Psychology

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.

Honors

Undergraduate Honors Theses Completed in 2013

Kathryn Abell - Women’s Negotiation of Social Discourses of the Body (advisor: Rachel Falmagne)

Devon Audie - Gendered Challenges of Gay Fatherhood (advisor: Abbie Goldberg)

Jacqueline Boenisch - Do Avoidant Coping Styles Mediate the Relationship Between Masculine Gender Norms and Alcohol Consumption? (advisor: Kathleen Palm Reed)

Kulani Dias - Justifying Atrocities: Investigating Strategies of Moral Disengagement in Post-War Sri Lanka (advisor: Johanna Vollhardt)

Franklin Eneh - The Effect of Accent Bias on Job Interview Outcome (advisor: Jaan Valsiner)

Cat Lenis - Lesbian Adoptive Mothers’ Narratives on Nonbiological Motherhood: Biological Relatedness and Perceptions of Attachment (advisor: Abbie Goldberg

Olivia McGill - The Virtue of Grammar (advisor: Marianne Wiser)

Julianne Mitchell - Anxiety Sensitivity as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Social Anxiety and Alcohol Consumption (advisor: Kathleen Palm Reed)

Jackie Pacella - Picking a College Major: The Relations Between Autonomous Choice, Parental Autonomy-Support, Life Goals, and Well-Being (advisor: Wendy Grolnick)

Anna Voremberg - Guilt, Shame, and Depression (advisor: Laura McKee)

Alicia Winn - College Romantic Relationships: Commitment, Satisfaction, and Drinking Habits (advisor: James Córdova)

Academic Spree Day and Fall Fest

In the academic community, research and creative projects have been traditionally presented to 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

2013
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Posters

Women’s Negotiation of Social Discourses of the Body. Kathryn Abell ’13 (sponsor: Professor Rachel Falmagne)

Sleep and college students: How alcohol and marijuana affect GPA and class attendance through sleep. Zoe Adelstein ’14 (sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed)

I’m Doing It All: Strength and Multiple Role Responsibilities in the Lives of African American/Black Women. Camille Adeoye ’13 (in collaboration with Tamara Nelson, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Esteban Cardemil)

Gendered Challenges in Gay Fatherhood. Devon Audie ’13 (in collaboration with April Moyer, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Abbie Goldberg)

Experiences and Outcomes of Migration: Narratives of Mexican Parents from Two Cultural Communities. Elisabeth Batch ’14, Andrea Hernandez ’14 & Mariana López Dávila ’13 (in collaboration with Kaitlin Black & Heather Mangione, graduate students; sponsor: Professor Maricela Correa Chávez)

Religious Belief and the Search for Meaning in Emerging Adults. Aidan Bellinger ’14 (in collaboration with Joseph Schwab, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Jeffrey Arnett)

Do Avoidant Coping Styles Mediate Relationship between Masculine Norms and Alcohol Consumption? Jacqueline Boenisch ’13 (sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed)

Attitudes Towards Professional Psychological help among Machista Latino Men. Maria Campos ’13 (sponsor: Professor Esteban Cardemil)

Feminist Identity Across Difference: The Roles of Race, Class, and Generation in Shaping Feminist Identity. Jane Carper ’13 (sponsor: Professor Nicola Curtin)

I activate you to affect me: creations of feeling and being at home. Kevin Carriere ’14 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Makeup and Meaning: Do we listen to authorities? Melanie Conde ’15 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Motivations for Collective Resistance During the Holocaust. Rachel Eaton ’13 (sponsor: Professor Johanna Vollhardt)

Accents in the Workplace: The Effects of Accent Bias on Job Interview Outcome. Franklin Eneh ’13 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Prescription Stimulant Medication and Its’ Effects on Academic Decision Making. Edan Finard ’14 (sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed)

