Yale Splash

Splash is a program that brings students from grades 7-12 from all over the country to Yale’s campus for a day to learn from college students. Splash will take place on April 8th this spring, and we hope to include teachers from other colleges for the first time! Depending on interest, we may be able to provide transportation for students to come and teach a few classes throughout the day. Classes are generally one hour long, and can be about almost anything you think the students would find interesting. We have had classes about the science of baking cookies, Pokemon Go, organic chemistry, and everything in between. To get a sense of the vast variety of classes, check out this past catalog. We will even provide materials for you to make your class as interesting as possible for the students. If you are free on April 8th and at all interested in teaching, please fill out this form by February 1st. We will email you by February 10th to let you know about transportation and give you feedback on your class ideas. If this is something you really want to do, make sure to get your friends to sign up with you, since we won’t be able to provide transportation if not enough people sign up. If you have any questions, please email us at Yalesplash@gmail.com!

Spring Exit Exam Schedule

If you are a senior who will graduate in SPRING or SUMMER 2017, you MUST complete the exit exam this semester. This is a graduation requirement and CANNOT be waived.

The exit exam will consist of a national, standardized test with Psychology content. Students scoring below the 50th percentile (on national norms) will be required to complete a remedial exercise prior to commencement. Below are the scheduled dates so you can plan to attend one of them. Later in the semester, you will receive an email asking you to sign up for a session.
Exit Exam Dates
Monday 4/3 4:00pm
Monday 4/3 7:00pm
Tuesday 4/4 4:00pm
Tuesday 4/4 7:00pm
Wednesday 4/5 5:30pm
Wednesday 4/5 7:00pm
Remedial Exercise Dates
Monday 4/17 4:00pm
Monday 4/17 7:00pm
Tuesday 4/18 4:00pm
Tuesday 4/18 7:00pm
Wednesday 4/19 7:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Keyes at keyesme@easternct.edu.

Psychology Students to Present at NCUR 2017

A total of 25 Eastern students will represent the university at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research this April in Memphis, TN. Five of those students are from the Psychology department, with a total of eight presentations (4 oral, 4 poster):

  • Sydney Batchelder, Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation as predictors of anxiety and depression (Poster Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Kristi Salters-Pedneault)
  • Sydney Batchelder, Familiarity and reinforcement interact to predict performance in the presence of others (Oral Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Jenna Scisco)
  • Abby Caselli, Relationship between attitudes towards casual sex, gender roles and condom advocacy (Oral Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Kristi Salters-Pedneault)
  • Brittany Chabot, Technology use, attachment styles and relationship satisfaction among dating couples (Oral Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Madeleine Fugère)
  • Marisa LeBrecque-Grenier, Thought suppression, negative affect, and worry (Poster Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Kristi Salters-Pedneault)
  • Marisa LeBrecque-Grenier, Sociosexuality, adult relationship attachment style, and current relationship satisfaction (Oral Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Kristi Salters-Pedneault)
  • Alexandra Steel, Animal assisted therapy, mood, and social facilitation (Poster Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Peter Bachiochi)
  • Alexandra Steel, Conscientiousness and impulsivity relation to discounting tasks (Poster Presentation, Faculty Mentor: Kristi Salters-Pedneault)

The department congratulates Sydney, Abby, Brittany, Marisa, and Alex for representing us well at the national level!

Mock GRE Sessions

Are you interested in applying to graduate school? Many graduate schools require taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a standardized test. Eastern’s chapter of Psi Chi is hosting two mock GRE sessions to allow students to practice. These will be:

Wednesday, November 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Webb 307
Thursday, November 17 from 7:30 – 9:30 in Webb 206

The cost for this practice test is $5. Please bring exact change or a check written to “ECSU Psi Chi”.

Be sure to email Dr. Dracobly (dracoblyj@easternct.edu) to reserve your seat at one of these sessions!

Assumption College: MA in Clinical Counseling Psychology

Assumption College offers a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology. This program is 60 credits, and students who complete the program are eligible for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and most other states in the country. The curriculum is structured so that students can complete the program in as few as two years.

The Clinical Counseling Psychology Program at Assumption College is unique because it is one of the few Counseling Psychology programs in the country to fully integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) theory and practice in addressing common clinical problems like aggressive behavior in children, ADHD, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. The program offers optional concentrations in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies and Child and Family Interventions. Students can complete both concentrations within the 60-credit curriculum without taking additional courses.


  • The Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College attracts CBT practitioners from around the globe to present at and attend workshops and lectures on campus.
  • Assumption offers generous Graduate Fellowships with 30 credits of tuition remission.
  • You choose four electives, which provides flexibility to focus on your personal interests.
  • All faculty bring extensive clinical experience to the classroom, and full-time faculty also have impressive research credentials.
  • The numerous practicum-internship opportunities in Worcester, a city renowned for health care, are key components of the program.

Additional information is presented at the Assumption College web site: http://graduate.assumption.edu/counseling-psychology/ma-clinical-counseling-psychology-overview

Assumption College is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is in Central Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston. Worcester is the second largest city in New England, with 10 colleges or universities in Worcester or close to the city. Health care is a major part of the local economy, and there is an extensive network of mental health agencies in Central Massachusetts – which offers many options for practicum and internship placements.

If you have questions about the program or would like to talk with the program director, you are welcome to e-mail Dr. Leonard Doerfler at doerfler@assumption.edu or call him at (508) 767-7549.

Psychological Science Night 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Psychological Science Night on Friday, December 9th (Reading Day) from 3-5 PM in the Betty Tipton Room.

Students may submit a project abstract online by clicking here. Up to 80 posters can be accommodated and three students will be selected to give oral presentations.

The Psychological Science Night webpage is located here.

EPA Call for Papers/Posters

You are invited to submit a paper, poster, or symposium proposal for the March 16-18, 2017 Eastern Psychological Association meeting at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA. The standard room rate will be $179 (plus taxes). Rooms can be reserved at the group rate until February 10, 2017 by following the link: https://bostonparkplaza.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=100&mode=b&pm=true&sr=156624&vr=3

EPA dues/registration for Members and Fellows is $70 and $30 for Associates (students) if paid by March 1, 2017. There are no other registration fees.

To pay dues/registration, go to http://www.easternpsychological.org/, click on Members Only at the top of the left menu, and then click on Renew Your Membership. After you have paid your dues by credit card, click again on Members Only. Depending on your membership type, you will then click on either Member Proposals, Fellow Proposals, or Associate Proposals to submit your proposal.

Please remember that only paid-up Members, Fellows, and Associates may submit proposals for the meeting. If you are planning to submit a proposal, please do not wait until the last moment to pay dues, as payments may take up to 48 hours to process. All associates must have a faculty sponsor who, at the time of the submission, is a current EPA Member with dues paid for the current year.

The submissions site is open now and will close promptly at 5:00 PM EST on November 15, 2015.

To access the site, please use the login information on the Members Only page. Please be certain to read the EPA submissions guidelines and the FAQ page prior to preparing your submission.

As in recent years, another call for proposals for a special undergraduate poster session will be issued later for a December 1, 2016 deadline; however, space will be very limited, and undergraduate students (Associates) are strongly advised to apply for the regular November 15 deadline if at all possible.

This year’s meeting continues EPA’s tradition of offering cutting edge developments in psychological science, application and teaching in the form of exciting lectures, symposia and posters.