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                                 WASHINGTON COLLEGE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT NEWS                                                     Volume 9, Issue 1 Spring 2006

  Psychology Department
  Paradise: The Renovation
  of Dunning-Decker
  Science Center
  By Christine DiEleuterio ‘09

  B     ack in the spring of 2003, Washing-
        ton College had a dream to link all
  of the disciplines within the Division of
  Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Biology,
  Physics, Computer Science, Mathemat-
  ics, and of course, Psychology) together
  in one building, the Toll/Dunning-Decker

                                                                                                                                                photo: Robyn Nuttall ‘06
  Science Center. When the construction
  was finally finished, this dream was real-
  ized in the form of new and improved
  facilities for the Department of Psychol-
  ogy. Before the renovations, the Psychol-
  ogy Department had about one-tenth of
  the space that some of the other science
  departments had within the building, and
  very little compared to the psychology
                                                the area. In addition to practical concerns,    Above: The interior of Dunning-Decker Science
  departments of other colleges. With the
                                                “Trailer Town” was the butt of many jokes       Center overlooking the McLain Atrium
  increased student interest in psychology
  as a field of study and with the addi-        between students and faculty concerning
  tion of different concentrations within       such items as plastic flamingoes, tires, and     scholarly pursuits of students and faculty
  the major such as clinical/counseling         even pigs in the mud surrounding the entire     members will improve.”
  and behavioral neuroscience, classes          site.                                               The new facilities will provide stu-
  and laboratory sections often filled up           Fortunately, the critical need for new      dents with the resources necessary for
  quickly, and the small space and limited      facilities was alleviated fairly quickly. The   success in psychological research. They
  equipment that the Psychology Depart-         construction of the exterior of the building    have been designed and fitted with equip-
  ment had for laboratories and classes         was finished in the spring of 2005, but work     ment suited to the specific needs of the
  prior to the renovation was insufficient      on the interior continued through the end of    various sub-fields of psychology such as
  to accommodate students and faculty.          the spring 2006 semester. By spring break,      social, clinical/counseling, and cognitive-
  For instance, the “Learning” course, with     all of the science professors had moved into    behavioral studies, so students will have
  just sixteen students, had four different     their permanent offices, and the trailers were   ample opportunities to broaden their ex-
  laboratory sections because only four         removed before the end of the semester. The     posure within the discipline. The offices
  students could fit into the existing room     laboratories and offices of the Psychology       of the psychology professors are located
  and work efficiently.                         Department now encompass over a third of        together off of a departmental lounge and
      Another important requirement that        the building, occupying the entire ground       waiting area in one wing of the ground
  the new facility has filled is the need for    floor and over half of the first floor of Dun-     floor. This common area is intended to
  additional faculty offices. While the new      ning-Decker.                                    double as a study and gathering space
  facility was under construction, many             Needless to say, the new laboratories and   for students, and it even includes a photo
  science professors, including those in the    offices are a vast improvement for the de-       album of psychology professors and
  Psychology Department, had temporary          partment in many respects. Dr. Michael Ker-     students from years past, which students,
  offices in trailers set up in an area infor-   chner, chair of the Department of Psycholo-     faculty, and alumni are welcome to pe-
  mally known as “Trailer Town.” This           gy, points out the most significant advantage:   ruse in their spare time.
  arrangement was somewhat confusing            “We went from having hardly any space at            Aside from the new laboratories and
  and annoying for students and professors      all to work with students on collaborative      offices, the natural science departments
  to navigate due to the maze of tiny stairs    projects to having facilities that match and    have a new resource at their disposal: the
  and wooden walkways that surrounded           even exceed those of comparable institu-
                                                tions…this means that opportunities [for the]                                (Continued on p. 2)

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     Dunning-Decker                                 Internship Opportunities for                      vantage of two internships while at
                                                                                                      Washington College which have been              EPA on St. Patrick’s Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                    also sponsored their own “unofficial” events
                                                                                                                                                                                                    during the weekend. Upon my arrival on Fri-             Psychology Club News
     Renovation                                     Psychology Students                               extraordinarily beneficial to my educa-                                                        day, March 16, I met two other WC students
                                                                                                      tion. I worked at Rock Hall Elementary          By Heather Dewey ‘06                          for a visit to Pete’s Pour House, a small pub           By Jill Hopkinson ‘07
     Continued from p.1                             By Kathryn Cuff ‘06                               and Middle schools under the guidance                                                         in Baltimore City. We mingled with many
     Joseph H. McLain Atrium. The atrium is
     intended as a common area where all stu-       T    he psychology internship is perhaps one
                                                         of the most crucial components of the
                                                                                                      counselor, Maureen Krieger. A year lat-
                                                                                                      er, I chose to try another internship with
                                                                                                                                                      W       hile most students were celebrat-
                                                                                                                                                              ing the end of spring break in
                                                                                                                                                      Mexico or at home with their families,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    other conference participants and city resi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    dents who were trying to squeeze in a little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Washington College Psychology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Club is an organization in which mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bers study and discuss topics related to
     dents and faculty of the natural sciences      curriculum the Psychology Department of-          Dr. Siemen at the Kent County Mental                                                          St. Patty’s Day fun during their afternoon.
