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Student Research Titles

Psychology faculty members’ areas of expertise and titles of
research projects they have supervised.
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.

​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.
Rivara, M. (2007). Psychological distress and career certainty of college seniors.
McGuinness, M. (2006). Effects of family academic values, aspirations for educational attainment, and pro-academic peer norms on the race achievement gap.
Reichert, E., & Estevez, N. (2006). Adolescents and their parents' views on children's rights, adolescent decision-making and parenting style.
Heller, A., & Smith, A. (2005). Adolescents and their mothers' views about the relationships between decision-making in the home, parenting styles, and attitudes toward children's rights.
Robertson, C. (2005). Assessing a children's rights curriculum project at the Hartford Magnet Middle School.
Supervised by Prof. Anselmi and Prof. Randolph Lee
Meckler, S. (2008). Text messaging: Examining the significance of romantic relationships.
Dance, K. (2006). Sensory integration dysfunction in children with and without autism.

Supervised by Prof. Anselmi and Prof. David Reuman 
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.
Brady, M. (2012). Self-regulated learning: Metacognition, motivation, and academic achievement in middle school students.
Contreras, A. (2012). Implicit theories of Intelligence, learning strategies, and academic achievement among middle school students. (Non-Trinity sponsor: Deb Avery, Hartford Public Schools).
White, N. (2012). Pain tolerance in mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, varsity athletes in non-contact sports, and non-athletets.
Alcala, S. (2011). Ability beliefs, metacognitive learning strategies, and achievement among undergraduates in writing and quantitative courses.
Avila, A. (2011). Ability beliefs, metacognitive strategy use and academic achievement in middle school aged students. (Non-Trinity college sponsor: Debra Avery, HMMS).
Pavisic, I (2011). Ability beliefs, learning strategies, and achievement: A comparison of traditional and non-traditional aged undergraduates.
Wilbur, K. (2009). Perceived modifiability of quantitative reasoning ability in college students.
Maynard, E. (2007). Effects of achievement-related stereotypes and family values on the racial and gender achievement gap at Trinity.
Miller, A. (2007). Academic achievement differences among racial groups at Trinity College.
Reynolds, H. (2007). The influence of race, family, peer, and school factors on academic achievement at Trinity College.
Shuman, A. (2006). Influence of stereotype threat and family academic values on the race gap in achievement.
Geiger, K. (2006). Effects of parenting styles on the racial achievement gap.

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

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.


        ​  Supervised by Prof. Casserly and Prof. David Reuman
Singer, B. (2015). Extended stereotype threat: parental concern that a child will confirm a negative stereotype associated with dyslexia. 
3)  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?

