Faculty Research; Student Research and Thesis Opportunities

​Engaged researchers as well as teachers, Trinity's psychology faculty welcome collaborative work with students.  Students involved in research assistantships earn academic credit and the opportunity to share their  results with both the Department and at professional conferences. Helping students discover the importance of research and becoming a contributor to a community of scholars is one of the core goals of the psychology department. 

If you are interested in doing research with an individual faculty member, please fill out the information asked and email it to the faculty member. See examples of student research and theses.

Dina AnselmiDina Anselmi-- children's social, cultural, cognitive and gender development, metacognition and modifiability of intelligence in school aged children and college students, parent and child decision making and the relationship to children's rights.

  • Anselmi, D., Reuman, D., Godfrey, T., Lopez, M., & Avery, D., (March 2015). The Effects of a  Metacognitive Intervention on Academic Achievement in 8th Grade Social Studies.
  • Anselmi, D.L. (2000). The Meaning of “Race”: Psychology’s Troubled History. In B. Lang (Ed). Race & Racism in Theory and Practice. Lanham, MD. Rowman & Littlefield Pub.
  • Anselmi, D.L. & Law, A.L. (1998). Questions of Gender: Perspectives and Paradoxes. New York: McGraw Hill.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Anselmi if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with her.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Anselmi and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Dina.Anselmi@trincoll.edu


Elizabeth CasserlyElizabeth Casserly – language use, speech perception, speech production in different environments, bilingualism, issues of attention and memory

  • ​Casserly, E. & Barney, E. (2017). Auditory training with multiple talkers and passage-based semantic cohesion. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 159-171.
  • Casserly, E. (2015). Effects of real-time cochlear implant simulation on speech production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(5), 2791-2800.
  • Casserly, E. & Pisoni, D.B. (2013). Nonword repetition as a predictor of long-term speech and language skills in children with cochlear implants. Otology & Neurotology, 34(3). 460-470.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Casserly if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with her.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Casserly  and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Elizabeth.Casserly@trincoll.edu


Michael GrubbMichael Grubb - temporal dynamics of attention, perception, and decision making; impact of spatial context and temporal adaptation on human perceptual systems; the role of value/reward in attention and perception; atypical development and human aging.

  • Grubb, M. A., White, A., Heeger, D., & Carrasco, M. “Interactions between Voluntary and Involuntary Attention Modulate the Quality and Temporal Dynamics of Visual Processing.” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 22, no. 2 (2015): 437-444.
  • Grubb, M. A., Behrmann, M., Egan, R., Minshew, N. J., Heeger, D. J., & Carrasco, M. “Exogenous Spatial Attention: Evidence for Intact Functioning in Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Journal of Vision 13, no. 14 (2013): 9, 1-13.
  • Grubb, M. A., Behrmann, M., Egan, R., Minshew, N. J., Carrasco, M. & Heeger, D. J. “Endogenous Spatial Attention: Evidence for Intact Functioning in Adults with Autism.” Autism Research 6 (2013): 108-118.

Click on either email link below to contact Prof Grubb if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with him.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Grubb and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   perceptionLab@trincoll.edu     or     Michael.Grubb@trincoll.edu


Molly HeltMolly Helt - Autism and interventions to lessen its effects.

  • Deborah Fein, Molly Helt, Lynn Brennan, and Marianne Barton. The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk. How to Use Everyday Routines to Build Social and Communication Skills. (2015)
  • Helt, M., & Fein, D.A. (submitted). “Contagious Laughter and Yawning in Individuals with ASD: Effects of Stimuli Characteristics.”
  • Helt, M., & Fein, D.A. (submitted). “Are Children with Autism Susceptible to Contagious Itching?

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Helt if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with her.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Helt and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Molly.Helt@trincoll.edu


Laura HoltLaura Holt - clinical psychology (e.g., predictors of, and interventions for substance use, especially nonprescription stimulant use) issues in community psychology (e.g., design and evaluation of school-based intervention programs); predictors and correlates of academic success and psychological well-being in college students and adolescents.

  • Holt, L.J., Mattanah, J.F., Schmidt, C.K., Daks, J.S., Brophy, E.N., Minnaar, P.Y., & Rorer, K.S.* (2016). Effects of relationship education on emerging adults’ relationship beliefs and behaviors. Personal Relationships, 23, 723-741
  • Holt, L.J., & Fifer, J.E.* (in press). Peer mentor characteristics that predict supportive relationships with first-year students: Implications for peer mentor programming and first-year student retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice.
  • Holt, L.J., Mattanah, J., & Long, M.W.* (in press). Change in parental and peer relationship quality during emerging adulthood: Implications for academic, social, and emotional functioning. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • Holt, L.J., & Lopez, M.J.* (2014). Characteristics and correlates of supportive peer mentoring: A mixed methods study. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 22, 415-432.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Holt if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with her.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Holt and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Laura.Holt@trincoll.edu


Randy LeeRandolph Lee – psychotherapy, sports psychology, mindfulness mediation, and  mind-body health and wellness.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Lee if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with him.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Lee and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Randolph.Lee@trincoll.edu

  • Burns, J.L, Lee, R.M. and Brown, L.J. (2011).  The effect of meditation on self-reported measures of stress, anxiety, depression, and perfectionism in a college population. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 25: 1312-144.


