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									         WSU DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
                                        NEWSLETTER (Vol. 4)
Welcome back to a new academic year at the Department of Psychology at Weber State University. We
are so glad you have returned and are looking forward to a great year!

       FROM THE CHAIR                 MAJOR ADVISING TIPS                Freshmen
 The department has lots of new       The Psychology faculty has         Freshmen who already know
 and exciting things going on this    made recommendations of            that psychology is for them will
 year. We have a new addition to      the courses which best satisfy     have lots of opportunities to
 our faculty, Melinda Russell-        each required area.                plan a thoughtful and balanced
 Stamp. You can read about her                                           schedule of courses. Speak to an
 on page 3. Also on page 3 you                                           advisor about the opportunities
                                      Area 2: Biological Basis of
 can read about new Fall courses.     Behavior. The faculty advise       that might be available to you
 Science and Practice of              Biopsychology (Psy 2730).          by way of lower division
 Psychology (Psy 2010) is taught                                         research course, reading course,
 by Dr. Kay and prepares students     Area 3: Affective, Cognitive       or other courses and activities.
 for the major or minor. New          & Behavioral. The faculty
 seminar courses (each is Psy         recommend either Cognition         Sophomore Majors
 4900) include Health Psychology      (Psy 3500) or Conditioning         This year you should try to
 taught by Dr. Fowler and             and Learning (Psy 3250).           complete the majority of your
 Psycholinguistics taught Dr.                                            Gen. Ed. courses, particularly
                                      Area 4: Abnormal and               courses necessary to complete
 Ashley. Finally, there is one
                                      Therapeutics. The faculty          the Quantitative Literacy (QL)
 credit lecture series (Psy 4990)
                                      council Abnormal Psych (Psy        requirement (note below). The
 in which students attend research
                                      3010) and either Introduction      MATH QL is a prerequisite for
 presentations by Psychology
                                      to Counseling Theories (Psy        Psy 3600 (Statistics), a good
 faculty members.
                                      4310) or Tests &                   course to complete sophomore
                                      Measurement (Psy 4760).            year. If you are interested in
 To keep informed about what is
 going on, talk regularly to your                                        graduate school, this is the year
                                      Area 5: Social and                 you get serious, in case you
 advisor. Good luck this year,        Developmental. The faculty
 make it a good one!                                                     haven't yet. Shoot for a 3.0+
                                      suggest either Child (Psy          GPA, and sharpen your focus
                                      3000) or Adolescent (Psy           on the future.
 Eric Amsel                           3140) Psychology and either
                                      Social Psychology (Psy                   QL Requirement
                                      3460) or Personality Theories       Psych Statistics (Psy 3600)
     FINDING AN ADVISOR               (Psy 3430).
 See your advisor before                                                  accepts ONLY a Math QL
 registration to help you choose                                          (Math 1020, 1030, 1040,
 classes and solve problems. Your                                         1080) course and not Phil
                                          Advising Action Plans
 advisor can also serve a primary                                         2200 as a prerequisite. To
                                     There is much to do to prepare
 source of information for career                                         enroll in Psy 3600, a
                                     for graduation! What follows is a
 planning. To find out who your                                           requirement for Psy 3610
                                     general action plan for you,
 advisor is, see Becky Barlow in                                          (Methods), you must
                                     depending on whether you are a
 the Psychology Office (SS 370)      freshman (0-30 credit hours)         complete a MATH QL
 or call 626-6247.                                                        course!
                                     sophomore (31-60), junior (61-
                                     90), or senior (91-120).
Junior Majors                          Senior Majors                          2. A list of your accomplish-
Get involved in activities that will   One more year and you're on to         ments and positive character-istics.
supplement your psych-ology            new horizons. By now, you should
course work. Check with your           begin requesting applications for      3. All relevant forms from
advisor or other faculty members       graduate school or potential           graduate schools or employers
