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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:

  • Kelly Gagnon '13: "Political Attitude Shifts in Study Abroad Students," Supervisor: Emily Fisher
  • Rachel Hadley: "Intersecting Identities," Supervisor: Brien Ashdown
  • Taylor Amico: "Influence of Target Ethnicity on Perceptions about Alcohol Use," Supervisor: Brien Ashdown
  • Kelly Peneston '10: "The Role of Parent Expectations and Child Anxiety as Predictors of Homesickness during Summer Camp," Supervisor: Julie Kingery
  • Jordunn Joubert: "Readings in the Relationship between Phonological Awareness and Reading Ability in Children," Supervisor: Michelle Rizzella
  • Celeste Smith: "Research in Cognitive Psychology," Supervisor: Michelle Rizzella
  • Amy Gallop: "Aesthetic Stability: A Developmental Perspective," Supervisor: Daniel Graham
  • Bernadette Wormuth '12: "Effects of a Food Show on Caloric Intake," Supervisor: Jamie Bodenlos
  • Andrew Malordy '14 and Marleah Noonan '12: "Attitudes towards Prescription Drug Use among College Students," Supervisor: Jamie Bodenlos
  • Marleah Noonan '12 and Stephanie Wells '10: "Mindfulness and Health Behaviors," Supervisor: Jamie Bodenlos
  • Maddy August '11, Annie Jordan '11, Michele Day '13, Walter Green '12, Jaimie Rubin '13, and Sydni Salvatore '13: "Predictors of Weight Gain in First Year Students," Supervisor: Jamie Bodenlos

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:

  • Bodenlos, J. S., 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.

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

  • Bodenlos, J.S., August, M.*, Jordan, A.*, Day, M. *, Green, W.*, & Wormuth, B.* (2012, April). 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.

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

  • *Hadley, R., Ashdown, B. K., & *Campbell, B. (2013, February). 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.

  • Kingery, J.N., *Wormuth, B.M., *Gray, M.L., *Peneston, K.R., *Reuter, T.R., & Erdley, C.A. (2012, March). 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.

  • *Kuhn, J., Ashdown, B. K., Gomez, R., & *Amico, T. (2013, February). 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.

  • *Williams, A., Fisher, E., Borgida, E., Andow, D., Hurley, T., & Solarz, S. (2012, January). All for one and one for all: Motivations to volunteer in a community-based context. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

  • Bodenlos, J.S., Lemon, S., Schneider, K.L., *August, M., & Pagoto, S. L.  (2011, April). Ethnic differences in the association of mood and anxiety disorders with obesity. Paper Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

  • Bodenlos, J.S., *Wells, S., & *Noonan, M. (2011, April). Emotional Functioning in College Students: The Role of Mindfulness and Health Behaviors. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

  • Gee, B., Ramey, E., & Bodenlos, J.S. (2011, June). There is no “I” in Team-Based Teaching: A Faculty Collaboration. Workshop presentation at the Lily Conference for Undergraduate Teaching, Washington, D.C.

  • Kingery, J.N., *Gaskell, M.E., *Allen, S.R., *Rice, S.E., *Gray, M.L., & *Milligan, J.A. (2011, April). Active learning in a child psychology course: Observing play behavior at a children’s museum. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

  • Kingery, J.N., *Marshall, K.C., *Wells, S.Y., *Connell, A.E., Flowers, K., Gerling, J., Dinan, A., & McCarthy, N. (2011, April). Kindergarteners’ literacy skills: A community-based research collaboration. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

  • Kingery, J.N., *Peneston, K.R., *Rice, S.E., *Georgitseas, N.A., *Lubeck, S.J., & *Whitaker, K.G. (2011, April). Parental anxious expectations and child anxiety symptoms as risk factors for homesickness during overnight summer camp. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

  • Shields, R. & Dyrenforth, P.S. (2011, June). Creating Communities of Faculty and Students Using Inquiry Based Learning. Poster presentation at the Lilly Conference for Undergraduate Teaching, Washington D.C. 

 

* denotes student collaborator

CLUBS

The Psychology Society and Active Minds 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 Cully Seamans (seamans@hws.edu) in the Office of Student Activities.