Posts Tagged ‘Psychology’

Allegheny’s Andrew Nunn Awarded Pennsylvania House Fellowship

Allegheny College senior Andrew Nunn has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Fellowship, which will take him to the state Capitol, allowing him to gain insight into the people, issues and politics of the legislative process.

Created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Bipartisan Management Committee, the program gives college students a close-up look at the daily workings of government in Harrisburg. Legislative fellows get to attend hearings, committee meetings and the legislative session, as well as conduct research and draft bill analyses.

As a final project, each fellow will research and then draft a piece of legislation to present to the House. Each fellow is placed either in a leadership office or in the office of a committee chairman. Nunn will likely be placed on either the Education or Urban Affairs Committee, based on his interests and experience.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Allegheny students have been selected for the fellowship. “It provides an unparalleled up-close experience with state-level politics,” said Patrick Jackson, director of Fellowship Advising at Allegheny. Jackson has helped students through the application process for the House Fellowship, as well as other competitive awards and fellowships. (more…)

Lynn McUmber Advocates for Mental Health Awareness in Crawford County

Allegheny College graduate Lynn McUmber has helped transform the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program (CHAPS) from a small drop-in center more than two decades ago into a countywide agency that now serves more than 800 clients annually.

McUmber, Allegheny Class of 1978, has served as the executive director of CHAPS for the past 22 years. After graduating, she began work in various social work positions, with focuses ranging from intellectual disabilities to child welfare to Active Aging. It was when she transitioned to housing and homelessness that she found a greater passion for her work.

“When I returned to Meadville, in working at the county office, I saw how many individuals who experienced mental illness here were in very, very poor living conditions, and really had very little community support,” McUmber says. (more…)

Heuchert Delivers Keynote at Historic Psychology Conference

Professor of Psychology Juvia Heuchert delivered an invited keynote address entitled “African Contributions to Peace Psychology” at the 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress in Durban, South Africa from September 18-21. This historic congress was the first time ever in which psychologists from across Africa gathered to deliberate on psychological issues specific to Africa, as well as more general themes related to human rights, inequality, and well-being. Dr. Heuchert was the only African keynote speaker invited from outside Africa to address the congress. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDXSi1iP6tc .

Clark, Students Present at Behavior Analysis Conferences

Ariel L. York ‘16 and Professor Rod Clark of the Psychology Department and program in Neuroscience presented a poster of York’s senior thesis, “A Frequency Count of Disguised Mands in Preschool Children: Effects of Socioeconomic Status,” at the 43rd annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) conference held in Denver, Colorado in May 2017.

Delaney W. Arbore ’19 and Clark presented a poster titled “An application of Behavioral Momentum Equations to the Game of Basketball” at the 40th annual Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (SQAB) conference, also in Denver in May. York, Alexis Sotelo ’20, and Clark also presented a poster from a sequence of independent study projects titled “Acquisition of Schedule-controlled responding under the Valproic Acid (VPA) rat model of Autism” at the conference.

 

Wahl Wins First Place for Senior Research Project

Nadiya Wahl ’17 presented her senior project research at the “Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Conference” in Harrisburg on April 25. She won first place in the Arts, Humanities, Business, and Social and Behavioral Sciences Division for her comp, titled “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science: An Empirical Look into Chakra Meditation.” Her research advisor is Professor of Psychology Joshua Searle-White.

Foreman speaks on neurodiversity, twice-exceptional students

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Jen Foreman gave a presentation titled “Neurodiversity, Identity, and Talent Development for Twice-Exceptional Students” at the 63rd Annual National Association for Gifted Children Convention in Orlando on Nov. 5. The presentation explored cognitive differences that often intertwine with exceptional academic or creative talents and how parents and teachers can fully nurture neurodivergent young people.

Rutledge speaks on student drinking data

Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge gave an invited presentation in the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences & Human Behavior at Penn State Behrend. The title of the presentation was “College Drinking 101: What the Data Tell Us.”

Rutledge article on problematic drinking published

Patricia Rutledge, professor of psychology, recently published “Problematic drinking among postgraduate students: Binge drinking, prepartying, and mixing alcohol with energy drinks.”  This article was an invited submission to a special issue of the journal Substance Use & Misuse. Rutledge’s coauthors were Jessica Bestrashniy of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at St. Olaf College and Toben Nelson of the Division of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Heuchert touts India internships

Professor of Psychology Juvia Heuchert says Allegheny has had several groups of students in India, most recently to do eight-week internships. He says it is a fantastic learning experience with regards to knowledge gained about India and issues pertinent to newly industrialized countries. In addition, students also have their values enriched by the immersion in this ancient, life-affirming, culture. Many of the students in this short video are from Allegheny.

Vogel, Eckstein Jackson published in psychology journal

Autumn Vogel ’16 and Assistant Professor of Psychology Lydia Eckstein Jackson published the paper “Activist Theatre: The Effects of Community Performance on System Justification and Willingness to Engage in Activism” in The Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. The article will appear in the September/October issue of the journal (Vol 26, Issue 5).