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.

2017 Department of Psychological Science Honors Night


The Department of Psychological Science held its annual Honors Night on Monday, April 24th.  The event began with Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Escoto.  This was followed by a wonderful presentation by Dr. Jennifer Laney (2009) about her experiences in graduate school and advice for graduating seniors.  This was followed by Dr. Bachiochi introducing the recipients of Departmental Honors.  This year, we celebrated 14 students who earned Departmental Honors, two of whom earned Highest Distinction for their outstanding performance on the department’s Exit Examination (scoring above the 80% percentile, nationwide) and presenting research at a state or national conference.

Highest Distinction
Sydney Batchelder
Leah Slawinowski

High Distinction

Abigail Bell            Kaitlyn Doucette
Jesse Bober         Emma Green
Abigail Caselli       Brandon Martins
Sarah Casolo       Olivia Palen
Brittany Chabot    Melanie Ravo
Caitlin Chabot      Alexandra Steel

After the awarding of Departmental Honors, Dr. Escoto awarded the 2017 the Richard Bronson Membership recipient, Brittany Chabot.  Starting this fall, Brittany will be attending Nova Southeastern University’s M.S., in Family Therapy program.  The evening concluded with the Psi Chi chapter President, Sydney Batchelder, and Vice President, Rachel Scrivano, inducting 40 new members of Psi Chi.

2017 Psi Chi Inductees

Madison Ahearn           Kaylee DeFelice                   Nicole Murphy
Justin Berak                 Brian Duffany                       Elizabeth Navarro
Kelly Bobbitt                 Ellie Frankinburger               Meena Niazi
Jesse Bober                 Nicole Fuhrmann                 Jordan O’Meara
Nicole Bosse                John Gallen                         Malvina Pietrzykowski
Jennie Breton               Olivia Grella                         Jolene Potter
Jordan Brock                Samantha Hengel               Ashley Seward
Melanie Byrne               Elizabeth Hilton                   Molly Smith
Jasmine Carvalho         Karlyn Kerrigan-Jobes         Sydney Spencer
Sarah Casolo                Yohan Krumov                    Caroline Theroux
Ariana Clarke                Joanna Lagasse                  Maddie van’t Slot
Brianna Collins              Nicole Lenares                    Morgan Winship
Alyssa Daneault             Meagan Miller
Ashelyn Davis                Jill Monck

Student Accepted to Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ukraine

Elizabeth Hilton (PSY) applied and was selected to participate in a summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program takes place from May 18 – July 28, 2017. She will receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing and all travel costs will be covered. The program goals are :

  • A two-week long international, onsite (in Ukraine) component to develop and maintain a working collaboration with the staff of KIIS, as well as to increase the cultural, political, and social awareness of the undergraduate students, which can have a large impact on the conceptualization and understanding of mental health,
  • Undergraduate students working closely alongside students with different disciplinary expertise (e.g., psychology and statistics) to participate in all aspects of the research process (e.g., develop research questions, carry-out related literature review and iterative data analysis and disseminate research findings), while under the close mentorship of an interdisciplinary team of well-qualified, faculty undergraduate research mentors for eight-weeks in the United States.

Psychology Summer Courses

Stay on Track to Complete Your Degree with Summer Courses

The following courses are being offered in the summer:

PSY 247 Research Methods I (TR 8am-2pm) This is a required course and can be taken after PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics is passed with a minimum of a C and 9 credits in Psychology (excluding PSY 100 and PSY 101)
PSY 212 Lifespan Development meets the Developmental Course Requirement for the General and Industrial Organizational Concentration
PSY 303 Industrial Organizational can be used to meet the requirements of the General and Industrial Organizational Concentration or as an elective.
PSY 319 Human Sexuality can be used to meet the requirements for the General concentration or elective.
PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology is a required course in the General concentration and in the Child Concentration or as an elective.
PSY 418 Physiological Psychology can be used to meet the requirements of all of the concentrations or as an elective.
PSY 435 Controversies in Child Psychology can be used to the meet the requirements of the Child concentration or as an elective.  PSY 227 Statistics and PSY 247 Methods I must have been taken and passed with a C or better.

Enrollment must reach a total of 8 students or the course may be cancelled.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the professor.  You can also contact the Financial Aid Office to see if adjustments can be made to allow for you to use funds for summer courses.

Assumption College Applied Behavior Analysis Information Session

On Tuesday, March 21st at 5:00 p.m., Assumption College is hosting an Information Session about their Applied Behavior Analysis Program.  The Information Session will take place in the Carriage House at Assumption College.  Program Director Karen Lionello-DeNolf, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, who will discuss key benefits of the ABA program:

Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program prepares students to work in a variety of fields
Coursework covers both typical and atypical development
Practicum classes provide supervised fieldwork experiences
Course sequence and practicum approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Programs meet coursework and experience requirements to apply for licensure as an Applied Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts
Pursue either an applied or research career path – coursework can be tailored to meet your goals
Graduates are well-prepared to apply to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam

All attendees will receive an application fee waiver.

Elizabeth P. Jordan Memorial Scholarship

Each year AAUW Storrs/Willimantic offers a $1,000 scholarship to a female entering her Junior year at either Eastern Connecticut State University or the University of Connecticut. Special consideration may be given to a non-traditional student who might be returning to school to change career or after raising children.  Completed applications must be filed by March 15th of the current year. Awards will be announced on April 1st.  The application is attached.  elizabeth-jordan-scholarship-application-1

Georgetown University M.S. in Integrative Neuroscience

Georgetown University is offering a new MS program in Integrative Neuroscience that is currently accepting applicants for Fall 2017.  They offer tracks in Research and Science Policy as described on our website http://neuro.georgetown.edu/ms_neuroscience.html.  You can also find more information in the attached brochure.  MS_Integrative Neuroscience

Jean H. Thoresen ECSU-AAUP Scholarship

ECSU-AAUP is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Jean H. Thoresen ECSU-AAUP Scholarship is now open.  The competitive scholarship supports ECSU undergraduate students conducting independent or collaborative research projects by assisting with the costs involved in completing one or more research or creative projects and/or presenting research at an academic conference.  See the attached document for more information.  Thoresen Brochure updated 01.17.17