During my time here at Stevenson, I have had plenty of exceptional experiences. Outside of the psychology department, I have been an RA for three years serving our students in the Residence Halls on campus. From time to time, some students I oversee in the Residence Halls are psychology majors and I am able to connect with them further. In the psychology department, I have worn many "hats" over the years!

One of the roles I have is working with Dr. Metzger helping with research within his Cognition and Emotion group. Last year, this group researched how different factors, such as mindfulness or anxiety, affect our cognition every day. We met weekly to discuss the literature and potential projects. This culminated in the development of my senior research thesis (PSY 470) project where we analyzed the role of cell phone presence in cognition. A few weeks ago, I presented this senior research poster at SEPA: an undergraduate conference held in Jacksonville, Florida. There I was presented with Psi Chi's Regional Research Award during my poster session. Dr. Metzger, Danielle Gershman, and the other students who helped with my senior thesis were the best helpers and supporters. I am grateful to be part of a department with so much collaboration!

Hanne Wilburn

Hanne Wilburn won the Psi Chi Regional Research Award!!

Another role I have had in the psychology department is working as a Teaching Assistant and office assistant for Dr. Elliott. I have been the Teaching Assistant for psychology courses such as First Year Seminar, Behavioral Approaches to Change, and Research Methods & Data Analysis II. Being a Teaching Assistant has allowed me to meet and interact with a majority of the students in the department. I even had the experience of giving my own lecture on behavioral psychology! I enjoy knowing that I can play a role in helping students succeed in these important classes. Lastly, I work with Dr. Elliott as an office assistant, and mainly help with the maintenance of Stevenson's Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB ensures that the research being conducted at Stevenson is ethical and safe for everyone participating. Helping with the IRB has allowed me to learn so much about how to conduct good psychological research and help others to do that too. Attending Stevenson and working within the psychology department have afforded me so many unique experiences that I know will impact me for the rest of my life!

By: Hanne Wilburn (Psychology ’19)