Idaho State University Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu honored as Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science

POCATELLO – The Association for Psychological Science has honored Idaho State University Assistant Experimental Psychology Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu as a 2015 Rising Star.

“It’s a huge honor and I am happy to represent ISU with this APS recognition,” Xu said. “I look forward to a long, productive, and exciting future of working alongside my students and colleagues here at ISU.”

Idaho State University Assistant Experimental Psychology Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu

Idaho State University Assistant Experimental Psychology Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu

The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D. whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions, according to the Association for Psychological Science.

Xu’s research focuses on cardiovascular behavioral health including weight control, smoking and physical activity; close relationships, especially romantic; and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) neuroimaging. She conducts basic research in each of these areas as well as more applied research in the overlaps. Xu is also interested in these areas in the context of individual differences such as trait self-control, and development over time, such as aging or as a romantic relationship progresses.

Born in Fuling, China, Xu immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. She grew up in New York City. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from New York University, and Master of Arts Degree in psychology from Stony Brook University, and a Ph.D. in social health psychology from Stony Brook University. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and The Miriam Hospital.

The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level. Founded in 1988 and with approximately 26,000 members, the Association’s mission is to “promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.”

More information on Xu’s research and lab is available at xulabisu.weebly.com/.

For more information on the APS, visit www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/about.

For a complete list of 2015 APS Rising Star recipients in the United States and internationally, visit www.psychologicalscience.org/rising-stars/stars.cfm.