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Psychology

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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. 

  • 2014-15 Achievements

    • Dr. Lisa Stewart presented two sessions at the ND Department of Public Instruction Fall Conference October 8-10, 2014 in Bismarck. Her sessions were titled “Using iPad Apps in Interventions” and “Strengthening Language and Literacy: Hands On Activities”. Over 900 teachers attended the conference from across the state.
    • Senior awards were given to Katherine Johanson for research and Rachel Tengwall and Madhuri Tiwari for commitment to the field of Psychology.
    • MSUM Psi Chi (the honor society for psychology) received a $1000 Undergraduate Research Conference grant from Psi Chi International.  MSUM Psi Chi used the funds to host the Red River Psychology Conference on campus April 23-24, 2015. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MSUM Psi Chi chapter. 
    • The Department of Psychology published the first issue of The Red River Psychology Journal. This online journal showcases our undergraduate student research and provides student editors with experience as peer reviewers. The journal is serialized with an ISSN number so the contents are electronically archived and searchable.  A special thank you to MSUM Psychology Alum Justine Breedon who was instrumental in helping to create the journal, current student Katie Johanson who has been serving as a student editor, and faculty editors Lisa Nawrot and Christine Malone
    • The MSUM School Psychology graduate program has once again earned National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Full Approval -National Recognition- from the NASP Program Accreditation Board. NASP is a CAEP (NCATE) affiliated program. The approval is based on an extensive analysis of whether our graduate program complied with NASP requirements. The MSUM School Psychology program received very positive feedback and passed all of the NASP standards.
    • Congratulations to Sean Soehren, School Psychology Graduate Student.  Soehren was selected as one of the 2015 Graduate Student Lecturers and presented his research at the Student Academic Conference on April 14th, 2015.  Soehren’s research is entitled, “Increasing Compliance Using Mystery Motivator and Sure I Will Behavioral Interventions”.  Other Psychology student presenters at the Student Academic Conference were:
      • Shelby Folkers: Textbook Medium and Computer Attitudes Cognitive Performance of Students Assessed.
      • Leah Paczkowski: Can You Take the Heat?: Competitive Driven Tasks and Their Effects on Anxiety and Performance.
      • Bridget Hanson: Fuzzy-Trace Memory and Expertise: A Review
      • Madhuri Tiwari, Katherine Johanson, & Brittany Densmore: Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Auditory Word Fragment Completion.
      • Alyssa McDonough, Elena Parker (Ashley Doll, Tiffany Zilka): Review of Zoo and Aquarium Education Program Accessibility for Students with Disabilities.
      • Caroline Kinskey & Jeffrey Williams: Does Standing Up Affect the Strength of Attitude Convicting?
      • Kristen Boomer: A New Look at Early Numeracy: Read Aloud Books with Mathematical Stories.
      • Eloise Warren: The Impact of Schemas on the Placement of Eyes while Drawing.
      • Jesus Garcia Garcia & Brittany Densmore: Observations and Practical Applications of Google Glass in a College Setting.
      • Aubrey Borgen, Rachel Tengwall, & Katrina Cibuzar: The Influence of Learning Style Preference on Data Comprehension: Verbalizers and Visualizers.
      • Rachel Tengwall, Katrina Cibuzar, & Aubrey Borgen: The Influence of Learning Style on Intention to Purchase a Product.
    • Seven School Psychology graduate students and faculty member, Dr. Peg Potter, attended the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in Orlando, Florida. Second year graduate student Sean Soehren did a verbal presentation of his Master’s project: “Evidence-based Compilation Intervention Designed to Increase Classroom Compliance” while third year student Matt Steinborn did a poster presentation based on his Master’s thesis: “An Observation System for Use With the Nurtured Heart Approach.”   
    • MSUM School Psychology Program alum Kirsten Westergard Newell, now in the doctoral program in School Psychology at the University of Minnesota, did two verbal and one poster presentation based on her research at the U. Alums Terese Schaefer and Sarah How attended NASP governance meetings as the North Dakota state delegate and North Dakota Association of School Psychologists president, respectively.
    • Dr. Gary Nickell had a paper accepted for publication in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. The paper “The Prediction of Workers’ Food Safety Intentions and Behavior with Job Attitudes and the Reasoned Action Approach” was co-authored with Dr. Verlin Hinsz from NDSU.
