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Recent Student Research

Most renowned psychology programs offer few opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research with faculty. Not so at the University of Scranton! 

We encourage all of our students to engage in research. In fact, Scranton pyschology students present and publish with faculty at a much higher rate than national norms. In 2018-2019, for instance, 41 of our psychology and neuroscience undergraduates presented at research conferences. Academic year 2019-2020 presentations were limited due to COVID-19.

Our students gain psychology research experience through four avenues. They can:

  • Volunteer their time as a research assistant without academic credit.
  • Take part in the Faculty/Student Research Program, a university-wide program for undergraduates. Although students do not receive academic credit, the research is noted on their transcripts.
  • Enroll in Undergraduate Research in Psychology (PSYC 493 and 494), which provides both academic credit and transcript recognition. 
  • Conduct research and write a thesis as part of the Honors Program.
Dr. Orr and student Dr. Hogan and student Dr. Kuhle and student
Below are recent conference presentations and journal articles co-authored by our students. Their names are marked by an asterisk (*).
  • 2020 Presentation & Articlesplus or minus

    • *Long, E., *Ziede, J., & Burnham, B. R. (2019, November). Directionality moderates perception of major versus minor scales and melodies. Poster presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    • Cannon, J. T., *Patel, M. U., & Marshall, S. A. (2020). Comparing the facial landmarks of famous people with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder to control using logistic regression and neural network. Poster presented at the Scranton Brain and Behavior Conference, The University of Scranton, March 7, 2020.
    • Coviello, C.*, Wolff, C., & Karpiak, C.P. (2019, August). Predictors of PCIT completion in a community setting: A pilot study. Poster presented at the PCIT International Biennial Convention, Chicago, IL.
    • Coviello, C.*, Coviello, K.*, Long, E.*, Golden, J.*, Wolff, C., Karpiak, C., & Goldschlager, J.* (2020, June). PCIT in a community treatment setting: Early engagement and patterns of change. Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Virtual.
    • Kemp, G. N., *Mitnick, M. M., & *Adams, T. N. (2020, March). Parental depressive symptoms and economic stressors: Moderating effect of Afrocentric worldview. Poster accepted for presentation at the 125th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
    • Nolan, J. M., *Bock, C., *Basalyga, O., *DiSanto, N., & *Hacker, C. (2020, March) Content Analysis of 1,000+ Proenvironmental Behavior (PEB) Articles. 2020 Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association. [Poster submitted and accepted but not presented in person due to COVID19.]
    • *Bock, C. & Nolan, J. M. (2020, March). Tire Pressure Field Experiment Testing the Effectiveness of Acknowledgment of Resistance. 2020 Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association. [Poster submitted and accepted but not presented in person due to COVID19.
    • Norcross, J. C., Sayette, M. A., & *Martin-Wagar, C. A.*(2020). Doctoral training in counseling psychology: Analyses of 20-year trends, differences across the practice-research continuum, and comparisons with clinical psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
    • Norcross, J. C., & *Phillips, C. M. (2020). Psychologist self-care during the pandemic: Now more than ever. Journal of Health Service Psychology. 10.1007/s42843-020-00010-5
    • *Ziede, J. S., & Norcross, J. C. (2020). Personal therapy and self-care in the making of psychologists.  Journal of Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/00223980.2020.1757596
    • *Pfund, R. A., Hailstorks, R., Stamm, K. E., Christidis, P., Conroy, J. C., *Dillon, K. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2019, August). Prevalence, structure, and timing of the careers in psychology course. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • *Martin-Wagar, C. A., Norcross, J. C., & Sayette, M. A. (2019, August). Theoretical orientations of counseling and clinical psychology faculty: A systematic comparison. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • Hailstorks, R., Stamm K. E., *Pfund, R. A., Christidis, P., Conroy, J. C., *Dillon, K. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2019, August). Undergraduate psychology programs provide lots of career assistance in some areas & little in others. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • Conroy, J. C., Christidis, C., *Pfund, R. A., Hailstorks, R., Stamm, K. E., & Norcross, J. C. (2019, October). Career assistance provided to psychology students through college career centers: Results of a national survey. Poster presented at the 18th annual Conference on Teaching Psychology, Denver, CO.
    • *Ziede, J. S., Norcross, J. C., & Sayette, M. A. (2020, March). Pre-admission interview policies of APA-accredited programs: You will be interviewed!  Poster accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. (Conference cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.)      
    • *George, J.V., *Gunawan, G., *Wislotsky, A.A., & Orr, P.T. (2019). Acetaminophen exposure during the juvenile period impairs motor coordination in C57Bl/6 mice, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, Program # 643.07.
    • *Gunawan, G., *Wierbowski, S.N., & Orr, P.T. (2019).  Prenatal acetaminophen exposure alters FAAH expression in newborn C57Bl/6 mice, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, Program #643.08. 
    • *Stapf, C.A., *Wislotsky, A.A., & Orr, P.T. (2019).  Acute acetaminophen exposure impairs object recognition memory in female mice, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, Program #603.25. 
    • *Walter, F.A., *Johns, M.R., Orr, P.T.  (2019). The effects of AM4113, a neutral cannabinoid antagonist, on object recognition memory in male mice, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, Program #603.26.
  • 2019 Presentations & Articlesplus or minus

