Psychology Department faculty involve students in research in a variety of contexts. Students do for-credit, independent research under faculty supervision (Psychology 500 and 550). Students work as assistants in faculty laboratories. Some students are paid assistants/collaborators on funded faculty projects, both during the academic year and during the summer. Much collaborative faculty-student research is presented at national and regional conferences. 

If you are interested in conducting research with a faculty member, you should first acquaint yourself with each professor's area of interest. Once you have identified a research focus that interests you, email the professor and ask her or him to discuss options for research opportunities with you. You will want to contact the professor with whom you are interested in working with a semester before you would like to get involved in research.

Research Being Conducted Fall 2014:

Katie Kalafut

Supervisor: Prof. Kathryn Kalafut

 Kathryn Kalafut has conducted research in both the lab and field settings. In the lab she has conducted research on various topics including how the integration of information from out environment effects behavior. Her applied interests lie in how we can use our experimental knowledge to benefit human and animal lives. Her research has included creating systematic methods to evaluate captive animal welfare, and identifying the effects of anthropogenic food sources on wild coyotes in Rhode Island.

Student Researchers:

Amy DiamondAmy Diamond
Environmental Stimuli are used throughout our daily lives to facilitate in predicting the timing if certain events. Amy is interested in how humans integrate various stimuli when they are presented simultaneously.

Lisa FreemanLisa Freeman
Lisa's research addresses the question of how experience affects people's perception of timing. Specifically, she will be investigating the effect of prior context on an interval replication task to analyze the influence of previous experience on short interval timing.

Alissa MeisterAlissa Meister
Alissa's research seeks to investigate our perception of time and the various factors that affect this perception. Through the use of computerized timing tests we will attempt to learn more about the interesting phenomenon of internal timing in humans.

Faculty Publications (2005-2014):

Faculty Publications (2005-2014):

Prof. Suman Ambwani:

Ambwani, S., Slane, J. D., Thomas, K. M., Hopwood, C. J., & Grilo, C. M. (2014). Interpersonal dysfunction and affect-regulation difficulties in disordered eating among men and women. Eating Behaviors, 15, 550-554.

Ambwani, S., Thomas, K. M., Hopwood, C. J., Moss, S. A., & Grilo, C. M. (2014). Obesity stigmatization as the status quo: Structural considerations and prevalence among young adults in the U. S. Eating Behaviors, 15, 366-370.

Ambwani, S., Cardi, V., & Treasure, J. (2014). Mobile self-help interventions for Anorexia Nervosa: Conceptual, ethical, and methodological considerations for clinicians and researchers. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Ambwani, S., & Morey, L.C. (in press). Food consumption as affect modulation in borderline personality. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Ambwani, S., Boeka, A., Brown, J.D., Sarwer, D.B, Fabricatore, A.N, Byrne, K.T., Budak, A.R., Morey, L.C., & O’Neil, P.M. (in press). Socially desirable responding among bariatric surgery candidates during psychological assessment. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 

Ambwani, S., & Hopwood, C.J. (2009). The utility of considering interpersonal problems in the assessment of bulimic features. Eating Behaviors, 10, 247-253.

Hopwood, C., Flato, C., Ambwani, S., Garland, B.H., & Morey, L.C. (2009). A comparison of Latino and Anglo positive responding. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 769-780.

Gleaves, D.H., Latner, J.D., & Ambwani, S. (2009). Eating disorders. In J.L. Matson, F. Andrasik, & M.L. Matson (Eds.). Treating Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities (pp. 403-433). Springer. 

Ambwani, S., Warren, C.S., Gleaves, D.H., Cepeda-Benito, A., & Fernandez, M.C. (2008). Culture, gender and fear of fatness: Psychometric properties of English and Spanish versions of the Goldfarb Fear of Fat Scale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 24, 81-87. 

Morey, L.C. & Ambwani, S. (2008). The Personality Assessment Inventory. In G. Boyle, G. Matthews, and D.H. Saklofske (Ed.). The SAGE handbook of personality theory and assessment (pp. 626-645). Vol.2, London: SAGE. 

Gleaves, D. H., & Ambwani, S. (2008). Body dysmorphic disorder. In J. Abramowitz, S. Taylor, & D. McKay (Eds.) Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Subtypes and spectrum conditions (pp. 288-303). Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Hopwood, C.J., Ambwani, S., & Morey, L.C. (2007). Predicting premature therapy termination with the Personality Assessment Inventory. PsychotherapyResearch, 17, 706-712. 

