Erica Mullinix will be pursuing her MS in clinical psychology at Loyola University in Maryland. We are thrilled for her!
Sara Dorrance and her research mentor, Dr. Friedman, received a competitive summer research grant from the national honor society in psychology for their work in the field of cyberpsychology. Their project will focus on how time away from technology impacts well-being in college students. Congrats, Sara!
Dr. Allen: Helena Bonham Coato
Dr. Buchholz: Daniel Craig
Dr. Camac: Jamie Lee Curtis
Dr. Day: Cate Blanchett
Dr. DeMarce: Liv Tyler
Dr. Early: Richard Gere
Dr. Friedman: Jennifer Lawrence
Prof. Friedman: Vince Vaughn
Dr. Lynch: Meryl Streep
Dr. Nichols: Jim Parsons
Prof. Nichols: Julia Roberts
Dr. Osterman: Louis Ck
Dr. Pranzarone: Robert Deniro
Dr. Shenal: Hugh Laurie
Dr. Whitson: Michael Caine
“Miranda graduated in December with BA in PSYC and a concentration in elementary education. She was very active at Roanoke, participating in her sorority, working for the registrar’s office, and serving as an SGA senator. The skills she built will serve her well in the school system!” ~Dr. Denise Friedman, Psychology Chairperson
“Kati is an amazing young woman. She is bright, funny, smart, and talented, making you ask how she balances it all and keeps such a sunny disposition. Kati is currently completing an internship with Commonwealth Catholic Charities in preparation for pursuing adoption counseling.” ~Dr. Denise Friedman, Psychology Chairperson
“Nikki has been a fantastic student and a joy to have around the department. She raised the bar for what it means to be an outstanding psychology/neuroscience student becoming the first RC student to first author a neuroscience journal article while still an undergraduate. Her perseverance and strength will pay off.” ~Dr. David Nichols, Academic Advisor & Research Mentor
“Tayler is one of the brightest students to come through the RC psychology department in recent years though many may not know that because of her quiet and unassuming nature. She has been focused on working in the Library Sciences for years and her opportunity will be coming soon with successful acceptance into graduate school.” ~ Dr. David Nichols, Academic Advisor
“Put a trash can in the student lounge.” Done. Yay! I am glad we got one easy one.
“Add a forensic psychology class.” This is not the first time we have heard this request. We currently have two grads working the FBI and another interning with Homeland Security. Given the growing popularity of this subfield, we are looking into whether we add forensic psychology as a special topics course. We will talk to other interested disciplines and examine professor expertise and the current courses offered to see if it can fit. We also have to get approval from administration.
“Add a class on romantic relationships as people like to learn about themselves.” We have discussed adding classes on emerging adulthood (18-25) and romantic relationships. It is likely this will happen in the next few years as we are looking to expand the psychology faculty which will allow those of us with that expertise to teach these special topic courses. Of course, we have balance these classes with requirements so you can graduate!
“Demand more respect from other science departments.” We get it. Psychology is a science but is not always recognized or respected as such. We are proud of student and faculty accomplishments and are proud to note that we are to be included in the new science center complex. It is said that respect is earned, but we know stereotypes and preexisting biases make it hard to change opinions. We will continue to work hard and celebrate successes. If you have other ideas, feel free to share them!
“Add a minor in special education.” While we can cover special education topics in some of our classes, we are not an education department. The school has to meet certain accreditation standards and faculty have to have a certain expertise to teach specific classes. We can certainly talk about special education issues as they are relevant to learning, development, etc., but we are not the right department for starting a minor or concentration. Talking to education would a good start.
Thanks for all the great suggestions! Please note we are working hard to serve your needs and always want to hear your voice. We have certain limitations that we have to work inside of but if we don’t know what you want, we can’t even try to make it happen.
“The student assistants are great!” – Student comment
“The student assistants keep us sane – we laugh, we smile, we make it happen!” – Faculty comment
“Each and every one of the psych profs are kind, helpful, and overall amazing. Don’t think your dedication and hard work goes unnoticed. We love you all.” – Student comment
Dr. Friedman pictured with Carolyn Miesen and Jessica Gladfelter, members of her research lab
“Dr. Friedman has gone above and beyond as my advisor! She inspires me to be the best I can.”
“Dr. Friedman has had a lot to manage this semester and has been great at it. She is an amazing chair.”
“Dr. Friedman and Dr. Buchholz are super supportive and helpful. :)”
Breanna Wright received a full assistantship and summer compensation to attend Stony Brook University where she will pursue a PhD in Political Science. Breanna is specifically interested in political psychology which she was the focus of her honors in the major project. Dr. Friedman and Breanna are preparing her honors paper for publication now.
“Founded in 1776 by students at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is recognized as the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society in the nation. PBK’s main objective is to emphasize the importance of a liberal arts and sciences while also recognizing those who strive for excellence in academics.” This year, the psychology department had several students selected to join the ranks of PBK.
We are proud of your accomplishments!
“Carolyn is the ultimate achiever! You rarely see one person juggle so much so successfully. She traveled abroad to study in Australia and came back with a passion for research. Balancing research in two domains, she accomplished more in a year than most do in 4 years. I anticipate she will have her first manuscript under review before graduation! I know she will thrive in the masters program at JMU.” – Academic Advisor & Research Mentor, Dr. Denise Friedman
“Tiara is amazing. Her wit and fire make a force to be reckoned with. Seeing her present at a conference or participate in a class debate truly exemplifies the RC ideal for students. I will miss having coffee with her and discussing ethical and philosophical issues.” – Academic Advisor, Dr. Denise Friedman
Dr. Allen: God
Dr. Buchholz: Spiderman
Dr. Camac: WonderWoman
Dr. Day: Rogue
Dr. DeMarce: Electra
Dr. Early: Captain America
Dr. Friedman: Hulk
Prof. Friedman: IronMan
Dr. Lynch: Black Widow
Dr. Nichols: Inspector Gadget
Prof. Nichols: BatGirl
Dr. Osterman: CatWoman
Dr. Pranzarone: AquaMan
Dr. Shenal: BatMan
Dr. Whitson: Thor
Check back later for our superhero picture.