    • The Psychology Department recognized Katherine Johanson, Psychology and Gerontology major, as the 2015 nominee and winner of the Paterson Award given to an outstanding Psychology senior by the Minnesota Psychological Association. Caroline Kinskey received the Excellence in Research Award, as a junior student in Psychology. Aubrey Borgen received the junior Departmental Award, for Excellence in overall academic achievement and commitment to the field of Psychology. Congratulations to all of you.
    • MSUM Psi Chi and Psychology Club hosted the 2015 Red River Psychology Conference on April 23-24 at MSUM Paseka School of Business. Twenty seven poster presentations and four papers were presented by students from MSUM, NDSU, Concordia, UND, and the University of Jamestown. Ten of these presentations involved 14 students from our Department. Novel features at the conference this year included a Graduate Student Panel, an Internship Fair, and a Graduate School/Career Preparation session. The keynote speaker was Dr. Susan Everson-Rose, who delivered two addresses: “Race, Place & Social Determinants: Understanding Health Disparities in Heart Disease & Stroke” on Thursday evening, and “Emotion, Stress and Disease: A Biopsychosocial Perspective” on Friday. Our Psi Chi is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Dr. Everson-Rose, as MSUM Alumna and the first chapter president of Psi Chi helped us commemorate this event. She also received the Departmental Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Everson-Rose is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Associate Director of the Program in Health Disparities Research, and Director of the Research Core of the Center of Health Equity at the University of Minnesota.  The following students presented:
      • Shelby Folkers: Cognitive Performance as a Function of Textbook Medium and Computer Attitudes.
      • Sean Hushagen: Reading Between the Lines: Interpretation of Ambiguous Text Messages with a Negative Primer.
      • Leah Paczkowski: Can You Take the Heat?: Competitive-Driven Tasks and Their Effects on Anxiety and Performance.
      • Sara Rundlett: Personality Inferences of the Physically Androgynous: Gendered Self-Concept and Stereotypes.
      • Kayla Spanier: Does Relationship Status Moderate the Strength of the Red Effect on Attraction?
      • Rachel Tengwall, Aubrey Borgen, & Katrina Cibuzar: The Influence of Learning Style on Intention to Purchase a Product.
      • Aubrey Borgen, Rachel Tengwall, & Katrina Cibuzar: The Influence of Learning Style Preference on Data Comprehension: Verbalizers and Visualizers.
      • Jacob Haile: Affecting Attitudes Toward Individuals with Special Needs Using Positive Settings.
      • Caroline Kinskey and Jeffrey Williams (with Dr. Gary Nickell):Does Standing Up Affect the Strength of Attitude Conviction?
      • Madhuri Tiwari, Katherine Johanson, & Brittany Densmore: Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Auditory Word Fragment Completion.
    • Madhuri Tiwari, Psychology major, presented on the student panel at the Region 6 NACADA: the Global Community for Academic Advising conference held in Fargo on May 9.
    • On May 4th, the Psychology Department inducted 12 students into Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. The inductees are:  Oyinkansola Adeyemi, Sarah Besette, Tyler Carlson, Alexandra Gomez, Rebecca Greenmyer, Dana Jacobs, Caroline Kinskey, Bianca Milz, Cameron Monson, Andrew Swedzinski, Eloise Warren, and Geoffrey Zehnacker.
    •  Katherine A. Johanson, a psychology and gerontology major, received the prestigious Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology at the annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association. The award is given annually to an outstanding senior to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level. It’s the second time in 32 years that an MSUM student has received the award. John Gunstad received the award in 1997. The award citation, in part, stated: “Katherine demonstrated academic success in pursuing double majors in psychology and gerontology, among other facets of her undergraduate education, she has also consistently been the recipient of honors, awards, and scholarships.”Johanson, who graduated summa cum laude from MSUM, was accepted into a number of doctoral programs, but will pursue a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She received a $5,000 graduate fellowship to conduct research with Dr. Leilani Feliciano on developing cognitive profiles of older diabetics.
    •  Dr. Lisa Nawrot attended the Vision Science Society conference in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. Nawrot presented a poster titled “Oculomotor responses to radial optic flow in infancy”. This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and included data from more than 125 infants tested here at the MSUM Child Development Lab. Eight undergraduate student researchers assisted with this project over the past two years.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2013-14 Achievements