about such activities (e.g.,           employ-ment. Talk with faculty         (with appropriate information
volunteering in schools or local       members about ideas, possibilities     filled out).
agencies, independent study,           and strategies. The more of us you
becoming a SI in the department,       talk with, the better you are          4. Stamped and addressed
working with a faculty member on       informed.                              envelops for easy mailing.
research or a project, going to
conferences, or studying abroad).      Psychology students have taken         Have all your materials in a very
                                       various paths after graduation.        presentable package. The folder
Everyone with whom you will be         From talking to the students we can    should have your name on the tab.
competing for a job or for a place     assure you of one thing: If you have   Type everything and type it neatly.
in a graduate program will have        exhibited overall quality              It is very important to provide your
completed college, most of them        performance at Weber State             letter writer with all relevant
with strong grades. What will          University, you'll be fine in          details of your goals and
make you stand out from the            graduate programs or related           accomplishments. Finally, give lots
crowd? How will you have               employment. Our graduates              of lead time to the person from
demonstrated your commitment?          consistently report they were          whom you have asked a letter who
You need more than good grades         exceptionally well prepared!           is probably very busy. Finally,
on your course work.                                                          check up on whether the
                                       A sample of graduate schools that      recommendations were completed.
Talk to your advisor or the            WSU psychology students have
Department chair (Eric Amsel,          been accepted include: Brigham                   Things To Do
626-7132) about your career plans      Young University, Bowling Green
and whether your preparations are      University, Clark University,           Join a club/honor society: Our
adequate!                              Harvard University, Northern            department has an active
                                       Illinois University, Penn State,        Psychology club and Psi Chi
It is not too early to prepare for the Radford College, University of          chapter. Watch for Psi Chi
GREs, a required exam of those         Utah, University of Washington,         sponsored lectures, events, and
preparing for graduate school in       University of Nevada, Reno,             activities. See Dr. Shaw about
psychology or a related discipline. University of Washington, Utah             getting involved.
There are similar exams for other State University, and Vanderbilt.
professional schools include the                                               Go to a conference: Psych
LSAT (Law) and MCAT                    Recommendation Letters:                 students often present their
(Medicine). You could begin a self Whether you are applying to                 research at the Rocky Mountain
assessment and work on the weak graduate school or a job, you will             Psychology Association
areas.                                 likely need a letter of                 (RMPA) meeting, which will be
                                       recommendation. Don’t be                in Boise ID this year.
Everyone can boost scores by           nervous to ask faculty members
building skills. Bookstores carry      for them; it’s their job to write       Computer Lab: A new student
review and practice materials.         them! For each person you are           computer lab is up and running
Find out about test preparation        asking, have a manila folder            in the department. Talk to your
courses. The University of Utah        containing the following:               Psychology Professor about
has a great one and an equally                                                 login privilege
good one is offered at WSU.            1. Your resume (or vita). If don’t
Look into it. These tests are very know how to write one, contact              Department Web Site: Check
important; be prepared for them!       Career Services.                        the new department web site:
                                                                               http://weber.edu/psychology
                               New Courses                                   New Faculty Member
     Science and Profession of                Health Psychology
            Psychology                                                       Dr. Melinda Russell Stamp was
                                                                             born in Portland, Oregon, but
                                       The course will focus on how          grew up in Salt Lake City. She
This used to be the Psychology         psychological, physiological, and
Toolkit class that was first offered                                         received her B.A. in English
                                       social factors affect health and      and Anthropology from the
in Fall 2006. This course,             illness. The course will cover
designed for students who have not                                           University of Utah in 1993.
