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Psychological Sciences Students Present Research

PHOTO: Students at Poster sessionSix Psychological Sciences attended the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis (SEABA) annual conference in Wilmington, NC on October 30th.  The conference consisted of nine invited addresses and a poster session.  SEABA’s key mission is to “promote scholarly discourse within and about Behavior Analysis.” (http://www.seaba.org)

During this three-day conference, the Psychological Sciences students presented four posters. These posters were co-authored with faculty in the Department of Graduate Psychology and the Department of Psychology.  The students attended presentations that covered applied research, basic research, and theoretical topics in the field of behavior analysis.  Additionally, two students, Lindsey Mayberry and Stephen Robertson, had the pleasure of introducing two speakers: Dr. John Borrero and Dr. Philip Hineline, respectively.

PHOTO: Lindsey MayberryLindsey Mayberry, a first-year Psychological Sciences student in the Behavior Analysis Concentration commented about her first experience at SEABA:

“SEABA was a great academic and professional experience.  Having the opportunity to discuss my research interests with some of the most respected researchers in the Behavior Analysis field was definitely a highlight.  Being able to present research, in this case during a poster session, enables an exchange of information that will aid both yourself and other researchers present. The conference had basic, applied, and theoretical talks that were applicable to everyone’s professional and/or research interests.  All in all, the conference enabled me to network with other students and professors in the field and let me apply what I have been learning about the classroom.”

PHOTO: Stephen RobertsonStephen Robertson, a second-year Psychological Sciences student in the Behavior Analysis Concentration commented on his experience at SEABA:

“For me, the poster session is the most exciting and beneficial aspect of the conference.  The posters covered a wide range of topics in both basic and applied behavior analysis.  The poster session is a great venue to meet and talk to other students and professors about the research you currently conducting and as a result, receive feedback from various perspectives that helps inform current experiments and guide future research.  In addition, it allows students to assess possible PhD programs by talking to graduate students or professors in the program.  This is a great way to make connections and get inside information about schools to which you would like to apply. ”  

Four of the students (names in bold below) presented posters at the conference and two of the students chaired invited addresses and introduced the speakers who delivered those addresses.

Lambert, T., & Saville, B. K.2 (2009, October). Delay and effort discounting: Predicting performance in an interteaching-based course. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.

Mayberry, L.1, Harner, A. 3, & Saville, B. K. 2 (2009, October). Disordered eating and impulsivity in college women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.

Pope, D.3, Smiley, W.1, Robertson, R. 1, Zinn, T.2 (2009, October) A component analysis of interteaching: What is the impact of mastery quizzes? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.

  • 1 JMU Psychology undergraduate alum
  • 2 Psychological Sciences Faculty
  • 3 current Psychology undergraduate student