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Professor Bruce Steinberg recently teamed up with a group of nationally recognized scientists, including renowned neuropharmacologist/author Kenneth Blum Ph.D., on a potential new treatment approach for those who suffer from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
This innovative study, conducted at Curry College using the Psychology Lab's advanced EEG recording and analysis system (dubbed LORETA), focused on attention, memory and brain function in an adult subject with ADHD. The team conducted their research before and after the participant consumed a dose of a commercially available dietary supplement, which was designed to stabilize the metabolic activity of Dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter known to be involved in ADHD.
The results of the study demonstrated an improvement in the electrical activity of brain areas that support attention and memory and culminated in the publication of a paper in the Journal of Open Clinical Medicine & Case Reports (see link above for full publication).
In February 2016, Dr. Eric Weiser contributed an essay, "Organic Illness and Psychiatry," to the upcoming eBook, "Psychology," for Gale, a division of Cengage Publishing. The essay provides an overview of the biological basis of psychopathology. The eBook will be available later in 2016.
In 2015, Dr. Weiser's research study, "#Me: Narcissism and its Facets as Predictors of Selfie-Posting Frequency" was published in the journal, Personality and Individual Differences. Dr. Weiser's research, which is an extension of his long-standing interest in Psychology and the Internet, documents the relationship between the individual's self-absorption (narcissism) and the frequency with which they post images of themselves to social media. This is an exciting publication which helps us to understand a pervasive social behavior.
Dr. Weiser also contributed two chapters to a recently released textbook, Psychology, published by OpenStax College. The chapters Dr. Weiser wrote were "Stress, Lifestyle, and Health," and "Psychological Disorders." For both chapters, Dr. Weiser provided comprehensive coverage of the core principles related to each area - including an extensive treatment on the immune system and psychophysiological disorders in the chapter on stress and health and a thorough discussion of the DSM-5 in the chapter on psychological disorders - as well as coverage of classic and contemporary research within each area.
In the fall of 2015, Dr. Bruce Steinberg and Dr. Elizabeth Carey, along with several current and former Curry College Psychology students (Ray Nicks '11, Phillip Sloan '15, Cassandra McGrath, and Melissa Reed), presented findings from their research at the annual New England Psychology Association Conference (NEPA) at Fitchburg State University.
Dr. Steinberg and Phillip Sloan presented a poster, "Divided Attention and Performance on a Vigilance Task," summarizing a project they did in Dr. Steinberg's Experimental Psychology. The research documented the damaging effect of dividing one's attention between two tasks, when both tasks require focused concentration.
In addition, Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Carey, along with Ray Nicks, Melissa Reed, and Cassandra McGrath, presented a poster, "EEG, Executive Function and ADHD-An Exploratory Study." This research documented the relationship between the electrical activity of the Anterior and Dorsal Cingulate cortices and the diagnosis of ADHD.
Read more: Psychology Students, Alumni and Faculty Present Research at New England Psychology Association Conference
In 2015, Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel received from Curry College the "Person of the Year Award" and the "Excellence in Teaching-Research Award."
Dr. Leonard-Zabel also presented a half-day training at the International School Neuropsychology Summer Institute on the Neuro-Profiling of the Hijacked Brain: Adolescent Addiction-Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention. As a result of outstanding reviews, she was asked to conduct a webinar training for the American Board of School Neuropsychology on the Neuro-Profiling of the Hijacked Brain. In addition, the School Neuropsychology Post-Graduate/Post-Doctoral Certificate program asked her to perform a webinar on "All's Well That Ends Well Addressing Psychological and Legal Issues" as an outgrowth of her peers requesting her to do so. The webinar is expected to be available to an estimated 35, 000 school-educational psychologists, school neuropsychologists and mental health professionals in the United States and abroad. In addition, she was publically acknowledged by a fellow School Neuropsychologist at the International School Neuropsychology Summer Institute for Excellence in Leadership with Child and Family Consultation and Support .
In addition, Dr. Leonard-Zabel was recognized and awarded during the summer of 2015 with the Diplomat credential from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, which is one of the highest honors the board bestows.
Dr. Leonard-Zabel presented at the American Board of Disability Analysts & the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians-(ABDA/ABMPP)-Bi-Annual International Conference in the Fall of 2015. Her topic and training focused on the Hijacked Brain Across the Lifespan: Assessment, Diagnosis and Neuro-Behavioral Interventions for Disability Planning.
Joani Geltman, MSW, an instructor in the Psychology Department as well as a child development and parenting specialist, has published, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out. Geltman's book was featured in an article in the Boston Globe.
Curry College Psychology professor Bruce Steinberg Ph.D. recently teamed up with a group of nationally recognized scientists, including renowned neuropharmacologist/author Kenneth Blum Ph.D., on a potential new treatment approach for those who suffer from ADHD.
During a very productive and rewarding summer, Curry College psychology professor Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel was awarded with the Diplomat credential from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, which is among the highest credentials the Board bestows.
Dr. Eric Weiser, Chair and Professor of Psychology, recently had a manuscript accepted for publication. His research study, "#Me: Narcissism and its Facets as Predictors of Selfie-Posting Frequency" is slated for publication in the November, 2015 edition of the journal, 'Personality and Individual Differences'.