University of Houston Department of Psychology
A Newsletter for Faculty, Students, and Staff
Issue 96:2 December 1996
For Your Information
Marco Mariotto Reappointed as Department Chairperson
Dec. 16: Department filing By unanimous vote of the faculty and recommendation by Dean Rozelle,
deadline for Graduate Student Provost Ivancevich has approved the reappointment of Dr. Marco
Agreements. Mariotto for a second three year term as Chairperson of the Psychology
Department. Congratulations, Marco!
Dec. 18: All 4R08 biweekly Clarification on New Graduate Appointment Rates
timesheets are due in the main The new graduate appointment rate schedule is effective January 16,
office by 10:00 am, 1997 for Clinic Assistants, and Teaching Assistants and Fellows only.
The rate schedule for Research Assistants and Graduate Training
Dec. 20: College workstudy Assistants will not be effective until September 1, 1997. However, P.I.s
may begin using the new rate structure prior to the September 1 date if
timesheets are due by 10:00
am. they so chose. Use of the Graduate Change in Rate Form is also
effective January 16, 1997. Students on training or practicum
assistantships are classified by our department as Graduate Training
Dec. 20: Spring fee bills will Assistants, not RAs.
be mailed to students.
Dec. 20 - Jan. 1: The In recent weeks, college and campus administration have questioned a
number of our department’s travel requests and vouchers. Their
department is closed for Winter
questions are appropriate since we are clearly in violation of approval and
processing procedures. Before travel becomes an unpleasant issue in
our department, faculty, staff, and students, please remember two rules
Dec. 23 - Jan. 3: Spring VIP and follow one simple step.
1.) All anticipated travel must first receive prior approval via a Travel
Request Form regardless of the source of funding.
Jan 3: January deadline for 2.) You must use contracted airfare, hotel, and car rental businesses or
submissions to the Committee receive prior approval to use a non contracted vendor.
for the Protection of Human STEP TO TAKE
Subjects. As you anticipate travel, see Yolizma or Ashraf first. They will discuss
your travel plans with you and let you know exactly what needs to be
Jan 13: Spring Semester
done in order to satisfy UH regulations.
Begins. The department office is responsible for approving all travel and ensuring
policy and procedure compliance. Individual P.I.s, research group
Feb 1: Research Space mangers, student groups, etc. cannot provide final approval on travel.
Survey Due in Main Office. Our staff is happy to assist you with your travel plans. It is more time
efficient for the department to assist you with your travel plans on the
front end, than to deal with clean-up and auditing on the back end.
Changes on the Copier Front By the time everyone comes back from winter break,
we will have a different copier in the main office. We
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were rough on the new copier and managed to wear
it down in just a few months. The replacement
copier is intended for higher volumes and will provide What’s New In Research
all the features of the other, plus increased speed.
In order to offset some of the cost for the new copier, PUBLICATION, POSTERS, PRESENTATIONS,
we had to terminate our rental of the Risograph. We ETC.
will become a one copier department. Expect some
changes in who will be allowed to use the new copier
Manke, B., Plomin, R. (in press). Adolescent
and what will be approved for copying. Research familial interactions: A Genetic extension of the
groups and graduate students should consider social relations model. J. of Social and Personal
buying library copy cards now. Relationships.
Crouter, A.C., Manke, B. (in press). Development
of a typology of dual-earner families: A window into
Insurance Waivers differences between and within families in
International students are reminded to complete relationships, roles, and activities. J. of Family
insurance waiver forms prior to the beginning of the Psychology.
spring semester. See Caroline Watkins, room 101
Heyne for copies of the form.
Manke, B. (1996). The Family Context of
Adolescent Humor. Invited talk given at the Texas
A & M University, Department of Psychology,
SAS Student Use Agreement Forms College Station, TX, November 1996.
The UH SAS license has been renewed for fiscal Massman, P.J., Sims, J., Cooke, N., Haverkamp,
year 1996-97 and is now available from Information L.J., Appel, V, & Appel, S.H. (1996). Prevalence and
Technology. The latest version is SAS 6.11. correlates of neuropsychological deficits in
Students interested in obtaining SAS should contact amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J. of Neurology,
Ron Babic, Information Technology, at Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 61, 450-455.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Ron will send you a SAS Student
Use Agreement Form. After signing the form, please
Nash, S. Programmatic Responses to Teacher
Feedback: Qualitative Analysis and Evaluation of a
forward your form to Mani Kuffel, room 101. The
Drug Use Prevention Curriculum. Presentation at
department will send them on to Information
the 124th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the
American Public Health Association, New York, NY,
November 17-22, 1996.
