An article by Alexis Apel and James Diller was named “Article of the Week” by the Association for Behavior Analysis International!
Apel, A. B., & Diller, J. W. (2017). Prison as punishment: A behavior-analytic evaluation of incarceration. The Behavior Analyst, 40, 243-256. Read it here
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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/.
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:
- Completion of both PSY 227 (Statistics) and PSY 247 (Research Methods I) with a grade of A- or better.
- A GPA within the Psychology major of 3.5 or higher.
- An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Completion of one of the following:
- PSY 480 (Independent Study)
- PSY 490 (Teaching Assistantship)
- PSY 491 (Research Assistantship)
- 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.