Undergraduate Research

This page showcases the exciting and varied research of our undergraduate students!

For information about how you can get involved in research in the Psychology Department, visit our undergraduate research opportunities page.


Undergraduate Honors Theses Completed in 2014

Kevin Carriere - “It just became one”: The emergence of souvenirs as a re-rupturing symbolic resource (co-advisors: Jaan Valsiner and James Córdova)

Esther Cohn - Moral considerations of Holocaust resistance fighters (advisor: Johanna Vollhardt)

Matthew Grossman - Assessing Mindfulness with Young Adults Battling Cancer (advisor: James Córdova)

Ceylan Oymak - Psychology of Collective Action: Narratives from the Gezi Protests (advisor: Johanna Vollhardt)

Ilana Weiss - Developing a Scale Cultural Worldliness among University Students (advisor: Nicola Curtin)

Academic Spree Day and Fall Fest

In the academic community, research and creative projects have been traditionally presented for inspiration and critique. Presentation can take the form of a paper published in a scholarly journal, an oral presentation given at a conference or seminar, an exhibit, a recital, a video, or a poster. Since 1991, Clark has sponsored its own presentation venue in the form of Academic Spree Day, held each April. November 2000, saw the first of a similar event for the fall semester, Fall Fest.

Recent Psychology Presentations at Academic Spree Day

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Acculturation as moderating the effect of life stress on depression among Latino Men. Jennifer Tejeda ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Esteban Cardemil)

Butterfly Effect. Delight Gavor ’16 (Sponsor: Professor Seana Moran)

Child Gender Preferences Among Gay Couples. Tanner Bryan ’14 (in collaboration with April Moyer, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Abbie Goldberg)

Collective Construction of the "Party." Greg Minikes ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Comparing Urban and Rural Thai Adolescents: Exploring Perspectives on Globalization. Natalie Spivak ’15 & Aksheya Sridhar ’14 (in collaboration with Jessica McKenzie, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Lene Jensen)

Do children trust for the wrong reasons? Lyle Cadorette ’14, James Herrmann ’14, Kira Foley ’14 & Lucia Pantuosco ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Igor Bascandziev)

Early literacy achievements in linguistically diverse kindergarten classrooms. Hayley Cunningham ’14, Sarah Schnur ’14, Rebecca Bernstein ’14 & Macy Lam ’15 (Sponsor: Professor Elena Zaretsky)

Elicited vs. recalled narrative skills in kindergartners from diverse linguistic backgrounds. Peter Murphy ’14, Keke Kaikhosroshvili ’16, Jasmine Galloway ’15 & Emily Koepke ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Elena Zaretsky)

Examining Patient-Provider Agreement in Inpatient Mental Health Facilities. Matthew Thompson ’14 (in collaboration with Kristen Keefe, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Esteban Cardemil)

Exploring Perceptions of Protests against the Government in Urban and Rural Settings in Thailand. Ceylan Oymak ’14 (in collaboration with Jessica McKenzie, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Lene Jensen)

How Can College Help Students Commit to a Purpose? Vladi Highland ’16, Tom Mlodozeniec ’15 & Yon Bassal ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Seana Moran)

I Am Human Too: Exploring Emotionality in Single African American Mothers. Naysha Shahid ’15 (Sponsor: Professor Laura McKee)

Identifying the Contextual Elements that Foster Creativity. Curtis Meyer ’15 (Sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Implications of College Peer Culture on Achievement Motivation. Zora Haque ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Interdependence purpose development: The influence of collectivistic values. Kellee Kosiorek ’14, Rose Koerner ’14 & Erica Dupra ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Seana Moran)

No Pain, No Gain. Amanda Farber ’16, Elizabeth Barker ’15 & Jonathan Shim ’14 (Sponsor: Seana Moran)

Perceptions of Globalization and Thai Values Among Adults in Rural and Urban Settings. Zora Haque ’14 & Amna Adamjee ’15 (in collaboration with Jessica McKenzie, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Lene Jensen)

PictureThis: Analyzing Happiness Correlates Through Positive Picture Taking. Samantha Bishop ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Laura McKee)

Studying Collective Action in the Gezi Movement Context. Ceylan Oymak ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt)

The Moral Considerations of Holocaust Resistance Fighters. Esther Cohn ’14 (in collaboration with Maggie Campbell, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt)

Understanding cultural worldliness: Utilizing university students' responses for scale construction. Ilana Weiss ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Nicola Curtin)

Why Is Peer Support Helpful in the Quest for Purpose? Lucia Pantuosco ’14, Jai Sung Lee ’14 & Jaclyn Murano ’14 (Sponsor: Professor Seana Moran)

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Program Archive

Recent Psychology Presentations at Fall Fest

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Oral Presentations

Cultivated Loneliness: The Two Sides of One Field. Kevin Carriere ’14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)


Identifying Schizophrenia Associated Gene Targets of the Transcription Factor c-Myb. Marco Carpenter ’14 (sponsor: Professor James Córdova; Psychology/biology)

Young Adult and Postsecondary Education at MDRC: A Social Policy Research Organization. Afra Danai ’14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Nicola Curtin)

Attributions and Perception of the other in the 2013 Uprising in Turkey. Ceylan Oymak ’14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt)

Zeytoon Films in Bangalore, India. Laina Pauker ’14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Wendy Linden)

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Diversity. Jameesa Rucker ’14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Mounira Morris)

Creativity and Collaboration within the LEEP program. Mary Scully ’14 & Taylor Johnson ’15 (sponsor: Victoria Cox-Lanyon)

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