Student Research and Travel Grants

Research Projects

The following students received funds to cover some of the expenses incurred to conduct their research projects:

  • Rachel Grenz “A Study on Reducing Implicit Racial Bias,” $300 (Under the supervision of Krisztina Jakobsen).
  • Sarah Skidmore, Cassidy White, Julia Lohman , Allison Brandmark “Using an Eye-Tracking Training Paradigm to Teach Responsiveness to Joint Attention,” $345 (Under the supervision of Krisztina Jakobsen).
  • Ryan Farmer, Peyton Burns, Shiri Abramovitch, Rachel Hosig , Allison Young, Sarah Colyer “A Field Intervention to Reduce Phone-Related Distracted Driving,” $500 (Under the supervision of Natalie Kerr).
  • Danielle Valenti “The effect of Physical Activity on serumGGT in College Students,” $500 (Supervised by Jessica Irons).
  • Emily Zihal, Virginia Wright, Robert Ford, Elizabeth Gott , Collin Gregg, Alyssa Kniffin  “The Effects of Antibiotics and Probiotics on Memory, Depression, and the Hippocampus Across Age Groups,” $500 (Supervised by Melanie Shoup-Knox).
  • Aesha Khan, Morgan Crewe “Rat Psychomotor Vigilance Task Performance Following Chronic Partial Sleep Deprivation & Systemic Administration of Adenosine Antagonists,” $450 (Supervised by Jeff Dyche).

Travel Grants

The following students received funds to cover some of the travel expenses incurred to present their research at professional conferences:

  • Tasha Nguyen, Bennett Heitt, Kathia Bonilla “Agency in Women’s Choices Increases Workplace Backlash” presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) conference in Pittsburgh, PA from June 29-July 1, 2018 (Under the supervision of Kala Melchiori).
  • Karly O’Brien, Katrina Libera (neither attended) “Sexual Assault Prevention Program Impacts Rape Myths through Ambivalent Sexism” presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) conference in Pittsburgh, PA from June 29-July 1, 2018 (Under the supervision of Kala Melchiori).
  • Jessika Pignone “The Application of the DRM to Sequential versus Simultaneous Lineups” presented at the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP) conference in Sarasota, FL from Sept 30-Oct 3, 2018 (Under the supervision of Kethera Fogler).
  • Morgan Crewe “The Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Caffeine on the Rodent Psychomotor Vigilance Task” presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, CA on November 4, 2018 (Under the supervision of Jeff Dyche).
  • Kezziah Wilgus, Madeline Grove “Of Love and Death: Death Anxiety, Attachment, & Suicide as Experienced by College Students” presented at the Existential Psychology Preconference of SPSP in Portland, OR on February 7, 2019 (Under the supervision of Lindsey Harvell-Bowman).
  • Sarah Colyer, Allison Young, Rachel Hosig, Shiri Abramovitch, Diamira Elder, Samantha Lowe, Peyton Burns, Michael Schumacher “Revisiting the Social Stigma of Loneliness” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Natalie Kerr).
  • Ashley Abrams, Madison Braman, Shelby Morton, Noah Glauberman, Mary Pearsall “Individual Variability in Nest Building in Deer Mice” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 17-19, 2019 (Under the supervision of Suzanne Baker).
  • Kathryn Hogan, Stephanie Mangan, Branden Benza “Linguistic Characteristics of Truth Tellers vs. Liars” and “Types of Moral Disengagement most Influential with Mock Jurors” both presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Washington, DC on May 23-26, 2019 (Under the supervision of Kethera Fogler).
  • Natalie Doucette “Adolescent Gender Role Noncomformity, Values, and Future Psychological Adjustment” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of David Szwedo).
  • Jordan Gamache “The Effects of Adolescent Social Experiences on Adult Romantic Jealousy” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of  David Szwedo).
  • Emily Isola “Family of Origin and Young Adults’ Romantic Relationship Outcomes” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of David Szwedo).
  • Rachel Miller “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Romantic Insecure Attachment  Styles: The Moderating Role of Substance Abuse” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of David Szwedo).
  • Kayla Pitchford “Neighborhood Quality, Parenting Behavior, and Grit: Links to Future Adjustment” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of David Szwedo).
  • Natalie Poole “Early Social Pressures as Predictors of Sexual and Romantic Experiences” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of David Szwedo).
  • Shanelle Bailey “Parental Autonomy Support, Passion for Academics, and Perfectionism” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Bryan Saville).
  • Emily Perrow “Passion for Academic Activities and Interpersonal Relationships” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Bryan Saville).
  • Elizabeth Spare “Strengths Use, Passion for Academics, and Well-Being” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Bryan Saville).
  • Katelyn Witt “Passion for Academics, Perfectionism, and Academic Success in College Students” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Bryan Saville).
  • Kelsey Sullivan “Adolescent Social Rejection and Early Adulthood Adjustment” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS) in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of David Szwedo).
  • Emily Booker, Amani McCoy, Emily Thornton “Gender, Race, and Health: Perceptions of Attribution and Believability of Symptoms for Mental and Physical Health” presented at the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) conference in Washington, DC from May 23-26, 2019 (Under the supervision of Tracey Zinn).
  • Catherine Fisher “Using the Alliant Intercultural Competency Scale to Develop Behavioral Scenarios for Assessing Sociocultural Awareness” presented at the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) conference in Washington, DC form May 23-26, 2019 (Under the supervision of Tracy Zinn).
  • Presalla Machalany, Morgan DeLong “Employability Skills and the Psychology Major University” presented at the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) conference in Washington, DC from May 23-26, 2019 (Under the supervision of Tracy Zinn).
  • Keiva Brannigan “Effects of Childhood Trauma on Romantic Relationships and Problem Behaviors” presented at the Virginia Association of Psychological Science conference in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of David Szwedo).
  • Cassidy White “What Captures our Attention?” presented at the Virginia Association of Psychology Science (VAPS) conference in Newport News, VA from April 17-18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Krisztina Jakobsen).
  • Charles Nastos, Paige Fischer, Erin Townsend, Kayla Brice, Rachel Roessel, Adriana Turner, Samantha Harmon “Reinforcer Valuation: Pigeons in a Rapid Demand Procedure” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Sciences (VAPS) conference in Newport News, VA from April 17-19, 2019 (Under the supervision of Dan Holt).
  • Phillip Wong “Student’s Perceptions of Group Work in Team-Based Learning” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Sciences (VAPS) conference in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Krisztina Jakobsen).
  • Adrian Brazell, Aesha Khan, Catharine Trice, Samantha Strauss, Tayler Mallory, Annabelle Gunden “Rodent Psychomotor Vigilance Task Performance Following Chronic Sleep Restriction in Wistar Han and Sprague Dawley Rats” presented at the Virginia Association for Psychological Sciences (VAPS) conference in Newport News, VA on April 18, 2019 (Under the supervision of Jeff Dyche).

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