4)  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
​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.
Owarish-Gross, J. (2012). Do gender and relationship composition affect college students’ perceptions of intimate partner violence severity?
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
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.
Supervised by Prof.  Holt and Prof. Lee
Washington, J. (2013). Relations among psychological and demographic factors in
individuals with lower limb amputation.
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.
5)  Randolph Lee (Clinical, stress reduction and athletic performance, Transcendental Meditation; eating disorders)
Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Lee
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.
Pierson, C. (2011). The effects of perceived family environment on body image in college students.
Darby, E. (2010). Coming up clutch: Effects of pressure level on free throw shooting accuracy of introverted and extroverted basketball players.
Hernandez, N. (2010). The effects of self talk and visualization on sports performance in Trinity squash players.
Lindon, E. (2010). Effects of transcendental meditation on perceived self-efficacy of college students.
Carvalho, K. (2007) The role of functional magnetic resonance imaging and virtual reality in psychotherapy.
Eberhardt, E. (2007). Childhood trauma and its effect of risky college behaviors.
Jordan, L. (2006). Body perception in animistic and scientific cultures.
Mingrino, J. (2006). Musical rhythm, emotion, and heart rate variability: Coherent heart rate variability (HRV) patterns indicate positive emotional states after exposure to reggae.
MacDonald, T. (2006). How deep is your tan? The role of health and appearance beliefs, risk-taking propensity, and self-esteem in artificial tanning behavior among college students.
Bell, S. (2005). Creativity and madness.
Bellsey, J. (2005). The interpersonal experience in college: A comparative study.
Heaney, B. (2005). The cultural construction of the self: Hinduism, Ayurveda, and the current state of mental health and illness in India.
Tetu, A. (2005). The psychology of forgiveness in South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Prospects for fostering forgiveness.
6)  William Mace (Visual perception, control of skilled action, psychology of art)
Titles of Senior Theses supervised by Prof. Mace
Eydt, R. (2013). How good is gold?Recognition of the golden rectangle.
Hawes, B. (2009). Embodied cognition patterns of students in a college library.
Meltzoff, K. (2009). Electrophysiological measures of children with autism in response to speech and non-speech stimuli. (work done with Julia Irwin at Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT).
Spagnoletti, M. (2009). Perception of throwing motion patterns through point-light displays.
Fentress, K. (2008). Patterns of visual gaze to speaking faces in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and typical development. (work done with Julia Irwin at Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT).
Kravitz, M. (2007). Examining the efficacy of ABA technique to study speech perception in children with ASD. (work done at Julia Irwin at Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT).
Rosenberg, M. (2005). Drawing negative space.
Karlsgodt, Katherine (1999). Working Memory in Dyslexic College Students.
Dunn, Benjamin (1997). The effects of auditory stimulation on perceived duration: Implications for a model of the internal clock.
Anning, Elizabeth (1995). The dynamics of skill acquisition on the rowing ergometer.
Champa, Matthew (1995). Perception of proportion: An investigation of the square, 3:1 ratio, and the Golden Rectangle.
Fonte, R. M. (1995). Effects of frequency variation in skilled rhythmic activity among expert rowers on the rowing ergometer.
McCubbin, Heather (1995). The effects of music on mood.
Reich, T. E. (1994). Comfort modes and rhythmic coordinated patterns of movement on the rowing ergometer.
Scott, Julia (1992). The effect of the vertical - horizontal illusion on square perception.
7)  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.
Coleman, D. (2007) Exploring the relationship between a low carbohydrate diet and the neuromodulator adenosine.
Gockel, J. (2007) Effects of a ketogenic diet on endogenous adenosine receptors in the rat hippocampus.
Jones, E. (2006) The effects of depression on neurocognition in schizophrenia outpatients.
Psoinos, C. (2006) Temperature-dependent modulation of synaptic transmission: the role of adenosine A1 and A2a receptor potentiation.
Allen, T. (2004) A novel sensory discrimination task using rodent whiskers.
Supervised by Prof. Masino and Prof. J. Harry 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.
8)  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.
Albino, N. (2010). Measured outcomes of neurosurgeries during the Iraq war.
Conroy, S. (2010). Differences in incidence and severity of cerebral vasospasm followingmicrosurgical clipping and endovascular coiling of ruptured intracranial aneurysms.
DeCuir, D. (2010). Effects of binge drinking patterns on cognitive functions in college students.
Homiski, K. (2010). Impact of schizophrenia rehabilitation program on vocational outcomes.
Parotta, J. (2010) Successful enceophaloduroateriosynangiosis for atherosclerotic cerbrovascular occlusive disease suggest an alternative to direct bypass techniques.
