Friday, October 30, 2015 - 14:30

Assumption College Faculty/Student Research Presented at Annual Psychology Conference

At the New England Psychological Association’s (NEPA) 55th Annual Meeting at Fitchburg State University, which brought together psychologists, psychology graduate students, and undergraduate psychology majors, Assumption College students and faculty presented the findings of their joint research. The annual event provides an opportunity for officers of the psychological associations of the six New England states to meet and confer on current professional issues. During the day-long meeting, those involved in the field, including faculty and students from local colleges and universities, were invited to present papers or posters on research they have conducted.

“NEPA’s annual meeting is a great opportunity for Assumption students and faculty to share and discuss their collaborative research with the region’s elite psychology professionals,” said Leonard A. Doerfler, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Assumption. “Such an opportunity provides our students with a learning opportunity that gives them real-world experience—one of the cornerstones of an Assumption College education—which enables them to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment.”

This year, numerous faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from Assumption College participated in the 2015 Annual Meeting.

  • Graduate student Katherine Schmidt and faculty member Paula Fitzpatrick were part of a team who presented the project Perception of Movement Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder, which examined whether neurotypical participants watching videos of interactions of children with and without autism could detect differences in synchronization and whether these differences are perceived as characteristic of autism.
  • Graduate students Heather McGregor and Mary Johnston, and faculty member Leonard A. Doerfler presented on PTSD, Depression, Anger, and Substance Abuse Among Latino Men in a Residential Treatment Program. This study examined the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, anger, and depression in a sample of 50 Latino men receiving treatment in a residential substance abuse treatment program.
  • Graduate students Jillian Zingarelli and Gil Poplinger, and faculty member Leonard A. Doerfler presented their research on Substance Abuse and Anger Problems among Latino Men in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program. This study examined the relationship between anger and substance abuse in a residential substance abuse treatment population of 50 Latino men in Worcester.

In addition to the Assumption students and faculty who presented their research, numerous others showcased their work during the general poster sessions:

  • Students Thach Nguyen and Michael Visconti, who worked with faculty members Maria Parmley and Fang Zhang, displayed their project, Promotion of Well-Being: Effects of Serenity and Emotion Regulation.
  • Undergraduates Anna doCurral and Brendan Knight worked alongside faculty members Maria Parmley and Fang Zhang to present their research on Global Versus Local Processing: A Shift in Cognitive Processing with Yoga.  Anna doCurral also displayed her poster on Age Related Changes in Sensory Processing and Attachment to Comfort Objects.
  • Undergraduate Andrew Lampi worked with faculty member Paula Fitzpatrick to show their poster on Evaluating the Role of Social and Motor Engagement for Reducing Restrictive/Repetitive Behaviors in Autism.
  • Graduate students Colleen Popores, Almaas Raziuddin and Paul Avolese worked with faculty member Adam M. Volungis to display their research on Enhancing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Technology.
  • Undergraduate Jacqueline LaForce and faculty member Regina Kuersten-Hogan displayed their research with their poster Prenatal Depressed Mood and Co-parenting Expectations in Pregnant Couples

NEPA—an organization dedicated to the advancement of psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare—will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting on Oct. 15 at Assumption College.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews