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Vratanina-Smoot appointed to Olivet College faculty
Apr 25, 2013

Tori Vratanina-Smoot has been named assistant professor of psychology at Olivet College, according to an announcement by Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college. She will begin teaching during the fall semester.

“With her impressive research and teaching background, Tori is sure to make an excellent addition to the Olivet College faculty,” Davis said. “We look forward to the wealth of knowledge she will bring to our already strong psychology program and our students.”

Vratanina-Smoot earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Michigan State University and holds a Master of Science in psychology from the University of Georgia, where she is also set to finish her doctorate in psychology with a focus on behavioral and brain sciences later this summer.

Working with primates as animal models for understanding psychology, Vratanina-Smoot has studied several primate species, including lowland gorillas, howler monkeys and mandrills. Her dissertation research explores effects of infant maltreatment on development in rhesus macaques.

In addition to an impressive research record, Vratanina-Smoot is an experienced and lauded teacher. She has completed additional seminars in college-level teaching as part of her graduate work and is a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. In 2010 she received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at the University of Georgia, an honor reserved for the top 10 percent of TAs at the university. Vratanina-Smoot has taught psychology courses, as well as courses in research design.

Classes for the fall 2013 semester begin Aug. 27. For more information, or to apply to Olivet College, call 1 (800) 456-7189 or visit www.olivetcollege.edu.


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