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