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April 3, 2017
More than 120,000 young people ages 10 to 18 attempt suicide each year, and about 4,500 of those attempts are fatal. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among children ages 10-14 and the second among people 15 to 34 years old. More people die from suicide each year than from breast cancer...
March 29, 2017
UC Merced Professor Jeffrey Gilger is an integral part of a new intercampus effort to understand and reduce education-related risks in California’s young English-language learners. Funding for the three-year project comes from the University of California Office of the President’s annual...
March 23, 2017
A recent article by health psychology Professor Jan Wallander and his colleague Thomas Jozefiak has been named the Article of the Year in 2016 in Norwegian Psychiatric Clinical Research for Child Psychiatry by the Sommers Foundation, Oslo. The article entitled, "Perceived family...
March 14, 2017
At just 12 years old, the graduate programs at the University of California, Merced, are already among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings. UC Merced’s School of Engineering made its second appearance in the graduate school...
February 8, 2017
Infants as young as 20 months of age expect adults to display surprise when discovering a false belief, according to a new study from UC Merced Professor Rose Scott. Previous research suggested that children younger than 4 years old could not recognize when people held beliefs different from their...
December 20, 2016
UC Merced will host its fourth annual Symposium on the Child and Family from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28, offering a day of talks by researchers on the theme of “Strong Families: Fostering Healthy Parent-Child Relationships and Child Development.” The symposium is designed to be of interest to...
November 17, 2016
During this year’s Giving Tuesday — an international day of giving held each year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — UC Merced will honor Professor Will Shadish with a new graduate student fellowship fund. On Nov. 29, donors can direct their gifts to the Will Shadish Memorial Graduate...
October 28, 2016
Nikko Da Paz, who earned her PhD in May, has succeed in getting her Candidacy Review Paper accepted for publication by Clinical Psychology Review. The paper is titled: Interventions that Target Improvements in Mental Health for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A...
October 27, 2016
A fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Sarah Depaoli (Quantitative Psychology) and Dr. Jitske Tiemensma (Health Psychology) resulted in several papers in Health Psychology Review and the European Journal of Endocrinology. Together with several of their graduate students (James...
June 13, 2016
When Nikko Da Paz decided to go to graduate school, she didn’t limit herself to one degree — or even one campus. The mother of two young children with autism enrolled at UC Merced in 2011, and in May she became the university’s first African-American student to earn a Ph.D. While completing her...

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