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When I started my journey at Stevenson University, I thought that it was going to be just a regular four-year college program. However, what I got was so much greater than what I could have expected.

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Mordy Mandelbaum ('18 Psychology)

For one, I was graciously welcomed by faculty as well as my fellow students. From day-to-day comradery to serious heart-to-hearts and everything in between, my psychology family was (and still is) eagerly ready to support me and keep me focused and grounded.

Second, my time at Stevenson was anything but mundane or boring and I often found myself outside of my comfort zone, doing things that I never imagined I would be capable of doing. From volunteering in suicide prevention to presenting at the TedX event “Finding Courage and Opportunity Within” and helping coordinate on-campus discussions about drugs in society, I gained valuable experiences in engaging students to discuss a variety (including difficult) topics.

Third, one summer during my undergrad years, I took an activist role in Israel over the summer for my internship and had an amazing experience. Specifically, I worked with my colleagues from Video Activism to create, edit, and produce video content for social media to combat antisemitism and to advocate on behalf of the State of Israel.

Overall, the Psychology department at Stevenson has offered me more than academic and professional guidance. Whenever I needed it, I was able to turn to my professors and ask them just about anything knowing that they truly wanted the best for me. As one of my favorite themes from television states: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.” For me, without a doubt, the Stevenson psychology department is that place. It’s a family. And one that I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of it and to continue to be a part of it as I continue on my journey in life.

By: Mordy Mandelbaum (’18 Psychology)

Note: Mordy was the recipient of the Dorothy Stang Award, a prestigious award “conferred upon a graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur, the founders of Stevenson University.” Beginning Fall 2019, Mordy will be attending the Master’s of Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program at the University of San Diego.

The Psychology Student Research Showcase took place yesterday from 11am to 2pm in the Rockland Banquet Room on our Owings Mills campus. Sponsored by our honor society Psi Chi, we had wonderful presentations from students to share the results of their class and research projects, as well as their internship and field placement experiences. Overall, there were more than 150 posters presented. Clubs such as Active Minds, Psychology Club, R.I.S.E., and Psi Chi also presented.

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Special thanks to Dr. Elliott, Dr. Iannone, Dr. Schurtz, Dr. Metzger, Dr. Setzer, Dr. Syed, Dr. Foy, and Dr. Smith for guiding their students to the successes that they demonstrated yesterday. Thank you to all the students who took on leadership roles in organizing or assisting with this event, including Savanna Angel, Nick Mehiel, Danielle Gershman, Hanne Wilburn, Emma Lichtman, Olivia Webb, Tamera Stanley, and Akera Williams.

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We strongly believe that our showcase has created an opportunity to prepare our students to become more competitive for their future jobs and careers, whether or not they are planning to go to graduate school. Congratulations to the Psychology faculty and students for this successful event!

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By: Tamera Stanley

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!

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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)

When Caitlin Kennedy is not in class, you will probably find her in the lab conducting experiments to investigate how pollutants such as zinc may have an effect on crayfish.

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Caitlin (right) and her mentor Dr. Angie Setzer (left)

Caitlin’s interest in neuroscience flourished when she took a class in Biological Psychology during her first year at Stevenson. Very soon, she jumped right into the opportunity to work with Dr. Tulloch’s behavioral neuroscience lab. Their collaboration has led to two poster presentations:

Kennedy, C.G., Nash, A.C., Wasicko, N.J., Leister, B.A., & Tulloch, I.K. (2018, November) Multi-generational behavioral response to alcohol in Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Poster presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kennedy, C.G., Leister, B.A., & Tulloch, I.K. (2017, December). Effects of acute alcohol exposure on Drosophila melanogaster larvae locomotor activity. Poster presented at the Stevenson University Psychology Department Showcase in Stevenson, MD, and the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For the past year, Caitlin has also been working with Dr. Danna (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Setzer (Psychology). These opportunities brought her two additional poster presentations:

Leister, B.A., Kennedy, C.G., Nash, A.C., Tulloch, I.K., Danna, C.J. (2019, February) Neurodevelopmental effects of early alcohol exposure in transgenic drosophila melanogaster. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting in New York City, New York.

Briscoe, A., Dennis, M., Kennedy, C.G., Setzer, A. (2018, December). Crayfish Alcohol Maze Study. Poster presented at the Stevenson University Psychology Department Showcase, Owings Mills, MD.

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Caitlin presenting at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference

In addition to her extensive research experiences, Caitlin played a key role in organizing the Brain Bee event last month (see our previous blog entry here). She took care of all the details such as coordinating with the high school teachers and administrators, creating marketing materials, and keeping track of all the paperwork.

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Caitlin and other Psych Club officers (2019)

Caitlin was recently accepted into a Ph.D. behavioral neuroscience program. As she reflected on her past experiences, she said that she appreciated the close faculty-student relationships, especially with her mentors.

Congratulations Caitlin! Finish strong this semester and we wish you your very best as you take your next exciting step!

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Midterms are coming up very soon! For many students, midterm season represents a stressful time that we often forget to focus on ourselves. Although we may feel too busy to focus on self-care, there are simple activities that we can implement into our daily routine. According to Baratta (2018), self-care is simply paying attention to the self in a mindful way to ensure you are being cared for. Here are some tips.

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Did you know that the beautiful Ladew Topiary Gardens is just 30 minutes away from campus?

1. Know your limits. Recognize when you are taking on more than you can handle and figure out ways to slow down.

2. Practice time management and get your assignments done in a timely manner. Try not to procrastinate!

3. Get good sleep and eat well. We need at least 7 hours of sleep to function well. Also try to eat well and make good choices: select fresh, nutritious food.

In conclusion, we need to take time to self-reflect and understand the areas that are causing us stress in order to improve our overall well-being. Finding ways to implement fun into our lives to decompress is important. Enjoy having a nice dinner with your best friend, watching a silly movie, taking a walk at a park, and/or doing a face mask.

Remember to take care of yourself!

By Makaylah Morton

 
 
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