Student-Faculty Publications and Presentations

An extracurricular learning opportunity that students are advised to consider is collaborative research with departmental faculty. All of the full-time members of the Department conduct empirical research in their area of expertise, and students are urged to gain research experience by working with faculty members. This experience is especially useful for students intending to enroll in graduate school, although students halting their education at the Bachelor's level can also gain valuable knowledge from this experience. Furthermore, beyond the research conducted as part of faculty members' labs, students may gain research experience in the context of the completion an individualized research project, which is another graduation capstone project option (in addition to internships); 30% of our students complete their capstone requirement in this manner.

Students engaged in research will frequently interact with faculty in a manner that is different from classroom interactions, and come to gain a wealth of advice concerning both graduate school and "real world" work experiences. In addition, many students present the work done with faculty at professional conferences, and/or appear as authors on versions of their work appearing in various peer-reviewed professional journals.

Although faculty frequently seek out students to work with, students can approach faculty members at any time to inquire about any research opportunities that might exist in that professor's lab.

The following list contains citations of the many professional contributions our students have recently made while working with faculty in the Department.

2014

Wilson, B., Dorman, K., Harris, A., Samper, J., Buzinski, S.G., & Kitchens, M.B. (2014). Ego-depletion and prejudice: The influence of perceived social pressure to be non-prejudiced. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Boyle, R.S., Siffin, K E., Kitchens, M.B., & Niculescu, M. (2014). The relationship between genetics and personality factors in peer-pressure susceptibility. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Kitchens, M.B., Pruett, E., Graby, B., Mackey, K., Chaffier, L., & Samper, J. (2014). Emotional attention fosters the development of emotional intelligence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality & Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Honchar, K., Manza, L., Eyler, R., & McKain, K. (2014). Critical thinking instruction and its connection to divergent reasoning approaches and attitudes towards pseudoscience. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Lachance, K., Manza, L., Bogert, D., & Tarson, C. (2014). Grit and habits of mind: Self-perceptions across academic and non-academic contexts. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Niculescu, M., Cerullo, K.J., Hess, K., Rupslaukyte, R.E., Stoothoff, B., Enman, N., Hesterberg, K., Manza, L., & Hutchinson, K.E. (2014). The involvement of the CNR1 gene in impulsivity and stress response in alcohol-related behaviors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ronco, R., Manza, L., Harris, A., Oliveri, J., Honchar, K., Hoover, J., Zeller, J., Pruett, E., & Geyer, J. (2014). Predicting pseudoscientific beliefs: Connections to tolerance for ambiguity, religiosity, and cognitive reflection. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

McKain, D., McKain, K., & Laguna, L. (2014). Body mass index and locus of control. Poster presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association, Boston, MA.

McKain, K., McKain, D., & Laguna, L. (2014). Negative cognitions and their impact on activity level. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Dodson, D.L., Jackson, K., Koller, K., & Lachance, K. (2014). A comparison of finger maze learning in left- and right-handers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Dorman, K., Harris, A., Wilson, B., Samper, J., Kitchens, M.B., & Buzinski, S.G. (2014). The effect of ego-depletion and social norms on prejudice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

2013

Dorman, K., Siffin, K., Ronco, R., McKain, K. & Laguna, L. (2013). Effects of high vs. low BMI on automatic thoughts. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Honchar, K., Manza, L., Tarson, C., Lachance, K., Ronco, R., & Wall, K. (2013). Intuitive and reflective cognitive styles: Their connection to beliefs about paranormal phenomena and junk science. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Lachance, K. & Manza, L. (2013). What’s the risk? The effects of personality traits and risk perception on risk-behaviors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

McKain, K., Dorman, K., Siffin, K. Ronco, R. & Laguna, L. (2013). Body mass index and locus of control for health related behaviors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Ronco, R., McKain, K., Dorman, K., Siffin, K. & Laguna, L. (2013). Gender differences in obligatory exercise and body image. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Siffin, K., Ronco, R., McKain, K. Dorman, K., & Laguna, L. (2013). Examining dieting patterns in male and female college students: helpful or harmful? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Zeller, J., Manza, L., Pruett, E., & Hoover, J. (2013). Paranormal phenomena, junk science, and classroom experiences: Developing scientific skepticism via divergent instructional methods. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

2012

DeVilliers, A., Leer, R., & Manza, L. (2012). Paranormal phenomena and junk science in the classroom: The impact of personal beliefs on academic performance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Kitchens, M. B., Rine, T. M., Horna, M. A., Collins, A. E., & Mitchell, M. E. (2012). Examining the effect of social rejection and religious comfort on the preference for religious-affirming information. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Santaniello, M., Manza, L., Snyder, T., & Phillips, A. (2012). Challenging personal beliefs via doubt induction: Differential responses from supporters of creation and evolution. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Snyder, T. L., Santaniello, M. L. Vohhauser, J. M., & Kitchens, M. B. (2012). The effect of social context on the willingness to serve others. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Zeller, J., Manza, L., Hoover, J., & Pruett, E. (2012). Proselytization and the nature of human origins: The role of self-affirmation and doubt induction on opinion alteration. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

2011

Cerullo, K.J., Niculescu, M., & Kitchens, M.B. (2011). The role of gender and impulsivity on relationship choices. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Crider, A.M., Manza, L., Leer, R., Philips, A., & Heisey, J. (2011). Belief in paranormal phenomena: The impact of age and essentialism. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Horna, M. A., Mitchell, M. E., Collins, A. E., Rine, T. M., Tran, A. N., Miller, R. I., Kent, M. A., & Kitchens, M. B. (2011). Individual differences in religious strain and social rejection influence the preference for religious-affirming information. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Kitchens, M. B., Collins, A. Horna, M, Leer, R., Mitchell, M., Rine, T., & Tran, A. (2011). Individual differences in a biased preference for positively-oriented religious information. Poster presented the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Kitchens, M. B., Mitchell, M. E., Collins, A. E., Horna, M. A., Rine, T. M., & Tran, A. N. (2011). Individual differences in a preference for positively- and negatively- oriented Christian information. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 30(1), 16-27.

Leer, R., DeVilliers, A., & Manza, L. (2011). Paranormal phenomena and junk science in the classroom: The impact of personal beliefs on academic performance. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol (PA) Poster Event (Fall), Harrisburg, PA.

Mannon, S.B., Laguna, L.B. & Agliotta, J.D. (2011). Pre-employment screening of police officers: Is the mmp-2 k-scale a useful predictor of performance? Poster presented at annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Niculescu, M., & Cerullo, K.J. (2011). The involvement of the Cannabinoid (CB1) receptor in ethanol-induced behavioral sensitization. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Wagner, C., Manza, L., & Niculescu, M. (2011). The effects of stress and relaxation on coping and adherence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Whiteley, C., Manza, L., Santaniello, M., Snyder, T., & DeVilliers, A. (2011). Beliefs in paranormal phenomena and junk science: Predictors and connections. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.