                                                                                                                                                      a small group of students were devoting                                                               the field of psychology. The club spon-
     as well as other disciplines can meet and      fers. It is the necessary link between class-     Health Outpatient Clinic. It was because                                                      As the day went on, two more students ar-
                                                                                                                                                      their St. Patrick’s Day weekend to an                                                                 sors a number of psychology-related
     interact with one another. As a large,         room learning and field experience. After         of these two experiences that I was able                                                      rived and we moved our caravan along to the
                                                                                                                                                      experience that was quite different. The                                                              activities each semester, the most popular
     flexible space, it can serve many pur-          completion of an internship, students are         to find out for myself that working with                                                       Hard Rock Café in the Inner Harbor. Later
                                                                                                                                                      77th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psy-                                                               including volunteer visits to the Upper
     poses and accommodate a large number           better prepared for life after graduation – the   children was not exactly what I wanted to                                                     that evening, the psychology professors
                                                                                                                                                      chological Association (EPA) took place                                                               Shore Community Mental Health Center
     of people. It contains furniture such as       real world.                                       do with my degree. I also learned first-                                                       sponsored a pizza party for students and EPA
                                                                                                                                                      in Baltimore from March 16-19. This                                                                   (USCMHC) and movie nights. When
     couches, tables, chairs, a computer kiosk,         The program is designed so that both          hand that I am a fledgling clinical psy-                                                       board members. We enjoyed pizza, drinks,
                                                                                                                                                      event is an annual conference during                                                                  members of the club go to USCMHC,
     and even a kitchenette that will surely        classroom learning and the field experi-           chologist (I use the term loosely) and that                                                   and conversation outside the classroom that
                                                                                                                                                      which undergraduate students, graduate                                                                they usually play some games of sit-
     make students, faculty, and visitors feel      ence of the internship are connected. In          I am able to provide some measure of                                                          was both interesting and fun (if you see Dr.
                                                                                                                                                      students, and professionals in the field                                                              down volleyball with the patients and
     at home. The Psychology Department             addition to working in the field, students         helpful counseling to another individual.                                                     Spilich after reading this article, ask him to
                                                                                                                                                      of psychology present the research they                                                               supply them with refreshments. The club
     plans to take advantage of the atrium by       spend time in the classroom discussing the        This was by far the most useful lesson                                                        show you his ballerina toes).
                                                                                                                                                      have completed. Although many schools                                                                 always organizes at least one movie night
     using it for scientific poster presenta-        experiences of the internship in a safe en-       that I have learned while at Washington                                                           When everything was said and done,
                                                                                                                                                      attend, WC is one of the few undergradu-                                                              per semester, during which members
     tions, guest speakers, and receptions.         vironment. Sometimes the internship can           College.                                                                                      students who participated in this annual con-
                                                                                                                                                      ate institutions to have many students                                                                vote on a psychology-related movie to
         The faculty offices, the departmental       be stressful and it may be tough for college          Jill Hopkinson also had an amaz-                                                          ference left with a sense of accomplishment,
                                                                                                                                                      present for the purpose of sharing their                                                              watch. In addition to these activities,
                                                                                                      ing experience with her internship. She                                                       having presented their original research,
     lounge, and the atrium are currently be-       students to adjust to the fact that they must                                                     own research.                                                                                         the Psychology Club also sponsors one
     ing used by the Psychology Department.         maintain complete confidentiality; however,        worked at the Benedictine School, which                                                       having gained a greater appreciation for the
                                                                                                                                                          The weekend, however, was not de-                                                                 speaker per semester. This semester, the
     Many of the laboratories and classrooms        the students have the opportunity to dis-         is a ten-month day and residential school                                                     field in which they are studying, and having
                                                                                                                                                      voted solely to research. Many lectures                                                               club sponsored Dr. Shaun McNiff, an art
     are still in the process of being furnished    cuss any matters that concern them during         for individuals aged 5 – 21 years with                                                        experienced a handful of memories of a city
                                                                                                                                                      and presentations were available for                                                                  therapist from Lesley College in Mas-
     and organized. They will be ready for          the classroom session, which is perfect for       mental retardation, multiple disabilities,                                                    they might not have visited before. I highly
                                                                                                                                                      conference participants to view. For                                                                  sachusetts. If you would like to join the
     use in the fall of 2006, when the real fun     brainstorming ideas on how to handle deli-        and autism. She says, “It has been very                                                       recommend to those of you who have the
                                                                                                                                                      example, Psi Chi, the national honor so-                                                              Psychology Club, please go to the List-
     will begin in the Psychology Depart-           cate situations. Interns often get stuck in a     educational working with these children.                                                      opportunity to participate in the EPA confer-
                                                                                                                                                      ciety in psychology, presented a lecture                                                              serv webpage (
     ment’s new paradise. •                         mindset and it helps to have the chance to        I have been exposed to many different                                                         ence next year to do so. It will be held in
                                                                                                                                                      entitled “Careers in Psychology for the                                                               cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo) and add your-
                                                    hear others’ opinions and insight on matters      behaviors and disabilities, and I have                                                        Philadelphia and I am sure it will turn out to
                                                                                                                                                      21st Century.” Another widely attended                                                                self to our mailing list. E-mails about
