2017 Global Field Course

Our global field course exploring Cross-Cultural Well-Being and Relationships was an amazing experience. We visited Iolani Place (the home of the Hawaiian royal family), a native teacher taught us an ‘Oli (a chant traditionally recited before entering a sacred area of land or before taking things like flowers or fruit from the land), and we participated in a service learning project helping to rebuild the wall of an 800 year old aquaculture site. We also visited the Byodo-in Temple, Waimea Valley, and the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones for a presentation on the history of this sacred site. We also visited Pearl Harbor and toured the Arizona Memorial there. We attended a Luau, and learned about nature on a sunset cruise and snorkeling trip. We learned so much from all of the local guides. What an amazing experience!

2017 Summer Research Institute

2017 SRI ParticipantsThe Department of Psychological Science’s 2017 Summer Research Institute was held May 18-24, 2017, led by Drs. Scisco and Dracobly, on factors influencing healthy eating.  Along with our student mentor, Yohan Krumov, Drs. Scisco and Dracobly introduced students to topics about healthy food choices, including variables that influence our short- and long-term decisions about foods to eat. The students also learned how to search and review peer-reviewed literature, develop a research question and design an empirical study to answer that question, and analyze their results using graphical and statistical analysis.

After conducting their independent studies, each student developed a poster and presented it to the group. Below is a list of the student projects.

Kelly Bielonko: The Effects of Health Consciousness and Familiarity with Direct to Consumer Advertising on Perceptions of Natural Dietary Supplements and Their Prescription Counterparts

Jordan Gardiner: Nutritional Knowledge and Self Perception of Health Corresponding with the Ability to Match Front of Package Images with the Equivalent Nutritional Facts

Sarah Henckel: Perceptions of Health Based on Traffic Light Color-Coding on Nutrition Labels

Allison Lundy: Subtle vs. Explicit Messages: Consumer Motivation and Consumer Food Choices

Blake Mamaclay: The Relationships Between Health Consciousness, Color Preference, and Perceived Healthiness

Mikayla Oken: The Effect of a Mindful Eating Exercise on the Enjoyment and Willingness to Eat Disliked Foods

Tess Parker: Effects of Familiarity on Food Preference and Beliefs About Food

Sydney Spencer: The Effect of Social Facilitation on Meal Duration and Food Intake

Michael Tuttle: The Impact of Label Type on Perceived Healthiness and Label Comprehension

Courtney Welch: Effects of Store Brand vs. National Brand on Visual & Taste Preference

2017 CSU Psychology Day

On May 5th, 2017 students from other CSU psychology departments participated in the annual psychology day. Forty seven students from Eastern’s Department of Psychological Science presented posters and 1 oral presentation. Below is a complete list of Eastern students, their mentors, and their project titles:

Malvina Pietrzykowski (Dr. James Diller) Exploring The Relationship Between Religion/Spirituality and Stress In College Students 

Emma Green (Dr. Madeline Fugere) The Relationships Among Eating Habits, Physical Activity, and Stress

Kassandra Agosto (Dr. James Diller) Olfaction’s Influence on Pleasantness and Physiological Arousal  

Abigail Bell (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Effect of Ego-Resiliency on Conformity

Patricia Piotrowska & Nicole Lenares Effects of BST and Individualized Daily Email Prompts as an Intervention to Increase Sustainable Eating Behaviors

Tania Kittoe (Dr. James Diller) Relations between, Religion, and Spirituality and Social Engagement in Emerging Adults  

Madison LaRusso (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Extraversion and Preference for Competition: Differences Comparing Sibling Structure 

Amanda Gionfriddo (Dr. Peter Bachiochi)  Relationships Between Internet Use, Jealousy, and Relationship Satisfaction

Danielle Nobitz (Dr. Peter Bachiochi) Sleep Quality, Anxiety, and Emotional Eating among College Students

Samantha Hengel (Dr. Peter Bachiochi) The Influence of Social Media Use on Romantic Relationships

Autumn Dupuis (Dr. Peter Bachiochi) The Effects of Work on School Involvement 

Katelyn Murray (Dr. Peter Bachiochi) The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence, Empathy and Psychological Well-Being

Sydney Batchelder (Dr. Jenna Scisco) Effects of Familiarity and Praise on Learning in the Presence of Others    

Jennifer Gumbulevich, Sarah Casolo, Alyssa Daneault, Yohan Krumov, Lauren Leavey, Rachel Scrivano, Sydney Batchelder, & Olivia Bacha (Dr. Jenna Scisco) The Impact of Front-of-Package Food Labels on Parent Food Choice  

Daphne Botteron (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Effects of Emotional Intelligence and Perceived Social Support on Overall Life Satisfaction  

Melanie Byrne & Michael Pelletier (Dr. James Diller)  Increasing Composting Behaviors on a College Campus

