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 2014 were:

First Year Student Adviser Title of project
Taylor Bolt Dagenbach Brain Networks
Rawley Eichorst Best Views on Competition
Kelly Erickson Wood Physical Attractiveness and Personality: From Correlation to Causation
Stephanie Gusler Kiang Childhood Peer Victimization Experiences and Adult Psychological
Distress:  The Role of Racial/Ethnic Attributions
Emily Hanson Jayawickreme Identifying Mechanisms of Post-Traumatic Growth
Stephanie McKee Masicampo The Effects of Perpetrator Closeness on Judgments of Moral Purity Violations
David Mendrygal Furr Retrospective Recall Bias among Self-reports of Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms
Asher Rubin Petrocelli The Sin of Prediction:  When the Alternative Becomes Reality
Hannah Stroup Waugh The Role of Anticipating Positive Events in Recovering from Stress
Brandon Weiss Fleeson Testing the Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms and Emotions in a Community Sample
Second Year Student Adviser Title of thesis
Raj Anderson Masicampo The Tree of Knowledge: Children’s Knowledge and their Perceived Morality
Brad Avery Waugh The Relationship Between Emotion-Related thoughts and Emotional Recovery from Stress
Max Barranti Furr Impressions of Moral Considerations and Actions: An Agreement Approach
Julia Brinton Kammrath Strain-Based Work-Home Conflict: Examining the Relative Contribution of Exhaustion and Negative Affect in the Association Between Work Demands and Home Behaviors
Elizabeth Comitz Blumenthal Sensory Gating Ability in Combat Veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom with and without PTSD
Cory Costello Wood Does the Motive Matter?  The Role of Intended Effects in Characterizing Actions and Inferring Personality Traits
Lexie Delone Best Emotion Regulation, Executive Functioning, and Understanding of Intentionality in Children with a History of Pediatric Cancer
Ryan Hampton Dagenbach Combined Aerobic and Cognitive Training Effects on Complex Brain Networks in Older Adults
Stephanie Komoski Stone Self-Regulation in Decisions for the Self Versus Others
Stephen Martin Masicampo Religion and Science: Seeking Meaning in High and Low Construal Levels
Eleanor Palmer Petrocelli Self-Other Differences in Risky Decision Making: An Analysis of Social Values Theory and Construal-Level Theory
Joshua Prasad Jennings Connecting the Dots Between N-Back, Operation Span, and Raven’s Progressive Matrices
Emily Simpson Kiang Comfortable Exploration: An Examination of the Link Between Attachment Anxiety and Emerging Adult Religious Belief
Stephanie Thomas Petrocelli Counterfactual Viewpoints: How Our Viewpoint of Undoing the Past Shapes our Future Expectations and Performance
Jessica Washington Blumenthal Examining the Interaction Between Startle and Response Inhibition