                                                    pertaining to their experience. Students are      learned first-hand what specific learning                                                       be an experience that you will never forget. •
                                                                                                                                                      presentation was “Ethnic, racial and gen-                                                             upcoming events are sent out regularly,
                                                    required to read material regarding treatment     and developmental disabilities are like
                                                                                                                                                      der stereotypes in social perception: Ac-                                                             and we encourage everyone to join! •
                                                    and intervention strategies related to their      and I am continually learning how to
                                                                                                                                                      curate, useful generalization or inaccu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Psi Chi News
                                                    internship placement and to present their         handle the students’ ‘off days.’ I would
                                                                                                                                                      rate, harmful biases.” The configuration
                                                    findings to the class, which further enhances      say the hardest thing about working with
                                                                                                                                                      of the conference places students and
                                                    their knowledge in the field.                      these children is that their emotions can
                                                                                                                                                      professionals on an equal playing field                                                                By Elaine Pranski ‘07
                                                        Dr. Jim Siemen has served as the coordi-      change in an instant. Their behaviors
                                                                                                                                                      as researchers and colleagues, allowing
                                                    nator of the program since 1977. Originally,      can range from very loving and having
                                                                                                                                                      each group to gain a different perspective    Below: (From left to right) Caitlin Orsini ‘07, Julie      Psi Chi, the national honor society
                                                                                                      a good day to being quick to anger and                                                        Smith ‘06, Heather Dewey ‘06, Jennifer Baker ‘07,       in psychology, has been active this se-
                                                    the program was designed so that students                                                         from the other.
                                                                                                      violence. Overall, I would not trade this                                                     and Jill Hopkinson ‘07 at the Hard Rock Cafe at Inner
                                                    devoted the entire semester to the internship.                                                        In addition to the conference, students   Harbor, Baltimore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mester. On February 8, the organization
                                                    That changed in 1982-1983, when it was            experience for ten classes in which I                                                                                                                 sponsored a screening of Stanley Ku-
        On Yo u r M ind                             redesigned. Students spend 1-3 hours per          learned about the same material.”                                                                                                                     brick’s A Clockwork Orange. At the EPA
       Psychology Department News                   week in the classroom and 140 hours at the            For further information regarding psy-                                                                                                            meeting held in Baltimore over spring
                                                    internship site during one semester. The in-      chology internships, visit http://psychol-                                                                                                            break, Psi Chi sponsored a hotel room                                           
                                                    ternship may run over the course of a semes-                                                                                                                                                            during the conference in order to ease
              Editorial Board                       ter, an academic year, or the summer break.       html or stop by the Psychology Depart-                                                                                                                student travel expenses and concerns.
                                                    Oftentimes, students who choose to do their       ment and talk to any of the professors,                                                                                                               During the month of April, members of
                                                                                                      especially Dr. Jim Siemen, who would be
                  Editor-in-Chief                   internship during the summer do so outside                                                                                                                                                              Psi Chi raised funds on campus to partic-
                                                                                                      happy to help guide you in creating your
                 Laura Morett ‘08                   of Kent County, which widens the range of                                                                                                                                                               ipate in the American Heart Association’s
                                                    internship placements.                            own internship experience. •                                                                                                                          Heart Walk in Stevensville, MD on April
                   Copy Editors                         Aside from the classroom component                                                                                                                                                                  22. On April 27, Psi Chi members were
                 Kathryn Cuff ‘06                   and the field work, students are also required                                                                                                                                                           invited to a talk given by Dr. Linda Ca-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            des, Director of the Career Development
                Jill Hopkinson ‘07                  to keep a journal of all of their experiences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Center, in which the upcoming GRE’s
                Capella Meurer ‘09                  during the course of the internship. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and the graduate school application pro-
                 Caitlyn Onyx ‘07                   provides them with another way to relieve
                                                                                                                                                      Photo: Heather Dewey ‘06
                                                    stress incurred during the internship as well                                                                                                                                                           cess were discussed. On April 26, Psi Chi
                                                    as a way to track their individual progress,                                                                                                                                                            held its annual end-of-the-year dinner at
                 Photographer                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Luisa’s Café. The group welcomed nine
                                                    which ranges from that of an inexperienced
                Robyn Nuttall ‘06                                                                                                                                                                                                                           new members including Jennifer Baker,
                                                    intern fresh out of the classroom to that of
                                                    a somewhat seasoned professional able to                                                                                                                                                                Spencer Case, Michelle Green, Barbara
                Faculty Advisors                    navigate through the challenges posed by                                                                                                                                                                Harrington, Katie L. Juromski, L. Court-
             Lauren Littlefield, Ph.D.               their specific site.                                                                                                                                                                                     ney Milton, Laura Morett, Sarah Talbot,
              George Spilich, Ph.D.                     On a personal note, I have taken ad-                                                                                                                                                                and S. Emily Willie. •

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    Finishing Strong: The                              Maryland, is majoring in clinical/counseling      among male Caucasian children with At-           Maryland, conducted an experiment
                                                       psychology. For his senior project, Matthew       tention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder            called “Visual-spatial abilities in male          Visiting Facult y Pr ofiles
    Psychology Department’s                            wrote a literature review examining the over-     (ADHD).” Next year, Lauren hopes to              & female Division III athletes & non-
    Class of 2006                                                                                                                                                                                      Sheila Barry, Ph.D.                            Stephen Radis, Ph.D.
