Research

Student Research

Active researchers as well as teachers, Trinity's psychology faculty welcome collaborative work with students. Students involved in research assistantships earn academic credit and the privilege of sharing in the presentation of results to both the Department and professional organizations - an experience seldom open to undergraduates. Recent research projects have included Effects of Race and Gender on Coping Styles, The Effects of Ability Grouping and Cooperative Learning on Seventh Graders' Friendships at School; The Behavioral Effects of Kappa-Opioid-Receptor Stimulation on Neonatal Rats; and The Consequences of Retaliatory Aggression Against Siblings and Peers: Urban Minority Children's Expectations.

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Here are some recent research papers and presentations co-authored by

Trinity psychology students.    * denotes Trinity College student 

PUBLICATIONS

  • 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
  • Ruskin, DN, Suter, TACS*, Ross, JL*, and Masino, SA (2013). Ketogenic diets and thermal pain: dissociation of hypoalgesia, elevated ketones, and lowered glucose in rats. Journal of Pain, 14: 467-474.
  • Svedova, J*, Eigsti, I-M, and Masino, SA (2013). Adenosine and autism: Physiological symptoms and metabolic opportunities. In Adenosine: A Key Link Between Metabolism and Central Nervous System Activity., Masino, S.A., and Boison, D. eds. (New York; Springer), pp. 513-533; ISBN: 978-1461439028.
  • Masino SA, Kawamura M Jr, Cote JL*, Williams RB*, Ruskin DN (2013) Adenosine and autism: a spectrum of opportunities. Neuropharmacology, 68: 116-21.
  • Ruskin, DN, Svedova, J*, Cote, JL*, Sandau, US, Rho, JM, Kawamura, M, Jr, Boison, D, and Masino, SA (2013). Ketogenic diet improves core symptoms of autism in BTBR mice. PLOS ONE, in press.
  • 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.
  • Holt, L.J., & Berwise, C.A.* (2012). Illuminating the process of peer mentoring: An examination and comparison of peer mentors’ and first-year students’ experiences. Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 24, 19-43.
  • Raskin, S., Buckheit, C., &Waxman, A.* (2012).  Effect of Type of Cue, Type of Response, Time Delay and Two Different Ongoing Tasks on Prospective Memory Functioning after Acquired Brain Injury.  Rehabilitation Psychology, 22:1, 40-64.
  • Raskin, S., Woods, S.A., Poquette, A., J., McTaggart, A.B., Sethna, J.* , Williams, R., & Troster. A. (2011).  A differential deficit in time versus event-based prospective memory in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychology, 25 (2) 201-209.
  • Raskin, S., Mills, G.* and Garbarino, J.* (2011).  Practice Related Changes in Brain Activity.  In: S. Raskin (ed). Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation.  Guilford Press: New York.
  • Ruskin DN, Ross JL*, Kawamura M Jr, Ruiz TL*, Geiger JD, Masino SA (2011) A ketogenic diet delays weight loss and does not impair working memory or motor function in the R6/2 1J mouse model of Huntington's disease. Physiology and Behavior, 103(5):501-7.
  • Masino SA, Kawamura M Jr, Plotkin LM*, Svedova J*, DiMario FJ Jr, Eigsti IM (2011) The relationship between the neuromodulator adenosine and behavioral symptoms of autism. Neuroscience Letters, 500(1):1-5.
  • Koranda JL*, Ruskin DN, Masino SA, Blaise JH (2011) A ketogenic diet reduces long-term potentiation in the dentate gyrus of freely behaving rats. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(2):662-6.
  • Masino, SA, Svedova, J*, Kawamura, M, Jr, DiMario, FD, Jr., and Eigsti, I-M (2011). Adenosine and autism - Recent research and a new perspective. In Autism - A Neurodevelopmental Journey from Genes to Behaviour, V. Eapen, ed. (Rijeka, Croatia; InTech), pp. 103-122. ISBN: 978-953-307-493-1.
  • Masino, SA, Kawamura, M, Wasser, CD*, Pomeroy, LT*, & Ruskin, DN (2009) Adenosine, ketogenic diet and epilepsy:  the emerging therapeutic relationship between metabolism and brain activity. Current Neuropharmacology, 7(3), 257-268. 
  • Koranda, J*, Masino, SA & Blaise, JH (2008) Bidirectional synaptic plasticity in the awake freely behaving mouse. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 167: 160-166.