    • Dr. Lisa Stewart organized and presented at an RTI conference that drew more than 360 regional educators. Dr. Stewart, School Psychology, was on the planning committee for the 3rd annual N.D. Response to Intervention (RTI) conference held at the Fargo Holiday Inn June 10-12, 2013. In addition to organizing the conference, Stewart presented at several conference sessions on topics ranging from RTI-A, using iPad apps in educational interventions, vocabulary interventions, and team action planning. School Psychology graduate students Adam Boles and Margaret McLean co-presented with Stewart at two separate presentations and 8 other School Psychology graduate students volunteered at the conference.
    • Psychology graduate Spencer Coffman published a paper on “Facial Expression: The Ability to Distinguish Between Enjoyment and Nonenjoyment Smiles.” Spencer conducted the research with Dr. Elizabeth Nawrot (Psychology) as part of an Experimental Psychology class. The article appeared in the summer 2013 issue of the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. Spencer graduated in 2012.
    • Dr. Lisa Stewart met with the principal and elementary staff on Sept. 9, 2013 to work on the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) and begin training on the FAST assessment measures and data management system. MSUM school psychology alum, Mark Everson, a local RTI coordinator for the Lake Agassiz Coop, also attended and contributed to the discussion.
    •  Five School Psychology graduate students: Jesse Hennen, Hannah Korcuska, Tori Cowles, Adam Boles and Maggie McLean, presented posters at this year’s Minnesota Association of School Psychologists (MSPA) MidWinter conference held Jan. 30 and 31, 2014 in St. Louis Park.  Dr. Lisa Stewart and graduate student Maggie McLean also co-presented a conference session titled “Vocabulary Does Matter and Can Be Taught.” Three School Psychology faculty and 21 current students attended the conference. Several graduate students also volunteered. Students had the opportunity to meet with the current National Association of School Psychology president Sally Bass on the second day of the conference. Over 25 MSUM School Psychology alumni also attended the conference and connected with current faculty and students.
    • School psychology faculty members Lisa Stewart and Peg Potter and graduate students David Gano, Hannah Korcuska and Kelli McGovern attended the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in Washington, D.C., in March, 2014.  Gano, McGovern, and Stewart were part of a symposium, “Incremental Rehearsal: Effective and Efficient Research-Based Memory Interventions” where Gano and McGovern presented the results of their Master’s theses. Additional presenters were from Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Minnesota. Korcuska joined over 250 other graduate students for a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill on behalf of educational issues. She had meetings with staff members for three different members of Congress.
    • Dr. Peg Potter and Dr. Lisa Stewart presented a poster on the MSUM School Psychology iPad initiative titled “iPad Use in a School Psychology Graduate Program” at the Trainers of School Psychologists conference held concurrently with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) conference in Washington, DC February 17-21, 2014. 
    • Three Psychology students had their research abstracts accepted for a conference at Stanford University this spring. Kelsey Ihringer presented research on attachment and emotion discrimination; Madhuri Tiwari presented research on test anxiety; and Katherine Johanson presented research on perfectionism. These student research projects were mentored by Dr. Chris Malone and Dr. Lisa Nawrot in the Psychology Department.
    • The Psychology Department proudly inducted 14 students as members of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, in May, 2014. The following students were recognized for their achievements: Matthew Ashburn, Julie Piche, Merianne Bott, Erik Gatzke, Rebecca Larson, Meri-Elena Salonek, Sean Hushagen, Aubrey Borgen, Sara Rundlett, Rachel Tengwall, Shawn Carlson, Caleb Schmidt, Christopher McDonald, and Beth Anderson.
