Assumption College’s bachelor’s in psychology program featured in New England Psychologist for strong focus on research
New England Psychologist, a monthly publication for licensed psychologists in New England, recently featured examples of Assumption student research, and spoke with psychology professor and department chair Dr. Paula Fitzpatrick about the department’s commitment to teaching bachelor’s degree students about research methods, quantitative skills and attention to detail.
Every year, psychology students work with a faculty mentor and present at the College’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Research topics from last year’s Symposium include:
- Suicide Prevention in Higher Education by Mae L’Heureux ‘14
- Decoding Facial Expression Across the Menstrual Cycle by Cassie Lincoln ‘15
- Tool-Use Development in Children, by Peter Bui ‘14
- Disability and Addiction: Explicit and Implicit Perceptions, by Katelyn Colburn ’14 and Kelsie Phillips ‘14
- The Effects of Empathy on Disparaging Humor, by Peter Bui ‘14
Assumption Psychology students also hold a semi-annual poster session, where they present their capstone research project at a conference-style poster session. In 2014, psychology students researched topics that were interesting to them, including Smartphone Dependency and Quality of Sleep Among Undergraduate Students, Peer Pressure, Conformity and Self-Esteem Among College Students, Effects of Gender Stereotypes on Short-Term Memory Performance and more.