Susan MasinoSusan Masino – mechanisms of metabolic therapy for neurological health and disease, including epilepsy, pain and autism.

  • Masino S.A. (Senior Editor); Boison, D., D’Agostino D., Kossoff, E., Rho, J.M. (Associate Editors) Ketogenic Diet and Metabolic Therapies: Expanded Roles in Health and Disease Oxford University Press, New York, (in press)
  • Boison, D. & Masino S.A. (eds). Homeostatic Control of Brain Function. Oxford University Press, New York, 2016.
  • Masino S.A. & Boison, D. (eds). Adenosine: a key link between metabolism and central nervous system activity Springer, New York, 2013.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Masino if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with her.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Masino and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Susan.Masino@trincoll.edu


Robert OuttenRobert Outten  – intergroup relations, coping with discrimination, collective identity, social inequality, diversity, cross-cultural psychology

  • Outten, H. R., & Schmitt, M. T. (2015). The more “intergroup” the merrier? The relationship between ethnic identification, coping options, and life satisfaction among South Asian Canadians. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue Canadienne Dessciences du Comportement, 47, 12-20.
  • Giamo, L. S., Schmitt, M. T., & Outten, H. R. (2012). Perceived discrimination, group identification, and life satisfaction among multiracial people: A test of the rejection-identification model. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 319-328.
  • Outten, H. R., Schmitt, M. T., Miller, D. A., & Garcia, A. L. (2012). Feeling threatened about the future: Whites’ emotional reactions to anticipated ethnic demographic changes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 14-25.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Outten if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with him.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Outten and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Robert.Outten@trincoll.edu


Sarah RaskinSarah Raskin -- measurement and treatment of memory and cognition in people with brain disorders

  • Raskin, S., Lovejoy, D., Stevens, M., Zamroziewicz, M., & Oakes, H. (2014).  Mild traumatic brain injury.  In: H. Levin, D. Shum, & R. Chan (eds.).  Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review of the Research and Future Directions.  Oxford University Press: New York.
  • Raskin, S., Maye, J.*, Rogers, A.*, Correll, D.*, Zamroziewicz, M*, & Kurtz, M.  (2014).  Prospective memory in schizophrenia: Relationship to medication management skills, neurocognition, and symptoms in individuals with schizophrenia. Neuropsychology, 28(3):359-65
  • Zamrociewicz, M*, Raskin, S., Tennen, H., Wood, R., Fallahi, C., Glahn, D., & Pearlson, G. (accepted for publication). Effect of drinking behavior on prospective memory in college students. Neuropsychology.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Raskin if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with her.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Raskin and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.   Sarah.Raskin@trincoll.edu


David ReumanDavid Reuman –metacognition and modifiability of intelligence; effects of the social organization of schools on achievement motivation, performance, and peer relations.

  • Mac Iver, D.J., Reuman, D.A., and Main, S.R. (1995). Social structuring of the school:  Studying what is, illuminating what could be.  Annual Review of Psychology, 46, 375-400.
  • Eccles, J.S., Midgley, C., Wigfield, A., Buchanan, C. M., Reuman, D., Flanagan, C., and Mac Iver, D. (1993). Development during adolescence:  The impact of stage/environment fit on young adolescents' experiences in schools and in families.  American Psychologist, 48(2), 90-101.  [reprinted in J. M. Notterman (Ed.), (1997). The Evolution of Psychology:  Fifty Years of the American Psychologist (pp. 475-501).]
  • Reuman, D. A. (1989). How social comparison mediates the relation between ability-grouping practices and students' achievement expectancies in mathematics. Journal of Educational Psychology, 81(2), 178-189.
  • Anselmi, D., Avery, D., Godfrey, T., Lopez, M., and Reuman, D. (March, 2015). The effects of a metacognitive intervention on academic achievement in 8th grade social studies. Poster presented at the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Click on the email link below to contact Prof Reuman if you are interested in pursuing research or a senior thesis with him.  Include the following information:  Your name, Class year, cell phone number, your email, and please indicate 1) why you are interested in doing research or a senior thesis with Prof. Reuman and 2) what you hope to gain from the research.  David.Reuman@trincoll.edu

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