The Relationship between Positive Character Strengths, Social Emotional Skill, and Academic Performance in Middle School Children

A growing body of research in the field of positive psychology suggests that when children believe in themselves and in their abilities that they have an increased chance of academic success and a more positive well-being. Additionally, research in the field of social-emotional learning supports the notion that children social-emotional skills should be an important component of education as they heighten chances for success in school and in life.

Suicide Prevention in Higher Education: The Need for Increased Mental Health Services

Mental health is becoming an increasing concern for college-aged students and unfortunately, there is a lack of resources available to help those who are struggling. This project looks at how higher education as a whole responds to the mental health needs of students and specifically, how Assumption College reacts and accommodates its students who are suffering psychologically. The major barriers to appropriate and effective mental health treatment for college students were examined, and ways to combat them were addressed.


Psychology majors who were employed or in grad school within six months of graduation

Fang Zhang

Dr. Zhang’s broad research interests include the cognitive, motivational, and emotional foundations of personality. Specifically, her research focuses on four areas: 1) personality and self development across the life span, 2) adult attachment and interpersonal dynamics, 3) sending, decoding, and co-regulation of emotions in interpersonal relationships, 4) cross-cultural comparison of person perception and implicit theories of personality. Dr. Zhang is a social and personality psychologist.

Arlene Vadum

Dr. Vadum’s scholarly writings include two texts currently used at the college, one on research methods in psychology, and the other on anthology on images of women in popular culture. Her current research interests focus on interpersonal communication and performative psychology.  Dr. Vadum is a social psychologist.


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