                                                       diagnosis of ADHD in children.                    work in Chestertown while applying to            athletes.” Next year, Shannon plans to
                                                           Jessica Hobbs, from Ellicott City, Mary-      graduate programs.                               audition for the Radio City Music Hall
    By Julianne Marton ‘06                             land, is graduating with a major in psychol-          Brandon Metcalf, from Baltimore, is a        Rockettes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       By Julianne Marton ‘07                         By Laura Morett ‘08
                                                       ogy and a behavioral neuroscience concen-         double major in biology and psychology               Ashley E. Taylor, from Hamilton,

    T    he Psychology Department’s class of
         2006, composed of a remarkable 43
    students, has been busy. The following
                                                       tration. Her thesis is entitled “The effects of
                                                       acute estradiol injection on neuroapoptosis
                                                       in the hippocampus due to ethanol exposure
                                                                                                         with a concentration in behavioral neuro-
                                                                                                         science. His thesis is entitled “Biochemi-
                                                                                                         cal and behavioral effects of organophos-
                                                                                                                                                          New Jersey, wrote a theoretical review
                                                                                                                                                          entitled “Effects of home-life causing
                                                                                                                                                          juvenile delinquency” to fulfill her senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sheila Barry grew up in Marblehead,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Massachusetts. After receiving her B.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stephen Radis is teaching the topics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of social and personality psychology in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “General Psychology” this spring. Dr.
    are among this year’s graduates:                   during synaptogenesis.” Next year, Jessica        phate pesticides on learning in Morone           obligation in psychology.                    in psychology from Newton College of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Radis holds a bachelor’s degree in reha-
       Candace Busch, a clinical/counseling            will be attending the University of Maryland      saxatilis.” Next year, Brandon plans to              Morgan Walker, from Baltimore, has       the Sacred Heart in 1966, Sheila earned a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bilitation counseling from the University
    psychology major from Newark, Dela-                Medical School.                                   work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute            completed a senior thesis entitled “The      master’s degree in community counseling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Florida (1973), a master’s degree in
    ware, conducted a thesis entitled “How                 Jessica Knight, from Newton, New Jer-         in Baltimore while applying to medical           effect of various surgical treatments of     with a focus in family therapy from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      psychology from Washington College
    perceived parent-related self-esteem and           sey, is a psychology major with a behavioral      school.                                          breast cancer on distress and self-image.”   University of Massachusetts. She later ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (1982), and a Ph.D. in human develop-
    parental disciplinary style affect sub-            neuroscience concentration. Her thesis is             Ashley Morris, a double major in clini-      Next year, Morgan will attend Johns          quired a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ment from the University of Maryland
    stance abuse in adolescence.” Next year,           entited “The effects of long-term handling        cal/counseling psychology and sociol-            Hopkins University School of Nursing.        Loyola College in Maryland and went on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (1995). He has worked for 32 years at
    Candace plans to begin working toward a            and acute cocaine exposure on emotional           ogy from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania,                Diana Watts, from Baltimore, is          to teach in the school’s master’s program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Talbot County Health Department,
    master’s degree in social work.                    reactivity in adolescent rats.” Next year, Jes-   completed a thesis called “Investigating         graduating with a major in clinical/coun-    for several years. Sheila then opened a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      where he has coordinated, provided,
       Brandi Cherry is a clinical/counsel-            sica plans to begin her Ph.D. in neuroscience     empathy: Links to depression and reac-           seling psychology. Her thesis is entitled    private practice in Annapolis (and later
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and accessed services for people with
    ing psychology major from Washington,              and neuropharmocology at Albany Medical           tions to psychological symptoms in a             “Group therapy for at-risk girls in in-      Chestertown) where she specialized in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      developmental disabilities. Dr. Radis
    D.C. This year, she completed a thesis             College.                                          college population.” Next year, Ashley           creasing self-esteem and values.” Next       relationship therapy and eating disorders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      has taught “Family Counseling” in the
    called “The impact of colorism on the                  Kevin Marshall, from Silver Spring,           will attend graduate school in the field of       year, Diana plans to work in the field            Sheila recently closed her private prac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      psychology graduate program at Wash-
