News & Events Blog

Ms. Veda Charlton recognized for Psi Chi Advisor Award for the Southwest Region

Congratulations to Ms. Veda Charlton for being recognized as the 2018-2019 Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Award winner for the Southwest Region!

Ms. Veda Charlton promoted to Clinical Instructor II

Congratulations Ms. Charlton!

Rachel Hunt and Ruben Toth complete Honors in the Major projects

Two undergraduate psychology majors recently completed their Honors in the Major thesis projects, with mentorship by Dr. Bill Lammers and committee review by Ms. Veda Charlton, Ms. Shannon Riedmeuller, Dr. Joan Simon, and Dr. Kevin Rowell:
Rachel Hunt – Mindfulness and Yarn Craft
Ruben Toth – Pet Interaction as a Predictor of Happiness in College Students
Congratulations to both students!

Dr. Femina Varghese and 3 doctoral students publish article

Congrats to Dr. Femina Varghese for this recent publication! Three PhD students are co-authors – Jon Nolan, Evan Anderson, and Ryan Southerland.

Varghese, F. P., Nolan, J., Ali, S. R., Anderson, E., & Southerland, R. (2019). Vocational Psychology and the Future: The Role of Telepsychology in Shaping Research. Journal of Career Developmenthttps://doi.org/10.1177/0894845319831081

Faculty and Students make 37 research presentations at SWPA conference

On April 5 – 8, UCA Psychology and Counseling students and faculty presented 37 research papers or posters at the Southwestern Psychological Association in Albuquerque, NM. Seven students received research awards. Congrats to all!

Full list of presentations and awards is below.

UCA Psychology Events at the 2019 meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association

Award Recipients:

Fradley, M., & Fagan, E.  (2019, April). The Effect of Alphabetic Position on the Mental Storage of Letters. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM. [Psi Chi Regional Research Award]

Lefevre, L. (2019, April). Consistently Jealous: Political leanings and Romantic Jealousy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM. [SWPA Showcase Award]

Lefevre, L. (2019, April). Smaller Stroop Effect than the Reverse Stroop Effect in Visual Search. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM. [SWPA Showcase Award]

Merguie, J., &  Udochi, A. (2019, April). Why Do People Justify Choices They Did Not Make?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM. [SWPA Showcase Award]

Udochi, A., & Charlton, S.  (2019, April). Using Qualtrics Panels to Explore Professional Development in Psychology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM. [Undergraduate Research Competition Finalist]

Wilson, K.  (2019, April). Is Visual Search for Numerical Quantity Distinct From Traditional Visual Search? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM. [Psi Chi Regional Research Award]

York, K. (2019, April). Strength of Association in Spatial Stroop. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM. [SWPA Showcase Award]

 Papers and Posters:

