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  • About Us

    The Psychology Department offers an undergraduate major and minor in psychology. An important aspect of the program is the science/research orientation built into the curriculum. Students may specialize in areas emphasizing preparation for graduate school or for working in the profession at the bachelor's degree level. The program also provides practical experiences through an optional internship opportunity. In addition we have graduate program in School Psychology.

    Department Achievements

    The Psychology Department takes great pride in the accomplishments of its students and faculty. Our students are actively engaged in faculty-mentored research and present their research at local and regional conferences. Additionally, our faculty are not only outstanding teachers, they are routinely recognized for their excellence in research and service to both the university and Fargo-Moorhead communities. Take a look at some recent achievements to get a feel for the standard of excellence you’ll receive in MSUM’s Psychology Department. 

  • 2011-12 Achievements 

    • Dr. Derick Dalhouse received a 2012 university Excellence Award in Research.
    • The Psychology Department established two awards for junior students. The Psychology Department Award, given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in overall academic achievement and commitment to the field of psychology, was given to Megan Nere. The Psychology Research Award, given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in research activity, was given to Dylan O' Brien.
    • The following students were inducted into the Psi Chi honor society: Ibukun Awosika, Spencer Coffman, Jessie Heising, Bria Itzen, Carmella Jasperson and Elizabeth Plankers.
    • Senior Jennifer Wenner was MSUM’s nominee for the Minnesota Psychological Association’s Paterson Award, given to an outstanding undergraduate student in psychology. She attends the doctoral program in Developmental Science at North Dakota State University with full support.
    • The Psychology Department hosted the 2012 Red River Undergraduate Psychology Conference featuring Dr. Blair T. Johnson, a 1983 MSUM psychology graduate, as the keynote speaker. The following students presented:
      • Ethan Dahl: Relationship dissolution in Second Life: Does Emotional Experience Mirror Real Life?
      • Megan Nere: Adult attachment behavior on facial detection of emotion.
      • Justine Breedon: Differing disabilities and their perceived deservingness of financial assistance.
      • Kimberly Fritel: Introvert's optimum level of arousal.
      • Farryn Helm, Emily Lyons, Bria Itzen, and Nathan Nowak: Eliciting evidence for false memories on explicit and implicit memory tests.
      • Jennifer Livingood: Visual attention to body parts in images of women with different body sizes.
      • Kelsey Richardson, Ethan Dahl, and Richard Kolotkin: Virtual sexual aggression: Real life correlates of online involvement in BDSM and rape simulations within the virtual world of Second Live.
      • Spencer Coffman: Telling the difference: Real vs. fake smiles.
      • Jennifer Wenner, Gary Nickell and Elizabeth Nawrot: The effects of facial expression and body posture on emotion recognition.
      • Jennifer Wenner, Kelsey Ihringer, Megan Nere, and Elizabeth Nawrot: Child detection of inauthentic emotion.
      • Rachel Thompson and Richard Kolotkin: 'Collared' differences: Power, commitment, and sexual satisfaction within virtual BDSM relationships.
      • Justine Breedon, Tim Fode, Dominique DeZiel, Jesse Forster, and Gary Nickell: The influence of vertical position on leadership perception."
      • Dylan O' Brien: ‘Time estimation and Music.’
    • Senior Jennifer Wenner received the College Research Award for her project entitled "Children's Detection of Inauthentic Emotion: An Eye Tracking Study." She was also the first recipient of the recently established Diana Divecha Award for Developmental Science for achieving excellence in the study of developmental science.
    • Dr. Ernest (Willie) Hallford received the 2011university Excellence Award in Research.

