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On April 12, 2013, eight Psychology students participated in the Student Arts & Research Symposium.

Brooke Carroll & Ashley Tague presented a poster entitled Ethical Leadership and its Implications for Workaholism, Stress and Health (supervised by Dr. Benjamin Walsh).

Andrew Hathaway

Andrew Hathaway presented a poster entitled Neural Processing of Male and Female Fearful Faces in a Spatial Attention Modulation Task (supervised by Dr. Karen Reinke-Pressley).

Kadylyn Havemeyer and Marcel Yoder

Kadylyn Havemeyer presented a poster entitled In Your Face: Judgments of Attractiveness Depend on Context (supervised by Dr. Marcel Yoder).

Wesley Hill and Rachel Tohme

Wesley Hill & Rachel Tohme presented a poster entitled Pass it on? The Spread of Urban Legends that won the Best Social Science Poster Presentation Award (supervised by Drs. Carrie Switzer & Marcel Yoder).

Brittany Sievers and Frances Shen

Brittany Sievers presented a poster entitled Body Image Ideals and Concerns Among the Asian American Female Population (supervised by Dr. Frances Shen).

Robert Torrence and Sheryl Reminger

Robert Torrence presented a poster entitled The Impact of Eating Habits on Thinking Skills (supervised by Dr. Sheryl Reminger).

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Brianna Werner presented a poster entitled Asian American Men’s Perceived Body Image (supervised by Dr. Frances Shen).

Four Psychology students presented their research at the 2013 Midwest Psychological Association meeting.

Wesley Hill Wesley Hill presented a poster entitled Patterns in College Students’ Self-Perception and Associations with Behavior Problems that won a Psi Chi Poster Award (supervised by Dr. Karen Mooney).

Wesley Hill and Rachel Tohme Wesley Hill & Rachel Tohme presented a poster entitled Pass it on? The Spread of Urban Legends (supervised by Drs. Carrie Switzer & Marcel Yoder).

Marcel Yoder and Kadlyn Havemeyer

Kadylyn Havemeyer co-presented a poster with Dr. Marcel Yoder and Dr. Lara Ault entitled In Your Face: Judgments of Attractiveness Depend on Context.

Robert Torrence and Sheryl Reminger

Robert Torrence presented a poster entitled The Impact of Eating Habits on Thinking Skills (supervised by Dr. Sheryl Reminger).


Four Psychology students presented their senior honors projects at the Capital Scholars Senior Honors Symposium on April 20, 2012.

Libby Libby Bair gave a presentation on The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Changes in American Sitcoms and Changes in American Attitudes.

Kristina Kristina Frazier gave a presentation titled Let Me Play with Your Emotions.

Elyse Elyse Hendricks gave a presentation on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Effects on Socialization in School.

Meredith Quarello gave a presentation about Disney: Not the Perfect Fairytale After All.


On April 13, 2012, thirteen current and former psychology majors participated in the first annual Student Arts & Research Symposium.

Wesley Hill and Dr. Mooney Wesley Hill gave an oral presentation titled College Students’ Self-Perceptiion and Behavior Problems: A Person-Oriented Approach that won the Best Social Science Oral Presentation Award (supervised by Dr. Karen Mooney). Wes also gave this presentation at the ILLOWA 39th Annual Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Eureka College.

Rachel and Katie Rachel Tohme and Kaitlin Easton presented a poster entitled Racial/Ethnic Differences in Academic Self-Efficacy and Motivation to Attend College that won the Best Social Science Poster Presentation Award (supervised by Drs. Carrie Switzer and Frances Shen).

Kristoffer and Andrew Kristoffer Barrington and Andrew Hathaway presented a poster titled Delayed Disengagement and Speeded Orienting Are Differentially Effected by Exposure Duration (supervised by Dr. Karen (Reinke) Pressley).

Julia Julia Capestrain presented a poster titled The Quality of Traditional and Nontraditional College Students’ Romantic Relationships (supervised by Dr. Karen Mooney). Julia also presented this poster at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago in May 2012. Nicole Landreth also collaborated on the research study and was a co-author on the poster.

Joel Joel Dukett presented a poster titled Attitudes and Perceptions of Undergraduate Psychology Students Toward Psychiatry and Mental Health Professionals (supervised by Drs. Kristina Dzara, Frances Shen, and Gaurav Jain).

Jodi Jodi Fishburn presented a poster titled The Relationship Between Work-School Conflict and Unhealthy Behaviors (supervised by Dr. Shuang-Yueh Pui).

Rebecca Rebecca Goldsborough presented a poster titled Impact of Asian Values and Experiences of Discrimination on Internalized Homo-Negativity and Well-Being Among Asian American LGB (supervised by Dr. Frances Shen).

Martha Martha Rubio presented a poster titled The Effect of Choice Size on Choice Deferral Among Indecisives (supervised by Dr. Shuang-Yueh Pui).

Stacey, Lucy, Andrew, and Robert Stacey Windisch, Lucy Parker, Andrew
Hathaway
, and Robert Torrence presented a poster titled Impact of Parental Pressure, Parental Support, and Stereotyping on Asian Americans’ Career Development (supervised by Dr. Frances Shen).

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Rebecca and Dr. Shen In August 2011, Rebecca Goldsborough presented a poster entitled Does Social Constraint and Parental Attitudes Moderate the Impact of Discrimination on Internalized Homo-Negativity and Well-Being in Asian American LGB? at the American Psychologicial Association convention in Washington, D.C. (supervised by Dr. Francis Shen).


In the spring of 2011, three of our psychology majors who were Capital Scholars honors students presented at the Capital Scholars Honors Symposium.

