Faculty/Student Research

Students are encouraged to apply what is learned in class through hands-on experience conducting research with a faculty mentor. The psychology department has state of the art research facilities to conduct research in mental health, developmental psychology, or social, cognitive, and affective science. Because Assumption is an undergraduate institution, you will have the distinct benefit of working side-by-side with a faculty member rather than a graduate student or post-doc. In addition, students are engaged in all aspects of the research process so you also can have the unique advantage of being able to present your research as a co-author at regional, national, and international professional conferences in psychology. A number of our students have also had the exceptional opportunity to become a co-author on a journal publication.

  1. DiGiammarino, R., Kalpidou, M., & Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2012, May). Sensory processing and attachment relate to eating competency in infancy. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, Illinois.
  2. Doerfler, L. A., Kirsch, D., Kneeland, J., Truong, D., & McGrath, M. (2012). Mental Health Issues Among College Students: Who Gets Referred for Psychopharmacology Evaluation? Paper presented at the 52nd annual convention of the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, MA.
  3. Fitzpatrick, P., Aguilar, J., Garry, A., & Bongers, R. M. (2013).  Evaluating Perception and Performance in a Hammering Task.  Poster presented at the 17th International Conference on Perception and Action, Lisbon, Portugal.  July, 2013.
  4. Fitzpatrick, P., Januszewski, A., Tocco, K. & Kalpidou, M.  (2013). Relationship between spontaneous imitation during 12-month free-play and prenatal marital quality and coparenting perceptions.  Poster symposium presented at the Society of Research in Child Development 2013 Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington, April 2013.
  5. Kuersten-Hogan, R., Faria, M., & DiGiammarino, R. (2013, April). Correlates of Coparenting Dynamics Across the Transition to Parenthood: The Roles of Infant Temperament and Attachment. In R. Kuersten-Hogan (Chair): Predicting Infant and Family Functioning at the end of the First Year: The Impact of Prenatal and Postnatal Family Dynamics. Poster symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.
  6. Parmley, M., Zhang, F., Colburn, K. L., Walker, A., Gjemnica, F.,& Georges, N. N. (2013, May).  Exploring serenity: Identifying Distinguishing Characteristics.  Poster presented at the annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in, Washington, D.C.

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