Extracting Lessons and Philosophies from Life Situations: A Journal Study. Olivia Vande Griek ’15 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Students’ Growing Recognition of Responsibility, Integration, Creativity, Collaboration, Adaptive Expertise, and Implementation. Jacob Feinberg ’15, Yuka Sato ’14, Rebecca Stacey ’14, Brianna Valois ’15, Olivia Vande Griek ’15 & Victoria Westerband ’14; LEEP Lab (sponsor: Professor Seana Moran)

How do Clark students talk about LEEP? Jacob Feinberg ’15, Yuka Sato ’14, Rebecca Stacey ’14, Brianna Valois ’15, Olivia Vande Griek ’15 & Victoria Westerband ’14; LEEP Lab (sponsor: Professor Seana Moran)

The Role of Family in Individual Decisions of Resistance during the Holocaust. Joanna Feldman ’13 (sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt)

The Dad I am, and the Dad I’d like to be: Discrepancies between Fathers’ Perceived and Ideal Investment in the Parenting Role. Lindsey Gedaly ’13 (sponsor: Professor Geoffrey Brown)

Self-Identity and Self-concept of Resisters before, during, and after the Holocaust: Stability and Change. Sarah Goldstein ’14 (sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt)

Environmental Responsibility: The Effects of Awareness of Consequences and Mortality Salience on Ascription of Responsibility for Climate Change. David Gross ’13 (sponsor: Professor Nicola Curtin)

Do Ask, Do Tell: Assessing Sexual Issues in Adolescents/Young Adults (AYAs) Living With Cancer. Matthew Grossman ’13 (sponsors: The National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Maryland Pao & Dr. Lisa Horowitz)

Perceived Pathways of Success. Zora Haque ’14 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Interaction of Parent and Teacher Involvement in the Classroom. Talia Hirsh ’13 (in collaboration with Jacqueline Raftery, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Wendy Grolnick)

Differences in Mental Health Among Men in Reciprocal and Nonreciprocal Violent Intimate Partner Relationships. Bridget Kim ’13 (sponsor: Professor Denise Hines)

The Food Network: A Case Study on Semantic Development. Lauren Koppel ’14 & Adrienne Cummings ’14 (in collaboration with Alisa Zeliger ’13; sponsor: Professor Marianne Wiser)

Lesbian Adoptive Mothers’ Narratives on Nonbiological Motherhood. Catherine Lenis ’13 (sponsor: Professor Abbie Goldberg)

The Virtue of Grammar: Small Group Instruction for Enhanced Comprehension of Academic Texts in Forth Graders. Olivia McGill ’13 & Lucia Pantuosco ’15, LEEP Scholars (sponsor: Professor Marianne Wiser)

Feeling Through the Environment: The Microgenesis of Aesthetics in the Living Space. Curtis Meyer ’15 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

A Psychological Spectrum of the Clark Party Experience. Greg Minikes ’14 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Anxiety Sensitivity as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Social Anxiety and Alcohol Consumption. Julianne Mitchell ’13 (in collaboration with Victoria Ameral, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed)

Type of Aggression and Mental Health for Male Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. Ryan Moylan ’13 (sponsor: Professor Denise Hines)

Effects of Child Maltreatment on Adult Victimization in Men. Jaclyn Murano ’14 (sponsor: Professor Denise Hines)

OIF/OEF Veterans’ Perceptions of Social Support from Military Peers and Civilian Family and Friends. Brittany Murphy ’13 (sponsor: Professor Nicola Curtin)

I am (not) woman, hear me roar: Tension-filled femininities in women’s discussions of risk. Margaret Nicholson ’13 (in collaboration with Kathryn Frazier, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Rachel Falmagne)

He never listens to me: Advice-giving by women in committed, intimate relationships. Margaret Nicholson ’13 (sponsor: Professor James Córdova)

“Explaining Away” Wrongdoings in Ethnic Conflicts: A Field Study in Post-War Sri Lanka. Kulani Panapitiya Dias ’13, Amna Adamjee ’15 & Karishma Veljee ’15, LEEP Scholars (sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt)

