Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Foster on his recent publication, “Do People Use Category-learning Judgments to Regulate Their Learning of Natural Categories?”, in the journal Memory & Cognition.
In the article, Foster investigates the relationship between people’s category-learning judgments (CLJs) and selections of categories for restudy using data collected from undergraduates at his previous institution, Kent State University.
Read the article here!
Congratulations to Dr. Libby Nutt Williams on her recent publication (which is based on the SMP of Jake Wolf ’15), “Just for Women? Feminist Multicultural Therapy with Male Clients”, in the journal Sex Roles. In addition to Wolf ’15 (who earned a MEd in Counseling and Human Services at Lehigh University in 2017, and is now a direct services counselor at Crime Victims Council of Lehigh Valley, Inc.) and Williams, other co-authors include Megan Darby ’17, Jonathan Herald ’16, and Catherine Schultz ’16.
In the article, researchers investigate the experiences of 8 feminist multicultural therapists working with male clients using Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) (Hill et al. 1997).
The psychology department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is included as one of the 24 departments from 12 institutions that will take part in the CUR (Council for Undergraduate Research) project that aims to create research-based undergraduate curricula in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. Dr. Aileen Bailey was among the team of faculty and staff that submitted the application for St. Mary’s; nearly 90 institutions submitted applications.
Read more about the CUR Transformations Project and other institutional partners here
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Mirabile on his most recent publication, a collaboration with colleagues at Johns Hopkins and William and Mary!
Webb, L., Stegall, S., Mirabile, S. P., Zeman, J., Shields, A., & Perry-Parrish, C. (2016). The Management and Expression of Pride: Age and Gender Effects. Journal of Adolescence, 52, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.06.009.
Congratulations to Dr. Aileen Bailey on her most recent publication co-authored with past SMP students* and a UMD colleague!
*Roberts, B.M., *Jarrin, S.E., Mathur, B.N. & Bailey, A. M. (2016). Illuminating the Undergraduate Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory: A Guide for the in vivo Application of Optogenetics in Mammalian Model Organisms. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 14(2), A111-A116.
Elaine Bucknam ’16 received a Psi Chi Summer Research Grant. Fourteen of these awards are given out to undergraduates each year. The grant was $5000 total, $3500 of which was allocated to Elaine, and $1500 of which was allocated to her mentor, Dr. Glidden. Elaine’s SMP, “Assessing Social Motivation and Cognition in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder through a Modified False Belief Task” examines social cognitive and social motivational abilities in young adolescent boys, both typically developing, and with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, she created a modified version of the false-belief task–a known measure of theory of mind (a form of social cognitive ability)–to also measure implicit social motivation. Elaine is measuring the efficacy of this modified task by presenting it to participants in three different formats: a live-action video, an animated video, and a written scenario that is read aloud to them. She’s interested in whether the modifications made to the task will make it a successful measure of social motivation as well as social cognition. She’s also interested in whether the format in which the task is presented impacts participants’ responses.
Samuel Hirsh ’16 received a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research. These grants are awarded to approximately 180 undergraduate and graduate students from any field in science each year. The grant was for $972, just under the $1,000 maximum able to be awarded. Sam’s SMP is looking at a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease and a way of restoring movement to these animals. Work out of the Mathur Lab (University of Maryland School of Medicine) suggests that activating a specific thalamic nuclei in the brain optogenetically results in dopamine release which is rewarding. Stimulating the connections of this part of the brain in Parkinsonian mice results in restoration of movement. Sam will be determining the reason for this restoration through optogenetic and pharmacological approaches. This work is a collaboration between SMCM (Dr. Bailey is his mentor) and Dr. Brian N. Mathur from the University of Maryland School of Medicine).
Liza Moore ’16 received a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant. $25,500 is distributed annually by the grant program in support of undergraduate research; Liza’s grant was $550 of that pool. Liza’s SMP is a qualitative study that explores the illness experience of chronically ill individuals with autoimmune disorders from the perspective of psychotherapists. The money from the grant was used to transcribe interviews with therapist participants. The goal of the study is to understand better what therapy looks like for chronically ill clients receiving psychotherapy as an adjunct emotional therapy, in order to understand best therapeutic practices. Through this research, the importance of psychotherapy as a treatment for autoimmune disorders is emphasized, as well as the need to better integrate physical and emotional treatment for chronic illness clients.
Congratulations to Aileen Bailey on her latest publication written in conjunction with professional colleagues and alumni!
“Stress, depression, and effects of novel antidepressants on excitatory synapses” is funded by NIH (National Institutes of Health). The award will be used to hire SMCM summer research assistants over the next five years and to support the research itself.
In collaboration with Scott Thompson, of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, who will serve as principal investigator, Dr. Bailey will be examining the behavioral effects of a novel antidepressant drug. Specifically, she will be looking to see if this novel antidepressant can restore normal behavioral responses across several different models of depression (i.e., does the drug work in different situations and on different behaviors). Does it have a general effect? Additionally, she will be looking at behavioral side effects of the antidepressant including changes in sleep and awake activity patterns.