On this page you will find recent news regarding the Social and Cognitive program in addition to links to news stories both internal and external to the university.  Announcements regarding honors/awards/recognition will move to the Recognition page after some time


Jeff Stevens has created the Canine Cognition and Human Interaction lab focusing on dog cognition and dog-human interaction.  A number of links to lab publicity appear below in the links section

Congratulations to Rich Wiener for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Congratulations to Maital Neta who received an NSF Career Award (Functional brain networks mediating positivity bias in healthy aging) 

Congratulations to Abbey Riemer for receiving the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for Research Mentoring

Congratulations to Jeff Stevens who is a co-recipient of a new partnership seed funding program in the College of Arts and Sciences


Congratulations to Hazel Delgado who received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant- Awarded by the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Science Program. Motivation through GAS: A new frontier for risk management in adult probation

Congratulations to Melanie Fessinger who received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017-2022

Congratulations to Kate Hazen who was elected Chair of the American Psychology and Law Society Student Committee (APA, Div. 41) 

Congratulations to John Kiat who received a 2017 UNL Dean’s Fellowship

Congratulations to Catie Brown who was a Science Slam Finalist (You can find the video of Catie's talk here:

Congratulations to Eve Brank who received funding from the Spaulding for Children, U.S. DHHS Administration for Children and Families: Evaluation of the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation, Private/International Adoptions ($172,474 for 1.5 years) 

Congratulations to Mike Dodd who received a 2017 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA) from the College of Arts & Sciences, University of Nebraska - Lincoln 

Congratulations to Maital Neta who received the 2017 Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award, University of Nebraska - Lincoln 

Congratulations to Maital Neta who received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, R01 (2017-2022). “Functional brain networks mediating individual differences in valence bias.” PI: Neta, Co-I: Nim Tottenham (Psychology, Columbia University) Funded: $1,781,034

Congratulations to Jeff Stevens who received funding from the National Science Foundation (2017-2021), “Similarity as a process model of intertemporal choice” PI with Leen-Kiat Soh (NSF-1658837, $655,373) – Jeff Stevens

News Stories

Jeff Stevens' research featured in the Daily Nebraskan

Rich Wiener interviewed by the APA Monitor on Psychology discussing problem-solving courts

Jeff Stevens discusses calming anxious canines (especially relating to fireworks) with Nebraska Today.

Graduate student Nick Harp discusses inclusivity in STEM-fields with the Daily Nebraskan.

Sarah Gervais featured in Nebraska Today regarding new faculty leadership program.

Ashley Votruba featured on NET discussing her research on the death penalty.

Maital Neta discusses aging and positivity with NET

Jeff Stevens' new Canine Cognition and Human Interaction lab is in the news:Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald, KETV Omaha, Nebraska Today

Maital Neta's Faculty Early Career Development Program Award featured in UNL Today: 

Jeff Stevens' seed grant funding featured in the CAS news:

Abbey Riemer and Sarah Gervais' research featured in UNL Today:

John Kiat's research featured in UNL Today: and the Lincoln Journal Star:

Maital Neta and Catie Brown's research featured in UNL Today's Pocket Science:

Cynthia Willis-Esqueda featured in the Member Spotlight section of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology:

Cynthia Willis-Esqueda featured in a story in the Omaha World Herald: 

Abbey Riemer among students receiving NSF Fellowships:

Lori Hoetger, Kate Hazen, and Eve Brank's research featured on UNL Today:

Maital Neta's research featured on UNL Today: