UHM Psychology Chair Ashley Maynard named chair of Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Mar 30, 2016

Dr. Ashley Maynard
Dr. Ashley Maynard

Ashley Maynard, professor and chair of the Psychology Department in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, has been named chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP). In this capacity, Maynard will lead COGDOP in the development and promotion of discussions regarding education, training and research in the field of psychology.

Said Maynard, "COGDOP is an amazing non-partisan organization and the best example of collegiality that can be found in the field of psychology.  A valued resource to the field at large, COGDOP provides a forum for members to come together to share ideas, learn about state-of-the-art trends in psychology, and support professional development. This shared knowledge of what is happening in the field on a national level ensures that we are in touch with the latest advances in hiring, education, training and in the overall direction that the field is moving toward. It is an honor to be appointed as COGDOP chair by my peers, and I look forward to serving the organization, and the campus, in this capacity."

COGDOP is a national organization whose membership is comprised of individuals from approximately 300 of the nation’s graduate psychology programs. It represents the voice of academic psychologists regarding research and practice to a number of prestigious groups, including the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (CoA).

Maynard received her PhD in Psychology in 1999 from the University of California, Los Angeles and did two years of postdoctoral study in Anthropology and Cultural Psychology in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences (now called the Semel Institute) at UCLA. Her primary research interest has been the impacts of cultural change at the macro-level, such as economic and sociodemographic shifts, on socialization and cognition in childhood. She also studies the development of teaching in childhood and sibling interactions, and has worked with her students in Mexico, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Hawaiʻi.

She has won national awards for her research, including the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences and the APA Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) Dissertation Award. In addition to publishing many articles on culture and human development in peer-reviewed journals, she has developed two film series for Pearson Education as their International Psychology Video Series Editor and Subject Matter Expert in Culture and Human Development. She is currently writing her fourth book and revising the second (to appear in 2016).

In 2015, Maynard was appointed to a three-year term on the 32-member American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (CoA). She was nominated by colleagues from the national Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology to represent the breadth of knowledge in the discipline of psychology.

The American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (CoA) is the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology. It evaluates, reviews and accredits doctoral, internship and postdoctoral residency programs in professional psychology in accordance with published criteria.

The Department of Psychology in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences fosters a broad understanding of psychological knowledge, methods, and concepts that enhance productivity in virtually every area of human endeavor. The undergraduate curriculum promotes interpersonal skills and sensitivities, and critical thinking skills in specialized courses including Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognition, Community, Cultural, Developmental, and Social Psychology. Coursework integrates the study of human and animal behavior from an evolutionary and biological perspective in relation to human social behavior. Exposed to scientific methods that contribute to an understanding of behavior in diverse social and environmental situations, students acquire a better self-understanding and appreciation of the diversity of experience.

Marked by leadership, excellence and innovation, the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provides students with a culturally diverse experience that transforms them into bold, engaged global citizens who affect change, break down barriers, touch lives and succeed in a multi-cultural context. Its student-centered environment id dedicated to providing students with a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. Featuring outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, and an international focus particularly in the Asia Pacific region, it prepares students to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawai‘i and Asia.