Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students. 


Staff Tasha Howe Psychology

Psychology professor Tasha Howe was recently interviewed for a Parents Magazine article examining the milestones of being a new mom. In the article, Howe discusses common situations that new parents face such as making emergency doctors calls and documenting your baby's biggest moments. For the full article, visit

Submitted: March 6, 2014

Faculty Tasha R. Howe Psychology

Professor Howe and Dr. Howard S. Friedman from UC Riverside recently published an article in the journal Sexuality and Culture. The article is entitled, "Sex and Gender in the 1980s heavy metal scene: Groupies, musicians, and fans recall their experiences."

Submitted: February 21, 2014

Faculty Tasha R. Howe Psychology

Dr. Howe presented two invited addresses at the International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment in San Diego. The talks, which occurred in two parts (theoretical and applied), were entitled, "Neurodevelopmental Versus Traditional Clinical Approaches to the Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Psychopathology."

Submitted: February 5, 2014

Faculty Genevieve Marchand Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Faculty member Genevieve Marchand was interviewed in French by Catherine Perrin from Medium Large on national radio station Radio-Canada on January 30. Marchand discussed her current work teaching outdoor adventure recreation, some of her experiences working in adventure therapy, survival skills and emergency rescues, as well as different risk management standards for outdoor leaders in the United States.

Submitted: January 30, 2014

Faculty Erick Eschker Economics

Economics professor Erick Eschker was featured in the Jan. 23 "Atlantic" article "How Colleges Are Preparing Students for a Country Where Pot Is Legal." Eschker is co-director of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, dedicated to generating high quality research relating to marijuana. For the full article:

Submitted: January 23, 2014

Faculty David Ellerd Education

David Ellerd, Associate Professor in the School of Education, has a new chapter titled, "Employment Assessment" published in the "The Road Ahead: Transition to Adult Life for Persons with Disabilities" (with Robert Morgan), pages 59-84. For a link to the book, visit

Submitted: January 16, 2014

Faculty Chris Aberson Psychology

Chris Aberson, Professor of Psychology, will begin a four-year term as Associate Editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (GPIR). GPIR is a scientific social psychology journal dedicated to social psychological processes within and between groups. The journal’s editorial team includes leading scholars in social psychology of intergroup relations from around the world.

Dr. Aberson joins GPIR after a term as Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Social Psychology. He currently holds positions on the editorial boards of Teaching of Psychology and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

Submitted: November 5, 2013

Student Kinesiology & Recreation Administration students Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Professor Jayne McGuire's Leisure Programming class recently ran a High School Special Olympic Bocce Tournament and an Interpretive Kayaking event with Kayak Zaks to raise funds to renovate the boat-in camp ground across from Stone Lagoon.

Submitted: October 25, 2013

Student Leana Edwards, Brooke Bisel and Genni Kerwin Psychology

Psychology students Leana Edwards, Brooke Bisel and Genni Kerwin will present a proclamation at the Nov. 6 Arcata Town Council meeting announcing Nov. 11-15 as National School Psychology Week. The students, who represent the public relations committee of HSU's School Psychology Club, initiated the proclamation to draw attention to the importance of school psychological services and children’s mental health. The proclamation also supports national efforts to promote the wellness of students; highlights HSU's nationally accredited school psychology program and acknowledges local school psychologists who help train HSU students.

Submitted: October 24, 2013

Student Graeme Lock & Derrick Hicks

The Humboldt State University team of fisheries biology major Graeme Lock of Arcata, and business major Derrick Hicks of Lincoln, Calif., won the FLW College Fishing Western Conference Invitational tournament on Clear Lake with a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 1 ounce. Their two-day total of 10 bass weighing 41-10 earned the club $4,000 and qualified the team for the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

Submitted: October 15, 2013

Staff Chris Hopper, Department Chair Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

The Department of Kinesiology & Recreation Administration has received a five-year $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its credential program in adaptive physical education. The grant will be used to fund student stipends, increase hands-on learning opportunities and support outreach and recruitment efforts.

Submitted: September 12, 2013

Faculty Bill Reynolds Psychology

Bill Reynolds, Professor of Psychology recently published two journal articles. One article, co-authored with colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Ohio State Medical School titled: “Suicide risk in youth with intellectual disability: The challenge of screening” appeared in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Along with Jessica Black (MA, HSU), their research paper on “Examining the relationship of perfectionism, depression, and optimism: Testing for mediation and moderation" was published recently in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

In addition to these journal articles, the second edition of Bill’s book, the Handbook of Psychology, Volume 7: Educational Psychology, which he co-edited with Dr. Gloria Miller of the University of Denver was published in January by John Wiley & Sons. In addition to coediting the book, Bill also contributed two chapters to this 600 page volume. In collaboration with A. Bӑlaj, Bill recently published the Scala de evaluare a tulburӑrilor din adolescentӑ – Forma scurtӑ. APS-SF Manual pentru specialist. Adaptarea si standizarea APS-SF pe populatia din Romania, a Romanian edition of his Adolescent Psychopathology Scale that was standardized and validated with adolescents in Romania. Recently, Bill along with coauthors Kenneth Kobak and Daniel David published the book: HDI Hamilton Depression Inventory inventarul de depresie Hamilton: Manual tehnic si interpretative. In April, Bill presented two papers at the national conference of the Society for Personality Assessment in San Diego. One of these papers described 25 years of international research with the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale.

