Colloquium This Week*:

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

January 19th, 2018 - No colloquium scheduled


17-18 Academic Year 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.