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Psychology Majors Take the Stage at Eastern Conference

March 05, 2013

Laura Lemire
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Fourteen Saint Anselm psychology students presented their research at the Eastern Psychological Association ConferenceFourteen Saint Anselm psychology students and one recent graduate have been selected to present their research at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) Conference in New York City March 1-4. The students, along with four faculty members, will spend four days at the conference with scholars from other colleges along the east coast.

Selection is very competitive, according to Professor Elizabeth Ossoff, Ph.D., chair of the psychology department. Each student submits a short and long abstract regarding an experimental study with significant findings.

This year, approximately 28% of the graduating psychology department seniors will be presenting in the conference. This means that one out of four of the psychology seniors are producing work which has been peer-reviewed alongside faculty and graduate student submissions. Professors Maria McKenna, Loretta Brady, Paul Finn, Kathleen Flannery, and Elizabeth Ossoff have helped students with their research throughout the year.

Corrie Masson '13 researched the meaning of mentoring programs for women parolees. "After putting all of the time and effort that I did into planning, conducting, and writing my thesis, it is very exciting to be able to share this work not just with my fellow psych majors, but with the larger psychology community at this conference," she says.

Danielle Forte '13 conducted research about compassion fatigue and the role of empathy in crisis line volunteers. Alexandria Bouchard '13 worked on the impact of self-compassion and posttraumatic growth on marital satisfaction in police marriages.

Fourteen Saint Anselm psychology students presented their research at the Eastern Psychological Association ConferenceErin Albiero '13 and Marie Schwab '14 investigated the schema theory and individual differences for auditory memory in a virtual park. Nicole Prince '13 examined blood injury injection phobia and Ashlee Duval '13 observed whether or not self-scheme theory applies to body perception of muscularity and memory. Duval will also be working with Hannah Watkins '12 on the idea of restrained eating and memory in a virtual grocery store.

Margaret Guy '13 studied whether or not a picture is worth 1,000 words in a reaction time memory study. Allyn Doyle '13, Ciara Petry '13, Lauren DeMatteo '13, and Stephanie Kearsley '14 are presenting on aerobic exercise and how it is related to associated learning, food choice and competition. Rebecca Golden '13 explored individual differences in autistic traits relative to cognitive performance.

Professor Ossoff is very excited for the students presenting and believes it is an honor for the students, faculty, and Saint Anselm College as a whole.

"We are extremely proud of our students and appreciate the level of work they produce. I think this recognition of that work at conferences such as these presents not only a great opportunity for them, but is tremendous exposure for the college," she says. Presentations such as these aid students in graduate school admissions and job searches.

Another Saint Anselm student, Aileen Hickey '13, has the prestigious honor of being invited to attend the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Convention in Washington, D.C. in May. Hickey has researched sleep, stress, and cognitive difficulties in students with dyslexia and will be presenting her findings at the annual national convention.

While in New York City, the group met with alumnus Kevin Golen, national editor at Fox News, who gave the group a tour where they met "Fox Report Weekend" anchor Harris Faulkner.

Story written by Jaclyn Conley '13

Photo 1: (left to right) Stephanie Kearsley, Ciara Petry, and Professor Paul Finn

Photo 2: Alexandria Bouchard
Photos courtesy of Professor Paul Finn

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