Jamie S. Bodenlos, PhD
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
I am interested in serving on the Board of Directors because I can help Psi Chi work towards its mission of recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology. Psi Chi has many opportunities for our members to receive support for their scholarly pursuits. One area that could be expanded upon is connecting student members with professional members outside of the students’ institutions who can provide research mentorship. Psi Chi could offer summer science programs for students who want to work with faculty at different chapters. Many students (and frankly most faculty researchers) don’t receive high quality training in how to disseminate science. Therefore, with my background in science communication, I would bring that expertise to the Board of Directors and explore avenues to increase science communication training for our members. Enhancing these skills in our Psi Chi undergraduate members will have an important impact on the field. Increasing support for Psi Chi faculty advisors will also be beneficial. One avenue to enhance this support is through the creation of a social media network for faculty advisors to discuss activities, engagement, and ways to foster growth. Furthermore, it’s critical that we enhance the diversity of our Psi Chi membership. I want to help develop effective strategies to enhance our outreach and look at ways to support first generation students and those from lower-income backgrounds. Overall, I am excited about the opportunity to bring my vision, ideas, and experience to the Board.
Dr. Jamie S. Bodenlos received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Western Carolina University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is currently an associate professor and Chair of Psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, NY and has been there since 2009. Dr. Bodenlos is a licensed clinical psychologist who has published 44 journal articles in the area of behavioral medicine. Her research interests include mindfulness, eating behaviors, obesity, and health disparities. She has had dozens of students collaborate with her on research, resulting in conference presentations and peer-review publications (with 17 different undergraduates). In addition to coleading a webinar for the Society of Behavioral Medicine on op-ed writing, Dr. Bodenlos has also given workshops on disseminating science to the public. In her undergraduate courses, she has been including didactics on science communication. Dr. Bodenlos is currently a member of the Education, Training and Career Development Councils in both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. In 2014, she worked to establish the first Psi Chi Chapter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and has held the position of faculty advisor ever since. In 2017, HWS won the Model Chapter Award and one of her students was awarded the undergraduate Maime Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant (2017–18).
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Marianne Fallon, PhD
Central Connecticut State University
Time and time again, I have witnessed how Psi Chi can build community and provide opportunities that students would not have thought possible. I am a strong proponent of undergraduate research and will continue working with the editor of the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research to broaden its impact. I also intend to continue writing pieces in the Eye and in the Journal that help students develop as scientists. I hope to mentor faculty who have not yet published with undergraduates. Further, I want to help Psi Chi students translate the skills inherent in their psychology major to their career path. Psi Chi can be an incredible vehicle for building cocurricular skills such as leadership, cultural competence, fiscal responsibility, and collaboration. To this end, I would be interested in designing chapter activities to help members practice these skills and communicate them effectively to employers or selection committees. Over the past 2 years, I have been blessed to work with amazing colleagues who embody Psi Chi’s mission and purpose. To ensure that Psi Chi remains a healthy, vibrant organization that continues to expand opportunities for its members, I would bring to bear my experience managing budgets and planning at my institution. I have seen how my own students scrimp and save to pay their lifetime membership fees, and I take my fiduciary responsibility seriously. I’m exceedingly grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as VP and I hope that you will elect me to a second term.
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Dr. Marianne Fallon is the interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs—Planning and Resources as well as professor of psychological science at Central Connecticut State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bucknell University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Toronto. Trained as a developmental cognitive psychologist, Dr. Fallon applies cognitive psychology to the teaching of psychology and factors that promote undergraduate student success. Dr. Fallon was awarded the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees Teaching Award in 2010, and she has been named a finalist twice for Central Connecticut State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She has regularly taught Research Methods and recently published a book, Writing Up Quantitative Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Always encouraging her students to present and publish their research, her students have won 13 Psi Chi Eastern Regional Awards or APS Awards since 2011. Dr. Fallon has reviewed submissions for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and has coauthored two articles with students and has written one editorial. She has also written about submitting strong conference abstracts in the Eye on Psi Chi. Since becoming her chapter’s faculty advisor in 2012, the chapter has won Model Chapter Awards for the first time in its history, the Kay Wilson Presidential Leadership Award in 2014, the Eastern Regional Chapter Award in 2016, and the Ruth Hubbard Cousins Award in 2017. Dr. Fallon currently serves as the Eastern Regional VP, chairs the Scholarship Committee, and is on the Grants Committee.