    psychological adjustment of African-               Maryland, is a psychology major with a con-       social work.                                     while applying to graduate school.           tice in order to spend more time with her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ington College and has taught numerous
    Americans’ future plans.” Following                centration in behavioral neuroscience. He             Robyn Nuttall, from Towson, Mary-                Heather Whiting, a psychology major      family. She continues teaching at Wash-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      psychology courses to nursing students
    graduation, Brandi will attend Argosy              has completed a thesis called “The effect of      land, is a clinical/counseling psychology        with a concentration in behavioral neu-      ington College because she loves being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at Wor-Wic Community College and at
    University in Washington, D.C., to obtain          prenatal stress on the bed nucleus of the stria   major. Robyn’s thesis is entitled “Explor-       roscience from Catonsville, Maryland,        involved with students who are preparing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chesapeake College. Dr. Radis currently
    a master’s degree in clinical psychology.          terminalis.”                                      ing inter-domain transfer between math           completed a senior thesis called: “Effects   to enter the field of clinical/counseling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      works at For All Seasons, Inc. Counsel-
       Heather Dewey, a clinical/counsel-                  Julianne Marton, a clinical/counseling        and music: Do those who can detect pitch         of stress on communication between the       psychology. Sheila’s recent course offer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing Center, specializing in men’s issues,
    ing psychology major from Baltimore,               psychology major from Laurel, Maryland,           relationships perform better in math?”           immune and nervous systems.” Next            ings include “Lifespan-Developmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      anger management, and adolescent sex
    completed a thesis called “Sex education:          conducted a thesis entitled “The effect of        Next year, she plans to work in the field         year, Heather will attend medical school.    Psychology,” “Theories and Processes of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      offender treatment concerns. In his free
    What effect does it have on knowledge              violence in sexually explicit material on col-    while applying to graduate school.                   Brie Williams, from Washington,          Counseling,” and special topics courses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      time, Dr. Radis enjoys running, biking,
    and could it have on risk-taking behav-            lege students’ acceptance of rape myths, em-          Lexi Paza, from Williamsport, Mary-          D.C., wrote a thesis called “What’s my       such as “The Helping Relationship.” •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      canoeing, camping, golf, and surfing. •
    ior?” Next year, Heather will attend               pathy, and stress levels.” Next year, Julianne    land, is a double major in clinical/counsel-     motivation? Altruism on the college cam-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lindy Lewis, Ph.D.                             Ralph Surette, Ph.D.
    graduate school to obtain a master’s de-           will begin her master’s degree in social work     ing psychology and sociology. This year,         pus.” Next year, Brie plans to work and
    gree in clinical psychology.                       at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.        she completed a senior thesis entitled           attend graduate school.
       Matthew Harding, from Bel Air,                      Lauren Frances McCartney is a clinical/       “Stereotypes associated with speakers of             Joe Wilson, from Columbia, Mary-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       By Amara Stuehling ‘07                         By Caitlyn Onyx ‘07
                                                       counseling psychology major from Dry Run,         non-standard American English dialects.”         land, has completed a thesis entitled
    Below: The Psychology Department’s class of 2006   Pennsylvania. This year, she completed a          Next year, she plans to seek employment          “The effect of explanatory style on ath-         Lindy Lewis received a B.S. from               Ralph Surette first came to Wash-
    pictured in Litrenta Hall during senior seminar.   thesis entitled “Working memory differences       in a non-profit organization that focuses         letic performance.” Next year, Joe will      Salisbury University and an M.S.W. and         ington College to give a talk on gender
                                                                                                         on community programs and to continue            attend the University of Baltimore.          Ph.D. from the University of Maryland          differences about ten years ago and has
                                                                                                         her education at some point in the future            Keith Zickar, from Pasadena, Mary-       – Baltimore. He taught in the School of        taught as an adjunct professor in the
                                                                                                         with a master’s degree program.                  land, has conducted a thesis entitled:       Social Work at the University of Maryland      Psychology Department since 2003. This
                                                                                                             Michael Philipp, from Newark, Dela-          “Differences between actual body size        for ten years, and he currently teaches        semester, he is teaching his first under-
                                                                                                         ware, is a double major in psychology            and perceived body size.” •                  several courses in the Community Mental        graduate course at Washington College,
                                                                                                         and sociology. Michael’s thesis is called                                                     Health Program at Southern New Hamp-           “Personality,” which he is enjoying im-
                                                                                                         “Effects of leadership style on group co-                                                     shire University. Dr. Lewis serves as the      mensely.
