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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