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Examples of Student Research Projects and Theses

Trinity undergraduates conduct research with faculty members in courses, course labs, independent studies, research assistantships, summer research, the Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP -- a First Year program), and senior theses. Research conducted during the school year is presented in the all-college science symposium poster session in early May. Summer research is presented in September.
Psychology faculty members’ areas of expertise and titles 
of research projects they have supervised.​
​Below is a list of each faculty member’s research areas, followed by titles of research projects. Most are senior theses, but some of the work done under other auspices is listed if it shows the breadth of possibilities better. The purpose of this list is to help students, who want to do research, learn the range of topics appropriate to each faculty member.
1)  Dina Anselmi (Cognitive, social, and gender development; children’s rights)
 Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Anselmi
 Sager, J. (2015). The relationship between academic and psychological help seeking and attachment styles.
Balsmeyer, L. (2014). Second and fifth grade children's attitudes towards autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Scelsa, V. (2014). Effect of gender and type of gaming on aggressive and prosocial behavior.
Sims, B. (2009). Effect of maturity level on family decision making processes and beliefs about children's rights.
Freedman, R., & Hills, M. (2009). Metrosexuality in relationship to hegemonic masculinity and materialism.
Jones, C. (2008). College students' views on children's rights and family decision-making in relation to adolescent psychological maturity.
King, L, Williams, A., & Zanno, M. (2008). The effects of cognitive and social interventions on preschool children's gender stereotyping.
​Titles of Senior Theses Supervised by Prof. Anselmi and Prof. Lee 
Meckler, S. (2008). Text messaging: Examining the significance of romantic relationships.
Dance, K. (2006). Sensory integration dysfunction in children with and without autism.

Titles of Senior Theses Supervised by Prof. Anselmi and Prof.  Reuman 
Elinoff, K. (2017). Learn 2 Learn: Enriching Student Success Through Metacognitive School-Based Intervention: A Longitudinal Follow Up of Middle School Students in High School.
Lee, J. (2017) Learn 2 Learn: Metacognitive School-Based Interventions for Typically Developing Students and Students with Special Needs.
Regalado, A. (2017). The Oregon Trail: A Think-Aloud Assessment of Metacognition in 8th Grade Students.
Scollard, E. (2017). Learn 2 Learn: Developmental Differences in Motivation and Metacognition.

Gonzalez, B. and Thomann, L. (2016). Learn 2 Learn: A metacognitive intervention for 6th and 8th grade students.
Caporale, E. (2016). Enriching student success through metacognitive school-based intervention: Following students from middleschool into high school.
Schnackner, J. and Fulton, M. (2015). Enhancing metacognition and mindfulness in middle school students: Can simultaneous interventions improve academic performance?
Godfrey, T. and Lopez, M. (2014). Learn 2 learn:a metacognitive intervention. 
Howe, E. (2013) Self-regulated learning and academic achievement in middle school students. (Non-Trinity sponsor: Debra Avery, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy).
Naratil, T. (2013). The MC5: Creating a new adolescent measure of metacognition.

Titles of Senior Theses Supervised by Prof. Anselmi and Prof. Holt 
Lee, J. (2017). Using Literacy to Shift Attitudes and Behaviors for Childern with Incarcerated Parents. 

2)  Elizabeth Casserly (Language use, speech perception, speech poduction in different environments, bilingualism, issues of attention and memory)

                       Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Casserly

Ballenger, T. (2017). Effects of Visual Self-Image on Attention During Speech.   
Pollack, E. (2017). Cooperation Via Communication: Influencing Vocal Alignment in Conversation.
Drews, H. (2016). The effect of participant engagement on cochlear implant speech perception.
Krizmanich, T. (2016). The effect of simultaneous incorportaion of multiple talkers and semantic cohesion on cochlear implant speech comprehension.

          Titles of Senior Thesis Supervised by Profs. Casserly and Reuman 
Singer, B. (2015). Extended stereotype threat: parental concern that a child will confirm a negative stereotype associated with dyslexia. 

3) Jason Gockel

Titles of Senoior Thesis Supervised by Prof. Jason Gockel 
Scott, B. (2017). Aggression and Depression Factors in Ponography Use of College Aged Individuals.


4) Michael Grubb (Visual perception and the factors that modulate it (e.g., selective attention, temporal and spatial context); speed-accuracy trade-offs in perception and cognition; the interaction of attention)
Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Grubb
Li, Y. (2017). Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off in Value-Driven Attention Capture.

