Assistant Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown and Assistant Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos are presenting their work at the American Psychological Association Conference, held July 31 to Aug. 4 in Hawaii. Additionally, Ashdown will be named “Outstanding Early Career Psychologist of the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.” The award recognizes contributions to international psychological research, theory and practice by early career psychologists (those who have earned their Ph.D within the last seven years).The award will be presented Saturday, Aug. 3.
“This is quite an honor, especially since this is the largest and oldest conference in our field,” says Bodenlos.
Early career advocacy and advising is an interest of Ashdown’s. He is on the early career committee of the International Division of APA and recently had a chapter in an e-book of advice for early career psychologists published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Chapter 8 of the online edition).
According to its website, the APA Annual Convention features more than 800 sessions covering the entire field of psychology.” The title of the symposium Ashdown and Bodenlos will present is “What We’d Change and What We Wouldn’t: Advice for Early Career Psychologists and Graduate Students.” The content of the symposium was a conversation hour geared toward early career psychologists. Bodenlos was part of a five-person panel that shared advice with graduate students and pre-tenure professionals and answered their questions.
Ashdown joined the faculty in 2011, having held previous positions at St. Louis University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research interests are in the cultural influences on adolescent and emerging adulthood social development (specifically, development of group identity and attitudes, prejudice, religious development, sexual behaviors and attitudes, and attachment/exploration); indigenous psychology; and teaching of psychology.
He earned a B.A. in psychology and in Spanish from Weber State University, and an M.S.(R) and Ph.D. in psychology from Saint Louis University.
Bodenlos joined the HWS faculty in 2009 after serving as an instructor in medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She received a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and did her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she began her research examining comorbidities between obesity and psychological disorders. Bodenlos has several papers published in this area of study.