                                       aspects of the biopsychosocial        She received her Ed.S. degree
taken Stats (Psych 3600) and           model of health, including the
Research Methods (Psy 3610), will                                            in School Psychology from the
                                       basic physiological systems           University of Kansas in 1997.
focus on a variety of skills           involved in the stress response,
necessary to successfully complete                                           In December 2006, she
                                       regulatory behaviors, eating          completed her Ph.D. in School
a Psychology major or minor.           disorders, addictive behaviors,
Topics in this course will include                                           Psychology with a minor in
                                       chronic illness, prevention, and      Autism. She worked as a school
an introduction to statistics, SPSS    methods of changing related
(computer program to run                                                     psychologist and consultant in
                                       behaviors, will be covered. This      several elementary schools in
statistical tests), and research       course counts as an upper division
design. A small research project                                             Kansas City and Topeka,
                                       course (3 hours) and can count as     Kansas. Her doctoral internship
will be used to further illustrate     an Area 2 requirement (for
these concepts. Other topics will                                            took place at Girls and Boys
                                       Psychology Majors). The course        Town (a residential treatment
include ethics, career options in      will be fun and educational, plus,
psychology, and graduate school                                              center for adolescents) where
                                       you can apply what you learn          she had the opportunity to
preparation.                           directly to your life!                conduct family and individual
Number: Psy 2010                                                             therapy, psycho-educational
                                       Number: Psy 4900                      assessments, and trainings on
Days: MWF                              Days: TTH
Time: 10:00 – 10:50                                                          such topics as eating disorders,
                                       Times: 11:30-12:45                    depression, and adolescent
Location: SS 349                       Location: SS 317
Instructor: Dr. Stueland Kay                                                 development. From 2002 to
                                       Instructor: Dr. Fowler                2007, she was a faculty member
        Research Seminar                                                     at Northwest Missouri State
                                           Psychology of Language            University where she taught
Learn about diverse research in                                              undergraduate psychology
                                       The class will focus on the           courses as well as graduate
and get to know your Psychology
                                       psychological basis of learning       courses in the school counseling
professors by attending
                                       language, comprehending               program. Her research interests
presentations given by WSU
                                       language, and producing speech.       include: bullying, school
Psychology Faculty. Every other
                                       The cognitive and social aspects of   consultation & collaboration,
week, faculty members will there
                                       spoken and written language will      conduct disorder, and positive
talk about their current research.
                                       be highlighted. Students will         psychology.
Drs. Baird, Fowler, Garza, Shaw,
                                       receive upper division credit and
Schmolesky and others will be
                                       Area 3 credit (for Psychology         Melinda is pleased to be back in
presenting their research. All
                                       majors). The course promises to       Utah with her husband and 2
students are invited but only those
                                       be a fascinating exploration of       year-old daughter, Sophia. In
who sign up will get credit.
                                       most interesting phenomena.           her spare time she enjoys
Number: Psy 4990 (1 credit)                                                  hiking, playing tennis, watching
                                       Number: Psy 4900 (3 credits)          basketball, going to movies, and
Days: F
                                       Days: MWF                             traveling.
Times: 1:00 - 1:50
                                       Times: 10:00-10:50
Location: SS 376a
                                       Location: SS 337
Instructor: Dr. Garza
                                       Instructor: Dr. Ashley
Psychology students are always very involved in research. Here is a list of students (bolded) who presented
their research at local, national, and international conferences this past year.