The Biomechanics and Neurophysiology of Brachiation in Gibbons and its Rediscovery in Humans. Emma Pennock ’13 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

The Relations of Parental Control and Autonomy-Support to Adolescent Autonomous Self- Regulation Around Eating. Natania Perlman ’14 (in collaboration with Amanda Mikedis, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Wendy Grolnick)

Comparing Media Frames of Columbine and Sandy Hook. Harris Rollinger ’13 (sponsor: Professor Nicola Curtin)

Mental Health of Helpseeking Men who Sustain Intimate Partner Violence. Andrea Russo ’14 (sponsor: Professor Denise Hines)

Socioecological Reference Frames: Relational Boundaries in Father-Collegiate Child Relationships. Alex Santos ’14 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

Age of Onset of Marijuana Use and Associated Functioning: Academic Performance and Negative Consequences. Paige Scrofani ’13 (sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed)

Growth and Self-Esteem in Emerging Adults. Jessica Shepro ’15 (in collaboration with Joseph Schwab, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Jeffrey Arnett)

Family Obligations and its Effects on the Academic Self-Regulation and Engagement of Immigrant Children in the U.S. Aksheya Sridhar ’14 (in collaboration with Kristine Marbell, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Wendy Grolnick)

Friendship and Emerging Adulthood. Rebecca Tobias ’13 (sponsor: Professor Jeffrey Arnett)

Social context of cannabis use: The influence of depression and problematic use. Kate Trancynger ’13 (sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed)

Guilt, Shame, and Depression. Anna Voremberg ’13 (sponsor: Professor Laura McKee)

College Romantic Relationships: Commitment, Satisfaction, and Drinking Habits. Alicia Winn ’13 (in collaboration with Julia Sollenberger, graduate student; sponsor: Professor James Córdova)

Predictors of Sexual Assault and Help-Seeking Behaviors on the Clark University Campus. Heather Yany ’13 (sponsor: Professor Denise Hines)

Semantic Network Development in Kindergarten: Implications for Future Practice and Research. Alisa Zeliger ’13, LEEP Scholar (sponsors: Professor Marianne Wiser & Professor Nancy Budwig)

Presentations

Panel Title: Using Research to Influence Public Policy: Briefing Reports to Policymakers (Faculty Sponsor: Professor Denise Hines)
-Dealing with Self-Objectification in Schools. Anna Voremberg ‘13
-Finding Solutions to Drug-Violence in Mexico. Mariana Lopez Davila ‘13
-Education Through the Lens of Public Policy. Alisa Zeliger ‘13
-Mental Health and Gun Control. Harris Rollinger ‘13
-Regulating Medical Marijuana. Christine Miller ‘14

Do Ask, Do Tell: Assessing Sexual Issues in Adolescents/Young Adults (AYAs) Living With Cancer. Matthew Grossman ‘14 (sponsors: The National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Maryland Pao & Dr. Lisa Horowitz)

I activate you to affect me: creations of feeling and being at home. Kevin Carriere ‘14 (sponsor: Professor Jaan Valsiner)

2012
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2011
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2010
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Recent Psychology Presentations at Fall Fest

2012
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“Hervey Ross LEEP Talks” Speech Contest Participants

Exploring Child Cognitive development. Alisa Zeliger ’14 (sponsor: Marianne Wiser)

LEEP Pioneers Poster Presentations

Justifying Atrocities: Moral Disengagement, Ingroup Glorification and Essentialism in Post-War Sri Lanka. Kulani Panapitiya Dias ’13; Steinbrecher Fellow (sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt)

Helping Students Avoid the Fourth Grade Slump: A School Literacy Intervention With Non-Narrative Text Based Lessons. Olivia McGill ’13 (sponsor: Professor Marianne Wiser)

Sexual Assault and Dating Violence Outreach. John Preston ’14 (sponsor: Professor Denise Hines)

2011
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2010
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2009
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