Student and Faculty Researchers Present Work at Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior

Lauren Krowitz ’14 and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Rod Clark presented their study “Some Behavioral Effects of Mefloquine: Evaluation of GABAA and GABAB Antagonists in Rats” at the 37th annual meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (SQAB) in Chicago in May.

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Students and Faculty Present Work at Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International

Erin N. Roby ’14 and Alexis E. Crump ’16, with Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Rod Clark, presented their work “Some Behavioral Effects of Mefloquine on Schedule-Controlled Responding in the Rat” at the 40th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) in Chicago in May.

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Students Spend Six Weeks Doing Research in Mysore and Surrounding Tribal Areas

Professor of Psychology Juvia Heuchert took six students to Mysore, India, over the summer to establish an internship with the Vivekananda Institute for Indian Studies. Abishai Persaud ’15, Erica Bryson ’15, Mara Steinmetz ’15, Matthew Turner ’15, Kalyssa King ’15, and Garrett Devenney ’16 spent six weeks in Mysore and the surrounding tribal areas doing research on a variety of topics. The research was presented to the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement faculty and staff and was well received. The internship, which was initiated in March during a site visit by Director of International Programs Jenny Kawata, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Caryl Waggett, Associate Director of Career Education Jim Fitch, and Juvia Heuchert, was made possible through funding from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to the Global Health Studies program.

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Senior Comprehensive Project Results in Paper in “Journal of College Student Development”

Kelsy Reisinger ’12, who is currently assistant director of admissions, Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge, and Associate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Global Health Studies Sarah Conklin recently had their paper, “Study drugs and academic integrity: The role of beliefs about an academic honor code in the prediction of nonmedical prescription drug use for academic reasons,” accepted for publication in the Journal of College Student Development. The paper was the result of Reisinger’s senior comprehensive project at Allegheny. Professors Conklin and Rutledge were the first and second readers.

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Clinical Careers Club (C3) – Tuesday, 09/23 *** FREE FOOD!

Clinical Careers Logo copyWe are planning to have our first meeting of the semester for the Clinical Careers Club (C3)

Tuesday, September 23rd at 12:15PM in Carnegie Hall Room 107.

C3 is an “official” club (i.e.- we have a budget!)* that was developed by
students who wanted to learn more about life after Allegheny in the applied
field of psychology.

Topics of interest include graduate school (where to start, the application
process, what programs are looking for, etc.) and educational opportunities
(Internships, Shadowing, and Independent Studies) that can help prepare you
for the workforce.

*We need officers! *

*Looks good on resume’! *

Psychology Picnic hosted by Psi Chi

picnicCome one, come all to the psychology picnic!

Monday, Sept. 22nd at 5:30 in Schultz East Alcove.


A great place to meet psychology faculty and students and to enjoy some free food. Sponsored generously by Allegheny’s chapter of Psi Chi.



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American Colors Inc. Prefers Blue and Gold

By Kathleen Prosperi ’11

Jim Wible ’71, co-founder and president of American Colors in Sandusky, Ohio, has long believed in the potential of Alleghenians. Not only does he advocate for students as a College trustee, he believes the Allegheny graduate to be a quality investment for his company, having recruited and hired Gators since the company’s inception in 1975.

“I know that the skills it takes to handle the pressure of getting a degree from Allegheny apply to the business world as well,” says Wible. His company provides high-quality liquid pigment systems and other products to the coatings, composites, plastics and allied industries. It serves customers from two manufacturing facilities, one in Sandusky, and the other in Lebanon, Tenn.

Finding committed, long-term employees has produced challenges, and a need for change has blossomed into what appears to be the next revolutionary idea in corporate recruitment.

Jim Fitch, assistant director of career education at Allegheny, explains: “Jim (Wible) came to me and proposed hiring a group of graduating seniors as a team, interviewing and hiring them as one unit … a unit with a variety of majors, skills and talents.”

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Crystal Stone ’15 Receives 2014-2015 Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarship

Crystal Stone ’15 is one of only nine students at private colleges to receive a 2014-2015 Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarship from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Foundation. You can read more about Crystal’s work here.

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Pensky Is Project Director for Development of New EEG Research Lab

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Allison Connell Pensky is the project director for the development of an electroencephalography (EEG) research laboratory being funded through an $85,000 grant from the Orris C. Hirtzel and Beatrice Dewey Hirtzel Memorial Foundation. The EEG laboratory will benefit both research and teaching experiences on campus. Pensky had an article published in Perception (volume 43). “Effects of using multiple hands and fingers on haptic performance in individuals who are blind” reports data collected with collaborators from UC Berkeley and the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. The article discusses how blind individuals benefit from the use of multiple fingers and hands when interacting with tactile maps and that this benefit surpasses those you see in sighted participants.

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Announcing the 2014/2015 Psychological Science Brown Bag Series Series



Find out about the latest research in Psychology and Neuroscience!

Learn more about the process of conducting research, including Senior Projects in Psychology and Neuroscience!


Get involved with faculty research projects in the department!

Get feedback on your Senior Project ideas and design!

Get tips on how to prepare for an academic conference presentation!

Discuss these and many more exciting topics with fellow students and faculty in a fun, informal setting!


Room 101, Carnegie Hall


The following Fridays from 12:20-1:20 pm

  • September 12th– Why Psychology is a science
  • Friday, October 3rd – Did the recent Facebook experiment violate the ethics code?
  • Friday, November 7th – student presentations of Senior projects
  • Friday, December 5th– student presentations of Senior projects


For questions, or to be added to the mailing list for reminders, email Prof Jackson at

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