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Psychology Students and Faculty Present Research at Chicago Event

Carolyn J. Wilcomb ’12 and Jennifer M. Gardner ’12 (Psychology) presented their research collaborations with Champika K. Soysa (Psychology) at the Eastern Psychological Association [1] conference as well as our premier national conferences — the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the American Psychological Association. This was a rare opportunity for undergraduate researchers in the discipline, because most presenters are faculty or graduate students.

Wilcomb and Gardner began their series of conference presentations at the statewide undergraduate conference at UMass-Amhherst, where each of them presented a paper on a symposium panel.

Wilcomb studied mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-efficacy, as predictors of depression, anxiety, stress, and well-being. Gardner studied technology use, popularity, and self-esteem, as predictors of stress and well-being.

Victoria Reiszner ’12 and Erin Borglund ’12 (Psychology) were independent study research students who were co-authors on the poster presentations.

All four students were supported by University Advancement to travel to Chicago to present their research.

Additional presentations by Psychology faculty and students include:

Soysa, C. K., Wilcomb, C. J., Gardner, J. M., Borglund, E., & Reiszner, V. (2012, August). Prediction vs. reduction of stress: Technology usage and mindfulness vs. sound exposure. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Gardner, J. M., Reiszner, V., & Soysa, C. K. (2012, May). Self-esteem, social capital, popularity, and need for accessibility predict technology addictions. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Soysa, C. K., Wilcomb, C. J., & Borglund, E. (2012, May). Mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-efficacy as predictors of stress. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Wilcomb, C. J., Borglund, E., Soysa, C. K. (2012, May). Well-being: Mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-efficacy as predictors. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Gardner, J. M., & Soysa, C. K. (2012, March). Stress and well-being: Relationships with social capital, self-esteem, and technology use. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association annual conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Soysa, C. K., Gardner, J. M., Reiszner, V. (2012, March). Communication and entertainment technology use in relation to self-esteem and popularity. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association annual conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Wilcomb, C. J., & Soysa, C. K. (2012, March). Stress and well-being: Relationships with mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-efficacy. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association annual conference, Pittsburg, PA.