    • *Pfund, R. A., Hailstorks, R., Stamm, K. E., Christidis, P., Conroy, J. C., *Dillon, K. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2019, August). Prevalence, structure, and timing of the careers in psychology course. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
    • *Ziede, J., *Long., E., & Burnham, B. R. (2019, March). Perception of major/minor keys by ascending vs. descending pitch. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY
    • Kemp, G. N., *Diana, M., *Mitnick, M., *DiSanto, N., & * Fortino, S. (March, 2019). Youth psychosocial development. Video conference presented at Cornerstone’s Saturday Enrichment Program parent meeting, Boston, MA.
    • *Buckhaults, K. A., *Hayford, H., *Dillon, K., & Orr, P. T. (2019, March). Environmental factors and dietary behaviors relate to self-reported hyperpalatable food satisfaction. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
    • *Montalbano, M., *Chapman, P. & Nolan, J. M. (2019, March). Motivating support for environmental organizations by combining information about descriptive norms. Poster presented at the the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.
    • *Garvey, D., *Lopez, M., & Nolan, J. M. (2019, March).  Predicting Race IAT Feedback Acceptance. Poster presented at the convention of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.
    • *Kollar, C. A., *Leitner, M., *Go, G., & Warker, J. A. (2019, March). The effect of mood on memory for emotional material. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
    • Norcross, J. C., & *Alexander, E. F. (2019). A primer on psychotherapy integration. In J. C. Norcross & M. R. Goldfried (Eds.), Handbook of psychotherapy integration (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. 
    • *Dillon, K. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2019, March). What makes for a good undergraduate teaching assistantship? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
    • *DiSanto, N., *Chapman, P., *Tolani, H., *Melara, J., *McGowan, R., & Nolan, J. M. (2019, March).   Self-Verification of Prejudice and Support for Donald Trump. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY.
    • Warker, J., *Mueller, A., *Alvarado, C., & *Marushin, J. (2019, March). The effect of working memory load on joke comprehension. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
  • 2018 Presentations & Articlesplus or minus

