Recent Psychology Department Faculty Professional Activities

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  • Michael B. Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Psychology, submitted a paper titled “Word clouds: A tool to assess a change in students thinking” to the journal College Teaching.
  • Lou Laguna, Professor of Psychology, submitted a paper titled "Limitations of the MMPI-2-K-Scale as a useful predictor of performance" with LVC student Stephanie Mannon to the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Michael B. Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Steve G. Buzinski, former LVC student and LVC teaching fellow, presented a poster titled “Ego-depletion and prejudice: The influence of perceived social pressure to be non-prejudiced” at the at the 2013 SPSP Self-Regulation Pre-Conference in New Orleans, LA.
  • Michael B. Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presented a poster titled “The self and religious experience: Religious internalization predicts religious comfort” at the 14th annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans, LA.
  • Lou Laguna, Professor of Psychology, co-authored four conference presentations with four different LVC students at the Eastern Psychological Conference in New York, NY.
  • Lou Manza, Professor of Psychology, co-authored a poster presentation titled “Intuitive and reflective cognitive styles: Their connection to beliefs about paranormal phenomena and junk science,” with LVC students Kaylin Honchar, Chloe Tarson, Kathryn Lachance, and Kelsey Wall at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York, NY.
  • Lou Manza, Professor of Psychology, co-authored a poster presentation titled “What’s the risk?: The effects of personality traits and risk perception on risk-behaviors” with LVC student Katie Lachance at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York, NY.
  • Lou Manza, Professor of Psychology, co-authored a poster presentation titled “Paranormal phenomena, junk science, and classroom experiences: Developing scientific skepticism via divergent instructional methods” with LVC students Jennifer Zeller, Erin Pruett, and Jackie Hoover, at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York, NY.
  • Kerrie Smedley, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented “Avoidance processes in psychotherapy” at the Wellspan Education Series in York, PA.

WORKSHOPS / INVITED LECTURES

  • Michael B. Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presented “Presenting, analyzing, and interpreting results” as part of LVC’s faculty share session series.
  • Lou Manza, Professor of Psychology presented “Assessment: Smarter, not More” at LVC’s faculty share session series.
  • Lou Manza, Professor of Psychology presented “The evidence against the existence of God” as part of Michael Kitchens’ “FYS 100: The Case for God” course.

GRANTS & AWARDS

  • Jamie Bolton, Adjunct Professor, opened a private outpatient mental health practice in Camp Hill, PA.
  • Michael B. Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was awarded a faculty research grant for his proposal “Online Research Program Start-Up.”
  • Michael B. Kitchens earned Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor of Psychology.
  • Michelle Niculescu earned Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor of Psychology.
  • Kerrie Smedley, Associate Professor of Psychology, completed a year-long internship and passed the national and state licensure exams to practice psychology.

MASS MEDIA

  • Lou Manza, Professor of Psychology, published a letter “Ghost-hunting guide was void of scientific data” in The Patriot-News.
  • Lou Manza, Professor of Psychology, was quoted in twelve local (e.g., Sunday Patriot News, Patriot News, and Harrisburg Magazine) and national (The Republic, US News & World Report, and The New York Times) publications on various topics (e.g., the desensitization towards gun violence, the propensity to take risk to gain fame, the need to use logic and reason in dealing with finances, the positive and negative aspects of electronic communication modalities, his appearance on SyFy’s documentary on school spirits, and more).

Past Professional Activities

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