Master of Arts in Psychology

Psychology student research: Our students are highly productive!

One of the major foundations of Psychology is research.  There is a constant search for why it is that individuals (humand non-humans) think and act the way that they do.  Knowing the importance of research, both undergraduate and graduate students are highly encouraged to conduct their own research projects.  The end product of a number of those projects have resulted in presentations beyond Washburn University, at regional and international conferences.  Here is a list of our student's most recent research:


Publications:

  • Moser, J. C., Turk, C. L., & Glover, J. G. (in press). The relationship between participation in Alcoholics Anonymous and social anxiety. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
  • Schneider, B. W., Glover, J. G., & Turk, C. L. (in press). Predictors of family satisfaction following a child’s disclosure of sexual minority status.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies.
  • Wold, K. A., & Turk, C. L. (2015). Body modification: An attempt at mood regulation for some people? Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 20, 51-57.

 

Presentations:

  • Barry, P. (2014). Social influence principles as applied to mailed materials from televangelist Peter Popoff. Poster presentation at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, Rockhurst University, MO.
  • Bugbee, A. & Provorse, D. (2015). The effect of attachment and personality on recruitment to a charismatic group.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Campbell, C. (2015). Biopsychosocial Factors, Physical Activity, and Life Satisfaction.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Cates, C. (2015). No one else can take your place: Factors predicting LGBT suicide riskPoster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Cozad, I.N. (2015). Does view of gender affect human perception of fear and anger?  Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Fabac, A. (2015). Sexual compatibility and relationships satisfaction as they pertain to infidelity within relationships.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Gilliland, K.H. (2015). Peer victimization (bullying) and social anxiety in children aged 3-5Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Hanson, H., Seymour, A. & Costlow, D. (2014). The effect of professor academic rank on student success. Poster presentation at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, Rockhurst University, MO.
  • Graf, T. (2015). Yoga practice as a method to reduce anxiety in college studentsPoster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Harris, H. (2015). Turnt up on religion: The relationship between religion and substance use.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Huzarevich, J. & Walter, M. (2014). Beliefs in classic conspiracies and real conspiratorial politics: Are they different? Poster presentation at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, Rockhurst University, MO.
  • Jenkins, L.D., & Turk, C. (2015). NCO leadership as a possible mediator between officer leadership and posttraumatic growth.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Kiker-Beury, C., Sauceda, N., & Cates, C. (2014). Preliminary results from a multi-method assessment of the Safe Zone Program. Poster presentation at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, Rockhurst University, MO. 1st place award.
  • Lima, A.P. (2015). The effect of responding to student labels on teachers' perceptions.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Mikelson, C. (2015). Predicting forgiveness of extradyadic involvement: The role of the characteristics of EDI.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Moser, J. C, & Turk, C. L. (2014). Social anxiety as a possible moderator of the relationship between internalized homophobia and problematic substance use. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Robinett, C. (2014). The effects of mentorship on job satisfaction.  Oral presentation at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, Rockhurst University, MO. 1st place award.
  • Rose, K. & Sauceda, N. (2014). The impact of seat selection on academic and non-academic learning. Poster presentation at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, Rockhurst University, MO. 2nd place award.
  • Rose, K.A., & Turk, C. L. (2014). Differences in language use on Twitter between individuals high and low in social anxiety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Schneider, B. W., & Turk, C. L. (2014, November). Comparison of self-identified sexual minority and heterosexual individuals on items assessing dating anxiety in measures of social anxiety. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapist, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Smalley, R. (2014). Behavioral addiction: Compulsive use of mobile phones. Poster presentation at the Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention, Rockhurst University, MO.
  • Vink, J. (2015). Intellectual disabilities and caregiver burden: A developmental perspective.  Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Walter, M. (2015).  Language use and perceptions of mental health labels.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.

Finally, our students are encouraged to complete a thesis (Honor's thesis for undergraduate students and Master's thesis for our graduate students).  The following links contain the list (year of publication, title, author) of theses completed by our amazing students!

Copies of the actual theses can be found in the Psychology department (Henderson, room 211).