Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Disability Claims Adjudicators Wanted!

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is holding an open house on July 19, 2018 from 1:00-6:00pm at 400 East Campus View Blvd, Columbus for Disability Claims Adjudicators.  Qualified applicants must have a completed bachelor's degree, be organized, computer proficient, and enjoy a fast-paced and data-driven environment.  Salary starts at $18.09/hour for the first year, with guaranteed raises after the first year and excellent benefits.  This could be an outstanding opportunity for students with a psychology degree!  Questions should be directed to Lucille Twitty at  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Student Publishes Article in Psi Chi Journal

Derek Baker, a psychology major who graduated from Ashland University in May 2017, recently published an article with Dr. Chris Chartier in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.  The article, titled "Participant Attentiveness to Consent Forms" is available full-text and online by clicking here.  Derek is currently a student in the School Psychology graduate program at Miami University (OH).  Congratulations!! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ashland University Sport Psychology Students Teach Mental Game Skills

Members of this year’s Sport Psychology class (PSYC 280) shared their newly acquired knowledge about mental game skills with local athletes as part of a class project. After learning key sport psychology skills during the first part of the course, students divided into groups, selected a sport, developed a teaching plan, and taught these skills to groups of high school athletes. 

The Ashland University students worked with the following teams: Ashland High School Softball, Ashland High School Girls Track, Hillsdale High School JV Baseball, Hillsdale High School Track (Both Boys & Girls), and the Cleveland Volleyball Company 17’s & 18’s National Teams. 

Dr. Curt Ickes, Associate Professor of Psychology, said, “This type of project is simply a great opportunity for psychology students to experience how psychological principles can be applied in real-world settings. The young athletes benefit by learning mental game skills to help them improve athletic performance. Once again, I had an outstanding group of students who worked with a great group of enthusiastic coaches.” 

Several students reflected on their experiences. 

“Completing fieldwork this semester for sports psychology was an enlightening experience. I thought it was a great way to apply our knowledge and skills in a ‘real world’ setting. The best part was how
influential the message was for the athletes. I could tell they were retaining the information that we were giving them; so eager and willing to apply it to themselves, not only in their sport, but in
their everyday lives.” Paige Lentz 

“Not only was the fieldwork experience beneficial to me as a student, I got to impact young athletes by teaching them skills that many were not familiar with. I was able to learn and teach at the same time and that truly is something special.” Malcolm Doepke 

“I think one of the main things that I learned from this experience is that most athletes are open to the concept of sport psychology. They want to better their performance. It was obvious that the high schoolers that my group worked with thought it was really neat to hear from actual collegiate athletes- doing what they one day hope to do.” Madison Blyer 

“This project was the absolute most valuable learning experience I took away from this class. It forced us to apply the theories and techniques we learned in class to a real-world scenario. The experience has honestly been one of the highlights of my semester. “ Jacob Dingus

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Psychology Students Earn Their Diplomas!!

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded their diplomas during Spring Commencement 2018!  This list includes students earning BA and BS degrees, double majors, and those graduating with distinction!  We are proud of you!

Amanda Case
Psychology/Criminal Justice
Cum Laude

Samantha Demers

Kelly Dremenn
Manga Cum Laude

Bryce Garman
Cum Laude
Gamma Alpha Kappa

Nicole Paradis

Rylee Shoup
Psychology/Criminal Justice

Kimberly Vidika
Criminal Justice/Psychology
Magna Cum Laude

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Students Present Their Work at MPA in Chicago

AU Psychology students Tiffany Pryce, Hannah Drake, and Natalie Bisignano presented their original research at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference in Chicago on April 12th. The students conducted their research as part of Dr. Bonfiglio’s Fall 2017 Research Methods course. They had the opportunity to connect with psychologists across the region to discuss their research interests, and were also able to spend some time exploring downtown Chicago. We are incredibly proud of these students!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

New Members Inducted Into Psi Chi

On Tuesday, April 10th, nine students were inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Congratulations to these accomplished students: Dana Awlia, Aubrey-Leigh Baker, Sabryna Benzel, Natalie Bisignano, Savannah Lewis, Tiffany Pryce, Tiffany Smolinski, Lainy Spies, and Elizabeth Takacs.  Tiffany Smolinski was selected as the next Psi Chi President and Savannah Lewis was selected as the next Vice-President following the induction ceremony. 

Psi Chi honor cords were presented to these graduating Psi Chi members: Natalie Bisignano, Amanda Case, Kelly Dremann, Bryce Garman, Sarah Hyer, Haley Murphy, and Kimberly Vidika.  Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

AU Faculty Member and Student Publish Article

Dr. Chris Chartier (Associate Professor of Psychology) and Savannah Lewis (psychology major), along with Dr. Randy McCarthy (Northern Illinois University) recently published an article in Eye on Psi Chi.  The article is titled "Undergraduate Researchers Will Save Psychological Science" and details how undergraduate researchers have "been making significant contributions" to the discipline.  Click HERE to read the full transcript of the article.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

More Positive Press For The Psychological Science Accelerator!!

The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA), founded last year by Ashland University's Dr. Chris Chartier, is getting more positive feedback in the press! Click HERE to read an article titled "Hundreds Of Researchers Are Trying To Replicate High-Profile Psychology Studies" that was recently  published at BuzzFeed. Congratulations!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AU Alum Makes Team USA

Katie Nageotte, former Ashland University Psychology major, recently earned a spot on Team USA for the IAAF World Indoor Championships which will be held in March in Birmingham, England.  While at Ashland University, Katie was a national champion in the pole vault in 2013, and made a spot on Team USA by clearing 15' 7 1/4" last week at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, NM.  That vault leads the WORLD so far during the 2017/2018 indoor track season.  Click HERE to read the press release from Ashland University.  Congratulations, Katie!