5)  Molly Helt (Autism and interventions to lesson its effects)

Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Helt

Rock, D. (2016). Parent report on the impact a service dog has on children with autism spectrum disorder.
Wadhwa, N. (2015). Are the self-stimulatory behaviors that children with autism engage in addicitive?

6)  Laura Holt (Clinical, community, addiction; evaluation of community and school based interventions; personal, social, and academic adjustment to college) 

Titles of Senior Theses  supervised by Prof. Holt
​Marut, P. (2017). Pursued for Their Prescription: College Students with ADHD who are Approached for Their Stimulant Medication.

Brattan, L. (2016). Factors that promote engagement in a youth violence prevention program.
Engle, D. (2015). Preventing and reducing non-medical prescription stimulant use: A group motivational enhancement intervention.
Long, M. (2015). A longitudinal examination of parental and peer attachment and its association with college adjustment and risky behavior during the college years.
Rorer, K. (2015). The effect of relationship education on college students' negative affect, relationship beliefs, and risky sexual behavior.
Eff, H. (2014). The content and malleability of college students' perception of non-prescription stimulant use.
Minot, C. (2014). Psychological and demographic predictors of non-perscription stimulant expectancies and misuse in college students.
Reingold, R. (2014). An exploratory study of college students' attitudes about ecstasy.
Young, M. (2014). College students' perceived risks of ecstasy use and the state of ecstasy prevention.

  Titles of Senior Theses Supervised by Profs. Holt and Helt 
Chalfin, A. (2017). The Role of Family Dynamics in a Prevention Intervention Study for Childhood Anxiety.

Titles of Senior Theses Supervised by Prof. Holt and Carol Shilliday 
Callahan, J. (2011).Relationships among Parent and Peer Attachment, Emotion Regulation, Self Esteem, and Risky Behavior in First-Year College Students
Titles of Senior Theses​ Supervised by Profs. Holt, Anselmi, and Reuman 
Gascoigne, B. (2010). The effect of student perceptions of teacher feedback on motivational variables for learning.
Klotz, E. (2010). Motivated to achieve: Improving academic achievement by enhancing students’ self-efficacy beliefs.
Nyce, L. (2010). Perceived modifiability of quantitative reasoning and self-efficacy in college students.
Titles of Senior Theses Supervised by Prof.  Holt and Prof. Lee
Washington, J. (2013). Relations among psychological and demographic factors in
individuals with lower limb amputation.
Titles of Senior Theses Supervised by Prof. Holt and Prof. Anselmi
Benson, M. (2013). Effects of perceived opportunity and ego depletion on collegiate academic misconduct.
Fernandez, G. (2012). Dysfunctional beliefs, ADHD symptoms, and early developmental influences as predictors of symptom severity in compulsive hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Ley, J. (2012). The effects of a school-based arts program on youths’ social, personal, and academic functioning.
7)  Randolph Lee (Clinical, stress reduction and athletic performance, Transcendental Meditation; eating disorders)
Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Lee

Carlisle, P. (2017). The Effects of Mindfulness on Several Dimentions of Athletic Performance.
Lukac, N. (2015). Participation in a group of formerly incarcerated women on students' self-disclosure, self-esteem, empathy, and anxiety.  Supervised also by Prof. Judy Dworin.
Blau, L. (2014). The effects of exercise on state and trait anxiety.
Durkin, K. (2014). Autonomous sensory meridian response:the role of ASMR as a therapeutic relaxation technique.
Buraityte, A. (2013). Comparative effects of mindfulness meditation and
transcendental meditation among college students: perceived stress, mindfulness, and satisfaction with life.
Howard, L. (2012). A comparison of stress levels in college athletes: Division I vs. division III.
Pariseau, E. )2012). Assumptions and “facts” about college self-regulated sexual behavior.
Poon, A. (2012). Computer game addiction and emotional dependence.

Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Profs. Lee and Raskin
Desrosier, N. (2017). The Relationship Between Mindfulness Meditation, Stress, and Empathy.


