Psychology Students and Faculty Present Research

Psychology Department students and faculty recently presented 24 posters, papers and an invited workshop at the Annual Western Psychological Association conference in Portland, Ore. April 24-27. The WPA meeting is the nation’s largest regional psychology conference with over 2,000 attendees this year. A total of 62 psychology students from HSU attended.

Among the highlights:

Raymond Alvarez, a graduate student in the Academic Research M.A. Program presented a poster titled “Test Construction of the Adaptive Optimism Scale.” Alvarez’s work was recognized as highly meritorious by the Program Review Committee and he received a Western Psychological Foundation Scholarship award.

Psychology department faculty members Sangwon Kim, Lizabeth Eckerd, Gregg Gold, and Chris Aberson also presented. Kim presented a poster titled “Religiosity/Spirituality, Depression, and Gender among Korean American Adolescents. Eckerd presented a paper on diagnosing grief related symptomology and a poster on teaching about dying and grief. Gold presented a poster on forgiveness among strangers after repeated transgressions, while Aberson presented a two-hour workshop on Multiple Regression for the Statistical Workshop series. Aberson also directed the program for the workshop series this year.

This year’s presentations continue the Psychology Department’s tradition of collaborative research. There were 58 HSU student authorship credits on presentations. Seven faculty members authored presentations and gave 16 presentations total. Since 2000, HSU students and faculty have collaborated on over 300 conference presentations.