Department News

Welcome Professor Tim Hanna!

  • The psychology department would like to welcome professor Tim Hanna who will be joining us as a visiting professor during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Congratulations to:

  • Our 2016 graduates: Mallory Edwards, Mallory Frantsen, Miriam Hanson, Danielle Bloom, Alison Day, Yaa Offei Darko, Ivy Pearson, Ashley Skorczewski, Maddie Southgate, Lorelei Tinaglia, Jessica Boerner, Julie Nelson, Lauren Yares, Hannah Zylstra, and Katie Grevlos
  • Our first group of Psi Chi initiates: Lisa Grevlos, Miriam Hanson, Yaa Offei Darko, Naomi Rust, Maggie Steffen, Natalie Walters, Hannah Zylstra, Ashley Skorczewski, Alison Day, Jessica Boerner, Elizabeth Gadberry, Lauren Yares and Josselyn Martinez
  • Our students whose research was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago: Lauren Yares, Alison Day, Elizabeth Gadberry, Miriam Hanson, Lorelei Tinaglia, Carolyn Johnson, Misael Garcia and Jacob Kunkel
  • Students who presented psychology research at the Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium: Lorelei Tinaglia, Hannah Zylstra, Jasmin Fosheim, Naomi Rust, Justin Brown, Jessica Boerner, Genevieve Tillotson, Yaa Tiwaa Offei Darko, Lauren Yares, Alison Day, Elizabeth Gadberry, Ashley Skorczewski, and Ivy Pearson
  • Psychology major Jasmin Fosheim, who was named as one of two 2016 Peace Scholars and recently returned from an amazing experience in Norway. 
  • Junior Psychology and English double-major Abbie Sell who was elected ASA Vice President.
  • Dr. Zell and her family on the addition of their newest family member, Virginia!

Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations:

  • Amstadter, A. B., Berenz, E., C., Nugent, N. R., Trainor, C. D., Koenen, K. C., Vladimirov, V. (in press). Genetics of posttraumatic stress disorder and sleep disturbance. In E Vermetten and T Neylan (Eds.), Sleep and combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Springer-Verlag Publishers.
  • Exline, J. J., Zell, A. L., Bratslavsky, E., Hamilton, M., & Swenson, A. (in press). People-pleasing through eating: Sociotropy predicts greater eating in response to perceived social pressure. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
  • Exline, J. J., Zell, A. L., & Lobel, M. (in press). Sidestepping awkward encounters: Avoidance as a response to outperformance-related discomfort. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • DeWall, C. N., Zell, A. L., Deckman, T., Gailliot, M. T., & Baumeister, R. F. (in press). Approach and avoidance motivation following childhood social acceptance and rejection. In F. Columbus (Ed.),Psychology of Hate. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Darowski, E. S., Patson, N. D., & Helder, E. (2016). Improving student literature review through synthesis. Poster presented at the 38th annual meeting of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete’s Beach, FL, January 2-5, 2016.
  • Yares, L., Day, A., Gadberry, E., & Trainor, C. D. (Februrary, 2016). Perceived control and the relationship between anxiety and sleep difficulties. Poster presented at the 89th annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Block, J., Kern, E., Torgersen, J., Helder, E., & Wieth, M. B. (2015 May). Technology use, study breaks, and creativity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, April 30 – May 2, 2015.
  • Burggraff, H. P., Groen, A. J., Helder, E., & Wieth, M. B. (2015 May). Plug into the Online Network, Plug into Creativity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, April 30 – May 2, 2015.
  • Claypool, D., Hults, M., Wander, N. & Trainor, C. D. (May, 2015). The relationship between pre-sleep arousal, anxiety sensitivity, and sleep difficulties. Poster presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Helder, E., Walch,K., & Wieth, M. B. (2015). Sing, O muse, through Google: Internet use boosts creativity when task is known in advance. Poster presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL, November 19-22, 2015.
  • Jeppsen, B., Pössel, P., Winkeljohn Black, S., Bjerg, A., & Wooldridge, D. (2015). Closeness and control: exploring the relationship between prayer and mental health. Counseling and Values, 60, 164-182.
  • Richardson, G., Hardesty, P. & Jeppsen, B. (2015). Family religiousness and idealization, peer drug use, and psychological functioning: A structural model. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(5), 1243-1255. 
  • Winkeljohn Black, S., Pössel, P., & Jeppsen, B., Tariq, A., & Rosmarin, D.(2015) Poloma and Pendleton’s (1989) prayer types scale in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim praying adults: one scale or a family of scales? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7(3), 205.
  • Winkeljohn Black, S., Pössel, P., Jeppsen, B., Bjerg, A. & Wooldridge, D. (2015). The relationship between prayer type and psychological well-being, as mediated by distress disclosure. Journal of Religion and Health, 54, 540-553.
  • Blumenthal, H., Leen-Feldner, E. W., Badour, C. L., Trainor, C. D., & Babson, K. B. (2014). Pubertal maturation and cortisol level in response to a novel social environment among female adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 893-900.
  • Buffie, M. L., Anderberg, D. E., Zylstra, H. J., & Helder, E. (2014 May). Improving Name Learning with Distributed Retrieval Practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, May 1-3, 2014.
  • Froseth, A., Tsang, W. K., Bowar, B., & Trainor, C. D. (February, 2014). The relationship between emotion dysregulation and pre-sleep arousal in sleep difficulties. Poster presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lima, O. K., Craft, K. T., & Mydland, K. (2014, May). Ready to read: Preschoolers’ concept of reading and learning to read. Poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL
  • Pössel, P., Winkeljohn Black, S., Bjerg, A., Jeppsen, B., & Wooldridge, D. (2014). Do trust beliefs mediate the associations of frequency of prayer with mental health and well-being? Journal of Religion and Health, 53(3), 904-916
  • Trainor, C. D., Wander, D. Claypool, D., Goers, A. & Froseth, A. (February, 2014). The role anxiety sensitivity in sleep difficulties among a sample of young adults. Poster presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Goers, A.M., Erhardt, M. L., Beech, K., Walker, L., & Trainor, C. D. (2013, November). The Role of Perceived Control over Anxiety in the Relationship between Pre-Sleep Arousal and Sleep Difficulties. Poster accepted for presentation at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  • Lima, O. K. (2013, April). Toward a better world for children: Helping students practice real world applications of developmental science. Workshop presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Institute, Seattle, WA. 
  • Lima, O. K. (2013). Hearing children's voices: True empathy in child psychology. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 22(3), 48-49.
  • Rives-East, D. & Lima, O. K. (2013). Designing interdisciplinary science/humanities courses: Challenges and solutions. College Teaching, 61(3), 100-106.
  • Trainor, C. D. Beech, K., Erhardt, M. L., Bortnum, K., & Goers, A. M. (2013, November). The Relationship between Distress Tolerance, Pre-Sleep Arousal, and Sleep Difficulties. Poster presented at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  • Leach, M.M., Jeppsen, B., & Discont, S.D. (2012). The search for common standards: A case of research standards. In M.M. Leach, M.J. Stevens, A. Ferrero, Y. Korkut, & G. Lindsay (Eds.), Oxford handbook of international psychological ethics. Oxford University Press.

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