Hanako Yoshida, Associate Professor of Psychology, is one of the recipients of an individual seed grant award from the Center for Mexican American Studies. This award is for her work on “Early Social Impact on Mexican Immigrant Children’s Language Development”.

Arturo E. Hernandez is among this year’s recipients of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The award honors his work in mapping how the brain processes language. This research has implication on how language – including a second language – is taught and learned.

Therese A. Kosten, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology was selected as the winner of the 2015 Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in the tenured faculty category. The Distinguished Faculty Scholar award recognized her as a highly productive researcher who has produced impactful work on addictive behaviors. Some of Dr. Kosten’s significant contributions including research in sex differences in the impact of early life stress and vaccines.

Bruno G. Breitmeyer, Professor of Psychology was a recipient at the professor level of the Faculty Excellence Award for his substantial continuing record of outstanding research and scholarship.

Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D., ABPP (ABCN), Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, and Chair of the Department of Psychology was awarded the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) 2014-2015 Alumnus of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Kelly Vaughn for receiving the University of Houston’s Future Faculty Fellowship! Kelly was nominated for this award by her advisor, Dr. Arturo Hernandez. Kelly joined 19 other University of Houston Ph.D. candidates from a variety of graduate programs as they participated in a teaching boot camp over the summer to prepare them for their roles as instructors this fall. After completing the boot camp, participants also received a $1,800 scholarship. The group of fellows continues to meet to discuss their teaching techniques and other topics such as service in academia and grant writing that will be crucial skills for success after graduate school. Kelly said that the fellowship program has given her ”a better understanding of the students who attend UH and good ways to help them learn.” She also noted that the program has helped her think about work-life balance in academia and how to take the next step towards a career as a professor one day.


UH Prof. Arturo Hernandez’s research on the bilingual brain is featured in the Spanish language channel for National Geographic. Filming was on the UH campus as a neuroscience documentary in January 2015. The show is called “Asombrosamente” and it aired on the channel “Nat Geo Mundo”, the Spanish language channel for National Geographic. The show premiered in USA on September 13, 2015.