UMW psychology professor wins state’s top honor

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00 am

UMW psychology professor wins state's top honor


Miriam Liss, professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, has received a “2015 Outstanding Faculty Award” from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia.

Liss joined the UMW faculty in 2001 and is a clinical psychologist.

Recently, Liss released a book with fellow UMW psychology professor Holly Schiffrin called “Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family and Life.”

Liss’ research has focused on parenting, division of labor and work–family balance. She also has published articles about autism, developmental disorders, sensory processing sensitivity, self-injurious behaviors, feminist identity and body image.

Liss has developed a program at UMW with the New England Center for Children in which students can spend a semester at NECC outside of Boston, performing research and taking classes for elective credit.

The awards, founded in 1986, are the state’s highest honor for faculty, recognizing superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Professor of history at UMW Jeffrey McClurken was a 2014 recipient of the award.

Liss’ honors include election into Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi. In Psi Chi she was selected as a regional faculty adviser winner and supervised the chapter winning the National Chapter Award in 2006.

She received the UMW Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award in 2005 and was a finalist for the State Council of Higher Education state award in 2006 and 2009. She also was named one of Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors.

Liss received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut.

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