National Career Opportunities in Research Education and Training (November, 2006)
         1. Lybarger, J. E., Good, E. E., & Garza, A. A. (November, 2006). Circadian rhythms and law enforcement: the effects of racial
         ambiguity and practice on weapon identification.

Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (February 2007)
        2. Bench, S., Kikugawa, S., Walker R.F., MacDonough, A., Stokes, R., Amsel, E. The effect of situational factors on rational
        judgments: A dual process theory account
        3. Guzman, M., Black, T. J. & Amsel, E. Caregivers’ behaviors and attitudes regarding their children’s learning in children’s museums.
        4. Kons, K. F., Fowler, L.A. The influence of light therapy on perceived and cognitive fatigue during rapidly rotating shiftwork schedules

WSU Undergraduate Research Symposium (March 2007)
      5. Bench, S., Kikugawa, S., Walker R.F., Amsel, E. The effect of situational factors on rational judgments: a dual process theory account
      6. Griffiths J., Garza, A.A. The effects of multiple group memberships on discrimination and the possible role of cultural and contextual
      norms
      7. Guzman, M., Black, T. J. & Amsel, E. Caregivers’ behaviors and attitudes regarding their children’s learning in children’s museums.
      8. Kons, K. F., Fowler, L.A. The influence of light therapy on perceived and cognitive fatigue during rapidly rotating shiftwork schedules
      9. Mecham, V., Taylor, T., & Baird, T. Gender differences among college students and life stressors
      10. Partridge, R., Mouritsen, J., & Baird, T. The influence of gender identity on directed vs. undirected learning.
      11. Wilkerson, K., & Garza, A. Illusory correlations and stereotype formation: influences of infrequent behaviors on stereotypes of
      homosexual males
      12. Wilson C., & Fowler, L.A. Time of day effects on mental stress-related sympathetic nervous system activation in shift workers

Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (April, 2007)
       13. Butler, E., Mecham, V., Snow, Z., & Baird, T., The DISC Personality Measure as a Predictor of Social Loafing
       14. Bench, S., Kikugawa, S., Walker R.F., Amsel, E. The effect of situational factors on rational judgments: A dual process theory
       account
       15. Bodily, A., Bernas, R., Tuckfield, S., & Garza, A.A. The effects of meditation and physical exercise on cognitive functioning
       16. Guzman, M., Black, T. J. & Amsel, E. Caregivers’ behaviors and attitudes regarding their children’s learning in children’s
       museums.
       17. Mecham, V., Taylor, T., Rangel, D., Baird, T., & Kay, T., Sex differences and life stressors among college students
       18. Ogata, S., Rasmussen, T., & Kay, T. Undergraduates’ perceptions of faculty-student multiple relationships

Western Psychological Association (April, 2007)
        19. Garza, A. A., Zárate, M. A., McClure, K., Shaw, M., & Rasmussen, T. Effects of interethnic ideology on prejudice, threat, and
        diversity appreciation.
        20. Wilkerson, K., Garza, A. A., Zárate, M. A. (May, 2007). Illusory correlations and stereotype formation: Influences of
        infrequent behaviors on stereotypes of homosexual males.
        21. Griffiths, J., Wilkerson, K., Garza, A. A., & Lechuga, J. The effects of multiple group memberships on discrimination.
        22. Good, E., Lyberger, J., & Garza, A. A. The effects of shift work on weapon identification.
        23. Lyberger, J., Good, E., & Garza, A. A. The effects of racial ambiguity and shift on weapon identification.

National Conference for Undergraduate Research (April, 2007).
         24. Good, E., Lyberger, J., & Garza, A. A. The effects of shift work on weapon identification.
         25. Kons, K. & Fowler, L. A. The influence of light therapy on perceived and cognitive fatigue during rapidly rotating shiftwork
         schedules.
         26. Lyberger, J., Good, E., & Garza, A. A. Circadian rhythms and law enforcement: The effects of racial ambiguity and practice
         on weapon identification.
         27. Wilson, C. & Fowler, L. A. Time of day effects on mental stress-related sympathetic nervous system activation in shift workers.

Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill (April, 2007)
         28. Kons, K. & Fowler, L. A. The effects of timed exposure to light therapy on melatonin suppression in air traffic and weapons
         controllers: A fatigue countermeasure.

Society Research in Child Development (April 2007)
         29. Shaw, L.A., Amsel, E., Schillo, J., Bosgieter, B., Garner, J., & Thorn, M. (2007, April). Young adults’ socio-moral reasoning and
         its relation to risk-taking intentions and behavior.

Jean Piaget Society (May 2007)
         30. Amsel, E., & Frost, B. Conceptual change in psychology students understanding of the discipline.

American Psychological Association (August 2006)
        31. Kons, K. & Fowler, L. A. Controlled exposure to light therapy on melatonin suppression and fatigue.

								
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