On April 15, the Connecticut State University System Board of Regents’ (BOR) presented Psychology Professor Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, with its statewide Faculty Research Award for 2015. Kevin Donohue, adjunct assistant professor in business information systems, won a statewide Teaching Excellence Award for adjunct faculty, and Daniel Donaghy, assistant professor of English, won the Eastern campus Teaching Award.
Salters-Pedneault was honored for her work in the area of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is currently involved in a project funded by the Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs totaling more than $1.5 million that is designed to evaluate treatment techniques for PTSD among returning veterans.
Salters-Pedneault also has an interest in experimental psychopathology, which takes questions of clinical interest and brings them into laboratory settings. “Together, these streams of research further the understanding of human suffering and work to alleviate it by informing effective clinical practice,” wrote James Diller, associate professor of psychology, in his letter nominating Salters-Pedneault for the award.
Widely respected for the impact she has on her students and the 11 research assistants she supervises and mentors, Salters-Pedneault’s research and mentoring have achieved high levels of national visibility. “Her full body of publications has been cited in 397 published works,” said Psychology Professor Wendi Everton. “This is amazing, given the fact that research published recently must usually rest for a few years before it begins to be cited in other published works. This indicates that her work is held in very high regard by her peers in the clinical psychology community.”
Donahue is highly regarded for using his deep knowledge and information technology experience to creatively engage students in learning information technology, digital collaboration, business to consumer electronic commerce and business telecommunications.
“Students always rate his teaching and knowledge of the subject matter very highly,” wrote Don Petkov, professor of business information systems. “His teaching is always well structured, understandable and at the same time, mixed with a fresh sense of humor that keeps his evening classes interesting and contributing to the intellectual growth of our students.”
Donaghy is a practicing poet and scholar in British and American poetry. English professor Christopher Torockio say Donaghy’s work is top tier. “His record of teaching excellence and commitment to Eastern students has been incalculable. He has established himself as one of the top poets in America today.” Award-winning poet Jim Daniels said Donaghy’s latest book, “Start with the Trouble,” which won the University of Arkansas Press Poetry Series Prize, illustrates that Donaghy “is the real deal.”