Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Welcome to our Blog and Congratulations Dr. Catley!

Welcome to UMKC Department of Psychology’s new blog spot. We plan to use this location to improve communication within the department and to update the other units on campus and the larger Kansas City community about some of the exciting accomplishments of our students and faculty. To get us started, here is some of our latest news!

Congratulations Dr. Catley

We are extremely proud of Associate Professor Dr. Delwyn Catley, who is the primary investigator on a $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to study methods of enhancing smokers’ motivation and readiness to quit tobacco smoking. Tobacco smoking remains one of the most significant preventable causes of death in the U.S. and although most smokers are interested in quitting, only one in five are ready to make a quit attempt at any point in time. The study will test the effectiveness of a method of motivational counseling for motivating quit attempts among smokers not yet ready to quit. It will also determine the effect of the motivational counseling on smoking cessation rates. The study will take place over 3 years and involves collaborators from the Dept of Psychology (Dr. Kathy Goggin), the School of Dentistry (Dr. Karen Williams), KU Medical Center (Dr. Kimber Richter), and The University of Montana (Dr. Kari Harris). Congratulations to all.

Staying in Touch

If you have any "goings on" or accomplishments that you would like to be considered for posting on this site, please send an entry of up to 250 words (plus 2 photos) to the department’s award-winning administrative assistant, Catherine Rawlings (rawlingsc@umkc.edu). Our blogspot address is umkcpsychology@blogspot.com . Make sure to add us as a RSS feed.

Tamera Murdock. Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair