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 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

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.

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

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!