Nash, S. A Logistic Regression Analysis of Drug
From the Academic Office Knowledge, Perceived Risk, and Drug Use Among
Junior High Students. Presentation at the 124th
Many thanks to those individuals who responded Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American
to the academic office customer service survey. We Public Health Association, New York, NY, November
have had a number of responses and will generate a 17-22, 1996.
survey report for publication in February’s issue of
Psycho Philes. If you have not filled out a survey, we
Psycho Philes is published the 3rd week of each month.
encourage you to do so. The survey is one way for Your submissions should be received in the main office by
you to become a participant in positive change. the end of the 2nd week of each month and can be sent to
Mani Kuffel at: email@example.com, or put in the
Instructors who have not turned in book orders department mail drop box, room 105 Heyne.
for Spring 1997 need to turn in their requests to
Tricia before the semester begins. All submissions are subject to editing for space and
Instructors teaching core courses: PSYC 1300, Student and other associated organizations are
2301, 2308, 3310, 3332, 3341, 3350, 3360, 3361, encouraged to submit items for publication.
4321, 4325, 4344; please submit the supporting
materials to Heather or Tricia.
Please remember that grades of “Incomplete”
must be accompanied by a form that states explicitly Dr. Gordon L. Paul, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz
what the student must do to remove the incomplete. Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology, was
Supporting information such as grading scale, copy recently interviewed by Marian Breland Bailey and
of the test(s), answer key and/or other assignments Robert B. Bailey of Eclectic Science Production. The
are required. These forms can be obtained from Bailey’s are compiling a videotaped archive of
Tran. “prominent behavioral researchers and practitioners”
P s y c h o P h i l e s P s y c h o P h i l e s 2 P s y c h o P h i l e s P s y c h o P h i l e s
entitled Behavioral Science---Yesterday, Today, and and wallets to help these families have a bright
Tomorrow: The Video. Christmas.
PSYCHO PHILES WILL PERIODICALLY FEATURE ONE OF
Dr. Richard Evans, Director of the Social ITS MANY SCHOLARSHIP, MEMORIAL, AND AWARD FUNDS.
Psychology Program, and Distinguished University AS STATE APPROPRIATIONS BECOME SMALLER, AND
Professor, held his annual Christmas party for the FEDERAL FUNDS, STUDENT FEES, AND TUITION ARE
Social Psychology Doctoral Students and Faculty on COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING EXISTING PROGRAMS AND
Wednesday, December 4, 1996, from 7-10 PM in the GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES, SUPPORT FROM OUR
Conrad Hilton Grand Ballroom. Dr. Evans also FRIENDS AND ALUMNI HAS BECOME VITAL. FACULTY,
invited other area social psychologists and campus STAFF, AND STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO HELP
dignitaries. This is one of the nicest parties of the SUSTAIN ACADEMIC ADVANCEMENT BY CONTRIBUTING TO
year, and the graduate students look forward to it ONE OR MORE OF THESE FUNDS ANNUALLY.
every year. Many compliments were received; some
said that this was the best party yet.
Kimberlyn Gray Houston Memorial Funds
Along with John and Cynthia Vincent, Kim helped
design the pilot project for the Victim’s Resource
The Psychological Research and Service Center Institute. Kim planned to do her dissertation on the
celebrated it’s 10th anniversary on Friday, December impact of violence on children, and she continue to
6 with a gala event at the UH Alumni Center. Well work toward this goal throughout her illness. Two
over 100 well wishers attended the three hour party. funds have been established to memorialize her
Department faculty in attendance included: Linda dedication to teaching and advocacy for young
Acitelli, Joe Carbonari, Ernie Jouriles, Rick victims and their families. Please make your
Kasschau, Kevin Krull, Gerald Harris, Merrill contribution payable directly to the fund.
