Psychology

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Silent Night: Helping Children Get Proper Sleep During the Holidays

12/04/2015

As the holidays approach, Saint Joseph’s University sleep expert Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., recommends that no matter what date the calendar indicates, parents need to keep their children’s bedtime hour consistent.


Children and gender norms

Children and Gender Norms This Holiday Season: Dolls or Dump Trucks?

12/03/2015

Assistant Professor of Psychology Clare Conry-Murray, Ph.D., published research in Merrill-Palmer Quarterly revealing that children are influenced by gender norms in potentially harmful ways: They do not recognize unequal opportunities available to boys and girls.


Elizabeth Becker, Ph.D.

Professor Awarded Grant to Study Link Between ASD and Prenatal Exposure to Antidepressants

10/08/2015

Assistant Professor of Psychology Elizabeth A. Becker, Ph.D., received a $10,000 grant from the Tom and Mary Gallagher Foundation to support her research on the neuro-developmental mechanisms underlying autism.


Preventing “Fall Back” Setbacks in Children’s Sleep

10/24/2013

What’s not to love about an extra hour of sleep? Just ask any parent and they’ll tell you how that one little hour that gets added every fall as part of Daylight Savings Time can wreak havoc on their children’s routines.

According to Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., sleep expert and professor of psychology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, there’s plenty that parents can do to be proactive before we “fall back” on November 3.


They’re Ba-aack! Coping When College Kids Come Home for the Holidays

12/05/2012

When he left, he was your child whose meals you prepared and whose laundry you dutifully did.  Now he’s home from college for an extended winter break – possibly bringing with him more laundry for you to do.

For parents readjusting to life with their college students at home for a few weeks, it can be…an adjustment.


How Empty Nesters Can Cope with Homesick Students

09/11/2009

It's natural for first-year students to encounter challenges associated with the transition to college life. For many students the academic demands are great, dorm life may be their first experience sharing a living space, and there is unstructured time to manage. This can also be a difficult transition for parents who feel inclined to comfort their student who is missing home.


That’s Gross: Uncovering the Creepy and Crawly

10/19/2010

Everyone knows this popular Halloween game: turn out the lights, pass around a dried apricot and it’s easy to believe it’s a human earlobe. Peel some grapes and in the dark they feel just like human eyeballs. It’s a game that tricks the senses and it’s something Saint Joseph’s University psychologist Alex Skolnick, Ph.D., has been doing in his lab for the last several years.


Gambling on the Big Game: The Risk of Concussions

02/04/2011

A previous study of ex-NFL players showed that the damage caused by concussions occurs in the same region of the brain as damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, resulting in increased concern over post-concussion related injuries and trauma of athletes.


A Good Night’s Sleep: The Most Important School Supply

09/02/2011

For kids, the summer months are packed with vacations, camps, week-to-week schedule changes and lots of late nights. It’s no wonder that getting back to the school year routine can be difficult. Returning to regular sleep schedules can be even harder. According to sleep expert and Saint Joseph’s University Professor of Psychology Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., the end of the summer is the time to reset kids’ biological clocks.


Managing Financial Anxieties During the Holidays

12/04/2007

With news of a recession, it’s no wonder that many Americans are feeling anxious about their financial situation this holiday season. According to Saint Joseph’s University psychologist Phyllis Anastasio, Ph.D., these anxieties are amplified by constant media reminders.