Colloquium This Week*:

Colloquia held in Jamrich 1322 on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified.*

No colloquia the week of April 9.


Winter 2018 Colloquium Schedule

February 9th, 2018 - Kim Crowel, MA LLP

Kim Crowel is a Program Manager at the Philadelphia Department of Prisons

           Over the past few years, prisons and jails have been successful at reducing the prison population. Unfortunately, those who have difficulty navigating the system, particularly those with mental illness, often do not have the resources or support to help them. Early identification of substance use/withdrawal, previous mental health treatment and hospitalizations, and health issues allow health care professionals to provide person-centered treatment. Using an integrated approach with treatment is beginning to address this issue.





February 16th, 2018 - Trenton Anderson, Program Manager, Mark Holliday, Administrative Deputy Director, Jennifer Santer, CEO, Teaching Family Homes

Often times, youth who are removed from abusive, neglectful, or otherwise traumatic households are ill-equipped to transition into a normal home environment. While some are quick to sequester these children to a psychiatric hospital or a juvenile correction facility, at Teaching Family Homes, we strive to provide trauma-informed care in the least restrictive environment possible. Our organization, located in Harvey, Michigan, seeks to enhance self-esteem, aid in skill development, and build interpersonal relationships that will foster long term success. We also teach important coping skills to help our residents address their trauma in a healthy way.

February 23, 2018 - Kammie R. Juzwin, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Diplomate Police Psychologist, and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Understanding Self-Injury & Self-Destructive Behaviors in clinical populations: Treatment Conceptualization and Considerations

It is difficult to understand why someone would deliberately hurt themselves. Working with individuals who present with self-destructive behaviors is a challenge for clinicians, especially related to understanding the behaviors and assessing risks. This presentation addresses points for clinicians to consider in developing the conceptual approach to treatment as well as some practical intervention suggestions.



March 13th, Kyle Rowsey, MS BCBA, *Held in West Science 2904

Kyle Rowsey is interviewing for a Three Year Term Position as an Assistant Professor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


Choices are a vital and frequent part of everyday life. All animals, including humans, frequently have to decide between one of two or more concurrently available options. Given the ubiquitous nature of choice making, understanding why people make the decisions they do is of the utmost importance. Basic research in behavior analysis has been investigating choice making since the inception of the field. This research has demonstrated several behavioral principles that account for which of two available events or items will be selected based on the items themselves and the rate at which reinforcement is provided for each option. Further research along with everyday experiences indicates that while individuals generally choose their “favorite” option from the available events or items, there are many cases where they do not (e.g., gambling, addiction, eating decisions). Recent research has further investigated why people sometimes engage in impulsive behavior or bad decision making (known as sub-optimal decision making) and indicates several factors which affect the decisions we make every day.


March 16th, Ashley Shayter, MS, BCBA, Instructor at NMU

Ashley Shayter is interviewing for a Three Year Term Position as an Assistant Professor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


The question of “why individuals make the decisions they do” has been of great interest to the field of psychology. Organisms that are observed making suboptimal choices are often said to engage in impulsive behavior, for example, the selection of sooner-smaller rewards over larger-delayed rewards. Individuals who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries tend to engage in higher rates of impulsive behavior, which can be detrimental to successful rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Similarly, the high-stress experienced by people who work on intensive behavioral units can influence the staff members’ decisions whether to employ proactive and recommended procedures. Behavioral research in this area assesses impulsivity and ways to increase optimal decision-making. The current presentation will review the basic behavior analytic principles observed in suboptimal decision-making, and provide a discussion of how clinical and organizational programs may use this information to enhance outcomes.



March 29th, Michael Zuidema, M.S. Candidate *Thursday, 3:00 p.m. West Science 2902

Discriminative Stimulus Effects of Gabapentin

The present study sought to evaluate the discriminative stimulus effects of the anticonvulsant gabapentin in rats trained to discriminate 30.0 mg/kg gabapentin from vehicle in a two-lever drug discrimination task. Many of the compounds that produced substitution in this study are controlled substances capable of producing rewarding subjective effects. The substitution demonstrated in this study coincides with the past reports of poly-drug misuse, indicating the ability of gabapentin to modulate pathways involved in reinforcing drug effects. Thus, these modulatory effects should be considered by clinicians and researchers when working with gabapentin.




March 30th, 2018 - Emily Plackowski, M.S. Candidate

Investigating Sexual Violence in College-Aged Dating Couples: Does the Medium Affect the Message?

This project explored the reactions of college students to sexual violence scenarios. Scenarios depicted long-term, same-sex and opposite-sex dating couples. Eight scenarios were created, varying along the factors of: presentation medium (video, written) and sex(es) of assailant and victim (Male/Female (M/F), Male/Male (M/M), Female/Female (F/F), and Female/Male (F/M)). Each participant was presented with one of the eight scenarios, in a between-groups fashion. Participants’ conceptualizations of the scenarios were gathered via comprehension and interpretation questions. Participants were also asked questions to gather demographic information.





