Two Faculty Honored for Contributions to Science of Psychology

Side by side portraits of UC Davis psychology professors
UC Davis psychology faculty Paul Hastings and Eliza Bliss-Moreau have been named fellows in the Association for Psychological Science.

Two faculty in the Department of Psychology — Professor Paul Hastings and Associate Professor Eliza Bliss-Moreau — have been named fellows of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Hastings and Bliss-Moreau are among 51 psychologists in the newest class of APS fellows, selected for “sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.”

Biology of emotions

Hastings’ research centers around understanding the ways in which biological and environmental factors shape the trajectories of children’s emotional and social development. He directs the Healthy Emotions, Relationships and Development (HERD) Laboratory.

Bliss-Moreau uses research methods from human social psychology, primate neuroanatomy, evolutionary biology and other fields to study the biological underpinnings of emotion in humans and other primates. She also studies the effects of the Zika virus on the developing brain. In addition to her psychology faculty position, she is a core scientist at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis.

Their latest honor brings the UC Davis APS fellows total to 28. Others are current and emeriti faculty in departments of psychology, human ecology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences and research centers including the primate center, Center for Mind and Brain, Center for Neuroscience and the MIND Institute.

— Kathleen Holder, content strategist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science