    • Cannon, J. T., *Bielinski, T. M., *Anzulewicz, C., & *Lau, A. R. (2018, November). Bipolar disorder can be predicted by neural network and logistic regression of facial  components. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA. 
    • Kuhle, B. X., *Beck, W. C., *Dzieza, A. E., *Lavelle, K. D., & *Piranio, A. M. (2018, July). To swipe left or right? Sex differences in Tinder profiles: A replication study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Nolan, J. M., *Hanley, B. G., *DiVietri, T. P. & *Harvey, N. (2018). She who teaches learns: Performance benefits of a jigsaw activity in a college classroom. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 4(2), 93.
    • *Milewski, T. M., & Orr, P. T. (2018). Acetaminophen disrupts memory in object recognition and increases extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation in male mice. Behavioral Neuroscience.   
    • *Wood, D., *Walter, F. A., *Milewski, T.M., & Orr, P. T. (2018, November). Intermittent fasting alters the effects of stress on water maze and rotarod performance. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.
    • Warker, J. A., Fischer-Baum, S., Holloway, C., *Poirier, R., & *Fasano, R. (2018, November). Using errors to measure learning of phonotactic-like and arbitrary positional constraints. Presented to the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA
    • *Pfund, R. A., Norcross, J. C., Hailstorks, R., Stamm, K. E., & Christidis, P. (2018). Introduction to psychology: Course purposes, learning outcomes, and assessment practices. Teaching of Psychology, 45, 213-219.
    • Kuhle, B. X., *Beck, W. C., *Dzieza, A. E., *Lavelle, K. D., & *Piranio, A. M. (2018, July). To swipe left or right? Sex differences in Tinder profiles:A replication study. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Arigo, D., *Pasko, K., & *DiBisceglie, S. (2018, April). Relations between daily social perceptions and objectively assessed physical activity among college women. Symposium conducted at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
    • *Plantier, N. G., O’Malley, J. J., & Norcross, J. C. (2018, March). What do readers take away from a research-infused self-help book? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
    • Hogan, T. P., *Kuryluk, N. A., *McGowan, R. C., & *Plantier, N. G. (2018, March). Factorial structure of attitudes toward mathematics for USA students. Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
    • *Alexander, E. F., & Hogan, T. P. (2018, March). Mathematics achievement-attitude relationship in TIMSS 2015: The effect of regional grouping. Presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
    • *Poirier, R., *Fasano, R., Warker, J., & Fischer-Baum, S. (2018, March). Speech errors reveal learning bias for syllable positional constraints. Presentation at annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association.
    • *Fasano, R., *Bachman, S., *Burke, J., & Karpiak, C. P. (2018). Cognitive patterns associated with autism-spectrum and ADHD tendencies in non-clinical young adults. Presentation at annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
    • *Plantier, N. G., *Pfund, R. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2018). PowerPoint presentations for Prochaska & Norcross’s Systems of Psychotherapy (ninth ed.). New York: Oxford University Press
  • 2017 Presentations & Articlesplus or minus

    • *Milewski,. T. M., *Patel, S., *Stapf, C. A., *Wierbowski, S. N., Orr, P. T. (November, 2017). Acute exposure to acetaminophen impairs object recognition memory in mice. Presentation at Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, Program #424.09.
    • *Stapf, C. A., *Walter, K. N., *Talerico, K. E., & Orr, P. T. (November, 2017). Acute restraint stress impairs object recognition memory in female mice. Presentation at Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, Program #424.15.
    • *Moran, J. B., Kuhle, B. X., Wade, T. J., & Seid, M. S. (2017, August). To poach or not to poach? Men are more willing to short-term poach mated women who are more attractive than their mates. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 8, 58-69.
    • *Lavery, J., *Langford, K., *Hoffman, P., *Milewski, T.M., Orr, P.T., & Squire, M.E. (2017). Prenatal exposure to acetaminophen affects tissue mineral density and microarchitecture of young adult murine bone. Presentation at annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Program #MO0503.
    • Hogan, T. P., *DeStefano, M., *Gilby, C., *Kosman, D., & *Peri, J. (2017, March). Reviewing the test reviews: A study of MMY. Poster presented at meeting of Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
    • *Gilby, C. & Karpiak, C. P. (2017, March). Do skepticism-promoting images alter Fitspiration’s impact on body esteem? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
    • *Lopez, M. & Nolan, J. M. (2017, March). Participants more accepting of implicit feedback on the Race-IAT that is consistent with their explicit attitudes. Poster presented at the convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
    • *Alexander, E. F., & Norcross, J. C.  (2017, March). Causes and cures of psychoquackery: A content analysis of 25 expert sources. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
    • Slotterback, C., *Lavelle, K., & *Matthews, S. (2017, March). Times are tough: Children’s awareness of economic stability in their Santa Letters. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Meeting, Boston, MA.
    • *Matthews, S., & Slotterback, C. (2017, March). All I want for Christmas: An examination of children's non-toy requests. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Boston, MA.
    • Norcross, J. C., *Nolan, B. M., *Kosman, D. C., & *Fernández-Alvarez, H. (2017). Redefining the future of SEPI:  Member characteristics, integrative practices, and organizational satisfactions. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 27, 3-12.
    • Norcross, J. C., *Zimmerman, B. E., Greenberg, R. P., & Swift, J. K. (2017). Do all therapists do that when saying goodbye? A study of commonalities in termination behavior. Psychotherapy, 54, 66-75.