May 26, 2015
New Hampshire Institute of Politics
McCormack will spend his summer conducting research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library on the connection between empathy and deviancy. With a focus on juvenile delinquents and psychopaths, he will explore how empathy, or a lack thereof, and the development of executive functions can affect decision making and potentially lead to deviance.
His interest in deviant psychology and public policy led him to this topic. "I'm fascinated by deviant psychology, and I'm interested in the connection between the thought process and actions in people like psychopaths and juvenile delinquents," McCormack explained. "I'm also interested in policy regarding special groups like psychopaths and juvenile delinquents, and how we can use the available information to positively affect those policies."
McCormack was selected for this fellowship by the members of New Hampshire Institute of Politics Academic Advisory Committee (AAC). Professor Andrew Moore, chair of the committee, stated, "The AAC selected Chris from among a strong pool of nominations. What most impressed the committee was Chris's potential to integrate theoretical research with policy analysis and recommendations. While we agreed that this is research that will prepare Chris for graduate school, it also will produce practical results that can influence criminologists and policymakers now."
The Albert H. Gordon Summer Research Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for one Saint Anselm College student of any major to gain experience that will assist him or her in career pursuits related to public policy and public affairs, including gaining admission to graduate and professional schools.
The fellowship program is made possible through a generous gift by Mr. Albert H. Gordon of New York City, a former principal in the investment-banking firm of Kidder Peabody (now UBS Financial).