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Suicide risk in abused teen girls linked to mother-daughter conflict

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

Among adolescents who suffered abuse or neglect as children, not all entertain suicidal thoughts. So what can we learn about those who do? A Mt. Hope Family Center study shows a strong correlation between poor mother-daughter relationships and increased suicide risk in teenage girls.


Peering into what goes awry in schizophrenia

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

What cognitive processes contribute to how we function in a social world, and where do those processes break down? David Dodell-Feder—a new assistant professor of psychology—brings brain imaging, neuroscience, and even music and literature to bear in his research on the science of social connection.


In his new book, author takes readers back to psychology class at Rochester

Thu, 06 Sep 2018

Peter Lovenheim, whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Politico, and elsewhere, uses the first chapter of his new book to remember his time in professor Harry Reis's classroom.


Strong sibling bond protects against negative effects of fighting parents

Fri, 22 Jun 2018

In a 3-year study, Rochester psychologists found children with strong sibling relationships experience less distress in response to future fighting between parents.


Uncertainty in a date dampens interest in a mate

Tue, 05 Jun 2018

A new study by psychologists in Rochester and Israel shows those who feel greater certainty that a prospective romantic partner shares their interest will put more effort into seeing that person again.


‘High-risk’ research receives University seed funding

Wed, 23 May 2018

University Research Awards for 2018-19 have been awarded to 15 projects ranging from an analysis of the roles of prisons in the Rochester region, to a new approach to genome editing, to new initiatives for advanced materials for powerful lasers.


Six Rochester students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Fri, 27 Apr 2018

Four undergraduates and two graduate students have been selected to receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, providing support for US students pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields.


Adolescence expert Judith Smetana wins psychology career award

Fri, 16 Mar 2018

An expert in teen–parent relationships, psychology professor Judith Smetana is being recognized by her peers with the 2018 John P. Hill Memorial Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.


One hundred years of solitude? Try 15 minutes instead

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

In a series of experiments, Rochester psychologists found that people who sat alone without devices for 15 minutes and chose what to think about experienced the positive effects of solitude: feeling calmer and less anxious, without feeling lonely or sad.


At-risk families find research-driven services at Mt. Hope Family Center

Wed, 04 Oct 2017

The Mt. Hope Family Center sits on a two-way street. Its researchers and clinicians have provided evidence-based services to at-risk families, while training the next generation of clinicians and research scientists.