SRL News & Updates

RS in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Congratulations to Bonita London, Geraldine Downey, Rainer Romero-Canyas, Aneeta Rattan, and Diana Tyson for their recent publication in JPSP. The article proposes a model for gender-based rejection sensitivity to account for individual differences in how women perceive and cope with gender-based threats.

pdf_icon.jpgLondon, B., Downey, G., Romero-Canyas, R., Rattan, A., & Tyson, D. (2011, December 19). Gender-Based Rejection Sensitivity and Academic Self-Silencing in Women. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0023335

Congratulations to Class of 2011

We would like to congratulate SRL members: Lauren Aguilar, Kavita Reddy, and Sylvia Rodriguez on the successful defense of their dissertations. We we are proud of you and wish you all the best!

Chris Crew awarded NIH Recovery Act supplement: February, 2010

Graduate student Christopher Crew was awarded an NIH Recovery Act Supplement Grant for diversity, which he is using to incorporate eye-tracking and EEG methods in studying selective attention in personality disroders.

Poster Award: November, 2009

Landon Fuhrman, research assistant and former study coordinator, was granted an Elsie Ramos Poster Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies for her poster: Fuhrman, L., Coifman, K., Berenson, K., Downey, G., & Rafaeli, E. (2009). Rumination and differentiation of negative affect predict nonsuicidal self-injury in women with borderline personality disorder. Poster for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

RS in the Handbook of Individual Differences in Social Behavior

Handbook of Individual Differences in Social Behavior, edited by Mark Leary and Rick Hoyle, features a chapter on sensitivity to rejection (RS) that summarizes research conducted by the Social Relations Lab and its associates. This compendium of contemporary research on dispositions that moderate social behavior is a must-have for any researchers utilizing dynamic, cognitive-affective models of interpersonal interactions.

The chapter on RS summarizes work on the sensitivity to interpersonal rejection and work on sensitivity to status-based rejection and sensitivity to rejection due to specific traits (e.g., looks). The chapter includes an overview of Downey's conceptualization of RS as a defensive motivational system as well as an overview of findings about RS-race, RS-gender, RS-appearance and, RS-sexual orientation.

Critical Praise for the handbook:

"Leary and Hoyle have gathered together a set of creative social scientists who have written compelling chapters on nearly 40 dispositions and their influence on social processes and outcomes. This volume will be stimulating reading for graduate students in personality and social psychology, and it reveals why the boundary between personality and social psychology is not especially meaningful. A wonderfully conceived project!"—Peter Salovey, PhD, Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology and Provost, Yale University

The Handbook of Individual Differences in Social Behavior was released in June of 2009.

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Lauren Aguilar awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Lauren Aguilar, a fifth year graduate student, received the 2009 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. Lauren would like to thank Professor Geraldine Downey and Professor Robert Krauss for their ongoing assistance and support during the application process. Congratulations Lauren! We're very proud of you!

Chris Crew awarded Diversity Travel Award

Christopher Crew has recieved the Diversity Travel Award for the 2009 SPSP conference held in Tampa, Florida. The SRL family would like to congratulate you!

Welcome to Karin Coifman

The SRL and the Affect and Relationship lab at Barnard would like to welcome Karin Coifman our newest Post-Doctoral Research Scientist. She will be working closely with Dr. Kathy Berenson and Professor Eshkol Rafaeli on the Rejection Sensitivity and Self-Regulation in Personality Disorders project. Welcome Karin to the SRL family!

Welcome to Christopher Crew

This Fall, the SRL welcomes our newest graduate student Christopher Crew. Christopher comes to Columbia University from the Georgia Institute of Technology having received his Master degree in Experimental Psychology and minor in Statistics. Christopher, we are glad to have you join our team and look forward to your insight and expertise.

Welcome to Nina Leventhal

This past summer, the SRL and the Affect and Relationship Lab at Barnard, welcomed Nina Leventhal, our new Post-Doctoral Fellow and Diagnostic Interview Coordinator for the Personality Study. Welcome Nina and we are excited to have you join our lab!

Congratulations to Vanessa Anderson!

Vanessa Anderson successfully defended her dissertation in June 2008, and is currently serving as a Policy Research Analyst in CUNY's Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Congratulations Vanessa, you will surely be missed. Best of luck!

Congratulations to Sylvia Rodriguez!

Sylvia Rodriguez, a third year graduate student in our lab, received the 2008 National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Sylvia would like to thank and acknowledge Dr. Rainer Romero-Canyas, Professor Geraldine Downey and Professor Tory Higgins for their feedback and guidance during the application process. Congratulations Sylvia!

Congratulations, Bonita and Gregg!

Professor Bonita London-Thompson, a former graduate student of the SRL, was wedded to Gregg Thompson in March 2008. Congratulations Bonita!

Congratulations to Kavita and Sylvia!

Kavita Reddy and Sylvia Rodriguez, third year graduate students in our lab, successfully defended their master's theses in February 2008. Congratulations!
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