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Undergraduate Research

Undergrad Research

Many of our psychology majors choose to enroll in an independent study course each semester, which requires them to actively engage in a research project.

Here's a recent sampling of undergraduate research projects completed by psychology majors:

2016-17

  • Marilyn Buck '17 and Tyler Sutherland '18: Perceptions of Short-Term Volunteer Workers in Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Hannah Nichols '17: Ecology and Psychology in the Lake Atitlán Region of Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Cailey Mastrangelo '19: Assessing a Model Classroom Program in Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Shenguan “Sharon” Tong '18: Assessing a Model Classroom Program in Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Samantha Bowers '17: Determining the Effectiveness of a Sex Ed Program in Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Carlos Robles '18: Determining the Effectiveness of a Sex Ed Program in Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Kathryn Lyle '17 and Juliana Heffern '17: The relationship of internet addiction and health in college students and the role of mindfulness in this relationship
    Jamie Bodenlos, Adviser

2015-16

  • Olivia Hanno '16: Sex Education and Gender Roles in Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Catherine Forman '16: Facial Representation in Masks
    Daniel Graham, Adviser

2014-15

  • Cameron Pugach '15: Aesthetic Stability Across the Life-Span
    Daniel Graham, Adviser
  • Shani Saul '15: Design Preferences: Synthesis of Environmental Psychology, Personality and Architectural Design
    Daniel Graham, Adviser
  • Taylor Amico '15: Influence of Target Ethnicity on Perceptions about Alcohol Use
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Samantha Sasse '15: Intersecting Identities
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Juliet Holme '15: Ethnic Identity, Alcohol Use, and Sexual Health in Guatemala
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Rachel Smith '15: Media and Political Knowledge
    Emily Fisher, Adviser
  • Jessica Kemp '15, Aubreyanne Mayrsohn '15 and Rachel Smith '15: How does the Biggest Loser Television Program affect Eating Behavior?
    Jamie Bodenlos, Adviser

2013-14

  • Arianna White '14: Developmental Issues and Children’s Picture Books
    Daniel Graham, Adviser
  • Jocelyn Canty '14 and Alexandra Welych-Miller '15: Body Image and Body Sanctification
    Daniel Graham, Adviser
  • Margaret Manko '14: Cause Marketing and Brand Personality
    Emily Fisher, Adviser
  • Morgan Caudill '14 and Ann Epifanio '14: Social Capital and Intergroup Relations
    Emily Fisher, Adviser

2012-13

  • Kelly Gagnon '13: Political Attitude Shifts in Study Abroad Students
    Emily Fisher, Adviser
  • Rachel Hadley '13: Intersecting Identities
    Brien Ashdown, Adviser
  • Jordunn Joubert '13: Readings in the Relationship between Phonological Awareness and Reading Ability in Children
    Michelle Rizzella, Adviser

Faculty & Student Conference Presentations

Students and faculty often engage in collaborative research projects and present their findings during a national conference. HWS faculty and students have presented orginial research at conferences of the Society for Research and Child Development, the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, just to name a few.

Here are several recent conference presentations given by faculty and students:

  • Fisher, E., Janik, E.*, Ressel, K.* (January, 2016). Positive intergroup contact increases social capital in a campus community: An experimental test. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

  • Ashdown, B. K., & Hanno, O.* (July, 2015). More than ethnicity: Religious and gender group identities in U.S. adolescents. Paper presented at the regional conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, San Cristóbal, Mexico.

  • Ashdown, B. K., Brown, C. M., Eagan, A.*, & Faherty, A.* (February, 2015). Measuring interpersonal acceptance and rejection in Guatemala. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Albuquerque, NM.

  • Fisher, E., Caudill, M.*, Epifanio, A.*, & Hanno, O.* (February, 2015). Social capital, contact and categorization: two experimental studies. Poster presented at the Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Pre-Conference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

  • Ashdown, B. K., Hanno, O.*, & Ressel, K.* (February, 2015). Sex and gender role attitudes among rural highland Guatemalan adolescents. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Albuquerque, NM.