April 3rd, 2018 - Lindsey Galbo, M.S. Candidate* Held in West Science 2902 at 3:00 p.m.

Effects Of Norharmane and Nicotine On The Conditioned Place Preference In Mice.

Nicotine and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, norharmane, are naturally found in tobacco cigarettes. Male and female mice were tested following administration of both drugs using a conditioned place preference paradigm to determine if norharmane may potentiate nicotine’s rewarding properties.





April 6th, 2018 - Christy Hartline, Ph.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Christy Hartline is part of NMU's Counseling and Consultation Services.

I will discuss the different types of psychology degrees and what students will be able to do with each. I will also address the importance of facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span. Particular attention will be paid to emotional, social, vocational, educational and health-related development.




Fall 2017 Colloquium Schedule 

September 8, 2017 - Kevin McDowell, PsyD

Dr. McDowell is part of the neuropsychology team at the Brain & Spine Center, at UP Health System Marquette. Kevin is a 2008 NMU Psychology Alumnus.

A Primer on Psychological Assessment

One of the most unique and valuable tools a clinical psychologist has to offer is psychological assessment. In this talk, we will review the major realms of assessment. These include: cognitive, neuropsychological, projective personality, and objective personality. Specific attention will be paid to clinical applications and actual case vignettes will be used throughout.

September 15, 2017 - Amber Lacrosse, PhD

Ceftriaxone Attenuates Cocaine Relapse After Abstinence Through Modulation Of Nucleus Accumbens AMPA Subunit Expression

Amber, a 2010 NMU Psychology alumnus, is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aurora Research Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Description: Cocaine addiction is a chronic relapsing disease that is characterized by drug craving and loss of inhibitory control. A major challenge in the successful treatment of cocaine addiction is reducing the risk of relapse, which remains high after months, or even years of abstinence. Using the extinction-reinstatement model of cocaine relapse, the antibiotic ceftriaxone attenuates cue- and cocaine-primed reinstatement of cocaine-seeking, which is contingent upon the release of glutamate in the nucleus accumbens core. We will discuss the mechanism of action by which ceftriaxone attenuates reinstatement in the extinction-reinstatement model and whether or not this treatment attenuates context-primed relapse following abstinence without extinction training, a model that translates to a clinical setting. We will also discuss whether reversal learning training in a non-drug associated context during early withdrawal from self-administration of cocaine would protect against relapse to cocaine-seeking behavior.


September 22, 2017 - Dr. Mary Pelton-Cooper, PsyD

Psychotherapy with People on the Autism Spectrum: A Clinician's Perspective

Dr. Pelton Cooper, a local psychologist in private practice will discuss the challenges and rewards of treating people with mild Autism Spectrum Disorder. She will also report on the LifeMAP life management assistance program she attended at the Asperger's Autism Network in Boston, MA. 




September 29, 2017 - Psychology Programs and Research at NMU*

We are pleased to extend an invitation to all interested persons -- Faculty, Staff, Students, Members of the Public -- to join us in listening to and participating in this session of our Colloquia Series.

*This colloquium will provide an overview of academic programs offered by the Department of Psychological Science at NMU, including upcoming changes to these programs (and addition of a pre-clinical program) and the courses that are planned for the next academic year. Presentations will include announcements of events planned in Psychology and ways for students to get involved in student groups. Faculty from the department will provide a short overview of their research and discuss ways that students can engage in these experiences. The colloquium will be especially relevant to current majors in Psychology and those considering a major in Psychology. Refreshments will be provided.

October 6, 2017 - No colloquium scheduled


October 13, 2017 - Kristina J. Olson-Pupek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Lake Superior State University 

Title: Water Taste: Aquaporins and Osmotic Detection in the Peripheral Gustatory System

Description: The mammalian taste system serves two primary functions: nutrient detection and toxin avoidance. Unfortunately, there are still many unanswered questions concerning the role of taste in sensing other essential substances such as water. Previous research which examined a potential mechanism for responding to changes in solution osmolarity in taste receptor cells, aquaporin channels, will be discussed and future avenues of investigation for this topic will be presented.




October 27, 2017 - Chris Manlick, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, Residential Rehabilitation, Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Title: Masculinity and Men's Relationships

Description: The psychology of men and masculinity focuses on gender roles and norms for men. This talk will focus specifically on how these norms shape men's identities and men's relationships with each other. Specific consideration will be given to norms of competition among men.




December 1st, 2017 - Jason Nicholas

Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, Northern Michigan University

* Applied psychology focuses on applying experimental research skills to everyday problems. Professionals in applied psychology work with organizations looking to make data-driven decisions when implementing programs, measuring outcomes, and sharing results. Join us for a discussion about a lesser known option for social science students and graduates looking at career paths or continuing education options.