Hiscock, Beth Manke, Marco Mariotto, Paul
Massman, Gordon Paul, Richard Rozelle (College The Kimberlyn Gray Houston Scholarship Fund:
Dean), and John Vincent. Courtesy of Peggy Provides stipends to graduate student who continue
Bush, Development Director for the College of work in either 1.) the Psychology and the Law
course; or 2.) research on the psychological needs of
Social Science, a photographer was on hand to
young crime victims.
capture the fun. Pictures will be available for viewing
and borrowing in a few weeks. The unanimous
The Kimberlyn Gray Houston Award:
consensus of everyone in attendance was that the
Honors a member of the community who has made
company, facility, food, and drink were of exceptional
an outstanding effort on behalf of crime victims and
quality. Everyone was delighted and impressed, and
guests were notably impressed with our clinical
graduate students. Celebrations like this don’t
happen by magic. The tremendous success of this
event can be attributed to the hard work and
orchestrations of Clinical Assistants Jan Cross,
Cristy Gamez, and Alisha Wagner. Coffee Break
Delia Vasquez, Executive Secretary to the Dean, will
The Clinic has adopted two families to assist for leave her current position on December 13 to
the Christmas Holidays. One family is from “Project become a full-time student. Delia, the mother of two
Support” (Jouriles project) and the other family is darling twin daughters, will pursue her degree in Bi-
from the Victims Research Institute-VRI (Harris and Lingual Education. Upon completion of her degree,
Vincent project). Both are single mother families. she will teach elementary school. Delia will be
Children range in ages from 3 months to 16 years. especially missed by our main office.
Contact Gwen Moore at 3-8600 for details on
clothing needs and sizes and the children’s toy wish We also say good-bye to office assistant and
list. Any donations of money, food, clothing, or toys department traffic controller Adam Tran on
will be greatly appreciated. Please open your hearts December 16. Adam worked Tuesdays and
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Thursday at the front desk. Now that Nicole Bui is Ballard Burgher, Ph.D., An Analysis of Predictors of
finished with classes, she will take over Adam’s Response to Preventive Treatment for Conduct
duties on these days as a full-time employee. We Disorder. Advisor: Vincent.
can’t say enough good things about Adam. He has
provided excellent service to the department and we Scott Carvajal, Ph.D., Global Expectancies of the
sure wish we didn’t have to say good-bye. You have Self as Distal Determinants of Adolescent Substance
our gratitude and best wishes, Adam. If you get a Use: A Test of Mediating and Moderating Effects.
chance, please stop in the office and wish him well. Advisor: Evans.
Patrick Gallagher is no longer our technical support Culhane Shelburne, Ph.D., Executive Functions in
contact anymore. He has taken a part-time position Children with Frontal and Temporal Lobe Seizures.
with the College of Social Sciences and will be Advisor: Hiscock.
building the college’s web page. Please refer your
questions to Hin Lo either via e-mail at service- Kathryn Pollak, Ph.D., Causal Relationships of
firstname.lastname@example.org or via the web at: Behavior and Attitude in the Transtheoretical Model
http://fisher.psych.uh.edu:8080/techsupport. of Behavior Change. Advisor: Nieman
Understanding Your Graduate Advisor: A guide
for Graduate Students.
Flowers By George Your Advisor Says...
“I found the overall concept interesting.”
Q: My garden looks so dreary as winter approaches.
What can I do to make it look alive without spending
“This is my token compliment before ripping your
a fortune on pansies?
idea to shreds.”
A: It’s not to late to put out larkspur, or rocket Your Advisor Says...
larkspur seed. This wild seed is in the annual form “How did you ensure that you had drawn a random
of delphinium, that gorgeous blossom used so much sample.”
in floral arrangements. Rake or slightly loosen the Translation...
soil of a bare, or nearly bare bed. Scatter the seed
“I had to come up with at least one question and this
broadly an walk around on the area to ensure good
one always works.”
soil contact. Water well and ignore. While larkspur
will produce more blooms in full sun, it’s one wild
flower that will bloom in shade. In late March and
April you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous display.
Georgina Floyd is a post baccalaureate student in psychology
and our resident flower expert. Her gardens are the envy of many
of us. Please direct your flower questions to Flowers By George
via Mani Kuffel.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING DECEMBER GRADUATES.
Jill Anderson, M.A., Child Injury Prevention:
Parents’ Safety-Related Knowledge, Beliefs, and
Behaviors. Advisor: Siegel.
Yin-Mei Ng, M.A., An Examination of Segmentation
and Comparative Evaluation on Predicting Job
Choice Outcomes. Advisor: Campion.
Joanna Photiades, M.A., Condom Purchase: A
Self-Efficacy Model. Advisor: Evans.
Shelley Reynolds, M.A., Responses to a
Discrepancy Between Goals and Performance.
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