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Recent Accomplishments

Dr. David Penn was named on 2021’s Highly Cited Researchers list, which means that his research in Psychology has been frequently cited and supported by many in his field. This award represents the top 1% of most cited scientists in the world in Psychology-Psychiatry from 2010-2020.

Dr. Penn was also listed on 2017’s Highly Cited Researchers list, 2018’s Highly Cited Researchers list, 2019’s Highly Cited Researchers list, and 2020’s Highly Cited Researchers list. This is the 5th year in a row that Dr. Penn has been named on this list.

Dr. Penn was named the recipient of the PASS-SIG Trailblazer Award at the 2019 ABCT Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

David Penn and David Roberts featured in The New Yorker and ABC

Penn lab named in Journal of Clinical Psychology as one of top producers of scholarly publications in clinical psychology PhD programs.

Dr. David Penn was recently interviewed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln about his involvement with the RAISE study.

Dr. David Penn was interviewed by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) about his role at the First Episode Psychosis clinic, OASIS. Several lab members also make appearances in the videos below:

Overcoming Resistance to EBP’s

Penn Lab Recipients of the BBRF Maltz Prize. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Maltz Prize is presented annually to investigators who has undertaken innovative and promising research in schizophrenia. The recipient is selected by the BBRF Lieber Prize winner from the same year.


Penn Lab Recipients of the Rosa Swanson Award. The Rosa Swanson Award is presented annually to a student, staff, or faculty member within the Clinical Psychology Program who has helped foster a warm, supportive, and enjoyable professional environment. The recipient is selected by the students, staff, and faculty members of the program.


Penn Lab Recipients of the Martin S. Wallach Award. The Wallach Award is awarded annually to an outstanding doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology and the winner is chosen by our faculty. Recipients of the Wallach Award must demonstrate superior competence, including excellence in research, clinical practice, teaching, and/or service endeavors.


Penn Lab Recipients of Letters of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. Letters are awarded to instructors and professors in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience that receive excellent student evaluations (in the top 10%).

  • 2020: Maku Orleans-Pobee, MA, “Introduction to Clinical Psychology”
  • 2016: Arun Nagendra, PhD, “Introduction to Clinical Psychology”
  • 2016: Julia Browne, PhD, “Abnormal Psychology”
  • 2015: Ben Buck, PhD, “Introduction to Clinical Psychology”
  • 2015: Kristin Healey, PhD, “Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • 2014: Kristin Healey, PhD, “Abnormal Psychology”


Penn Lab Recipients of a Summer Research Fellowship from The Graduate School Fellowships are a one-time stipend given to graduate students who plan to work on their proposed research over the summer.

  • 2018: Arun Nagendra, PhD
  • 2017: Julia Browne, PhD


Arun Nagendra, PhD was nominated by her undergraduate mentees to receive the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award for the 2017-2018 school year. Winners of this award have demonstrated excellence in service, a dedication to undergraduate students, and have positively affected a broad spectrum of Carolina undergraduate students.


Arun Nagendra, PhD of the Penn lab received the Druscilla French Graduate Fellow Award for the 2018-2019 year. Arun was selected for her accomplishments so far as a graduate student and her potential to have a major impact in the field of clinical psychology. She has distinguished herself as an outstanding researcher and teacher.


Arun Nagendra, PhD of the Penn lab has received the an NC TRACS 2K Pilot Study Grant (2018) to assist in implementing her research on African American women and Schizophrenia (BASS Study).


Carrington Merritt, BS of the Penn lab received the J. Steven Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Grant in December, 2017 for her work with Dr. Keely Muscatell and Penn lab graduate student Arun Nagendra, MA. Her work focuses on race and differing neural responses. Congratulations also to Ali Wiggins for receiving a J. Steven Reznick honorable mention!


Ben Buck, PhD of the Penn lab received the John Frederick Dashiell Dissertation Startup Award in September, 2016. This department award is presented to graduate students in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience recognizing impactful and innovative dissertation projects, and providing funds to support them. Ben was also named a UNC Future Faculty Fellow in April, 2015. This semester-long program is devoted to identifying and developing graduate student instructors that have demonstrated interest and excellence in undergraduate teaching.


Julia Browne, PhD of the Penn lab received the 2017 Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award. This award is given to a small number of graduate students from any UNC Department whose research has directly contributed to the well-being of North Carolina Citizens. Julia was also the recipient of the 2017 Psychology Club Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship by a Graduate Student. This award is selected via student nomination to recognize outstanding mentorship for undergraduate students in Psychology.


Arun Nagendra, PhD of the Penn lab received an Institute of African American Research Graduate Summer Research Grant ($2000), awarded for the summer of 2015. This grant supports research concerning African Americans or the broader African diaspora.


Dr. David Penn was awarded the Beckman Award in 2013 for his mentorship of Dave Roberts. The Beckman Award is given to only 10 professors in the U.S.