                                                                                                         hesion.” Following graduation, Michael                                                        Regional Director for Delmarva Fam-                Dr. Surette received his B.A. from
                                                                                                         plans to work for Americorps.                                                                 ily Resources, a group of mental health        Boston College and his Ph.D. from Cath-
                                                                                                             Stacy Ritter, from Millersville, Mary-                                                    clinics located on the Eastern Shore of        olic University in Washington D.C. With
                                                                                                         land, is a double major in psychology and                                                     Maryland and in Baltimore, and works as        almost forty years of practice, he began
                                                                                                         sociology. This year, she conducted an                                                        a program evaluator and consultant for         his career in teaching in Minnesota at St.
                                                                                                         experiment called “Suicide of the body:                                                       various human service programs includ-         Thomas University for five years before
                                                                                                         The relationship between body image and                                                       ing the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware,      returning to D.C. as a staff psychologist
                                                                                                         suicidal ideation.” Next year, Stacy will                                                     Talbot County Local Management Board,          for the Georgetown University Counsel-
                                                                                                         begin working toward her M.S.W. at the                                                        and Safe Passages (a juvenile delinquency      ing Center. Dr. Surette then spent four
     Photo: Robyn Nuttall ‘06

                                                                                                         University of Maryland School of Social                                                       day treatment program located in Prince        years as the clinical director of inpatient
                                                                                                         Work.                                                                                         George’s County). Dr. Lewis is teach-          substance abuse treatment at Providence
                                                                                                             Julie Smith, from Philadelphia, com-                                                      ing the course “Drugs and Behavior” this       Hospital in Washington D.C. In 1974, he
                                                                                                         pleted a thesis entitled “Comparisons in                                                      semester. He observes that the students        opened a private practice in Alexandria,
                                                                                                         self-esteem between LD/ADHD students                                                          at Washington College are very polite and      Virginia, and remained there until his
                                                                                                         and non-LD/ADHD students.”                                                                    attentive and he says that he is enjoying      move to Rock Hall with his wife last
                                                                                                              Shannon McCully, from Waldorf,                                                           his stay here. •                               year. •

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                                                                                                                 New Facility...                                                                                       ...New Research Ideas!
    Katherine Cameron, Ph.D.                                           Michael Kerchner, Ph.D.                                             Lauren Littlefield, Ph.D.                                                    Kevin McKillop, Ph.D.                                              James Siemen, Ph.D.                                                  George Spilich, Ph.D.
    By Laura Morett ‘08                                                By Elaine Pranski ‘07                                               By Christine DiEleuterio ‘09                                                 By Laura Morett ‘08                                                By Capella Meurer ‘09                                                By Amara Stuehling ‘08

        Like many of the other faculty in the                              Dr. Michael Kerchner is the beneficiary                              Dr. Lauren Littlefield is a top-secret                                        Dr. Kevin McKillop, Washington Col-                                The first thing I saw when I walked into                              Dr. George Spilich, John Toll Pro-
    Psychology Department, Dr. Katherine                               of a large expansion of the facilities devoted                      spy in her new labs in Dunning-Decker!                                       lege’s social psychologist, has benefited                           Dr. Jim Siemen’s new research lab was a                              fessor of Psychology, is excited about
    Cameron is excited about the re-open-                              to neuroscience and animal cognition re-                            The psychological observation suite con-                                     immensely from the recent renovation of                            treadmill. Work out much, Jim? Well, the                             the new research facilities in Dunning-
    ing of Dunning-Decker. “The new fa-                                search. The neuroscience wing of the Psy-                           tains three rooms used for experiments                                       the Dunning-Decker science building.                               subjects in the tests to be conducted will be.                       Decker. “All of the professors and stu-
    cilities allow more students, especially                           chology Department, located on the second                           and practicing counseling skills. Each                                           The new social psychology lab, which                           According to Jim, there will be all manner                           dents will share the new labs, working
    underclassmen, to participate in original                          floor of Dunning-Decker, contains a cogni-                           room within the unit is separate from the                                    is three times larger than the old lab, con-                       of medical gadgets besides the treadmill,                            on current projects side-by-side,” Dr.