PRESENTATIONS

  • S. Raskin, D. Correll*, D. DeCuir* & C. MacKichan*.  (2014). Using a measure of prospective memory to predict onset of dementia.  Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • S. Raskin & A. Benedetto*. (2014). Prospective Memory and Natural Actions Tasks in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Marta Zamroziewicz*, Sarah Raskin, Howard Tennen, Carol Austad, Carolyn Fallahi, Rebecca Wood, Alecia Dager, Broderick Sawyer, Samantha Leen, Meredith Ginley, Godfrey Pearlson.  (2014). Effects of Drinking Patterns on Prospective Memory Performance in College Students. International Conference on Prospective Memory, Naples Italy.
  • Holt, L.J., & Fifer, J. (2014, March). Predictors of supportive peer mentor relationships: Mentor attachment, personality, and self-efficacy. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 
  • Raskin, S., Kaur, N.*, & Pedro, C.* (2013).  Relationship between physiological and clinical measures of prospective memory.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • DN Ruskin, JA Fortin*, MI Murphy*, SA Masino, Ketogenic diets and neuropathic pain. To be presented at SfN 2013.
  • D. Correll*, M. Zamroziewicz*, S. Raskin, J. Maye*,A. Rogers* & M. Kurtz. Prospective Memory in Schizophrenia: Relationship to Medication Adherence, Neurocognition and Symptoms Symptoms in Individuals With Schizophrenia.Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, Waikoloa, HI, February 8, 2013.
  • S. Raskin, M. Zamroziewicz*, S. Isaac*, D. Correll*,R. Rosen, H. Tennen, C. Austad, C. Fallahi, R. Wood &G. Pearlson. Effects of Drinking Patterns on Prospective Memory Performance in College Students.Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, Waikoloa, HI, February 8, 2013.
  • S. Raskin, M. Zamroziewicz*, G. Mills*, D. Correll* & M. Smith. Cognitive Remediation of Prospective Memory Deficits after Traumatic Brain Injury.  Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, Waikoloa, HI, February 8, 2013.
  • JA Fortin*, Adenosine A1 receptor knockout and ketogenic diet effect on formalin-induced nociception in mice. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors.  Presented at NEURON 2012.
  • SA Masino, J Svedova*, JL Cote*, M Kawamura Jr, DN Ruskin, Ketogenic diet reverses autistic behaviors in BTBR mouse model of autism. 244.25, presented at SfN 2012.
  • J Altschuler*, H Reuman*, JA Fortin*, MI Murphy*, Beneficial effects of low-carbohydrate diet on social behavior in a novel repeated-measures test of social behavior. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at FUN, 2012.
  • *Zhang, H., & Chang, J. (2012, October).  Effect of primary and secondary control on social anxiety in Latinos and Asian Americans. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association.
  • Holt, L.J. & Phillips, G.* (2012, October). Inter- and intrapersonal predictors of sense of school belonging in first-year college students. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, MA.
  • DN Ruskin, TACS Suter*, SA Masino, Dissociation of hypoalgesia, ketosis, and hypoglycemia with two ketogenic diets in the rat. 383.04, presented at SfN 2011. 
  • Raskin, S., Mills, G.*, Jones, E.*, Zamroziewicz, M.*, Kabtimer, E. , and Kaur, N. (2012).   Methods of measurement of prospective memory.  International Neuropsychological Society, Montreal, CA.
  • Raskin, S., Kaur, N.*, Isaac, S.*, Estefan, D.*, Mills, G.*, and Correll, D.* (2012). Prospective memory in age groups 18-29 and 80+ with the Memory for Intentions Screening Test.  Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, IL.
  • Raskin, S., Isaac, S.*, Rosen, R., Correll, D.*,  Tennen, H., Austad, C., Wood, R., Fallahi, C., Ginley, M., Estefan, D.*, Royals, M.*, Kaur, N.*, Hawkins, K., Pearlson, G. (2012). Relationship between prior brain injury and alcohol consumption on cognitive functions in college students.  Research Society on Alcoholism, San Francisco, CA.
