Spring 2018 Message from the Department

On behalf of the Department of Psychological Science, we want to welcome you to the Spring 2018 Semester. Throughout the coming academic year, we will be reaching out to you via your school email account. However, we will be relying primarily on our website to keep you up to date on news and events in the department (http://www.easternct.edu/psychology/blog-posts/).

The department is pleased to announce that we are now offering a concentration in Mental Health Counseling and the Child & Youth Concentration is now a Developmental Concentration. Remember that the concentrations are unique for the Bachelor’s Degree. If you have any interest in changing concentrations, you should pick up the form (outside of the Department Office) and meet with an advisor in that concentration (this information is on the department webpage).

We have several events planned for this semester. If you have met the requirements for Psi Chi, you will be receiving an invitation from a faculty member over the next 2 weeks.

We will be holding our first Psychology Graduate School Fair in the Betty Tipton Room on April 5th between 6-7pm. More details will be posted on our website as they become available.

On April 23rd we will hold our Honors Night in the Betty Tipton Room starting at 6pm. We will be inducting members into our chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology and recognizing students who have met the criteria for our departmental honors distinction.

On May 4th the CSU Psychology Day will be held at Central Connecticut State University. Students who have research they have completed should talk their faculty member about the possibility of presenting at this event.

For any students who will be graduating in May or August of 2018, the dates and times for the Exit Exam sessions (which is a graduation requirement for Psychology majors) are listed below. You will be receiving email notification to save the date very soon and later in the semester you will receive notification to sign up for a session. If you have any questions, email Dr. Keyes at keyesme@easternct.edu.

Monday 4/2 4:00-7:00pm
Monday 4/2 7:00-10:00pm
Tuesday 4/3 4:00-7:00pm
Tuesday 4/3 7:00-10:00pm
Wednesday 4/4 4:00-7:00pm
Wednesday 4/4 7:00-10:00pm

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

PsiChi

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.

Psi Chi Inductees 2016

Congratulations to the newly-inducted members of Psi Chi (April 2016)

  • Erica Armes
  • Courtney Binkowski
  • Abigail Caselli
  • Sarah Coady
  • Matthew Collin
  • Megan Cordeau
  • Kaitlyn Doucette
  • Justin Duperry
  • Amber Dupont
  • Annaliisa Erickson
  • Raquel Estrella
  • Allyson Gyarfas
  • Nora Hanna
  • Brittany Hay
  • Liceth Hernandez
  • Emily Hogue
  • Jessica Hynds
  • Rachel Judson
  • Jillian Kelly
  • Marisa LaBrecque
  • Madison LaRusson
  • Kirsten Larson
  • Brieanne McAvoy
  • Morgan Maliff
  • Royce Manifold
  • Allison Marino
  • Alicia Maule
  • Lisa Mazzola
  • Kaitlyn Murphy
  • Karinna Nazario
  • Heather Nowak
  • Natalie Osman
  • Desiree Patrick
  • Taylor Pendergast
  • Rachel Pilver
  • Victoria Pisano
  • Mallory Papp
  • Melanie Ravo
  • Kaylei Roux
  • Alexandra Steel
  • Eri Szela
  • Ryan Wood
  • Mikayla Zagata

Spring 2016 Departmental Honors

Congratulations to the following Spring 2016 Departmental Honors recipients: Kaylei B. Arcangel, Alexis Apel, Robert Barry, Annaliisa Erickson, Sonja Gagnon, Michelle Gluhosky, Jenna Gray, Lisa Macari, Stephanie Madden, Royce Manifold, Solveig Millet, Karinna Nazarrio, Kaylei Roux, and Kaitlin Thibodeau.

The criteria for Departmental Honors and a list of past recipients can be viewed at http://www.easternct.edu/psychology/honors/.

 

Departmental Honors

The psychology department has created a departmental honors program to be presented in the Spring for graduates. Below are the criteria:

High Distinction requires the satisfaction of the following criteria:

  1. Completion of both PSY 227 (Statistics) and PSY 247 (Research Methods I) with a grade of A- or better.
  2. A GPA within the Psychology major of 3.5 or higher.
  3. An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  4. Completion of one of the following:
    • PSY 480 (Independent Study)
    • PSY 490 (Teaching Assistantship)
    • PSY 491 (Research Assistantship)
  5. Presentation of (or acceptance to present) a first-author/co-author research project at a CSU Psychology Day.  This does NOT include Psychological Science Night or the CREATE research conferences.

Highest Distinction requires satisfaction of the above criteria as well as scoring at the 80th percentile or higher (compared to national norms) on the pre-graduation Exit Exam and presentation of (or acceptance to present) a first-author/co-author research project at a State/Regional/National Conference.

Students who meet Criteria 1 – 3 will be contacted to verify that they have completed Criteria 4 and 5.