Also in April, Bill along with undergraduate and graduate research assistants (including Molly Blahausz, Rebekah Becker, Carlos Gonzalez, Esperanza Alcazar, Erin Harris, Melissa Nielsen, Sarah Murphy, Terri McCaben, and Jessica Kirby) presented five research papers at the annual Western Psychological Association conference in Reno, NV. Later this month, Bill and Jessica Black with present a research paper at the Association for Psychological Science meeting in Washington, DC on the assessment of moral identity.

Submitted: May 6, 2013

  Psychology Students and Faculty Psychology

HSU psychology students and faculty gave 20 presentations at the annual Western Psychological Association (WPA) conference in Reno, NV (April 25-28). The meeting is the nation’s largest regional psychology conference with two thousand attendees.

The Psychology Department continued its tradition of student-faculty research with 42 undergraduate student authorships and 20 graduate student authorships.

Student presentation highlights included Rebekah Becker on the development of a college student motivation scale, Crystal Perez on work creating a self-confidence inventory, Zoey Phillips on affective, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of forgiveness, Edwin Vazquez on the influence of diversity course enrollment on ethnic identity development, and Tish Dias on quality of life and grief.

Psychology faculty members presented as well. Professor William Reynolds presented on topics such as fatigue assessment, and moderators and mediators of the stress-depression relationship. Professor Chris Aberson gave a two-hour talk titled “R for SPSS users” as part of the annual Statistical Workshop Series and participated in a symposium titled “Internet Application in Support of Statistics Education.”

Since 2000, psychology students and faculty have given nearly 300 conference presentations.

Submitted: April 29, 2013

Faculty Mary Scoggin & Rebecca Robertson and Tasha Souza Anthropology

Three HSU faculty members recently received 2012/13 CSU Quality Online Teaching & Learning (QOLT) awards for creating exemplary hybrid/online courses. Anthropology faculty members Mary Scoggin & Rebecca Robertson were awarded for their online course "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology." Communication faculty member Tasha Souza was awarded for her hybrid course "Intercultural Communication."

The CSU QOLT program was developed to assist faculty, faculty developers, and instructional designers to more effectively design hybrid and online courses.

Submitted: April 23, 2013

Faculty Marshelle Thobaben Nursing

Nursing professor Marshelle Thobaben recently published an article and textbook chapter. The article, "Psychiatric Home Health Skilled Nursing Services," was published in the February 2013 issue of Home Health Care Management & Practice Journal: Vol. 25, Issue 1, February 2013, Pg. 32-34.

The textbook chapter, titled "People of Turkish Heritage" was published in Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach, 4th ed. Editor: Larry D. Purnell; 2013; F.A. Davis Publisher.

Submitted: March 25, 2013

Faculty Tasha R. Howe and Howard Friedman Psychology

Drs. Tasha R. Howe and Howard Friedman -- along with HSU students Esperanza Alcazar, Edwin Vazquez, Rebekah Becker, and Sarah Murphy -- have had a presentation accepted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Their study, entitled "Heavy Metal Enthusiasts at Mid-Life: Developmental Trajectories and Functioning Three Decades Later" examined the life-histories and current functioning of middle aged 1980s heavy metal groupies, band members, and fans, in comparison to a middle-aged comparison group and another group of HSU students.

Submitted: January 29, 2013

Student Alister Shirazi Economics

HSU economics major and 2012 Economic Fuel winner Alister Shirazi has been inducted into the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka with an honorary one-year membership. Shirazi won the $5,000 Economic Fuel prize, which will help him expand his Arcata business “iPhone Surgeon,” a repair service for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. He plans to open an Arcata storefront in the near future.

The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka awards an honorary membership to one Economic Fuel winner annually. The organization awards $117,000 in seed capital each year to local college students who compete in the business plan challenge. Click on

Submitted: August 24, 2012

Faculty Chris Aberson Psychology

Psychology Professor Chris Aberson was recently named Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (JASP). Published by Wiley-Blackwell, JASP is devoted to applications of experimental behavioral science research to problems of society. Dr. Aberson joins JASP after completing a four-year term as Executive Editor of The Journal of Social Psychology (JSP). In honor of his service with JSP, Dr. Aberson was named Executive Editor Emeritus, making him the youngest person to ever hold an Emeritus title.

Submitted: July 5, 2012

Faculty Sheila Kelly Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) will present its Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award to Humboldt State University Lecturer Sheila Kelly.

A national honor, the Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award is given in recognition of student research that has the greatest potential for making a significant contribution to the knowledge base in sport psychology. It is presented for the outstanding doctoral dissertation completed during the previous year.

Submitted: March 13, 2012

Student Michael Le Psychology

Psychology Academic Research M.A. student Michael Le received the Western Psychological Association’s Maslach-Zimbardo Research Award in Social Psychology. Le’s research focuses on how a prominent theory relevant to prejudice (Integrated Threat Theory) differentially predicts evaluations of African Americans by White and Hispanic/Latino students. The award, which is funded by an endowment created by Dr. Christina Maslach (Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley) and Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford), goes to the top student submission in Social Psychology. Le will receive his award this April at the annual Western Psychological Association conference.

Submitted: March 6, 2012