Adair, L., Beasley, M., Roberts, S., & Williams, A.  (2019, April). Social pressures and family planning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Adair, L., Karr, K., Lefevre, L., Highley, L., & Green, M.  (2019, April). Femme Fatale: Examining Women’s Homicidal Ideations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Andersen, B.  (2019, April). Disgust sensitivity predicts discriminatory punishments against ethnic and foreign outgroups. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Andersen, B., Adair, L., & Bearden, R.  (2019, April). Desperate Housewives: Predictors of mate-switching and dual-mating motivated infidelity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Bogoslavsky, M., Adair, L., & Marlin, M. (2019, April). Sexploitation: The Nature of Women’s Romantic Exploitative Tactics. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Branscum, A. (2019, April). EXAMINATION OF TRAINING COMPETENCIES FOR ALLIED MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS: A PILOT STUDY. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Branscum, A.  (2019, April). STRENGTHS-BASED ASSESSMENT OF ADOLESCENTS FROM A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE: A PILOT STUDY. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Bull, C., & Adair, L. (2019, April). Predicting Experiences of Psychological Abuse in Females. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Fults, B., Lefevre, L., Karr, K., & Anderson, D. (2019, April). Understanding the precursors of transfer shock. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Fults, B., Wilkins, W., & Taylor, C. (2019, April). Sexual Differentiation in Violent Fantasy Outlet for Normal Stress Inducing/Unpleasant Environmental. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Hunter, R. (2019, April). Predicting Trait Anxiety: A Comparison of American and Chinese College Students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Park, A. & Lammers, W. (2019, April). Relations between Rapport, Anxiety, Course Difficulty, Goal Orientation, and Student Learning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Merguie, J., O’Connell, B., & Fason, M. (2019, April). Behavioral Immune System and Religious Outgroups. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Nolan, S., Pyle, J., & Adair, L.  (2019, April). Female Perpetrator’s Sociosexual Orientation & Sexual Exploitation Relationship to Intimate Partner. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Owen, C., & Park, A. (2019, April). Subfactors of Gratitude as Predictors of Physical Health. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Park, A., Knowlton, T., & Sestir, M.  (2019, April). Self-Views and Perceptions of Fictional Characters and Character Identification. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Park, A., Lainez, E., Rogers, M., & Sestir, M.  (2019, April). A Content Analysis of Gratitude Diaries: Does Variety Predict More Benefits?. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Park, A., & Murphey, T.  (2019, April). Initial Validation of the Character Growth Initiative Scale. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Pickard, M., Baca, L., & Swinson, D. (2019, April). An Exploration of Emotional Intelligence and Ruminating Cognitions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Sestir, M.  (2019, April). Social Network Site Primes Improve Worldview and Perceived Friend Support.. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Sestir, M., & Bateman, A.  (2019, April). I Can’t Miss You Til You Leave: Mobile Phone Attachment and Deprivation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Sestir, M., & Hayes, A.  (2019, April). Does the Presence and Use of Smartphones Reduce Social Pain Experiences?. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Sestir, M., Tai, M., & Peszka, J. (2019, April). Relationships between Video Game Play Factors and Lucid and Control Dreaming Experiences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Sestir, M., Udochi, A., Kennedy, L., & Wakim, C. (2019, April). The Effect of Emotional Narratives on Risk Perception and Behavioral Intentions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Skaggs, S., & Baldwin Gracey, B. (2019, April). Token Economy Contribution to Patient Weight Gain in Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Settings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Taylor, A., & Sobel, K. (2019, April). Introducing the Journal of Psychological Inquiry as an outlet for undergraduate research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Taylor, A., Soto, A., & Marlin, M. (2019, April). Adapting Culture to Treatment: Two Meta-Analytic Reviews. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Udochi, A., & Sestir, M.  (2019, April). Correlations Between the Keirsey Temperaments, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Thinking Styles. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Udochi, A., Fradley, M., & Sestir, M. (2019, April). Effects of Cooperative vs. Competitive Video Games on the Perception of Others. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Warnick, K. (2019, April). Stacking the Deck for Students: Identifying Field-Based Outcomes for Theoretical Best Practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Marc Sestir has article accepted for publication

Sestir, M.A., Peszka, J. & Tai, M. (In press). Relationships between video game play factors and lucid and control dreaming experiences. Dreaming.

Dr. John Murphy presents workshop in Austin, TX

Dr. John Murphy, Professor of Psychology & Counseling, presented a training workshop entitled, Practical strategies of solution-focused brief therapy with children, adolescents, families, and school problems, to psychotherapists and clinical social workers at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday, March 29th, 2019.
 
Murphy, J. J. (2019, March). Practical strategies of solution-focused brief therapy with children, adolescents, families, and school problems. Workshop presented at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Dr. Lora Adair, Taylor Hinton, and Brett Anderson to publish article

Congratulations to Dr. Lora Adair and her students, Taylor Hinton and Brett Anderson, for the recent acceptance of their paper, “He looks “easy” and she’s not into it: Sexual exploitation cues and attraction” in the upcoming Special Issue (Beyond the Ingenue: Current Evolutionary Perspectives of Women) of Evolutionary and Behavioral Science!
Adair, L., *Hinton, T., & *Andersen, B. (in press). He looks “easy” and she’s not into it: Sexual exploitation cues and attraction. Evolutionary and Behavioral Science. 

Lilee Cummins wins scholarship award

Congratulations to 2nd year Mental Health Counseling student, Lilee Cummins, this year’s recipient of the Anne Thomas Scholarship Award from the Arkansas Mental Health Counseling Association.

Well deserved!

Dr. Femina Varghese joins Interdisciplinary Research Leaders team

Dr. Femina Varghese is part of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders team that focuses on how telehealth can be used to help those who are incarcerated (link to website).