Ambwani, S. & Strauss, J. (2007). Love Thyself before Loving Others? A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Gender Differences in Body Image and Romantic Love. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 56, 13-21. 

Gleaves, D.H. & Ambwani, S. (2005). Is BDD a culturally determined expression of a body image disorder? In M. Maj, H.S. Akiskal, J.E. Mezzich, and A. Okasha (Eds.) Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry (pp.231-232). Vol.9, Chichester: Wiley. 

Prof. Teresa Barber:

Barber, T. A., & Haggarty, M. K. (in press). Memantine ameliorates scopolamine-induced amnesia in chicks trained on taste-avoidance learning.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.  

Barber, T. A., Meyers, R. A., & McGettigan, B. F. (2010). Memantine improves memory for taste-avoidance learning in day-old chicks exposed to isolation stress. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 95, 203-208.

Prof. Marie Helweg-Larsen

*Peterson, L., Helweg-Larsen, M., Kimmel, S., & Volpp, K. (2012). Socio-economic status and race differences in heart attack risk among hypertensive patients: Personal risk perception and risk biases. Psychology & Health, 27, 737-751.

Helweg-Larsen, M., Harding, H. H., & Klein, W. M. (2011). Will I divorce or have a happy marriage?: Gender differences in comparative optimism among U.S. college students. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33, 157-166. doi: 10.1080/01973533.2011.568874

Helweg-Larsen, M., Tobias, M. R., & Cerban, B. M. (2010). Risk perception and moralization among smokers in the U.S. and Denmark: A qualitative approach. British Journal of Health Psychology.

Helweg-Larsen, M. (2010). The UCLA multidimensional condom attitudes scale. In T. D.Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L. Yarber, & S. L. Davis (Eds.). Handbook of sexuality-related measures. New York: Routledge.

Helweg-Larsen, M., & Nielsen, G. A. (2009). Smoking cross-culturally: Risk perceptions among young adults in Denmark and the United States. Psychology & Health, 24, 81-93.

Harding, H. G., & Helweg-Larsen, M. (2009). Perceived risk for future intimate partner violence among women in a domestic violence shelter. Journal of Family Violence, 2, 75-85.

Helweg-Larsen, M. & Stancioff, L. M. (2008).Acculturation matters: Risk perceptions of smoking among Bosnian refugees living in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 10, 423-428.

Long, J. A., Helweg-Larsen, M., & Volpp, K. G. (2008). Patient opinions regarding “pay for performance for patients”. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23, 1647-1652.

Helweg-Larsen, M. & LoMonaco, B. L. (2008). Queuing among U2 fans: Reactions to social norm violations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2378–2393.

Helweg-Larsen, M., Harding, H. G. & Kleinman, K. E. (2008). Risk perceptions of dating violence among college women: The role of experience and depressive symptoms. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 551-571.

Gurmankin, A. D., Helweg-Larsen, M., Armstrong, K., Kimmel, S. E., & Volpp, K. G. M. (2005). Comparing the standard visual analog scale and the magnifier scale for assessing risk perceptions. Medical Decision Making, 25, 560-570.

*Meloni, A., Helweg-Larsen, M., *MacDonald, J. M., & *Inoue, A. (2005). A world of their own: Acculturation and views on war and interpersonal violence among adult Mennonites. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 10, 49-53.

Prof. Sharon Kingston

Bruzzese, J.M., Kingston, S., Sheares, B.J., Cespedes, A., Sadeghi, H. & Evans, D. (2011). Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a school-based approach to help inner-city, ethnic minority adolescents with undiagnosed asthma. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 290-294.

Cespedes A., Sheares B.J., Kingston S., Kane K., Polanco M., Azuaje A., & Bruzzese J-M. (2011). A school-based intervention for urban adolescents with undiagnosed asthma: Findings from a pilot study and on-going RCT. Biological Psychology, 87: 178.

Miller Brotman, L., Calzada, E. Y., Kingston, S., Huang, K., Dawson-McClure, S., Kamboukos, D., Rosenfelt, A., Schwab, A., & Petkova, E. (2011) Promoting effective parenting practices and preventing child behavior problems in school among ethnically diverse families from underserved, urban communities. Child Development, 82 (1): 258-276.  

