Student and Faculty Collaborative Research
Psychology and Neuroscience majors often collaborate with their professors on meaningful research. These projects can lead to research internships, presentations at national conferences, or even being published — and sometimes, all three.
Title: Coping Strategies and Mental Health during the Transition to Parenthood
Authors: Anna C. Pearson ‘20, Audrey J. Smith ‘19, and Susanne N. Biehle, Ph.D.
Abstract: This study examines coping strategies utilized by first-time parents to determine which types of coping strategies may influence mental health outcomes during the transition to parenthood. Results indicated that emotion-focused coping had negative ramifications for both parents and problem-focused coping had a positive influence but only for fathers.
Title: Differences in Coping from Pregnancy to 1-Month Postpartum
Authors: Audrey J. Smith ‘19, Meghan Ringler ‘18, and Susanne N. Biehle, Ph.D.
Abstract: This study examines first-time mothers and fathers coping during the third trimester of pregnancy and at 1-month postpartum. Results indicated that mothers engaged in significantly more coping at 1-month postpartum than during pregnancy. For fathers, there was no significant difference in overall coping across time.
Title: Investigating Coping Strategies and Sex Differences in Expectant Parents
Authors: Natalie A. Sheeks ‘18, Berenice Contreras ‘19, Chloe Boensch ‘19, and Susanne N. Biehle, Ph.D.
Note: Natalie will be pursuing her MA in clinical psychology at the University of Dayton after graduation.
Abstract: The current study examines sex differences in coping mechanisms for expecting parents. Results indicate that during both pregnancy and 1-month postpartum there were significant sex differences with mothers employing more overall coping than fathers during pregnancy, as well as a significant difference in the strategies of coping utilized.
Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience
Emily Budde, Clara Boettcher, Nicole Smith, and Jacob Eccles
Emily Budde presenting at mGluRs (Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience)
Title: Neural Correlates of Ethical Decision Making: Why Do We Do Bad Things?
Nicole Smith presenting at mGluRs (Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience)
Title: Impaired Attention in Patients with Early Phase Psychosis