Eastern Student Researchers Showcased at Psychology Night

Written by Jolene Potter

Poster presenters at Psychology Night

Poster presenters at Psychology Night

Forty-nine exemplary psychology students from Eastern Connecticut State University presented their research in December at the department’s annual Psychological Science Night.

psych poster presenters“Research takes classroom experience and applies it to tangible, practical work,” said Psychology Professor, Department Chair and Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Carlos Escoto. “The opportunity to present research as an undergraduate opens so many doors,” he added.

Miranda Skaradowski

Miranda Skaradowski

Undergraduate research and creative activities at Eastern Connecticut State University provide opportunities for students to work closely with faculty mentors on research or creative work. Projects are aligned with the mentor’s expertise and designed to expose students to professional activities within a chosen field.

Alexandra Steel

Alexandra Steel

Senior Psychology major Alexandra Steel was one of the students who presented research at the event. With the help of faculty mentor and psychology professor Peter Bachiochi, Steel conducted a research project titled, “Animal Assisted Therapy, Mood and Social Facilitation.”

psych Dominique“I cannot thank Dr. Bachiochi enough for his guidance in taking this project from an initial idea to a reality,” said Steel. “I am truly passionate about this research and honored to share it in front of my fellow students and all of our psychology professors.”

Olivia Grella

Olivia Grella

Olivia Grella was also an oral presenter of her research at the event. Grella’s study was titled, “The Relationship of Social Physique Anxiety, Exercise Dependence and Gender” and was completed under the guidance of faculty mentor and psychology professor Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault.

“If continued I believe this research could have a profound impact on how we view the relationship between physique anxiety and exercise,” said Grella. “I want to thank Dr. Salters-Pedneault for being such a profound part of this project and for guiding me along the way.”