It is essential for students of Psychology to understand the scientific basis of their discipline and to gain experience in evaluating and conducting scientific research studies.
All psychology majors at MU are required to take a two-semester 6-credit research sequence, which culminates in presentation of their empirical research at Misericordia's annual Student Research Day. Students desiring additional research experience can also take two elective courses: Research Group (PSY 300), which involves working on a faculty member's research team, and Independent Research (PSY 490), which requires students to conduct an original research study under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students can also apply to participate in the Summer Student Research Fellowship Program and work with a faculty member on his/her research. Student Research Grants (up to $1000) are available to students to help fund their research and/or support conference attendance. There are also occasional opportunities for students to apply for paid positions as Research Assistants, who help faculty with grant-supported research.
Independent research projects conducted by students have been presented at prestigious regional and national conferences (see list below).
Independent research projects conducted by students have been presented at prestigious regional and national conferences:
Cordasco, R., Swanson, K., Nordstrom A.H., & Massey, S. (2015, March). Can you handle it?: Coping and satisfaction among health science graduate students. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. [Winner of the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Poster Award]
Lieberman, A., Gough, K., Nordstrom, A.H., & Masey, S. (2015, March). I have no idea what I am doing!: Study strategies, copy styles, and GPA among graduate students in health sciences. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Slack, K., Huxta, T., Nordstrom A.H., & Massey, S. (2015, March). A cross-gender examination of family stress, physical and mental health in graduate students. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Nowalis, S., & Nordstrom A.H. (2014, March). Parenting styles as predictors of mental health, substance use and adjustment in emerging adults. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
LaJeuness, C., Cusatis, M., Deccico, A. (2012, March). Psychology on My Campus: How it Prepares Students in Several Career Paths. Presented at the 26th Annual Teaching of Psychology Conference, Tarrytown, NY.
Gioviono, R., & Demuysere, M. (2011, May). It pays to be friendly: Perceptions of physical attractiveness and positive and negative attributes in relation to gender and friendly or rude behavior. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. (Research Advisors: LaJeunesse & Hiester)
Bobrowski, M., Nordstrom, A.H., Hiester, M., & Swenson, L.M. (2010, May). Self-efficacy and locus of control as predictors of academic adjustment across genders. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 22nd Annual Conference in Boston, MA.
Nitowski, A., Nordstrom, A.H., Swenson, L.M., & Hiester, M. (2009, March). Examining the role of parental control and attachment in relationships with college peers. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.