    research,” says Dr. Cameron. “I think it                           tion lab, a behavioral pharmacology lab, a                          others; the first is set up for use with chil-                                sists of several cubicles for survey pur-                          including cardiac monitors, pulse oximeters,                         Spilich said. “It’s more interesting to
    will increase student interest in the be-                          neurohistology lab, and an animal research                          dren, the second will be used for observ-                                    poses, a large lab space that doubles as a                         devices to measure skin temperature, and an                          have a space for everyone to use rather
    havioral neuroscience concentration, and                           suite and is home to a psychosurgery lab that                       ing adults, and the third is designed to                                     seminar room for the experimental social                           electromyographic apparatus. So, what’s all                          than having my own lab.” He went on
    the overall quality of the projects will                           contains a $30,000 piece of equipment used                          look like a living room. The observation                                     psychology class, and an observation                               this fancy equipment going to be used for?                           to talk about the benefits of the new ar-
    probably improve.”                                                 to create slides of neural cells. The state-                        suite is equipped with one-way mirrors                                       and control room equipped with digital                             Jim says that his research facilities are go-                        rangement: “The new space will allow
        The new facilities include two new                             of-the-art vivarium, used for the housing,                          and video cameras that feed to computers                                     video recording and editing equipment.                             ing to be predominantly used by his “Health                          for classes to be taught in a very modern
    laboratories, a cognitive neuroscience                             breeding, and quarantining of mice and rats,                        in the adjoining room, making it pos-                                        “The new lab and video equipment will                              Psychology” class, although he may use it                            way.” Dr. Spilich explained how the de-
    computer lab and an EEG/ERP research                               is soundproofed, environmentally controlled,                        sible to view, record, and edit sessions                                     improve the quality of the social psy-                             from time to time to investigate different                           partment put a lot of effort into the plan-
    lab. The computer lab is used to prepare                           and fitted with a hydration system. The ani-                         for analytical and instructional purposes.                                   chology studies because it will make                               areas of interest related to biofeedback.                            ning process for the new building; for
    and present stimuli to subjects, and it                            mal cognition lab contains Skinner boxes as                         The other room that Dr. Littlefield is us-                                    them seem more believable,” says Dr.                                   Most of Jim’s scholarly activities take                          example, he and several of his colleagues
    also contains Bio-Pac equipment, which                             well as two mazes. All of the new equip-                            ing doubles as a lab and classroom for                                       McKillop. He believes that the quality                             place in a clinic rather than a lab, though.                         visited similar facilities at other colleges
    will be used to collect autonomic ner-                             ment is connected to computers capable of                           psychometric testing and contains testing                                    of the data from social psychology ex-                             As a licensed psychologist, he must ac-                              in order to plan the organization and
    vous system responses to stimuli such as                           tracking animal movements and behavior.                             equipment and forms such as I.Q. and                                         periments will also improve thanks to the                          cumulate a total of 40 hours of continuing                           structure of the wing. Dr. Spilich wants
    heart rate, respiration, and galvanic skin                             Dr. Kerchner’s primary field of research                         personality tests which will be used to                                      new facilities. “Confounding variables                             education biannually, which can take the                             the new facility to be a comfortable place
    responses. The EEG/ERP lab houses a                                is neuroendocrinlogy – that is, the effect of                       teach lab-based classes such as “Psycho-                                     such as students knowing one another                               form of seminars, courses, and training ses-                         for students to learn to use equipment,
    64-channel EEG station as well as an eye                           hormones on the nervous system. In one                              logical Testing,” “Child Assessment,”                                        will be reduced due to the new equip-                              sions. Although maintaining a license is a                           and he is also hoping that the study and
    movement tracker. The labs are a useful                            of his current research projects, he is col-                        and “Human Neuropsychology.”                                                 ment, so it follows that the results will be                       time-consuming and work-intensive process,                           gathering areas in the new wing will ap-
    resource for collaborative research proj-                          laborating with Dr. Katherine Cameron and                               The research that Dr. Littlefield is cur-                                 more reliable in the future than they have                         he says that he is more than happy to go the                         peal to students.
    ects between faculty and students.                                 several students to examine gender differ-                          rently working on uses a new method to                                       been in the past.”                                                 extra mile for his clients, many of whom he                              As a cognitive neuroscientist, Dr.
        Dr. Cameron’s research focuses pri-                            ences in the perception of facial expressions.                      assess the development of learning skills                                        Dr. McKillop’s primary research                                has treated for years. In fact, he has become                        Spilich’s research interest lies with the
    marily on the emerging field of social                              The experiment involves analyzing cortisol                          in children from pre-K to fifth grade. In                                     interests are the investigation of interper-                       so engrossed in his work with them that he                           newest piece of equipment, the transcra-
    cognitive neuroscience. “I am interested                           levels in saliva to see whether circulating                         the course of her research, Dr. Littlefield                                   sonal enmity and the effects of secret-                            can’t imagine parting with them. To put it in                        nial Doppler, which measures blood flow
    in investigating the unconscious process-                          levels of hormones have any effect on such                          has discovered that there seems to be a                                      keeping. While on sabbatical this semes-                           his own words, “they’re almost like family                           in different areas of the brain. He points
