Dr. Michelle Nicolescu listens to a psychology student present her research during a poster session

Student & Faculty Research

An extracurricular learning opportunity that students are advised to consider is collaborative research with departmental faculty. All of the full-time members of the Department conduct empirical research in their area of expertise, and students are urged to gain research experience by working with faculty members. This experience is especially useful for students intending to enroll in graduate school, although students halting their education at the Bachelor's level can also gain valuable knowledge from this experience. Furthermore, beyond the research conducted as part of faculty members' labs, students may gain research experience in the context of the completion an individualized research project, which is another graduation capstone project option (in addition to internships); 30% of our students complete their capstone requirement in this manner.

Students engaged in research will frequently interact with faculty in a manner that is different from classroom interactions, and come to gain a wealth of advice concerning both graduate school and "real world" work experiences. In addition, many students present the work done with faculty at professional conferences, and/or appear as authors on versions of their work appearing in various peer-reviewed professional journals. For a copy of the full department handbook with additional information, email Dr. Lou Manza at manza@lvc.edu.

 

Student & Faculty Publications

2016

Kitchens, M. B., Wilson, B., & Remper, B. (2016, January). The cognitive accessibility of God: Describing natural word-associations with the concept of God. Poster presented at the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Conference, San Diego, CA.

Meyer, J., Manza, L., Sorber, K., Cook, M., & Acevedo, C. (2016). Writing skills and college students: Relationships between composition-related attitudes/behaviors and academic entitlement. Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Potosnak, A., Manza, L., Fleming, M., Sorber, K., Meyer, J., Parsons, C., Aguilar, E., & Umbrell, T. (2016). Paranormal firewalls and metacognitive awareness: Separating pseudoscientific beliefs and decision-making. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol (PA) Poster Event (Spring), Harrisburg, PA.

2015

Oliveri, J., Manza, L., & Meyer, J. (2015). College students and writing: Connections between composition-related grades, attitudes, & behaviors. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

Eyler, R., Manza, L., Sorber, K., McKain, K., Madanat, S., Lachance, K., & Harris, A. (2015). Grit in and out of the classroom: Associations with habits of mind, exposed parenting, and academic entitlement. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol (PA) Poster Event (Spring), Harrisburg, PA. 

Harris, A., Manza, L., Morse, B., Meyer, J., Potosnak, A., & Eyler, R. (2015). Pseudoscientific beliefs and their connections to reasoning errors, religiosity, tolerance for ambiguity, and cognitive reflection. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

McKain, D., McKain, K., & Smedley, K. (2015). Digit ratio and celebrity worship on the college campus. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

McKain, K., McKain, D., & Laguna, L. (2015). The impact of physical exercise as a coping strategy for dealing with stress among pre-service police applicants. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

2014

Wilson, B., Dorman, K., Harris, A., Samper, J., Buzinski, S.G., & Kitchens, M.B. (2014). Ego-depletion and prejudice: The influence of perceived social pressure to be non-prejudiced. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Boyle, R.S., Siffin, K E., Kitchens, M.B., & Niculescu, M. (2014). The relationship between genetics and personality factors in peer-pressure susceptibility. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Kitchens, M.B., Pruett, E., Graby, B., Mackey, K., Chaffier, L., & Samper, J. (2014). Emotional attention fosters the development of emotional intelligence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality & Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Honchar, K., Manza, L., Eyler, R., & McKain, K. (2014). Critical thinking instruction and its connection to divergent reasoning approaches and attitudes towards pseudoscience. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Lachance, K., Manza, L., Bogert, D., & Tarson, C. (2014). Grit and habits of mind: Self-perceptions across academic and non-academic contexts. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Niculescu, M., Cerullo, K.J., Hess, K., Rupslaukyte, R.E., Stoothoff, B., Enman, N., Hesterberg, K., Manza, L., & Hutchinson, K.E. (2014). The involvement of the CNR1 gene in impulsivity and stress response in alcohol-related behaviors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Ronco, R., Manza, L., Harris, A., Oliveri, J., Honchar, K., Hoover, J., Zeller, J., Pruett, E., & Geyer, J. (2014). Predicting pseudoscientific beliefs: Connections to tolerance for ambiguity, religiosity, and cognitive reflection. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

McKain, D., McKain, K., & Laguna, L. (2014). Body mass index and locus of control. Poster presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association, Boston, MA.

McKain, K., McKain, D., & Laguna, L. (2014). Negative cognitions and their impact on activity level. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Dodson, D.L., Jackson, K., Koller, K., & Lachance, K. (2014). A comparison of finger maze learning in left- and right-handers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Dorman, K., Harris, A., Wilson, B., Samper, J., Kitchens, M.B., & Buzinski, S.G. (2014). The effect of ego-depletion and social norms on prejudice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

The psychology major allowed me to develop a framework for better understanding myself and the world around me. The relationships and support from professors, as well as small classes, challenged me to think ‘outside the box’ and were truly rewarding.

CHERYL LEE CHISTAKOFF, MSW, LCSW, MH TREATMENT COORDINATOR, LEBANON VETERANS MEDICAL CENTER