    •  Dr. Elizabeth Nawrot had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Teaching of Psychology. “Victor the Wild Boy as a Teaching Tool for the History of Psychology” describes an innovative method that Nawrot used recently in a History of Psychology seminar. The story of the discovery and rehabilitation of the famous Wild Boy of Averyron more than 200 years ago is used as a historical backdrop for exploring the development of Psychology as a science. Data analysis from classroom assessments and student evaluations demonstrated the effectiveness of the materials. Nawrot first got the idea to use the Victor story from a visit to the French village where the Wild Boy was originally discovered.
    • Psychology faculty and students presented Expanding Your Horizons workshops on April 12, 2014. Peg Potter and graduate student Hannah Korcuska presented “A-Mazing Experience” using finger mazes to demonstrate how psychologists study learning conditions. Melissa Schultz and students Sara Rundlett and Kari Johnson presented “Why Ask Questions?” and explored the importance and difficulty of good communication and why you should ask questions and what happens if you can’t.
    • Psychology students presented research at the 28th Annual Red River Psychology Conference, hosted by Concordia College, on April 14, 2014.The following presentations were made: Madhuri Tiwari and Katie Johnson (with Dr. C. Malone) “Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Word Fragment Completion,” Samantha Kallberg (with Dr. R. Bergstrom)”Appearance-related Social Norms: How the Thin-Ideal Impacts Opposite Sex Perceptions of Attractiveness,” Ryan Hamilton and Timothy Fode (with Dr. G. Nickell) “The Right Person for the Job: The Influence of Resume Position on Hiring Decisions,” Kelsey Ihringer “The role of attachment in facial emotion scanning patterns of infant-mother dyads.”
    •  In May, 2014, the Psychology Department congratulated the following three award winners: (1) Kelsey Ihringer–Senior–Diana Divecha Award in Developmental Science, (2) Katherine Johanson–Junior–Psychology Departmental Award, and (3)Madhuri Tiwari–Junior–Psychology Research Award.
    • Courtney Messinger, a senior Psychology major, was accepted into the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and was offered a fellowship. She will be attending the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program.
    • Doris Walker-Dalhouse, Professor Emerita STL, and A. Derick Dalhouse have a chapter entitled “Culture and Identity” in an edited book being published in May, 2014, by Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.  The book is entitled Social Diversity within Multiliteracies and is edited by Fenice B. Boyd and Cynthia H. Brock.
    • Dr. Lisa Stewart presented conference sessions on “Using Apps in Interventions,” “Instructional and Data Coaching” and “Strengthening Language and Literacy in PreK and K” at the 4th Annual ND RTI Conference on June 16, 17 and 18, 2014.  Dr. Stewart and School Psychology Graduate Students contributed to the success of the ND RTI conference. The 4th Annual ND Response to Intervention Conference was held in Fargo, ND June 16, 17, 18, 2014. Over 380 educators from ND and MN attended. Speakers included Dr. Steve Goodman, Dr. Kevin Feldman, Dr. Amanda Vanderheyden and Dr. Matt Burns as well as breakout sessions from local and regional teams and experts. Dr. Lisa Stewart, faculty in the MSUM School Psychology program, was one of the conference organizers and several MSUM School Psychology graduate students including: Breanne Ternes, Stacy Quackenbush, Kari Shane, Sean Sohren, and Alison Carlson volunteered at the conference. The conference was sponsored by ND SEEC and MDEC and draws educators from across the state of ND and several bordering MN school districts.
    • Dr. Magdalene Chalikia presented an e-poster at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris, France, July 8-13, 2014. The title of the presentation was “Relationships and rates of errors within and between numerical and knowledge problem categories.” Verlin B. Hinsz, and Jared L. Ladbury of the Psychology Department at NDSU were co-authors.
    • Dr. Lisa Stewart published the chapter, “Best Practices in Developing Academic Local Norms” in the most recent edition of the National Association of School Psychology Best Practices in School Psychology. The Best Practices resource is a staple in graduate programs across the country and the new edition was released August 2014.