    2010-11 Achievements

    • Dr. Elizabeth Nawrot received a 2010 university Excellence Award for Research.
    • Dr. Olivia Melroe received a 2010 university Excellence Award for Service to the Community.
    • MSUM psychology graduate Diana Divecha ('80) received a Distinguished Alumni Award during the university’s annual homecoming celebration. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Cornell University. She has consulted for Futures Without Violence, the TEDx Conference on: Compassion in Education; published Paranteen, a publication on parenting teens; and presented academic papers for the American Psychological Association, National Council on Family Relations, Society for Research in Child Development, Eastern Psychological Association and more.
    • Senior psychology major Sarah Butrum was one of 12 students from 12 tribes and nine universities selected as a Native American Congressional Intern. This highly regarded internship program provides American Indians and Alaska Natives with an insider's view of the federal government. The Udall Foundation awards these internships on the basis of merit to college juniors or seniors, recent graduates from tribal or four-year colleges, or graduate or law students who have demonstrated an interest in fields related to tribal public policy.
    • The following students presented at the Psi Chi poster section of the annual Midwestern Psychological Association Conference
      • Dylan O' Brien: The future of time perspective. (Willie Hallford, faculty sponsor)
      • Derek Page: Interestingness and Liking as predictors of artistic quality. (Willie Hallford, faculty sponsor)
      • Kelsey Johnson: Virtual sexual aggression: Real life correlates of BDSM and rape simulations in the virtual world of Second Life. (Richard Kolotkin, faculty sponsor)
      • Jennifer Wenner, Allyson Schaan, and Rebecca Stine: Detection of inauthentic emotion: An eye tracking study. (Elizabeth Nawrot, faculty sponsor)
      • Jennifer Livingood, Megan Week, and Jacquelyn Schmidt: Media's influence on body image: An eye tracking study. (Elizabeth Nawrot, faculty sponsor)
    • Elizabeth Nawrot, Mark Nawrot (NDSU), Jennifer Livingood, and Jennifer Wenner presented the poster "Depth from motion parallax: The role of smooth pursuit and ocular following response eye movements" at the annual Vision Sciences society meeting.
    • The following students were inducted into the Psi Chi honor society: Justine Breedon, Megan Nere, Katie Engberg, Nathan Nowak, Jordan Fisher, Dylan O'Brien, Himani Khatri, Daniel Olson, Jennifer Livingood, Lyndsey Roy, Megan Monson and Hannah Seehafer.
    • Students Casey Lloyd and Ethan Dahl presented a poster titled "Music's effects on helping behavior in Second Life" at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference; and another poster titled "Music's Effects on Helping Behavior in Second Life: An Exploration of Inter-reality” at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.
    • The following Psychology students presented at the MSUM Student Academic Conference:
      • Andrea Stenson, Raina Heruth, and Jered Pigeon: Post High School Aspirations of American Indian Students.
      • Derek Page: Artistic Quality by Beauty and Interestingness.
      • Grant Cameron: Artistic Quality by Complexity and Type of Emotion.
      • Lexi Heringer: Getting to Know You: Differing Perceptions of Online vs Face-to-Face Self-Disclosures and Satisfaction in College Females.
      • Christine Hollermann, Lyndsey Roy, and Katie Engberg: How you read to kids matters: Efficacy of specific techniques in repeated read alouds.
      • Dylan O' Brien: Liking and eroticism in evaluations of the visual arts.
      • Jennifer Livingood and Jacquelyn Schmidt: Media's influence on body image: An eye tracking study.
      • Ethan Dahl, and Casey Lloyd: Music's effects on helping behavior in Second Life.
      • Farryn Helm, and Carole Bracshayko: Shared sounds and spellings affect explicit and implicit memory tests.
      • Lisa Dowers: Should I stay or should I go? Positive illusions, jealousy, and commitment in romantic relationships.
      • Jennifer Wenner, Allyson Schaan, and Natalie Avey: Social referencing during inauthentic emotional situations.
      • Dylan O' Brien: The future of time perspective.
      • Jessica Remhof: The Spanish immersion classroom and beyond: An investigation of vocabulary discrepancies.
      • Kelsey Johnson: Virtual sexual aggression: The real life correlates of BDSM and rape simulations in Second Life.
    • Senior Kassondra Henschel was MSUM’s nominee for the Minnesota Psychological Association’s Paterson Award, given to an outstanding undergraduate student in psychology.
    • The following students presented projects at the 2011 Red River Undergraduate Psychology Conference:
      • Jennifer R. Wenner, Allyson Schaan, & Natalie Avey: Social Rererencing During Inauthentic Emotional Situations.
      • Casey Lloyd & Ethan Dahl: Music's Effect on Helping Behavior in Second Life.
      • Cari Jehlik: Using Cognitive Dissonance and Priming of Past Forgiving Behavior to Influence Predictions of Future Forgiving Behavior.
      • Allison Becker, Himani Khatri, Tiffany Bouwman, Kassondra Henschel (with Dr. Gary Nickell): Does Vertical Position Influence the Optimistic Bias?
      • Jennifer Livingood, Megan Week, Jacquelyn Schmidt (with Dr. Elizabeth Nawrot): Media's Influence on Body Image: An Eye Tracking Study.
    • Dr. Magdalene Chalikia, Verlin Hinsz (North Dakota State University), and psychology student Luke Berglund attended the 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics in Cancun, Mexico. They presented a poster titled "The judgment of voices does not conform to the evaluative/potency/activity framework." Psychology student Natasha Maw also worked on this project.
    • Dr. Gary Nickell, and undergraduate students Tiffany Bouwman, Allison Becker and Kassondra Henschel presented a research poster titled "The Influence of Highs and Lows on the Optimistic Bias" at the Northern Lights Psychology Conference in Grand Forks, N.D. Students Trisha Page and Himani Khatri also worked on this project.

