Recent Student Research

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

Our students present and publish with faculty at a much higher rate than national norms. In 2018-2019, a total of 41 of our psychology and neuroscience undergraduates presented at research conferences. 

Scranton students gain research experience in psychology through 4 avenues:

  • Volunteer as research assistant
  • Faculty/Student Research Program, a Scranton program in which research is noted on your transcript
  • Undergraduate Research in Psychology, for credit
  • Honors thesis for academic credit
  

Below are recent conference presentations and journal articles coauthored by our psychology students from 2017 to 2019. Student names are marked by an asterisk (*).

  • *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
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • *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.
  • 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.
  • *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.
  • *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
  • *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.
  • *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
  • *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.