     

     

     

     

    2012-13 Achievements 

    • Dr. Lisa H. Stewart trained AmeriCorps Minnesota Reading Corps members and their internal coach teacher partners at the St. Paul River Centre August 13-17.  This year 1,187 MRC members will provide early literacy and reading research-based interventions to children from age three to 3rd grade in over 600 schools and preschools throughout the state. MRC is the largest state AmeriCorps program in the country and there are MRC members serving in Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids, and many other local communities.  Stewart has worked with the MRC program as it has grown over the years and has provided training, materials development, research and intervention development, program evaluation, and consultation expertise as well as acting as a master coach for the Pre-K and K-3 aspects of the program. Stewart also has been involved in starting similar programs in North Dakota and Michigan.
    •  Dr. Elizabeth Nawrot was the invited speaker at NDSU’s Psychology Department Colloquium Series Oct. 19. Nawrot presented “The development of depth perception in infancy: Motion parallax and eye movement systems.” This talk summarized Nawrot’s three-year research program to study infant visual development that has been funded through a $260,000 grant from the National Institutes for Health.
    •  Dr. Lisa Stewart trained Reading Corps in Massachusetts. Stewart provided a day of on-site consultation and full day training for Prekindergarten Reading Corps staff, teachers, coaches and volunteers in Massachusetts on November 30 and December 1. Her visit was part of the AmeriCorps Reading Corps National Replication Project that is replicating the success of Minnesota Reading Corps in other states.
    • Dr. Potter and Dr. Stewart and 19 graduate students attended the MSPA Mid-Winter Conference Jan. 17 and 18. The theme of the conference was “Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes.” Several students also volunteered at the conference.
    •  School Psychology faculty and graduate students presented at a national conference in Seattle. Dr. Peg Potter and graduate student Mike Porter presented a poster, “One Probe Versus Three Probes in Benchmarking Procedures” at the National Association of School Psychology conference in Seattle, Wash. Feb 12-15.  Graduate student Breanne Anderson and Dr. Lisa Stewart presented a poster on the topic “Video Self Modeling with a Student with Autism.” Stewart and students Tiffany Richards and Kayla Kuntz also presented a poster summarizing two studies, titled “Vocabulary Instruction Techniques Matter: Exploring Preschool Vocabulary Instruction and Measurement.”  A total of five graduate students and Dr. Potter, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Melroe attended the conference.
    • Doris Walker-Dalhouse, professor emerita STL, and A. Derick Dalhouse, have a chapter (chapter 1) in a published, edited book, entitled: Struggling Readers Can Succeed: Teaching Solutions Based on Real Kids in Classrooms and Communities. The title of the chapter is: Outcomes in Reading for Bryant, An African-American Urban Learner: A Case Study. The editors of the book are Nina L. Nilsson, St. Joseph’s University and Sandra E. Grandy, Governors State University. The publisher is Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, N.C.
    • Professor Christine Malone gave a lecture on critical thinking on March 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. The title of the lecture was “Can we Teach Critical Thinking? Cognitive Psychology’s Response.”  The lecture is part of the College of Social and Natural Sciences lecture series.
    • Seven faculty members (Bergstrom, Dalhouse, Malone, Nawrot, Nickell, Potter, and Stewart) from the Psychology Department along with a number of students attended the 27th Annual Red River Psychology Conference at NDSU April 12, 2013. The conference is designed to showcase research being done by undergraduate students at NDSU, MSUM, Concordia College, and other regional colleges and universities.  Three MSUM Psychology majors (Tim Fode, Megan Boeddeker, and Bria Itzen) made presentations of their research.
    • Booktango Publishing released, “The Insightful Marriage: What You Really Need to Know and Do to be Happily Married” written by Richard Kolotkin, Professor of Psychology. This marriage self-help book is available for both Kindle and Nook readers. It is also available directly from Booktango.
    •  The Psychology Department gave out four Departmental Awards to undergraduate students at both the junior and senior level to recognize their achievements. This spring, Bria Itzen was given the “Psychology Student Departmental Award” (junior psychology major), while Kelsey Ihringer was given the “Psychology Research Award” (junior psychology major). In the fall, Tiffany Zilka was given the “Psychology Departmental Award” (senior psychology major), while Dylan O’Brien was give the “Psychology Research Award” (senior psychology major) for demonstrated excellence in research activities.
    •  Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology, inducted 14 new members into the MSUM chapter on May 6. The new members are: Danielle Bany, Megan Boeddeker, Amanda Heitkamp, Miranda Horst, Kelsey Ihringer, Katherine Johanson, Samantha Kallberg, Catherine Kippley, Emily Lyons, Courtney Messinger, Jesse Olson, Jessica Sand, Emily Steinle, and Madhuri Tiwari.