     

    2009-10 Achievements 

    • Dr. Margaret Potter received the Ysseldyke B. P. Award at the 2010 Minnesota School Psychology Association's Mid-Winter Conference. The award recognizes professionals whose principles, standards, and dedication have enhanced the field of school psychology. Dr. Potter received the award for her services as a trainer of over 150 future school psychologists over the course of 23 years.
    • Dr. Melroe received the Diversity Ambassador Award by the MSUM Student Senate in recognition of her work in numerous diversity task forces, including the Tri-College Pow-Wow, and Daughters of the Earth.
    • Dr. Lisa Nawrot received a research grant from the National Institutes of Health in order to continue her investigation of The Development of Depth Perception from Motion Parallax in Human Infants. This is a National Institutes of Health R15 grant for $150,000 over three years.
    • The following students presented projects at the 2010 Red River Undergraduate Psychology Conference:
      • Jadi Englels: Do men really know what women want? Exploring muscularity in male's perceptions of the ideal body.
      • Magdalene Chalikia, Luke Berglund, & Natasha Maw: Evaluating voices in different languages.
      • Kaitryn J. Jacobs, Breanne Anderson, Nicole LePrince, & Tiffany Richards: Infants' perception of depth from motion parallax.
      • Rochelle Bergstrom & Marsha Wichmann: Mate attraction: How attractive are single fathers?
      • Dylan O' Brien, Robert Olson, & Derek Page: Relations among ratings of artistic quality, emotional intensity, and eroticism.
      • Robert Olson, Derek Page, & Dylan O' Brien: Evaluation of Art.
      • Derek Page, Dylan O' Brien, & Robert Olson: Relations among ratings of artistic quality, beauty, and liking.
    • The following Psychology students presented at the 2010 MSUM Student Academic Conference:
      • Ethan Dahl, and Casey Lloyed: The effect of music on helping behavior in Second Life: An Exploration of Inter-reality.
      • Marsha Wichmann: How attractive are single fathers?
      • Luke Berglund, and Natasha Maw: Evaluating Voices in Different Languages.
      • Sara Heimdahl, Tara Hanson, Sarah Peterson, Jessica Remhof, Lyndsey Roy & Lisa H. Stewart: Effects of vocabulary enrichment in repeated read-alouds on preschoolers' vocabulary knowledge: A preliminary analysis.
    • The following Psychology students presented at the 2010 Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference:
      • Derek Page: Relations among ratings of artistic quality, beauty, and liking.
      • Dylan O' Brien: Relations among ratings of emotional intensity and eroticism.
      • Luke Berglund & Natasha Maw: Evaluating voices in different languages.
      • Robert Olson: The color of smells.
      • Nakisa Khosnevis: Relationships between cyber bullying experiences, socioemotional outcomes, and other forms of aggression: A survey of college students.
      • Robert Olson: Evaluation of Art.