Faculty Friday: Meet Dr. Daniel Seichepine

Faculty Friday: Meet Dr. Daniel Seichepine

Friday, August 31, 2018

Daniel Seichepine, assistant professor of psychology and neuropsychology, teaching students in his psychobiology course.

Dr. Daniel Seichepine is in his fifth year of teaching psychology and neuropsychology at UNH Manchester. Since joining the faculty, his passion for the subject has been a beacon of inspiration for students. Seichepine is a clinical neuropsychologist who has published several peer-reviewed publications on sports-related mild traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and normal aging.

His current research program is examining the long-term effects of repetitive sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries on cognition, mood and behavior. Central to the learning experience, Seichepine actively involves his undergraduate students in research—several of whom have had their findings published.

Seichepine has been featured on local news outlets to talk about a variety of neurological conditions, from dementia to concussions to addiction. He was awarded UNH Manchester’s 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the 2018 New Investigator Award from the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology.

What do you like best about your job?

My favorite part of my job is when I have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students or in small groups. This usually occurs during research or in small study sessions for my classes (particularly statistics!). In these sessions, I enjoy getting to know students on a more personal level.

What is your favorite UNH Manchester memory?

Being awarded the 2018 Excellence in Teaching award was special for me.

Tell us your favorite:

  • Manchester restaurant: We don’t eat out much in Manchester, but my favorite place is right behind the UNH Manchester building – The Foundry.
  • New Hampshire destination: Clark’s Trading Post, Santa’s Village and Story Land.  We have three little kids and seeing the joy on their faces at these places is something I will always cherish.
  • Book: This is a tough one, but if I had to pick one I would say The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. 
  • Movie: The Departed.
  • Childhood book: My favorite childhood book was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
  • Childhood TV show: As a young child my favorite TV shows was the 1980s Spiderman cartoon.  As a teenager my favorite show was Friends.

What are your hobbies?

As a dad of three little kids, I spend most of my free time playing with them. When I have some extra time I enjoy woodworking. 

Best vacation ever?

I have been fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling. However, my favorite vacation was when my wife and I went to Maui.  It is such a beautiful island. My wife’s dream is to retire in Hawaii. 

We’d be surprised to know that…

Before I earned my Ph.D., I had a wide variety of jobs, including: busboy, batting cage attendant, pipe fitter, laser engraver and web designer. About 15 years ago I designed the website for the Department of Psychiatry and Massachusetts General Hospital. This design was then used as the model for the rest of the hospital!

Which 3 famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party?

If I could meet anyone living or dead, I would pick Jesus, Moses and Saint Peter.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

As an elementary school child I wanted to become an astronaut. I remember being fascinated with planets and I still find them interesting. However, from the beginning of middle school I always wanted to be a Psychologist. My mother instilled in me the value of helping others and I thought that becoming a psychologist would allow me to do that.

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