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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Faculty Accomplishments
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Amida O'Hare, associate professor psychology, recently published in PLoS ONE: "The effects of short interventions of focused-attention vs. self-compassion mindfulness meditation on undergraduate students: Evidence from self-report, classroom performance, and ERPs." O'Hare's publication in PLOS ONE was highlighted in the February 2023 issue of Mindfulness Research Monthly, which is published by the American Mindfulness Research Association.

Assistant professor of history, Leah LaGrone published an editorial in Texas Monthly, "What the 1836 Project Leaves Out in Its Version of Texas History."

Matthew Romaniello,associate professor of history, presented "When Russia Became 'Cold': Observations and Experiments in Early-Modern Eurasia" for the History Department of University of Toronto in February 2023; and "The 'Russian Catarrh' of 1782" at the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies annual conference held in Glasgow in March 2023. Romaniello also received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant to fund a workshop on Russia's climate at the University of Toronto in February 2023.

Assistant professor of philosophy, Paul Neiman published his paper "Nurses' role model duties for health and COVID-19 pandemic precautions" in the journal, Nursing Ethics.

Mark Bigler, chair of the Department of Social Work & Gerontology, and a social work student, Haley Miller, presented "Children on the Boat: Child Trafficking in Ghana" at the WSU Human Trafficking Symposium on October 27, 2022.

Instructor of history, Nathan Rives, published his book, The Religion-Supported State: Piety and Politics in Early National New England, with Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield).

Janicke Stramer-Smith, assistant professor of political science hosted an interview-series with a U.S. Representative and two European political leaders in collaboration with the Richard Richard's Foundation, Richard Richard's Institute for Ethics and the Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service on Interparliamentary Efoorts To Hone Weapons of Economic Warfare Against Putin. This was a collaborative effort to provide educational material that can be used to engage in debate and discussion about the war in the Ukraine and transatlantic interparliamentary efforts against Putin.

Associate professor of psychological science, Cade Mansfield published "Co-Evolution of meaning-making and wisdom in processing and developmental time" in Post-Traumatic Growth to Psychological Well-Being: Coping Wisely with AdversityMansfield also published "The psychophysiology of narrating distressing experiences" in Narrative InquiryMansfield also published "Challenges of the Experimental Paradigm in Narrative Identity Research" in the Journal of Research in Personality.

Jeremy Bryson, associate professor of geography, wrote a paper with undergraduate geography student, Jeff Montague, titled "Smoke Season: Exploring the Geographies of Transient Wildfire Smoke on the Wasatch Front" for The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. The paper won the journal's Outstanding Paper in the Social Sciences for 2022 award.

Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Molly Sween was the co-organizer of the inaugural Human Trafficking Symposium at Weber State University on October 27, 2022.

Justin Lee, assistant professor of social work, presented a paper at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education entitled, "From Clinical Practice Experience to Research Question: What Former Mormon Clients Need When Leaving?"

Assistant professor anthropology, Madeline Mackie had her research featured in an Archaeology Magazine article titled, "High Plains Mammoth Hunters."

Brad Reyns, graduate director and professor of criminal justice, published "Does change in binge drinking reduce risk of repeat sexual assault victimization? Evidence from three cohorts of freshman undergraduate women" in Crime and Delinquency.