8)  Susan Masino (Neuroscience, role and regulation of adenosine in the brain – including caffeine effects, epilepsy and other clinical conditions)
Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Masino
Suter, T. (2011) Pain reduction via the ketogenic diet: involvement of adenosine A1 receptors.
Svedova, J. (2011) Effects of the ketogenic diet on behavior and symptoms of autism: human and animal studies.
Chandra, R. (2010) Neural network abnormalities in AD/HD: A study using dynamic causal modeling.
Ruiz, T. (2010) Effects of the ketogenic diet on behavior and physiology of R6/2 Huntington's disease transgenic mice.
Plotkin, L. (2009) The effect of situations predicted to influence adenosine on the stereotypical behaviors associated with autism.
Pomeroy, L. (2009) How does the ketogenic diet stop seizures?: A genetic and pharmacological exploration.
Wasser, C. (2008) Exploring the relationship between the ketogenic diet and endogenous adenosine levels in the brain.
Titles of Senior Theses​ Supervised by Prof. Masino and Prof. Blaise
Koranda, J. (2005) Adenosine modulation of synaptic plasticity in a freely moving mouse model lacking adenosine A1 receptors.
Phouyaphone, N. (2006) Bi-directional synaptic plasticity in freely behaving adenosine A1 receptor-deficient mice.
Chow, U. (2009) The effects of the ketogenic diet on synaptic plasticity in freely behaving adult rats.
9)  Robert Outten (Intergroup relations, coping with discrimination, collective identity, social inequality, health and well-being, cross-cultural psychology)

Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Outten

Dorsey, P. (2017). The Effect of a Single Mothers' Marital Status on Sympathy, Character Evaluations and Maternity Leave Support. 
​Lawrence, M. (2017). The Interplay Between Gender Ideology, Gender Identity and Distinctiveness Threat in Cisgender Women's Emotional Responses Toward Trans Women's Acceptance into Women's Colleges.

10)  Sarah Raskin (Neuroscience, cognitive effects of brain injury, rehabilitation after brain injury, prospective memory)
Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Raskin
Stein, M. (2016). Prospective memory and judgments of learning: Measuring the effects of traumatic and mild traumatic brain injury.
Cazalet, A. (2014). Differences in empathy between high and low schizotypal college students.
McCauley, S. (2013). Differences in empathy between high and low schizotypal college students.
Zamroziewicz, M. (2013). Effects of drinking  patterns on prospective memory performance in college students.
Mills, G. (2012). Prospective memory in children with epilepsy using memory for intentions screening for youth.
Agolli, E. (2011). Predictors of cognitive rehabilitation success on a simultaneous multiple attention task in people with schizophrenia.
Alderman, M. (2011). The impact of the age at surgery and type of surgical intervention on long-term neuropsychological outcomes in sagittal craniosynostosis.
Foster, K. (2011). Altered default mode network connectivity is correlated with impulsivity and binge drinking in college students.
Garbarino, J. (2011). A study of pro-social prospective memory in children.​
Lewis, A. (2011). The effects of exercise on the success of cognitive rehabilitation in schizophrenia. (Non-Trinity college sponsors: Matthew M. Kurtz and Mara De Maio, Hartford Hospital, Institute of Living.
Novak, L. (2011). Brain and alcohol research in college students: collegiate academicperformance in relation to alcohol consumption and cognitive ability
11)  David Reuman (Social, prejudice, achievement gaps in schools) 
Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Reuman
Bess, S. (2014). Gender differences among college students with respect to work-parenting balance.
Mirtil. M. (2014). Do statistics courses affect critical thinking ability and use of heuristics and biases?
O'Connor, M. (2013). Effects of judicial warnings about cross-race eyewitness testimony on jurors' judgements.
Klein, E. (2011). The advantages and disadvantages of computer-mediated social communication for shy and socially anxious individuals.
Levine, M. (2010). Effects of alcohol advertisements on memory and attitudes.
Snyder, M. (2009). Academic and social predictors of a successful transition to college.


Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP) projects 
Gire, Jacob (2007). Weight Distribution, Dynamic Touch, and a Ping Pong Ball.
Ortiz, Alicia (2009). Perception of the hammer throw in point light displays.

Independent study projects on other topics have included
 Sital, M. (2014). Cultural variations in distress tolerance:  influence on seeking social support.
Arencibia, J. (2013). Cultural influences on the life satisfaction of white Americans and Latinos.
Piotrowski, K. (2013). Cultural norms regarding emotional expression: influences on the provision and receipt of social support.
Moore, M. (2012). The role of emotion regulation in the practice of familial coping among Lationos and Asian Americans.
Zhang, H. (2012). The effect of primary and secondary control on social anxiety in Latino and Asian American college students.
Vince, J. (2009). The relationship between Asian and Latino cultural values, primary and secondary control, and emotion regulation.
Paneva, R. (2009). How familism and fatalism relate to primary and secondary control coping in Latino and Asian American college students.
Matt, A. (2009). Differences in amount and perceived helpfulness of self-disclosure in Asian Americans and Latinos.
Hughes, D. (2009). The effects of data representation on how individuals perceive results.