non-concussive, Repetitive Head Impacts Received During Adolescence,” by Budd; Brodhagen; Comstock; Donnelly; Fisher; Katelyn Hartung, of Durand; Hopp; and Matthew McNutt, of Menomonie. 
  • “Perceived Fat Content of Food, Neural Activity and Food Choices,” by Sarah Bjork, of Elmwood; Brodhagen; Budd; Brettina Davis, of Minneapolis; Donnelly; Hardy; Tina Lee, of Menomonie; and Sigel.

Meet the new Psychology Department faculty and staff!

Cori Beskow
Cori joins the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences in the Department of Psychology. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Applied Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, coaching t-ball and baseball, gardening, woodworking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children. She loves working with power tools and cooking.

Tamra Cater
Tamra is a new Associate Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Lagrange College, a M.S. in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina Aiken, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. In her free time, Tamra enjoys swimming, drawing, painting, reading, and movies.   



Chelsea Lovejoy
Chelsea is joining the Department of Psychology this fall as an Assistant Professor. She holds a B.A. from UW-Stevens Point, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Science from Northern Illinois University. Her personal interests are exercising, gardening, cooking, and reading for pleasure.  



Michael Starling
Michael joined the Department of Psychology this fall as an Adjunct Instructor of Psychology. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Anderson University, a Master of Arts degree in School Psychology from Ball State University and is in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Psychology also from the Ball State University. He enjoys learning from multimedia, research methods and statistical analysis, academic anxiety, and educational policy. 



Cameron Weaver
Cameron joins the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences in the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor. He has his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. In his free time, Cameron enjoys golfing, backpacking, hiking, cycling, and participating in recreational league sports such as volleyball and softball. 



Libby Smith
Libby joined the Department of Psychology and Applied Research Center (PARQ) this fall. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology is from UW-Eau Claire and her M.S. in Applied Psychology degree is from UW-Stout. Libby will be serving as the interim program director for the M.S. in Applied Psychology program and she also works in the Applied Research Center (PARQ) as a project manager. Libby has research interests in education, especially evaluation of retention initiatives in higher education and STEM education programs. She enjoys reading, traveling with her partner Nancy, visiting her four-year old nieces, seeing live music, and cooking new recipes. An interesting fact about Libby is that she also has a degree in broadcasting and used to work as a radio DJ. 


Cori Beskow
Tamra Cater
Chelsea Lovejoy
Mike Starling
Cam Weaver
Libby Smith