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News, Honors and Awards

Recent News 

Spring 2020

CCNL undergraduate Jenny Park was awarded the CURO Research Assistantship.

Fall 2019

CCNL graduate student Courtney Burton successfully defended her dissertation and earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She accepted a position as a Neuroimaging Researcher at The National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. examining brain function in response to ketamine within treatment-resistant depression.

CCNL graduate students Rebekah Trotti and Libby Thomas, and CCNL Research Coordinator Kodiak Sauer, all successfully defended their Master’s Theses. Rebekah Trotti and Libby Thomas earned MS degrees in Psychology and Kodiak Sauer earned an MA in Science Education. Rebekah Trotti gave an oral presentation at the Schizophrenia International Research Society conference. CCNL undergraduate Jenny Park was awarded the CURO Research Assistantship.

Spring 2019

CCNL graduate student Elizabeth Edge presented a poster at the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) Conference.

Nine undergraduate students presented their work at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium; Mikalah Maury, Tarun Daniel, Chandler Cubbedge, Connor Lawhead, Jenna Brown, Sunny Abdelmageed, Hadi Zaki, Scott Eisenberg, and Jenny Park. Dr. Jennifer McDowell delivered the keynote address, and her longtime student Jenna Brown introduced her, in front of hundreds of UGA researchers of varied disciplines ranging from undergraduates to faculty.

Connor Lawhead was accepted as an intern at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute for the summer and presented his work at the Leadership Alliance National Conference in July 2019 and the American Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in November 2019.

Fall 2018

CCNL graduate students Elizabeth Edge, Libby Thomas, and Rebekah Trotti presented posters at the Society of Psychophysiological Research. CCNL undergraduate Connor Lawhead presented his work at the Emory STEM Symposium.

Spring 2018

CCNL graduate student Brooke Jackson presented her work entitled “Cognitive control in psychosis” at the Network of Greater Georgia Institutions for Neuroimaging and Statistics Conference. CCNL graduate student Rebekah Trotti presented a poster at the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) Conference.

Six undergraduate students presented their research work at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO); Megan Rogers, Connor Lawhead, Nicole Schlosberg, Emily Germany, Sunny Abdelmageed, and Eli Chlan. Connor Lawhead also presented work at the Psi Chi Convention of the Behavioral Sciences, the Georgia Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the Nu Rho Psi inaugural symposium at UGA.

Fall 2017

Dr. Brett Clementz became the director of the UGA Bio-Imaging Research Center. Dr. McDowell became the chair of the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the Department of Psychology.

CCNL graduate students Matt Hudgens-Haney and Amanda Rodrigue successfully defended their dissertations. Dr. Hudgens-Haney earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and took a post-doctoral position in the Psychiatry Department at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Rodrigue earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and took a post-doctoral position in the Neurocognition, Neurocomputation and Neurogenetics Division at Yale University School of Medicine.

Spring 2017

Dr. Dyckman won the BBS (Behavioral and Brain Sciences) “Outstanding Teaching Award”. CCNL graduate student Amanda Rodrigue won two BBS awards: the Charles and Bette Smock Award and the “Outstanding Publication Award”. Research Assistant Kodiak Sauer won the best paper award at the Psi Chi Convention of the Behavioral Sciences. Six undergraduate students presented their research work at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO); Emma Auger, Emily Gale, Megan Murphy, Zoe Schneider, Jane Sutcliff and Rebekah Trotti. Emma, Emily, and Megan received $1000 CURO Research Assistantships.

Fall 2016

CCNL graduate students Ana Bobilev, Jordan Pierce, and David Schaeffer successfully completed and defended their dissertations this spring. All three earned a Ph.D in Neuroscience and have now begun post doctoral research positions at UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX), Laboratory for Neurology and Imaging of Cognition at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and Robarts Research Institute (London, ON, Canada) respectively. 

Spring 2016

Dr. McDowell was awarded the William A. Owens Creative Research Award as part of UGA's Honors Week. Drs. Clementz and McDowell were both featured in UGA Research Magazine's Spring 2016 issue in an article titled "Brain trust: unlocking the mysteries of the mind."

CCNL graduate student David Parker won best talk and research assistant Meagan Buford won best poster at the Psychology Dept's Psi Chi Conference. CCNL undergraduates presented three talks at the 2016 UGA CURO Symposium. Undergraduate Megan Murphy won the UGA CURO and Psychology Dept best undergraduate paper award for her research with diffusion tensor imaging in schizophrenia. Undergraduate Kodiak Sauer was awarded the $1000 CURO Research Assistantship. CCNL graduate students will be presenting 2 posters at the Society of Biological Psychiatry in Atlanta in May.

Fall 2015

CCNL graduate students presented 2 posters at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping meeting in Honolulu, HI this June. Dr. McDowell presented a talk entitled "Structural and Functional Brain Abnormalities Associated with Saccades in Schizophrenia: Evidence from Multimodel Imaging" and graduate student Jordan Pierce presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on Eye Movements this July. CCNL students presented 3 posters and 1 talk at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, IL this fall. 

Spring 2015

Dr. Clementz gave a Clinical Plenary Address entitled "Organizing Neurobiological Heterogeneity in Psychosis via Brain Based Biomarkers: When You Come to a Fork in the Road..." at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research in Colorado Springs this March.

CCNL graduate students also presented 2 posters and 1 talk at ICOSR, and 1 poster at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting in San Francisco. Undergraduate students in the lab presented 5 talks and 1 poster at the 2015 CURO Symposium at the Athens Classic Center.

CCNL undergraduate Kodiak Sauer was accepted into the Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science & Technology (CELEST) Summer Fellowship at Boston University.