Bruzzese JM., Cespedes A., Sheares B.J., Kingston S., & Evans D. (2010) Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a school-based approach to helping urban ethnic minority adolescents with undiagnosed asthma. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 181: A2254.

Calzada, E. J., Miller Brotman, L., Huang, K. Y., & Kingston, S. (2009). Parent cultural adaptation and child functioning in culturally diverse, urban families of preschoolers.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30, 515-524.

Kingston, S., & Raghavan, C. (2009). The relationship of child sexual abuse use, early initiation of substance use and adolescent trauma to PTSD.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22 (1), 65-68.  

Miller Brotman, L., Kingston, S., Bat-Chava, Y., Calzada, E., & Caldwell, M. B. (2008). Training Early Childhood Educators to Facilitate an After-School Family Preventive Intervention. Early Education and Development, 19(4): 622-642.

Kingston, S. (2007). Tuning in to your child's temperament. NYU Child Study Center Parent Letter, November 6(3).

Raghavan, C., & Kingston, S. (2006). Child Sexual Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Role of Age at First Use of Substances and Lifetime Traumatic Events. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19(2): 269-278.

Prof. Jonathan Page

Page, J.W., Thibeault, C.M., Page, K.F., & Lewinski, W. (2008). Pursuit driver training improves memory for skill-based information. Police Quarterly, 11(3), 353-36.

Page, J., & Crognale, M.A. (2005). Differential aging of chromatic and achromatic visual pathways: behavior and electrophysiology. Vision Research, 45, 1481-1489. 

Page, J.W., Findley, J., & Crognale, M.A. (2005). Electrophysiological analysis of the effects of Ginkgo biloba on visual processing in older health adults. Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 60(10), 1246-1251. 

Prof. Anthony Rauhut 

Rauhut, A. S., Hawrylak, M., & Mardekian, S. K.(2008). Bupropion differentially alters the aversive, locomotor and rewarding properties of nicotine in CD-1 mice. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 90, 598-607. 

Rauhut, A. S., Zentner, I. J., Mardekian, S. K., & Tanenbaum, J. B. (2008). Wistar Kyoto and Wistar rats differ in the affective and locomotor effects of nicotine. Physiology and Behavior, 93, 177-188. 

Dwoskin, L. P., Rauhut, A. S., King-Pospisil, K. A. & Bardo, M. T. (2006). Review of the pharmacology and clinical profile of bupropion, an antidepressant and tobacco use cessation agent. CNS Drug Reviews, 12, 178-207. 

Rauhut, A. S., Dwoskin, L. P., & Bardo, M. T. (2005). Tolerance does not develop to the decrease in nicotine self-administration produced by repeated bupropion administration. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 7, 901-907.

Prof. Andy Skelton

Skelton, J.A., & Pennebaker, J.W. (2010). Visceral perception. In E.B. Goldstein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of perception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

Skelton, J. A. (2006). How negative are attitudes toward persons with AIDS? Examining the AIDS-Leukemia Paradigm. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 28, 251 - 261. 

Prof. Megan Yost

Yost, M. R., & McCarthy (2012). Girls Gone Wild? Heterosexual Women's Same-Sex Encounters at College Parties. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36(1), pp. 7-24. DOI: 10.1177/0361684311414818

Yost, M. R., & Thomas, G. D. (2011). Gender and binegativity: Men's and women's attitudes toward male and female bisexuals. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1177/0361684311414818

Yost, M.R. & Chmielewski, J.F (2011). Narrating rural lesbian lives: Body image and lesbian community in central Pennsylvania. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 15, 148-165

Yost, M.R., & Smith, L. (in press; 2012). When does it cross the line?  The threshold between “normal” dieting and eating disorders. Journal of College Student Development. 

 Yost, M.R. (2010). Development and validation of the Attitudes about Sadomasochism Scale. Journal of Sex Research, 47, 79-91. 

Smith, T.E., & Yost, M.R. (2009). “Like, get over it!”: On ‘getting’ and ‘getting over’ sexuality in the classroom. Feminism & Psychology, 19, 199-204. 

Yost, M. R., & Smith, T. E. (2008). The medicalization of gender and sexual nonconformity: Social values and psychiatric diagnosis. In J. Hoefler, D. Sarcone, & D. Schubert (Eds.), Health Studies: A Reader. Carlisle: Dickinson College. 

