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The Department of Psychology Centennial Celebration Gala

May 11, 2018 -
5:30pm to 10:00pm

McNamara Alumni Center

Join us in celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology on May 11, 2018.  Faculty, staff, current students, alumni and friends of the department are invited to be a part of this special evening, celebrating the achievements of the past 100 years.

The evening will feature aspects of the department’s history and the presentation of the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards, presented to alumni who have made notable contributions to the field. The evening will also include a cash bar, live music, dinner, a team trivia game, opportunities to reminisce with faculty and emeritus faculty about time in the department, and plenty of time to reconnect with colleagues and friends.

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Psychology has reserved a room block at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel, connected by tunnel to McNamara Alumni Center. Book by April 11 to receive a discounted rate of $170/night while supplies last. Book a room online or call 1-800-822-6757 and mention the “UM Psychology Centennial Celebration block."

Dress code

Cocktail attire

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2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Honoring distinguished alumni from the Psychology’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

Mary Koss

Dr. Mary Koss

Dr. Koss, PhD, is Regents’ Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.

She published the first national study sexual assault among college students in 1987. She was the principal investigator of the RESTORE Program; the first restorative justice program for sex crimes among adults that was quantitatively evaluated. She also directed Safety Connections, a restorative justice-based family strengthening program for children under 5 exposed to violence. She has developed resources for campus use including ARC3 Campus Climate Survey and the STARRSA model for rehabilitation of those responsible for sexual misconduct. Her ongoing work evaluates a sexual assault primary prevention program focusing on staff of alcohol serving establishments. She recently published a test of the “serial rape” hypothesis among college men.

Her credentials document close to 300 publications. The most recent appeared in American Psychologist and focused on victim voice and in re-envisioning responses to sexual and physical violence, better responses to underserved populations, and greater alignment of funding from the Violence Against Women Act funding with expressed victim needs.

During her career, she has consulted with many national and international health and advocacy organizations. Since 2016, she advised the US Departments of Justice, Education, and the White House Taskforce on Campus Sexual Assault.

She was the 8th recipient of the Visionary Award from End Violence Against Women International. She has received awards from the American Psychological Association: the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy (2000) and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology (2017).


Heather Peters 

Dr. Heather Peters

Dr. Peters, Ph.D., LP, CMPC, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Morris and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota.

Dr. Peters received her doctorate of philosophy (2006) in clinical psychology with a specialty in sport psychology from the University of Arizona. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Davis Counseling and Psychological Services where she received extensive training in multicultural counseling and diversity issues.

The overall goal of Dr. Peters’ program of research is to assist in the development of culturally sensitive interventions and programs that improve the health and wellbeing of people from marginalized cultural groups within our society.

Dr. Peters has published numerous chapters and articles on various topics related to culture. Her applied interests include facilitating multicultural discussion groups and providing sport psychology services to coaches and athletes. Dr. Peters is a certified mental performance consultant and a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has conducted numerous diversity training seminars around the United States.

Dr. Peters has recently received the following awards: Cesar E. Chavez Award; UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award; Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.