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Psychology News

Keyword: success

“The Orsia F. Young Leadership Award is conferred on one graduating student from each academic school who has performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the university community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and has been an agent for positive change in the university.”

This year, we are happy to announce that our Psych major Tranel Robinson has received the Orsia F. Young Leadership award.

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During the past four years, Tranel has been a highly engaged member of our campus community, and has grown into a confident and effective leader. In terms of formal leadership roles, Tranel has been a member of the SGA Junior Class Council, Vice President of the Sovereign Stangs Step Team, and a Mentor for Mustang Mentors. In addition, she has served as a Freshman Orientation Leader, the Student Coordinator for Clubs and Organizations, and President of Stevenson’s Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition to these leadership roles, Tranel is a Technology Supervisor here at Stevenson, where she is responsible for supervising a staff of 14 student employees. She has received multiple honors for her outstanding work, including Student of the Month by the National Resident Hall Honorary, Student Employee of the Month (twice), and recognition as a National Engaged Leader by the National Society of Leadership and Success.

In each of these roles, Tranel has shined as a leader, particularly in her ability to initiate action, motivate others to do so, and be an agent for positive change. Her consistent leadership involvement over the past four years and the diverse experiences she has highlights her ability to be a true and effective leader in multiple contexts. Congratulations Tranel! You deserve this award!

By: Dr. Virginia Iannone

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!

#wearethebest #successyoucanmeasure

 
 
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