Tammy Rahhal awarded 2020 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Tammy Rahhal

Tamara (Tammy) Rahhal, senior lecturer II, associate chair of teaching, chief undergraduate advisor in the department of psychological and brain sciences (PBS), is one of five University of Massachusetts faculty awarded the 2020 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for their exemplary dedication to students and the university. The faculty members—one from each UMass campus—will receive $10,000 awards in recognition of their commitment to academic excellence. Rahhal is also a TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity & Equity) Ambassador.

We must stand together to end racism

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We are heartbroken and outraged by the recent killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, and the numerous deaths and acts of violence repeatedly endured by the Black community. These horrific events, along with the inequalities brought to light through the pandemic, highlight just how unacceptably far we are from achieving a society in which each of us has the opportunity to fully and safely reach our aspirations.  

Richard L. Stewart '74 PhD studies attachment-bond between parent and child


Having returned to Mass in 2013 to care for my aging mother, I opened a forensic practice in Worcester. I have specialized in testing and child related issues in the forensic area, generally divorces as well as care and protection cases. In any event, and despite being behaviorally oriented, I been asked on numerous occasions to assess the "bonding" between parent and child.

Quinnehtukqut McLamore awarded the fifth annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award

Quinnehtukqut McLamoreQuinnehtukqut McLamore, a fourth-year student in the Psychology of Peace and Violence concentration of the Social Psychology program working with Dr. Bernhard Leidner, was awarded the fifth annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award for the project, Challenge and Threat Framings of COVID-19 Messaging and Downstream Consequences.

Spring 2020 Newsletter

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Catch up with the latest PBS news in our Spring 2020 Newsletter, including spotlights on our talented students, faculty, and alumni!

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Features include:

  • PBS holds Virtual Graduation Celebration
  • Emotions and patient care in the ER
  • Investigating how estrogens in the brain affect auditory learning
  • Alumni Profile: Courtney Keeton ‘05PhD, Clinical Psychologist
  • 2020 Psychology Major Senior Awards
  • Tweet Blitz: Undergraduate Theses