COBE Connect Lunch Series


The COBE Connect lunch series brings together researchers, student affairs professionals, students, and other members of the university community to present on research and programming related to behavioral and emotional health in students. Contact Tom Bannard for more information about speakers and locations.

Tuesday, February 28
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Forum Room
University Student Commons

Lunch provided.

Uncovering the Science Behind E-Cigarettes: What Do They Do and Who is Using Them at VCU?

Tory Spindle is a doctoral candidate in VCU’s health psychology doctoral program and a trainee in the VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products. Tory's primary area of research is focused on understanding the acute effects of e-cigarettes by using clinical laboratory methods. This research entails recruiting e-cigarette users to come into the lab to vape and measuring their nicotine delivery, subjective experience and puffing behaviors. As a secondary area of study, Tory has utilized the Spit for Science dataset to conduct a year-long longitudinal examination of e-cigarette and cigarette use patterns of VCU undergraduates. Specific goals of this investigation were to determine whether the use of e-cigarettes would lead non-smoking individuals to later use tobacco cigarettes and to explore whether several factors which are historically predictive of initiating cigarette smoking such as anxiety and impulsivity, also result in the uptake of e-cigarettes.


COBE (College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute)

cobe Thursday, March 16
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Conference Room 1-160
Biotech One (800 E. Leigh Street)

The Translational Partnership for Mental Health (TPMH) and College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute (COBE) are partnering to host a special case study event!

Topic: Case study event focused on adolescent substance use

RSVP: Please RSVP on this Google form. 

What is case study method? The case method is a teaching approach that uses decision-forcing cases to put individuals in real world situations with difficult decisions to make. The method is especially effective in drawing out and relying on the existing knowledge in the room to create meaningful dialogue and arrive at better solutions. The TPMH and COBE are excited to pilot a classroom approach that uses case method to integrate researcher, clinician and counselor perspectives to approach substance use challenges in transition-age youth (15-25). Learn from your colleagues, find resources, meet talented graduate students and push yourself to think about addressing behavioral health in new ways.

Why attend? The purpose of this activity is to bring people from various backgrounds together to evaluate a case study as a group. While case studies are primarily considered clinical tools, they can be utilized in many settings to build translational skills. Therefore, this activity is geared toward researchers, clinicians and community members at all levels of professional development. This activity is intended to build networking, communication, problem-solving and translational skills in all participants.

For more information regarding this and future presentations, please email Jessica Bourdon ( or Beth Long (


Distinguished Speaker Series

umana-taylor Tuesday, March 28
4:00 p.m.
Grace St. Theater
934 W. Grace St.

Dr. Adriana Umaña-Taylor, professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, will speak on her research interests in child development, adolescent development, race, ethnicity and migration. A reception with light hors d'oeuvres will follow. 


Last Lecture: James McCullough, Ph.D.

mccullough-thumb Monday, April 17
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cabell Library Lecture Hall
Room 303

The Department of Psychology at VCU invites you to enjoy a final lecture by our esteemed colleague, James McCullough, Ph.D., ahead of his upcoming retirement. The title of the lecture is “Swimming Upstream,” which will include a brief overview of his memoir-in-progress illustrating how his Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy for chronic depression evolved over time.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to submit a written tribute or sentiment to Dr. McCullough, you may do so by completing this brief form.  


Positive Psychology Research Group

pprg Mondays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hunton House Dissertation Room (810 W. Franklin St.)

Speakers are psychology faculty and graduate students. Contact Athena Cairo for the latest information about speakers and locations.

  • February 6Everett Worthington, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, "What is Positive Psychology?" 
  • March 13: Marcie Walsh, Doctoral Student, VCU School of Education, and Zoe Neale, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, present "The Science of Happiness Class and Thrive LLC: From Research to Practice and Back Again"
  • April 3Everett Worthington, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, "Ev (Tries to) Remember: A Look Back at People and Experiences From More Than 40 Years in Psychology"
  • April 24: Kelcie Willis, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology Program


Social Psychology Under Discussion (SPUD)

spud Fridays 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
White House basement (806 W. Franklin St.)

Speakers include VCU social program faculty and graduate students, as well as social psychologists from other institutions. Contact Athena Cairo for the latest information about speakers and locations.