     

     


    2011-12 Achievements 

    • Dr. Ernest (Willie) Hallford received the 2011 University Excellence Award in Research.
    • Dr. Lisa Stewart trained Minnesota Reading Corps members and teachers as part of the Minnesota Reading Corps 2011 week-long training institute.
    • Dr. Lisa Nawrot presented research at the European Conference on Visual Perception in Toulouse, France. 
    • Dr. Lisa Nawrot and undergraduate student researchers from Child Development Lab were interviewed for a story on infant research that appeared in the Fargo Forum.
    • Sara Heimdahl Fidler, Psychology alum, presented a poster at the Minnesota School Psychology Association MidWinter Conference on Feb 2 and 3, 2012.  The poster, "Going on a Bear Hunt: Enhancing Vocabulary Development Preschool using Repeated Read-Alouds," was based on data collected for Sara's Master's thesis and follow up data collected by Tara Hanson, Psychology student intern, with Dr. Lisa Stewart as advisor.  Drs. Peg Potter, Olivia Melroe, & Lisa Stewart and 19 School Psychology graduate students also attended this conference.
    • Loren Houle, graduate student in School Psychology was named the 2012 North Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE TRIO Achiever.  He received the award at the 2012 North Dakota-South Dakota ASPIRE Co-State Banquet held in Aberdeen, SD.
    • 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. Christine Malone received the Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award 2012.
    • Dr. Derick Dalhouse received a 2012 University 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.
    • Jared Ladbury presented a paper "Assessing the relationship between trust perceptions and collectivism with the social relations model" at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Antonio, Texas.  Verlin Hinsz (Psychology, NDSU) was co-author.  Magadalene Chalikia, Gary Nickell, and Rochelle Bergstrom, also attended the meeting.
    • Dr. Lisa Stewart presented her research on preschool vocabulary enrichment at a symposium at the National Association of School Psychologists in San Francisco, California.  Graduate students Sara Heimdahl and Tara Hanson were co-authors on the project.  She also co-presented a research paper on establishing early literacy goals and targets using DIBELSNext with Dr. Roland Good and Dr. Kelly Powell-Smith from Oregon.  Dr. Peg Potter and 14 school psychology graduate students also attended the conference.
    • Dr. Gary Nickell had a paper accepted for presentation at European Association for Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) Small Group Meeting on Selection and Assessment, Athens, Greece.  The paper "Applying Regulatory-Fit Theory to Person-Organization Fit: Prevention Focus' Primacy in Sage Food Production" was co-authored with Dr. Verlin Hinsz from NDSU and Dr. Ernest Park from Cleveland State University.
    • Dr. Lisa Stewart presented at the MN Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) conference in Duluth March 3 & 4.  Her presentation was on current research related to determining academic progress using Curriculum-Based Measurement.
    • Jessica Remhoff, a graduate student in School Psychology, received the Jared P. Stene Student Leadership scholarship honoring her involvement and leadership at MSUM.  The $1,000 scholarship encourages student involvement. 
    • 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.