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Student Work & Research

Many of our students have completed their internships in the Child and Family Research laboratory at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD. These students have collaborated on research projects examining parenting and young children’s development in immigrant families; maternal depression, mother-infant interaction, and children’s development; and infants’ perceptual development. After graduating from Marymount, these students have been employed in research settings and/or have entered graduate school.

Psychology students at Marymount also have the opportunity to get first-hand research experience in the major. They work one-on-one with Psychology faculty on research, and they regularly present their research at the annual Student Research Conference on campus and at regional and national conferences. A number of our students have published their research as undergraduates. This work prepares them well for graduate school or for careers that require strong critical thinking and communication skills.

Recent Student Publications

Lopresti-Goodman, S. M., Bezner, J., and Ritter, C. (2015). Psychological distress in chimpanzees rescued from laboratories. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 16(4), 349-366.
 
Lopresti-Goodman, S. M., & Caperton, A. (2014). Use of a plastinated human brain for psychology education. Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 51(1-2), 52-57.
 
Lopresti-Goodman, S. M., Kameka, M., & Dube, A. (2013). Stereotypical behaviors in chimpanzees rescued from the African bushmeat and pet trade. Behavioral Sciences, 3(1), 1-20.
 
Lopresti-Goodman, S. M., Rivera, A., & Dressel, C. (2012). Practicing safe text: The impact of texting on walking behavior. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(4), 644-648.
 

Recent Regional, National, and International Conference Presentations

Guajardo, K. B., & Diaz-Asper, C. (2016, March). The relationship between knowledge and perceptions of mental health disorders. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
 
Larach, E. (2015, May). Beyond ‘It was amazing!’: Study abroad and global citizenship. Poster presented at the annual meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Boston, MA.
 
Margeson, L., & Lopresti-Goodman, S. M. (2015, March). Abnormal behaviors in captive chimpanzees. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
 
Ritter, C., & Lopresti-Goodman, S. M. (2014, April). PTSD and self-injurious behaviors in a chimpanzee rescued from biomedical research. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association, Norfolk, VA.
 
Buckner, C. E., & Curtis, J. D. (2014, February). Do stress levels and attitudes toward parenting depend on parenting status? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
 
Lopresti-Goodman, S. M., Caperton, A., & Dube, A. (2013, March). Psychological trauma in chimpanzees rescued from the pet trade. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
 
Kameka, M., & Lopresti-Goodman, S. M. (2012, April). Post-traumatic stress disorder in chimpanzees.  Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association, Norfolk, VA.
 
Buckner, C. E., & Doherty, T. L. (2012, March). The relationship between trauma exposure and reactions to participation in trauma research. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Caperton, A., & Lopresti-Goodman, S. M. (2012, March). Use of a plastinated human brain for psychology education. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Lopresti-Goodman, S. M., Kameka, M., & Dube, A. (2012, March). Symptoms of complex post-traumatic stress disorder in chimpanzees. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Lopresti-Goodman, S. M., & Dube, A. (2012, March). The psychological consequences of exploitation on chimpanzees. Paper presented at the 11th annual conference for Critical Animal Studies, Buffalo, NY. 
 

Recent Marymount Student Research Conference Presentations

Bensmiller, N. (2016, April). Sexual violence social and psychological services: Interdisciplinary analysis of effectiveness and theoretical proposal for improvement.
 
Guajardo, K. (2016, April). The relationship between knowledge and perceptions of mental health disorders.
 
Guajardo, K. (2015, April). Early interventions in mental health disorders.
 
Larach, E. (2015, April). “It was amazing!”: Study abroad and global citizenship. Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Paper.
 
Laux, C. (2015, April). Positive psychology outlook tackling bullying and negative attitudes: Social media style.
 
Margeson, L., & Bensmiller, N. (2015, April). Case study on chimpanzees with abnormal behaviors. First Place – Undergraduate Poster.
 
Beaulieu, E. (2014, April). Impact of parenting style on local of control and academic success in college students.
 
Ritter, C. (2014, April). PTSD and self-injurious behaviors in a chimpanzee rescued from biomedical research.
 
Ritter, C. (2014, April). The relationship between individual smoking status and perceptions of smoking and nonsmoking environments.
 
Tamayo, M. (2014, April). The relationship between personality traits and physical attraction.
 
Larach, E. (2013, April). Beyond “It was amazing!”: Study abroad and global citizenship.
 
Fair, B. (2012, April). The relationship between gender and perceptions of sexual aggression.
 
Romero, A. (2012, April). Bullying and its relationship to stress and academic performance.
 
Wimsatt, S. (2012, April). A study on the perception of eating disorders and excessive exercise.
 

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