Two Students Awarded Travel Funds

The Department of Psychological Science has awarded two student research grants:

Michael K. Pelletier received funding to present his project, Increasing Composting on a College Campus (co-authored by Melanie Byrne), at the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis & Therapy annual meeting.

Rachel Pilver received funding to present her project, Improving the Public Image of Psychology: Who Should Interventions Target?, at the New England Psychological Association annual meeting.

Volunteer Research Position at the Institute of Living (Hartford)

The Anxiety Disorders Center (the Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital) is seeking motivated, dependable undergraduate students to assist with research studies and database management. Students will be involved in research on anxiety disorders including hoarding disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychophysiology, and neuroimaging. Opportunities are available to attend research meetings, observe MRI sessions, and observe clinical intake assessments.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and maintain study records
  • Data entry using SPSS and Excel
  • Literature review to gather research information
  • Participant recruitment for studies

Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of psychology and research methodology
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Psychology or Neuroscience major preferred
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Minimum time commitment of 8-10 hours per week
  • Experience using SPSS and Excel

Interested applicants, please email a cover letter and CV/resume to:
ADC.research@hhchealth.org.
Phone: 860.545.7391
Email: ADC.research@hhchealth.org
Website: https://instituteofliving.org/programs-services/anxiety-disorders-center

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

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