Jill Monck (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Relationship between Stress Levels, Exercise and Mindfulness

William Watson (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Impacts of Stereotype Awareness and Stigmatization on Self-Esteem

Zachary Taylor (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Relationship Between Stress, Anxiety, and Family Dysfunction

Tyler Smith (Dr. James Diller) The Effect of Music on Aggression and Negative Affect

Tyler Smith & Sabrina McFarlane (Dr. James Diller) The Reduction of Meat Consumption to Better the Environment

Chloe Lamarre & Danielle Wieland (Dr. James Diller) Behavior Change Plan: Recycling with College Students

Madi van’t Slot (Dr. James Diller) Correlation between Sexual Satisfaction, Relationship Satisfaction and Self-Esteem

Meena Niazi (Dr. Joe Dracobly)  Getting away with murder: A comparison of approaches to understanding criminal behavior

Rebecca MacFarlane & Madeline vant’Slot ( Dr. James Diller) A Study of littering behavior on campus

Emily Cates (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Relationship Between Time Management, Academic Stress, and Procrastination

Lateesha Ware, Brianna Agosta-Lawes, & Uyen Huynh (Dr. Diller) Decreasing Shower Behavior Across Three Residential Environments

Olivia Morrison (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Relationship of Social Anxiety and Stress in the LGBTQ+ Community

Shannon Connors (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Body Image and Disordered Eating Compared between Athletes and Non-Athletes

Anna Gallant (Dr. Peter Bachiochi) Relationship Satisfaction, Social Media Use, and Facebook Jealousy

Ashley Williams (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Effects of Sexual Behavior and Sexual Knowledge on Condom Use

Ashley Williams & Sydney Batchelder (Dr. James Diller) Promoting Shuttle Use on a University Campus

Taylor Culver (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Association Between the Big Five Personality Traits, Parenting Quality and Criminal Behavior

Allison Marino (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Effects of Sleep, Stress, and Anxiety in College Students

Jessica Hynds & Brianna Lopez (Dr. James Diller) Visual Prompting Effects on Recycling

Yohan Krumov (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Interactions of Process Praise, Noise, and Extraversion on Puzzle Performance

Courtney Binkowski  (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Impact of a Working University Student on Anxiety and Stress Levels

Brieanne McAvoy (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Exercise, Happiness and Productivity Among College Students

Nicole Fuhrmann (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Self-Stigma and Gender Roles on the Attitudes Towards Mental Illness: A Correlational Study

Rebecca MacFarlane & Madeline van’tSlot (Dr. James Diller) A Study of Littering Behavior on Campus

Ellie Frankinburger (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Masculine and Feminine Face Types on Participant Rated Facial Attractive and Perceived Trustworthiness

Hannah Byrne (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Implicit and Explicit attitudes towards Homosexuality

Arlette Pinel (Dr. Joe Dracobly) Television Media’s Impact on Female’s Body Perception

Jessica Seymour (Dr. Joe Dracobly) The Relationship Between Motivation, Self-Identity and Stress-Management on Exercise

Meagan Miller (Dr. Peter Bachiochi) The Influence of the Presence of a Confederate and Gender on Conforming to an Eyewitness Testimony

Dr. Leo Schneiderman Founder of Psychology Endowed Scholarship

I am writing on behalf of the Psychology Department to let you know that we have recently established the Dr. Leo Schneiderman Founder of Psychology Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to psychology majors with financial need.

All graduating seniors and recent graduates (years 2007-2016) are eligible to participate in the High5 program. If you participate, you can request that your donations fund the Dr. Leo Schneiderman scholarship. You can sign up for the High5 program by contacting Ryan Rose at: rosery@easternct.edu

To read more about the High5 program visit:

If you donate to the High5, you will just need to type Leo Schneiderman Scholarship in the box that states “please specify fund(s) and/or scholarship(s) here” on the High5 donation form.

All alumni graduating before the year 2007 who are not eligible for the High5 program can still donate to the scholarship. Even small donations make a difference! If you’d like to donate to this scholarship, you can contact Joe McGann (860.465.4514) in the advancement office or you can donate online here:

If you choose the online option, check the button for “scholarships and other funds” and then write in “Dr. Leo Schneiderman Scholarship” in the box where it asks to specify which scholarship you want to fund.

To read more about the Dr. Leo Schneiderman Founder of Psychology Endowed Scholarship visit:

As a department, we hope that you will consider contributing to our scholarship to help future psychology majors. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at keyesme@easternct.edu.

Psychology Student Wins Library Award

Malvina Pietrzykowski has been selected to receive The J. Eugene Smith Library 2017 Freshman/Sophomore Student Library Research Award for her research titled “The neuropsychological effects of religion and spirituality.”  Malvina was mentored by Dr. Margaret Letterman.