Isaiah Pickens, BA ’05, once volunteered as a counselor for young people in New York’s Rikers Island prison. The experience stayed with the former psychology major, who is now a well-known counselor, frequent media voice in defense of the underserved and host of a TLC reality show. His work has taken him across the country to schools, jails and foster care agencies, working with young people on understanding the harm caused by stress and trauma.
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Stephen Mitroff’s undergraduate course called Science in the District focuses on how cognitive psychology research plays a role in many real-world professions. Recently, the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) joined Mitroff and his students on several trips around Washington, D.C., and has produced a series of short videos that highlight how cognitive science can
be used to benefit society. Watch the first video, which focuses on aviation security.