  • JL Cote*, JA Fortin*, MI Murphy*, RB Williams*, Further behavioral characterization of mice lacking the adenosine A1 receptor. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at FUN, 2011. 
  • JA Fortin*, Effect of the ketogenic diet versus control diet on formalin-induced nociception in mice. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at NEURON 2011.
  • Raskin, S., Smith, M.*, Jones, E.*, Mills, G.* & Garbarino, J. (2011).  Prospective Memory Intervention.  International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
  • DeCuir, D.*, Ginley, M., Raskin, S., Tennen, H., Austad, C., Fallahi, C., Wood, R., Glahn, D., & Pearlson, G. (2011).  Effects of drinking patterns on cognitive functions in college students.  International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
  • Rosen, R., Jiantonio, R., Meda, S., Ginley, M., Novak, L*, Raskin, S., Austad, C., Tennen, H., Pearlson, G. (2011).  Collegiate academic performance in relation to alcohol consumption and high school test scores.  International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
  • Garbarino, J.*, Mills, G.*, & Raskin, S. (2011).  Psychometric properties of the Memory for Intentions Screening Test for Youth.  International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
  • Raskin, S, Zamroziewicz*, M.,  Foster*, K., Novak*, L., Kabtimer*, E.,  Rosen, R.,  Tennen, H.,  Austad, C., Fallahi, C.  Wood, R., and Pearlson, G., (2011). Effects of Drinking Patterns on Prospective Memory Performance in College Students.  Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Garbarino, J.*, Mills, G*. & Raskin S.  (2011). Comparisons in the Memory for Intentions Screening Test for Youth: The importance of gender, time delay and cue type.  Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Raskin, S. Isaac, S.*, Caggiano, N.*, Foster, K.*, Novak, L.*, Rosen, R., Tennen, H., Austad, C., Fallahi, C. R., Wood, R.M., Glahn, D., & Pearlson, G. (2011). The effects of alcohol on cognitive functioning in college students.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Mills, G.*, Garbarino, J.*, & Raskin, S. (2011).Validity and Specificity of a new measure of prospective memory in children.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • R Riendeau*, JL Cote*, JL Ross*, J Svedova*, Effects of a ketogenic diet on weight maintenance and lifespan of R6/2 Huntington’s disease transgenic mice. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at FUN, 2010.
  • TACS Suter*, Determining the onset and efficacy of the ketogenic diet as a hypoalgesic agent. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at FUN, 2010.
  • DN Ruskin, TACS Suter*, SA Masino, Ketogenic diet-induced thermal hypoalgesia follows a delayed time course in comparison to ketosis in juvenile rats. 375.4, presented at SfN 2010.
  • J Svedova*, SA Masino, FJ DiMario, Jr, Retrospective analysis of the effects of the ketogenic diet on behavior and temperament of children with epilepsy. 561.6, presented at SfN 2010.
  • JH Blaise, JL Koranda*, DN Ruskin, U Chow*, SA Masino, A ketogenic diet reduces hippocampal long-term potentiation in freely-behaving adult rats. 2.210, presented at AES, 2010.
  • Raskin, S. & DeCuir, D.*  (2010) The relationship between prospective memory, medication adherence and onset of dementia.  International Neuropsychological Society, Acapulco, MX.
  • Raskin, S. , Woods, S.P., Poquette,, A., McTaggart, A., Sethna, J. *, Williams, R. & and Tröster, (2010).  Differential Deficit in Time- versus Event-based Prospective Memory in Parkinson’s Disease .  Inernational Neuropsychological Society, Acapulco, MX.