    ing of social stimuli such as unconscious                          perceptions. The newest research project                            critical developmental period between                                        ter, he is compiling the results of several                        to me.”                                                              out that it is rare to have such equip-
    attitudes,” says Dr. Cameron. “These                               that Dr. Kerchner is beginning to undertake                         kindergarten and first grade. Testing has                                     studies and experiments that he has done                               Make no mistake about it: Jim Siemen                             ment that is used only for psychological
    processes are different from those in-                             investigates the relationships between mood,                        shown that first-graders learn symbol-                                        over the past few years. In the future, he                         is “psyched” about his new facilities at                             research, especially at a small institution
    volved in conscious attitudes. They arise                          athleticism, motivation to participate in a                         word pairs much more effectively than                                        is interested in investigating racial atti-                        Washington College. Almost anything in                               such as Washington College. Dr. Spilich
    via neural networks that we are just be-                           sport, and hormones such as testosterone and                        they did when they were in kindergarten.                                     tudes and the possible link between these                          the realm of biofeedback could be studied                            also shares a 64-channel topographic
    ginning to reveal through research.”                               cortisol in members of the men’s lacrosse                               Aside from her new facilities, Dr. Lit-                                  attitudes and interpersonal enmity.                                in the shiny new health psych lab; subjects                          EEG mapper with Dr. Cameron, and
        Overall, Dr. Cameron is highly opti-                           team.                                                               tlefield has even more to be happy about.                                         In general, Dr. McKillop believes that                         will vary from year to year, thesis to thesis.                       they both plan to make use of it along
    mistic about the new facilities and equip-                             Dr. Kerchner has just begun to move into                        With a bright smile, she told me she feels                                   the new facilities and equipment will                              The mere fact that the room is so versatile                          with students. Right now, Dr. Spilich
    ment. “Psychology is already one of the                            the new behavioral neuroscience teaching                            that faculty and students “did many great                                    increase interest in the field of social                            illustrates what a boon the new science wing                         is performing several research projects
    most popular majors on campus, and the                             laboratories. He is enthusiastic about the                          things with the resources [they] had in                                      psychology. “It is a fascinating area of                           is to the campus and the Psychology Depart-                          in cognitive neuroscience related to a
    new facility will increase the visibility of                       new resources for student research and labo-                        the past.” She feels that much more can                                      study,” sid Dr. McKillop. “Hopefully,                              ment in particular. According to Jim, having                         textbook that he is writing entitled Mind,
    the program even more. With the open-                              ratory instruction and he is planning to take                       be done with the added resources and she                                     more students will become aware of it                              the new building is “like being on vacation.”                        Brain, and Consciousness. Through the
    ing of the new facility, we now have the                           full advantage of it beginning in fall 2006. •                      likes the fact that the labs will also be                                    and will become interested in learning                             Well, here’s to a productive vacation! •                             textbook, he hopes to bring the teaching
    tools to perform cutting-edge research in                                                                                              available for group study or independent                                     more about it.” •                                                                                                                       style that is characteristic of the Psychol-
    neuroscience.” •                                                                                                                       research projects. •                                                                                                                                                                                                 ogy Department at Washington College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to undergraduates elsewhere. •

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                                             Photo: Laura Morett ‘08

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                                                  From Indifference to Ardor:                          At t e n t i on
    How Art Heals: A Talk by
                                                  A Talk by Craig Kinsley,                          Psychology Alumni!
    Shaun McNiff, Ph.D.
    By Amara Stuehling ‘08                        By Laura Morett ‘08
                                                                                                    Do you have any news to share with us?

        On February 22, Dr. Shaun McNiff              On March 1, Dr. Craig Kinsley from Uni-         Would you like to get in touch with
    from Lesley University gave a talk about      versity of Richmond gave a talk about his           former professors or old friends?
    art therapy. He explained how he came         ongoing study concerning the way in which
    to work with art therapy, what he has         maternity changes the female brain. The           Would you like to become more involved
    learned from it, and how art can change       study has shown that changes in hormone               the Psychology Department?
    people’s lives for the better. Dr. McNiff     levels and motivation are largely responsible
    has spent his professional life in creative   for the neurological modifications of the ma-
    arts therapy and has experienced first-        ternal brain such as increases in the number
    hand how it can help people. During the       of dendritic spines as well as decreases in the
                                                                                                      If so, please contact
    talk, he displayed artwork from his early     number of potentially detrimental Amyloid                   Dr. George Spilich
    experiences and shared the stories of         Precursor Proteins (APP’s) in the brain. In
    some of his patients. “Art is something       addition, the study has shown that maternity
    that gives the patients dignity and pride,”   causes enhancements in learning and visuo-                   (410) 778-7734
    Dr. McNiff explained. At the end of the       spatial capacities.                                              - or -
    talk, Dr. McNiff emphasized the role of           In addition to examining the neural
    art in mental health advocacy by saying       changes in maternal females, the experi-                    Dr. Lauren Littlefield
    that art is a way to educate the world        menters investigated changes in the paternal           <>
    about life in the asylum. He closed by        brain with males as well as neurological                       (410) 810-7152
    saying that he really learned how to paint    differences between typical and aggressive
    in a mental hospital alongside his pa-        maternal females. Overall, the research
    tients. Overall, Dr. McNiff was enthusi-      showed that mothers undergo a re-organiza-
    astic about the subject of art therapy and    tion of the brain that is beneficial to them in
    he left the audience with the idea that art   many ways and perhaps even protective in
    can help anyone. •                            the long run. •

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