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Student 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

Anna and Audrey MPA

 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

Meghan and AudreyAuthors: 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. Natalie

 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, Clara, Nicole, Jacob

 

 

 Emily Budde, Clara Boettcher, Nicole Smith, and Jacob Eccles

 

Emily Budde

 

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

 

 Nicole Smith presenting at mGluRs (Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience)

Title: Impaired Attention in Patients with Early Phase Psychosis