  • DeCuir, D*, Raskin, S., Ginley, M., Austad, C., Tennen, H., Glahn, D., & Pearlson, G.D. (2010).  Effect of binge drinking in college students on cognitive functions.  International Neuropsychological Society, Krakow, Poland.
  • Raskin, S. & Smith, M.* (2010).  Treatment of prospective memory deficits using verbal imagery.  Third International Conference on Prospective Memory, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Mills, G.*, Garbarino, J.*& Raskin, S. (2010).  Performance of Children on the Memory for Intentions Screening Test for Youth.  Third International Conference on Prospective Memory, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Raskin, S., Jones, E.*, Ellis, J., Pereira, A., Mills, G.*, Kabtimer, E.*, & Zamroziewicz, M.* (2010).  Issues in the measurement of prospective memory. Third International Conference on Prospective Memory, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • DN Ruskin, TACS Suter*, M Kawamura Jr, D Patrick Jr*, SA Masino, Ketogenic diet reduces inflammation and thermal nociception in juvenile rats. 75.5, Presented at SfN 2009.
  • TL Ruiz*, JL Ross*, J Svedova*, Effects of the ketogenic diet on physiology and behavior of R6/2 Huntington's disease transgenic mice. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at FUN meeting, 2009.
  • JL Ross*, TL Ruiz*, R Chandra*, DN Ruskin, SA Masino, Sex-specific impairment in working memory in human huntingtin transgenic mice. 240.17, presented at SfN 2009. 
  • Edwards, C.*, Astur, R., & Raskin, S. (2009). Memory impairment associated with intimate partner violence.  Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Raskin, S., Maye, J.*, Rogers, A.*, Astur, R., & Kurtz, M. (2009).  The relationship between prospective memory and medication adherence in individuals with schizophrenia.  Symposium on Cognitive and Clinical Issues in Prospective Memory.  British Psychological Society, Hatfield, England.
  • LT Pomeroy*, JL Ross*, TL Ruiz*, J Svedova*, The ketogenic diet increases latency to seizure without impairing working memory in rats. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at NEURON 2008.
  • J Gawryluk, JF Wagener, JA Gockel*, D Coleman*, CC Swart, SA Masino, JD Geiger, Effects of ketogenic diet on levels of high-energy brain metabolites. Presented at American Society for Neurochemistry 2008.
  • TACS Suter*, I Hendry*, D Patrick Jr*, Testing the efficacy of the ketogenic diet (KD) as an anti-inflammatory agent. DN Ruskin, SA Masino, sponsors. Presented at NEURON 2008.
  • Ghaleb, H.* & Raskin, S. (2008).  Aging and Prospective Memory. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • SA Masino, J Gockel*, LT Pomeroy*, CD Wasser*, JF Wagener, J Gawryluk, JD Geiger, A link between metabolism and excitability: upregulation of purines with a ketogenic diet. Presented at AES 2007.
  • JL Koranda*, RA Hill*, NX Phouyaphone*, SA Masino, JH Blaise (2007) Stimulation frequency-dependent transition from LTD to LTP in freely behaving mice, Neuroscience & Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, San Diego.
  • LT Pomeroy, D Coleman*, The effect of a low carbohydrate diet on adenosine in the brain. SA Masino, sponsor. Presented at NEURON 2007.
  • SA Masino, JA Gockel*, CD Wasser*, LT Pomeroy*, JF Wagener, J Gawryluk, JD Geiger, The relationship among ATP, adenosine and a ketogenic diet. 595.12, Presented at SfN 2007. 
  • JA Gockel*, CD Wasser*, Effects of low carbohydrate diet on adenosine receptor activity in the hippocampus. SA Masino, Sponsor. Presented at NEURON 2006.
  • Reuman, D., & *Delaney, K. (April, 2001). Academic rigor in college: Course standards, accountability, and student engagement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.
  • *Hitchcock, S., *Singer, M., & Haberlandt, K. Accuracy and response times in forward and backward recall. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, November, 2000, New Orleans, LA.