Graduate Research

The department adopts a mentorship model of graduate education in which students work closely with a faculty advisor during their two years in our program.  Typically there is a 2:1 graduate student:faculty ratio that provides the student with individualized attention and, therefore, superior training.  Students conduct both a first year research project and a thesis.

We admit students into the program rather than to work with individual faculty members.  Nonetheless, we do our best to match students with their preferred advisor whenever possible, and thus having a good match with one or two faculty members is an important part of the admission decision.  Thus, we encourage you to highlight at least one or two professors who might be good matches to your interests.  If your interests are still broad, that’s fine, but provide us with some indication of the type of research you are interested in doing.

Most faculty begin working with one new student each year; however, the faculty available to take new students in their lab varies from year to year for various reasons (e.g., sabbaticals, number of openings in a lab, etc.). You are welcome to contact a faculty member to see if she or he anticipates taking a student – please see the department’s faculty web page for research interests and contact information.

The graduate research projects conducted during the Spring of 2015 were:

Second Year Student Adviser Title of project
Everett Altherr Pratt Serotonin receptor 2C agonists block cue-induced reinstatement of sugar-seeking behavior in rats
Savannah Bradley Furr Is borderline personality disorder a risk factor for interpersonal violence?
Caitlin Bush Best Preschoolers’ judgments of emotional facial expressions
Ricky Davis Kiang Religious identity, religious participation, and mental health in Asian American adolescents
Jared Hesse Dagenbach Functional brain network measures and processing speed performance
Andrew Ray Dagenbach Visual search effects on self-regulation
Emily Stagnaro Petrocelli Unpacking the possibilities: How counterfactual and semifactual thinking shape meaning
Adam Tarter Kammrath Big Five Behavior Perceptions Scale: A tool for social perception
Kassidy Velasguez Fleeson Careless or malicious?  Exploring the source of immoral actions
Tim Valshtein Seta Regret for some, regret for all:  Individual differences, outcome severity, and feelings of regret


 2015 Graduates Adviser Title of thesis
Taylor Bolt Dagenbach Functional Localization of Brain Activity in the Iowa Gambling Task Using Graph-Theoretical Methods
Kelly Erickson Wood States of Awareness and Their Associations with Well-Being
Stephanie Gusler Kiang The Role Of Attributions in the Connection Between Authoritarian Parenting and Peer Victimization
Emily Hanson Jayawickreme Examining the Role of Well-Being in Government
Stephanie McKee Masicampo The Effects of Group Membership on Judgments of Moral Purity Violations
Asher Rubin Petrocelli The Detection of Stimulus Bias and the Role of Counterfactual Thinking
Hannah Stroup Waugh The Role Of Attachment in the Use of Positive Emotion Regulation After Stress
Brandon Weiss Fleeson Investigating the Role of Daily Personality in Borderline Personality Disorder
First Year Students Adviser
Leah Brown Blumenthal
Lauren Collier Furr
Michelle Francis Kammrath
Ayat Hamza Fleeson
Laura Hix Jayawickreme
Kathryn Howard Masicampo
Mat Jones Kiang
Rachel Marshall Petrocelli
Abby Nissenbaum Seta
Jon Parillo Stone
Angelica Puzio Best
Kyle St. Hilaire Jennings
Xi Yang Waugh