Tuesday, December 16, 2014



Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is currently accepting applications for their Master of Science program in Psychological Science, which begins in Fall 2015.  This program is a traditional two-year Master's program, with three possible exit strategies: (1) Thesis, (2) field experience with an emphasis in data analysis, or (3) a comprehensive examination based on coursework taken.  All of the on-campus courses are taught by faculty holding doctoral degrees, and graduate assistantships are available, both in the department and across the university.  Of the most recent cohort, 93% hold full-time GA positions, which provides full tuition reimbursement as well as an hourly stipend.  A brochure describing the program can be found HERE.  Please direct additional questions to Dr. Kathryn Potoczak (kmpoto@ship.edu), Coordinator, M.S. in Psychological Science.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Summary of Psychology Department Research Activities, Fall 2014 Semester

 
Psychology department faculty and students were busy in the research lab this semester, using Sona Systems to manage 19 different studies involving 22 researchers (3 faculty members and 19 students).  Some students completed research related to class, others pursued independent studies projects, still others worked on honors theses, and some served as research assistants for faculty within the department.  There were 179 students enrolled in PSYC 101 that served as research participants, earning a total of 2,039 research units over the course of the semester.  As one unit is defined as a procedure that takes 15 minutes to complete, this amounts to over 500 hours of data collection that took place over the Fall 2014 semester. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Psychology Majors To Present Research Projects


Students enrolled in the Advanced Research in Psychology course (PSYC 310) are scheduled to present the research projects they've been working on for the entire semester.  Students will present their research in an open forum, and all students and faculty are invited (and encouraged) to attend.  The session will be run in a format similar to that of a conference, where students will be given 12 minutes to present their work, followed by a 3 minute question and answer session.  Mark your calendars for Friday, December 5, from 10:30-12:30 as the date, and all presentations will be held in 235 Schar.  If you have questions about this event, please contact Dr. Chris Chartier, who is the faculty member teaching the PSYC 310 course this semester.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MS in Experimental Psychology at St. Joseph University

If you're interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology, you might want to attend a virtual 'open house' at St. Joseph University on Tuesday, November 11 at noon.  Information on how to attend the open house can be found HERE, and complete details about the program can be found HERE.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reminder...Psychology Colloquium on Tuesday, November 4





The Psychology Department will welcome Dr. Lisa Christian to campus on Tuesday, November 4th to deliver this year's Psychology Research Colloquium. Dr. Christian will speak on "Stress and Immune Function during Pregnancy: An Emerging Focus in Mind-Body Medicine" at 3:00 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education Building. This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Christian completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri before earning her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. After completing her degrees, she returned to OSU in 2008 as a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research as a clinical health psychologist. She currently holds appointments an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Obstetrics/Gynecology at OSU. Her main area of research is in stress and immune responses.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Memory Researcher, Carolyn Rovee-Collier, Dies at 72

If you've ever heard of the 'kicking baby' research, chances are you were told about one of Carolyn Rovee-Collier's studies.  When I was a graduate student at Kent State University I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Dr. Carolyn Rovee-Collier speak at a colloquium sponsored by the Psychology Department.  While it has been more than 20 years since that talk, I still remember what an interesting and engaging speaker she was, and what a tremendous scholar she was as well.  Having published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in her career, she was truly a giant among her peers.  Click HERE to read a report from the New York Times that details some of the finer points from her academic career that spanned more than four decades. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Play Addresses Themes of Suicide and Mourning



Psychology students take note!  The Ashland University Theatre Department will present a new play, Lindsay Joy's In the Event of My Death, at the end of October and beginning of November in Hugo Young Theatre.  According to the AU Arts Guide, the play "follows eight small town twenty-somethings who know each other from high school and share an impromptu time of mourning and celebration after the funeral of a mutual friend."  The play addresses themes of suicide, loss, and mourning. 

Ashland University is one of three colleges selected by the Farm Theatre in New York City to present this new play, and AU is the first of those colleges to stage a performance.  The playwright will be at AU for a talkback at the October 31st performance.  You can find more information on this show at www.ashland.edu/theatre.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Psychology Colloquium Set



The Psychology Department will welcome Dr. Lisa Christian to campus on Tuesday, November 4th to deliver this year's Psychology Research Colloquium.  Dr. Christian will speak on "Stress and Immune Function during Pregnancy: An Emerging Focus in Mind-Body Medicine" at 3:00 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education Building.  This event is free and open to the public.  A meet-and-greet with Ashland University students is also being scheduled for earlier in the afternoon on November 4th; details about that event will also be posted on the blog.

Dr. Christian completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri before earning her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University.  After completing her degrees, she returned to OSU in 2008 as a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research as a clinical health psychologist.  She currently holds appointments an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Obstetrics/Gynecology at OSU.  Her main area of research is in stress and immune responses.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Internship Spotlight - Morgan Phillips



 During the summer of 2014 I had the opportunity to intern at the Ohio Lottery Commission’s headquarters in downtown Cleveland, working in the Human Resource Department. My time at OLC made me realize how much I want to work in Human Resources once I graduate.

This summer I was able to learn so much about what goes into human resources! For the couple months that I worked there, I was exposed to many different aspects of HR. I was able to process applications, meaning I picked through 200+ applications and narrowed it down to only 25. After this I would set up interview times, send paperwork and collect paperwork, set up drug tests and finger printing. I also helped to update position descriptions and process other paperwork. There were multiple orientations for new employees while I was there, so I was given the opportunity to help with those also.

My biggest project throughout the summer was to put together the Workforce Plan for the next year. Every state agency is required to compile a document analyzing the statistics of their agency from the last year. It also analyzes the projections for the next year and how the agency will deal with hiring, firing, and other changes in the workforce. I had the opportunity to create the Workforce Plan for the entire agency, with the guidance of my supervisor. After the summer at the Ohio Lottery, I realized how much I love human resources and that is what I plan to do once I graduate.