Abler Patrick Abler gave a presentation on Prozac and Personality.

Caldwell Catherine Caldwell gave a presentation about Working with LGBTQ Youth in the School Environment.

Claussen Michelle Claussen gave a presentation about The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and the Relation to Recidivism Rates.


In April 2011, two psychology students presented their independent research projects at the UIS 11th Annual Science Research Symposium.

Graves Kaley Graves presented a poster entitled Diminished Auditory Capacity and its Effects on Attention and Concentration (supervised by Dr. Sheryl Reminger).

Lubeno Sara Lubeno presented a poster entitled Personality Characteristics Related to Early or Late Participation in Research (supervised by Dr. Carrie Switzer).

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Psi Chi Journal 2009 cover Aaron Shilling published an article in the Winter 2009 issue of Psi Chi: Journal of Undergraduate Research entitled Face Your Fears: Attentional Biases Toward Threat Faces Depend on Specific Low-Level Anxiety Symptoms based on an independent research project that he conducted under the supervision of Dr. Sheryl Reminger.


In April 2009, five psychology students presented their independent research projects at the UIS 9th Annual Science Research Symposium.

Janezic Alexandria Janezic presented a poster entitled Racial Difference in Self-Perceived Facial Attractiveness (supervised by Dr. Marcel Yoder).

Neighbors Jessica Neighbors presented a poster entitled The Experimental Manipulation of a Visual Attention Bias and Effect of Mood (supervised by Dr. Jason Barker and Dr. Karen Pressley).

Quarton Amy Quarton presented a poster entitled The Effects of Emotional and Evolutionarily-Relevant Stimuli on Spatial Attention (Supervised by Dr. Sheryl Reminger).

John Roskopf presented a symposium entitled Cognitive Effects on Short-Term Sleep Restriction on College Students (supervised by Dr. Jason Barker). John won second place for the Best Student Oral Presentation Award.

Warren Ashley Warren presented a poster entitled Habitual Emotion Regulation and the Chronometry of Emotion-Evoked Zygomaticus Major Activity Patterns (supervised by Dr. Keith Burton). Ashley tied for first place for the Best Student Poster Award.

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MPA logo In collaboration with Dr. Jason Barker, Heidi Fisher presented a poster entitled Pupil Dilation and Violent Images: Gamers and Non-Gamers at
the MidWestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago in May 2008. Isaac Moore presented a poster entitled Shyness and Self- Presentation: Conscious and Non-Conscious Factors in Self Concept Formation at the same conference. Isaac also won the award for Best Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation at the 2008 UIS Science Research Symposium for a presentation on the same study.

Aaron Shilling at APS in 2008 In May 2008, Aaron Shilling delivered a poster presentation with Dr. Sheryl Reminger at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago. The poster was titled Skin Conductance Responses Vary when Attention is Modified by Unconscious Emotional Stimuli. UIS students Meghan Rogers and Amy Barnes also collaborated on the research study and were co-authors on the poster.

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In May 2007, Amy Barnes, Jeremy Studebaker, and Meghan Rogers delivered two poster presentations at the annual meeting of Psi Chi held in conjunction with the 2007 Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago. The posters were titled Coloring Emotions and Learning Styles Impact Academic Performance in Group and Individual Study Environments. The posters reflected collaborative research with Dr. Sheryl Reminger.


At the April 2007 Seventh Annual UIS Science Research Symposium, Amy Barnes presented a poster titled Learning Styles Impact Academic Performance in Group and Individual Study Environments. The poster was sponsored by Dr. Sheryl Reminger.

At the same symposium, Tori McColez and Jennifer Ladage presented a poster titled On Judging and Being Judged Accurately at Zero Acquaintance. The poster took 4th place. It was sponsored by Dr. Marcel Yoder.


In the spring of 2007, three of our psychology majors who were Capital Scholars honors students presented at the Capital Scholars Honors Symposium.

Brittany Phillips Brittany Phillips presented her research paper titled Ages and Sources of Information: Influences on Opinions of Same-Sex Marriage

Meghan Rodgers

Meghan Rogers presented her independent research project titled Theories of Intimate Partner Violence

Alicia Barrese Alicia Barrese presented her independent research project titled Opinions on Same-Sex Marriage on a College Campus

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Jenna Anderson In the spring of 2006, three of our Psychology Majors who were honors Capital Scholars students presented at the Capital Scholars Honors symposium. Jenna Anderson presented her research paper titled Child Onset Schizophrenia at the Capital Scholars honors symposium.

Kelsey Dennis

Kelsey Dennis presented her independent research project titled Self Perception and Visual Spatial Performance. The poster was sponsored by Dr. Lynn Pardie. Blair Brown

Blair Brown presented her independent research project titled The Impact of Peer Mentor Training on Leadership and Problem Solving. The poster was sponsored by Dr. Karen Kirkendall.

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Matt Grey At the April 2005 Fifth Annual Science Research Symposium, Matthew T. Grey presented a poster titled The Impact Prison Programs Have on Preventing Inmates From Returning to Prison. The poster was sponsored by Dr. Lynn Pardie.

Alison Perring Also at the April 2005 Science Research Symposium, Alison Perring gave a poster presentation titled Psychophysical Evidence of Tinnitus in an Animal Model: Young vs. Aged Rats. The poster was a collaborative work with Hongning Wang.

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In May 2003, Chad Hilligoss delivered a poster presentation titled Using Technology Increases Self-Efficacy for College Students at the annual meeting of Psi Chi held in conjunction with the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago. The poster reflected collaborative research with Drs. Switzer, Yoder, and Stevens.

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