Cori Marie JonesCori Marie Jones Undergraduate wins (K-INBRE) Star Trainee Award

Cori Jones, a Chemistry major (Class of 2016), won the prestigious Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Star Trainee Award for undergraduate research. Cori will be mentored by Dr. Bortolato, Co-Director of ConTRADA and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. In her project, she will use a gene x environment animal model to examine the role of early developmental inflammatory cytokines in pathological aggression.

Dr. Caroline Blanchard Dr. Caroline Blanchard

ConTRADA was pleased to host guest speaker, Dr. Caroline Blanchard, for the ConTRADA seminar series. She spoke about translational approaches to biobehavioral systems, which focuses on translating animal models into clinical knowledge. Dr. Blanchard is one of the foremost experts in behavioral neuroscience and animal models of aggression, social and defensive behaviors.

  For extraordinary commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers, Dr. Fite was selected for the University of Kansas 2015 "Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award" Click for the press release.
Dr. Paula FiteMentor Award Dr. Fite was awarded the "McNair Scholars Program 2015 McNair Mentor Award", for exceptional service as a McNair faculty member and advancing underrepresented students in scholarly pursuit.
Steepl In recognition for her work on the 'Kansans Against Bullying' project which provides resources anti-bullying resources to 144 school districts in the state, Dr. Fite was awarded the Steeples Service to Kansas award. Click to read the article at
Allora Richey

Allora Richey wins Center For Undergraduate Research award

Allora Richey, an undergraduate student of Dr. Fite, was selected for a research award by the Center for Undergraduate Studies to support her honors thesis that examines “The role of hostile attribution biases in the association between PTSD symptoms and proactive and reactive functions of aggression” based on data obtained in association with ConTRADA studies.  More recently, she has also won the Psychology Outstanding Senior and Psychology Student Service awards.

Allora Richey The American Psychological Foundation has chosen Dr. Fite for the 2014 "Diane J. Willis Early Career Award", in recognition for improving mental health and well-being of children and their families.


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