Yost, M. R. (2007). Sexual fantasies of individuals involved in sadomasochistic relationships: The impact of gender and S/M role on fantasy content. In D. Langdridge & M. Barker (Eds.), Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave. 

Yost, M. R., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2006). Gender differences in the enactment of sociosexuality: An examination of implicit social motives, sexual fantasies, coercive sexual attitudes, and aggressive sexual behavior. Journal of Sex Research, 43, 163-174.

Student-Faculty Conference Presentations (2007-2010):

Chmielewski, J., & Yost, M. R. (2010, August). Lesbian and bisexual women's experiences of body image, sexual objectification, and homophobia. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Helweg-Larsen, M., Harding, H. H., & Klein, W. M. (2010, February). Will I divorce or have a happy marriage?: Gender differences in comparative optimism among U.S. college students. Poster presented at the Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

Chmielewski, J., & Ambwani, S. A. (November, 2009). Thin-Ideal Internalization, Fear of Fatness, and Disordered Eating: A Cross-Cultural Study. Presented at the annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, New York, NY.

Ambwani, S. A., Compeau, A., Chmielewski, J., Guy, A., & Emery, L. (November, 2009). Ecological Momentary Assessment of Mood and Binge-Eating Behavior. Presented at the annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, New York, NY.

Della Vecchia, M., White, A., & Rauhut, A. S.  (October, 2009).  Effects of Noradrenergic Antagonists on the Unconditioned and Conditioned Hyperactive Responses of Methamphetamine in Mice.  Presented at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) poster session held during the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Danquah, J., Moellman, J. , & Rauhut, A.S.  (April, 2009).  Methamphetamine Conditioned Hyperactivity in Swiss-Webster Mice: A Behavioral Analysis.  Presented at the 20th Annual St. Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, Philadelphia, PA.

Ambwani, S., Emery, L., Compeau, A., & Talbert, C.A. (2009, March). Borderline personality features and bulimic symptoms: The mediating role of neuroticism. Poster presented at the Annual Conference for the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL. 

Skelton, J.A., Price, E., & Recchiute, C. (2009, March). Relationship between recall of illness episodes and symptom reports. Poster presented at the Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Smith, L.A., & Yost, M.R. (2009, March). Public concepts of eating disorder diagnosis: How far is too far? Poster presented at the Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Helweg-Larsen, M., Tobias, M., & Cerban, B. (2009, February). Moralization, risk perception and risk reduction: A qualitative interview study of U.S. smokers. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL. 

Yost, M. R., & Chmielewski, J. (2008, November). Girls gone wild? Understanding "heterosexual" women's same-sex encounters at college parties. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, San Juan, PR. 

Rauhut, A. S., & Mardekian, S. K. (2008, June). Bupropion blocks acquisition, but not expression, of nicotine conditioned taste aversion in CD-1 mice. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, PR. 

Gilroy, M. N., Rauhut, A. S., & Barber, T. A. (2008, March). Impaired observational learning of a food acquisition task in WKY rats. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Yost, M. R., Haywood, A., & McCarthy, L. (2007, November). Girls gone wild? Understanding "heterosexual" women's same-sex encounters at college parties. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Indianapolis, IN. 

Hawrylak, M., Castner, A., & Rauhut, A. S. (2007, April). Bupropion fails to alter nicotine conditioned place preference in CD-1 mice. Presented at the 18th Annual St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, Philadelphia, PA. 

Tanenbaum, J., Bollwage, L., & Rauhut, A. S. (2007, April). Wistar Kyoto and Wistar rats differ in nicotine-induced conditioned taste avoidance. Presented at the 18th Annual St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, Philadelphia, PA. 

Satyamurthy, N., Gleichgerrcht, E., Moreland, M., Moyer, W., & Barber, T.A. (2007, March). Behavioral Differences in X57BL6J and 129S1/SVIMJ mice: Contributions of the corpus callosum. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

Young, A., & Barber, T. (2007, March). Ginkgo biloba ameliorates scopolamine-induced amnesia in day-old chicks. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

Helweg-Larsen, M., & Harding, H. H. (2007, January). Hypertensive patients and battered women: Perceived risk reduction predicts intentions. Presented at the Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, TN.