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Photo by Courtney Wingate Photography.Assistant Professor of Psychology Allecia Reid has been named the inaugural William and Margaret Montgoris Assistant Professor in Psychology. The named chair honors a faculty member for outstanding scholarship, and it provides additional resources for the professor’s academic initiatives and research.

Reid, a member of the Colby faculty since 2013, is a social psychologist. Her current research focuses on influences of peers on alcohol use among college students, as well as how experiences with discrimination influence ethnic minorities’ responses to interventions that aim to improve their health. She is currently teaching health psychology and a senior integrative seminar.

Reid recently published a study in Social Science & Medicine that concluded that efforts to reduce HIV risk behaviors are less successful in residentially segregated areas. She also recently published articles in the journals Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and Health Psychology.

Reid said being named the William and Margaret Montgoris Assistant Professor in Psychology will allow her to expand her research with student assistants on new projects. She has in mind an alcohol administration study in which she’d study how people respond to peers while drinking. The goal of that study would be to help college students drink more moderately.

“That’s something I’m looking forward to doing that I was a little more hesitant about before I was aware of these additional funds available,” Reid said.

Reid completed her bachelor of arts degree in psychology at the University of Connecticut in 2003, her master of arts degree in social psychology at Arizona State University in 2008, and her doctorate in social psychology at Arizona State in 2010. She held postdoctoral research positions at Yale and Brown before coming to Colby.

William Montgoris P’99 joined the Colby College Board of Trustees in 1999. He and his wife, Margaret P’99, funded an endowed chair for a tenure-track faculty member in order to support her or his teaching and research.

“Colby is deeply grateful for the Montgorises’ continued recognition of our educational program through their philanthropic giving,” said Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer. “Bill has served the College as a member of the Board of Trustees and together with Peggy increased access to a Colby education through the Montgoris Family Scholarship. Now, their gift of an endowed professorship will give Colby even greater capacity to attract and retain the very best faculty for our students.”

Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the College on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member. The gift is placed in the College’s endowment fund, with investment income used to support the work of the honored professor.