Powell, B. (2010). Imaging and prospective memory: An analysis of current methods "Lea Jancic" antiplatelet effect of toradol and overall coagulation function in pediatric post-operative meurosurgical patients.
Vatensever, D. (2010). Endoscopic third ventriculostomy in combination with choroid plexus cauterization.
Goodman, R. (2009). Working memory in schizophrenia: Performance and activation on a visual fMRI task.
Gromisch, E. (2009). Learning, memory and attention deficits in female college-age sexual assault survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder.
McNamara, K. (2009). Effects of exposure to nail salon chemicals on cognition of nail technicians.
O’Boyle, J. (2009). Default mode network in patients with high functioning autism spectrum disorders during resting state fMRI.
Rautenberg, A. (2009). Nighttime sleep, daytime naps, and memory : Does sleep play an active role in memory consolidation?
Rogers, A. (2009). Prospective memory and medication management ability in people with schizophrenia.
Turner, L. (2009). Cognitive functions in a homeless population.
Castiglione, A. (2008). Efficacy of cognitive training in individuals with mild cognitive impairment.
Douglas, K. (2008). The effects of aripiprazole, an antipsychotic medication, on subjective and physiological response to alcohol.
Edwards, C. (2008). Memory functioning in survivors of intimate partner violence.
Hoffman, A. (2008). Prospective memory and aging.
Ignatenko, B. (2008). Evaluating the needs and wants of potential participants in a proposed successful aging program.
Maye, J. (2008). Medication adherence and prospective memory in schizophrenia.
Ghaleb, H. (2007). Prospective Memory and Aging.
Moult, M. (2007). Persistent effects of cognitive remediation of schizophrenia: One year follow-up.
Hansen, J. (2006). Pesticide exposure and neuropsychological performance in migrant farmworkers.
Zichlin, M. (2006). Analysis of measures of prospective memory.
Bouseh, S. (2004). Cortisol levels in post-traumatic stress disorder.
Depeau, K. (2004). fMRI of hippocampal volume in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Payntor, V. (2004). Aging and memory.
Sethna, J. (2004). Is the judgment of time estimation effected by Parkinson’s disease?
Spector, F. (2004). Cross-modal association in a non-synasthetic population.
Christina Blake, C. (2003). Behavioral therapy of anxiety disorders.
Rheume, L. (2003). Psychiatric illness and indicators of injury severity in mild traumatic brain injury.
Woodhams, E. (2003). Efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in schizophrenia.
Laura Cecchi, L. (2002). Early life stress and maternal behavior.
Nicholas, C. (2001). The relationship between depression and neuropsychological functioning.
Sanakkayala, A. (2001). The relationship between alcohol use and mild traumatic brain injury.
Fallon, S. (2000). Maltreatment in drug-exposed infants.
Tuttle, M. (2000). Coping Style in adolescents with chronic pain.
Pearce, R. (2000). An examination of age, prospective memory, and memory errors: How are the elderly forgetting to remember future intentions?”
9)  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.
Fitzgerald, E. (2008). The effect of home environment on preschool children's literacy and language skills.
Lee, V. (2008). The role of standardized testing in college admissions: Impacts on institutions and individual applicants.
Schmidt, S. (2008). The gender light switch: An empirical analysis of men's gender role expression in the workplace and in marriage.
Wanzer, J. (2008). Understanding diversity at Trinity College: First-year student perceptions related to academic and social outcomes.
Grabowski, J. (2007). College students' sexual activity and motivations for engaging in it: Is the first year of college distinctive?
Berkenbush, K. (2006). Effects of parent academic values and beliefs on the racial academic achievement gap in middle and high school students.
Bruce, A. (2006). The interrelationships among perfectionism, depression, and social anxiety: A longitudinal study.
DellaSelva, K. (2006). Effects of parental involvement on the achievement gap.
Gutterson, E. (2006). Race, perceptions of racial climate, and the achievement gap.
Wetzler, R. (2006). The effects of health, mobility, and socio-economic status factors on the race gap in achievement.
Khan, S. (2005). Socio-cultural influences on college females regarding eating-related attitudes and behavior, and body image in Lahore and Hartford: A cross-cultural study.
O'Brien, J. (2005). The effects of task difficulty and attributional feedback following success on subsequent task achievement and motivation.
Wong, M. (2005). Effects of perceived in group status and social skills on depression among Trinity College students.

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. 
Daly, E. (2006) Learning and memory in Hartford kindergarten students.
Strauss, S. (2006) Investigating the effects of cognitive stimulation on moderate/severe Alzheimer's patients.​
 Daly, E. (2006) Learning and memory in Hartford kindergarten students.
Strauss, S. (2006) Investigating the effects of cognitive stimulation on moderate/severe Alzheimer's patients.
Lappen, H. (2005) Role of adenosine-mediated behavioral withdrawal in socialevolutionary theories of depression.
Ghosh, A. (2004) Neuroplasticity, neuroprotection and spinal cord injury.
Saunders, P (2004) Effects of hormone fluctuations on ligament injury.