  • Graham, D. J., Pugach, C.*, Daley, E.*, & Leder, H.* (August, 2014). Aesthetic stability in development. Presented at the Biennial Congress of the International Association for Empirical Aesthetics, New York, NY.

  • Fisher, E., Deutchman, I., Smith, R.*, & Hanno, O.* (July, 2015). Political attitudes and participation: The nuanced role of education. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Political Psychology, San Diego, CA.

  • Fisher, E., Deutchman, I., Smith, R.*, & Hanno, O.* (April, 2015). Development of political attitudes and knowledge: How much do political science courses matter? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

  • Bodenlos, J. S., Markowitz, S.M., & Roberson, A.F. (November, 2015). Single-session intervention for medication adherence: A pilot study of “Life-Steps” in college students. Paper in symposium presented at the meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

  • Bodenlos, J. S., Markowitz, S.M., Bloomquist, K., & Lootens, C. (November, 2014). Enhancing the Teaching of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Multidisciplinary Perspectiv. Panel discussion presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Bodenlos, J. S., Gengarelly, K.*, & Smith, R.* (November, 2014). Stress and loneliness as predictors of depression in first year college students.Poster presented at the meeting for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Bodenlos, J. S., & Gengarelly, K.* (April, 2014). Gender differences in predictors of attendance at the fitness facility in freshmen year of college. Poster presented at the meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Kingery, J. N., Jones, A., Suveg, C., Jacob, M., & Karsai, M.* (November, 2014). A model-based cluster analysis of social experiences in clinically anxious youth: Links to emotional functioning.Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Kingery, J. N., Gengarelly, K.*, Szwejbka, E.*, Milbrath, T.*, Malordy, A.*, & Gordon, K.* (November, 2013). Practicing clinicians’ attitudes about clinical research: A qualitative study. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

  • Bodenlos, J. S., Malordy, A.*, Noonan, M.*, & Mistler, B. J. (November, 2013). Development and Validation of the Prescription Drug Attitude Questionnaire. Poster presented at the meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

  • Greenspon, J., *Sherwin, C., & *D’Alberto, N. (May, 2013). Musicians have enhanced ability to locate sounds in horizontal space. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

  • Ashdown, B. K., Hadley, R*. & Campbell, B.* (February, 2013). Perceptions of intersecting group identities: Gender and ethnicity among college-aged women. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Mobile, AL.

  • Ashdown, B. K., Gomez, R., Kuhn, J.*, & Amico, T.* (February, 2013). EMDR as a successful therapeutic intervention for Guatemalans experiencing symptoms of trauma. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Mobile, AL.

  • Bodenlos, J. S., Suveg, C, Nangle, D.W., Hansen, D.J., & Grover, R.L. (November, 2012). Core elements of evidence-based treatments for internalizing disorders in children and adolescent. PPanel discussion presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Baltimore, MD.

  • Kingery, J.N., *Wormuth, B.M., *Gray, M.L., *Peneston, K.R., *Reuter, T.R., & Erdley, C.A. (March, 2012,). Offline and Online Friendship Experiences among College Students: Associations with Psychological and Academic Adjustment. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Bodenlos, J.S., & Wormuth, B.* (May, 2012). Effects of Food Television Shows on Consumption of Sweets: A Laboratory Study. Poster presentation at the Ass

  • Bodenlos, J.S., August, M.*, Jordan, A.*, Day, M. *, Green, W.*, & Wormuth, B.* (April, 2012). The relationship of alcohol consumption and social support with weight gain over the first year of college. Poster presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

 

* denotes student collaborator

CLUBS

The The Psychology Club and Psi Chi are student-run organizations that may be of interest to students studying psychology.

For more information about these organizations or to learn about starting your own psychology-themed club, contact Kristen Tobey (Tobey@hws.edu) in the Office of Student Activities.

 

 

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