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!

Psychological Science Night 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Psychological Science Night on Friday, December 9th (Reading Day) from 3-5 PM in the Betty Tipton Room.

Students may submit a project abstract online by clicking here. Up to 80 posters can be accommodated and three students will be selected to give oral presentations.

The Psychological Science Night webpage is located here.

Student Research – Keep Up the Good Work!

Wow! Our students do a LOT of undergraduate research. Check out how many of our students have recently published articles or given presentations about their research, compared to students in other departments across the university: (Psychology starts about halfway down the page). For a full list of our student research dating back to 2008, see Keep up the good work!

Research Participation for PSY 100 & 247

If you are enrolled in PSY 100 or 247 and want to participate in research studies for your research component, the students enrolled in Methods II will be conducting their studies during the following times:

Monday, 10/24 (12 p.m to 7 p.m.)
Tuesday, 10/25 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Wednesday, 10/26 (12 p.m to 7 p.m.)
Thursday, 10/27 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Monday, 10/31 (8 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Tuesday, 11/1 (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Wednesday, 11/2 (8 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Thursday, 11/3 (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Remember also that the department has faculty and independent study student research – this research will most likely start earlier than October 24, so don’t wait to check out the research listings! Go to the department’s Experimetrix page ( to see the available studies. Make sure to register so that you can sign up to participate. More details to follow.

CSU Psychology Day 2016

Congratulations to the following psychology students and their faculty mentors who presented at the 19th Annual Connecticut State University Psychology Day at Southern Connecticut State University (May 2016):

  • Diana Santiago Agustin (Dr. Dracobly)
  • Kaylei Arcangel (Dr. Dracobly)
  • Jesse Bober (Dr. Jin)
  • Melanie Byrne & Royce Manifold (Dr. Jin)
  • Kailey Cassidy (Dr. Bachiochi)
  • Corrie Cirelli (Dr. Keyes)
  • Matthew Collin (Dr. Salters-Pedneault)
  • Annalisa Erickson (Dr. Dracobly)
  • Joseph Fazzino
  • Breanna Fortin (Dr. Salters-Pedneault)
  • Sonja Gagnon (Dr. Keyes)
  • Michelle Gluhosky (Dr. Keyes)
  • Jennifer Gumbulevich (Dr. Cousins)
  • Raquel Estrella (Dr. Salters-Pedneault)
  • Ally Johnson (Dr. Bachiochi)
  • Marisa LaBrecque (Dr. Salters-Pedneault)
  • Kyle Majewski (Dr. Keyes)
  • Solveig Millet (Dr. Danforth)
  • Daniel Mueller
  • Amanda Perreault (Dr. Bachiochi)
  • Stephanie Madden (Dr. Fugère)
  • Karinna Nazario (Dr. Cousins)
  • Michael Pelletier
  • Melanie Ravo (Dr. Dracobly)
  • Meaghan Rodgers (Dr. Danforth)
  • Kaylei Roux (Dr. Dracobly)
  • Kelsey Sanelli (Dr. Dracobly)
  • Rachel Scrivano (Dr. Salters-Pedneault)
  • Alexandra Steel (Dr. Bachiochi)
  • Jordan Viens, Jessica Hynds, and Ryan Wood (Dr. Dracobly)

You can see the titles of their projects as well as past presenters at

Applications for Student Research Funds are now being accepted

Psychology majors and minors (including Cognitive-Neuroscience Majors) can apply for up to $500.00 to be used to assist in deferring the costs of materials needed for independent research projects (instruments, materials). Details and the application can be found at

Psychology majors and minors (including Cognitive-Neuroscience Majors) can apply for funds to travel to present their research at professional forums. Details and the application can be found at

3rd Annual Psychological Science Night

On December 9th, 2016 from 3 to 5 PM the Department of Psychology will host the 3rd Annual Psychological Science Night. This event celebrates the exceptional student research happening in the department. Over 100 psychology majors have presented their work at Psych Science Night in the past two years, and we look forward to another successful event! If you are interested in presenting this year, please talk to a faculty member and consult the Psychological Science Night webpage, located at This page also includes the link for you to submit an abstract of your work. Email Dr. Salters-Pedneault with any questions (