Faculty and students present research at a regional convention


Three faculty and six students represented Adams State College’s Psychology Department at the 82nd annual Rocky Mountain Psychological Association convention. Psychology majors are encouraged to conduct, present and stay current in psychological research. Attending and presenting at conferences allows students to network with other psychology majors, potential graduate schools and learn from experts in the field. Students attend talks and workshops as well as present their own research completed in class or as research assistants to faculty mentors.

Megan Hart, Laura Hopkins, Tucker Jones, Rachel Lundgren, Chris Olance, and Justin Takajjart traveled to Reno, Nev. to attend this year’s convention. All students received financial support through Psi Chi/Psychology club and Olance, Hart, Jones, and Lundgren were awarded regional travel grants by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Dr. Robert Demski, professor of psychology, presented a poster titled, “The effects of attachment style and gender on emotional intelligence” on behalf of psychology majors Paloma Lopez and Raina Walters, unable to attend. Jones and Hopkins presented a research poster completed in conjunction with Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, associate professor of psychology, and the EPIC, Engage, Persist, Innovate, Celebrate, Program funded by the Walmart Minority Success Initiative, “A profile of first-generation college students at a Hispanic-serving institution.” In addition, Jones gave an oral presentation under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Elison, assistant professor of psychology, “Validity testing of the CoSS: Differences between rejection and fear.” The Psychology Department is proud to recognize these students and faculty and their accomplishments.

Alvarez said psychology students don't have to compete with graduate students for opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty and get experience doing research. “Unlike other institutions, our students do a research project from start to finish in their research methods class and many take this project a step further as independent research, an honor's thesis, or conference presentation.”