Carolyn Miesen was accepted to four graduate programs! She elected to attend the Masters of Science in Psychology program with a quantitative concentration at James Madison University. Carolyn received a graduate assistantship where she will be working for the Psychology Department and the Center for Assessment and Research Studies.
Congrats, Carolyn! We could not be prouder of your accomplishments.
The Psychology Department will host a reception during Alumni Weekend (4:00-5:30pm April 12th). Stop by for some drinks and snacks with members of the department and fellow alumni. The event will be held on the Lucas Hall Balcony (2nd floor). For more information contact Dr. Denise Friedman, Chair at (540) 375-2476 or at email@example.com
When Natural Selection Gets Sneaky: Altruism, Suicide, and Evolution
Dr. Lindsey Osterman
February 27, 2014
Also pictured: Faculty Advisor, Dr. Lindsey Osterman
I interned at Carilion Behavior Health Clinic. During my internship, I was able to observe group therapy sessions. These sessions encompassed a wide range of therapy including expressive arts, cognitive behavior, and reality therapy. I was also able to see how the psychiatric hospital ran and learned more about how mental health clinicians and doctors work to help those in need of this type of treatment. I enjoyed this because my future goal is to become a Licensed Practicing Clinician so the hospital allowed me to see the ‘inside scoop’ of how an everyday tasks and goals are performed on individuals with mental illness. My favorite thing to witness was expressive arts therapy because it allowed for the individuals to express themselves in ways that are unique to them.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Denise Friedman has become the new chairperson for the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Friedman joined the department in 2007. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Averett University with a B.S. in Psychology. She earned a M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) from Virginia Tech where she specialized in Developmental and Biological Psychology. She is a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi. Her research interests include cognitive and frontal lobe development from infancy through early adulthood. Her current research program examines the impact of technology on cognitive and social skills.
This story was picked up by tons of national papers and translated into multiple languages! At one point, you got over 15 pages of Google search hits for this interview. The paper is currently under review with 6 student co-authors – Ben Hudson (applying to grad school for I/O in the Fall), Sylis Nicolas (pursuing MS at Oakland University), Molly Howser (obtained Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Radford University and will be working in Frederick County Public Schools starting in 2014), Kristen Lipsett (works at Perkins School for the Blind), Laura Pope (obtained Masters in I/O psychology from Radford University), and Ian Robinson (pursuing doctorate in dentistry at VCU).
The psychology department graduated 50 students receiving their B.A. and 14 receiving their B.S this year. We also had 7 students receive honors in the major and 8 inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. I can’t help but think how proud Dr. Curt Camac would be of these achievements.
Lauren Stinespring, Rita Yoe, Taylor Smiley, and Chava Urecki examined the effects of violent music and gender on aggression.
Courtney McKern, Lauren Miller, Hunter Gentry, and Ben Gilson examined the effects of text format and notetaking strategy on test scores.
Tori Long, Eden Caldwell, Amanda Newman, Brandon Turner and Julia Florea examined the effects of personality and performance evaluation on academic performance.
Emily Gaston, Ginny Keith, Julia Boudrye, and Breanna Wright examined the effects of personality and misattribution of arousal on attraction.
Carmen Graves, Katy Hurst, Alexis Coyne, and Emily Rinker examined the effects of health behavior, natural stimuli, and optimism on willpower.
Yuki Yamazaki, Kristen Robinson, Kacy Dillon, and Hazel Smitson examined the effects of encoding strategy and presentation order on memory for foreign language words.
Cortlandt Halsey, Aldijana Mekic, Noel Weakley, and Jennifer Klenzman examined whether consuming a candy thought to aid or harm recall actually effected recall performance.
Kiel Van Ness, Colleen Weber, Anne Watson and Caroline Casey examined the effects of music and mood on attraction.
Rosie Knisley, Taylor Smiley, Kelsey Collett, and Ashlyn Bailey examined whether academic self-regulation efforts would offset the deleterious effects of cell phone distractions.
James Seelye, Jordyn Woods, and Allison Williams examined whether flirtatious Facebook messages amplified jealousy contingent on post location.
Cortlandt Halsey – pictured with a baby because it is the development award
This award is given annually to the student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the human development concentration and has shown potential for continued success in the field of developmental psychology.
Yuki Yamazaki! Yuki was the VP of Psi Chi this year. As such, she organized a number of events, including service activities and induction.
The Roanoke College Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology, selects from its membership a student who has best exemplified excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. A gift and certificate are given by Psi Chi.
Julia Boudrye. Julia is recognized for her scholarship. She has been a member of Dr. Friedman’s lab and the URAP program for four years. She has presented at a number of conferences, regional and national, has completed research practicums, independent studies, and honors in the major. Additionally, she has served as the lab coordinator for the past year.
Chava Urecki. Chava has been a member of Dr. Buchholz’s lab and the URAP program for the last four years. She has been lab manager for the past two years, conducting her own independent research and overseeing underclassmen. She has presented at several conferences and recently defended her honors thesis!
The faculty selects a psychology major to receive the Karl W. Beck Memorial Prize, which is given for excellence in psychology. The recipient is awarded a prize of money, which is made possible by gifts of friends in memory of the late Dr. Karl W. Beck, professor and first chairperson of the Roanoke College Psychology Department. The recipient’s name is engraved on a plaque which is located in the department reception room.