Psychology

The Effects of Social Support and Types of Abuse on Substance Abuse

    Author Name(s) Maritza Santos Faculty Advisor(s) HyeSun Lee Abstract Social support services are currently emerging and embedded into our society in order to benefit people from abusive and toxic home environments. However, there is not much information on whether people who have used social support services are actually benefitting from these social services and whether their potential substance abuse can be related to the effectiveness of these services. The data… Read More »The Effects of Social Support and Types of Abuse on Substance Abuse

    The role of psychological intervention in recovery from traumatic spinal cord injury

      Author Name(s) Macon McIntyre Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Barbara Thayer Abstract According the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide has been steadily increasing as a cause of death since the turn of the century (HHS, 2021). Specifically, individuals with traumatic spinal cord injuries are at an increased risk of suicide compared to the general population. The current evidence-based best practice is cognitive behavioral… Read More »The role of psychological intervention in recovery from traumatic spinal cord injury

      A Literature Review of Music and Test Anxiety: A Psychological and Physical Perspective

      Author Name(s) Mikela Keefer Faculty Advisor(s) Amira Ibrahim Abstract Taking an exam is never easy, students are bound to feel a certain amount of anxiety. Would music help students out of this anxious state? Or would it cause more of a hindrance? Test anxiety is known to interfere with exam performance. Specifically, the cognitive interference and worry that’s caused by test anxiety can lead to difficulty in understanding the exam… Read More »A Literature Review of Music and Test Anxiety: A Psychological and Physical Perspective

      Math Anxiety and STEM Student Achievement

      Author Name(s) Jin Jones Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Amira Ibrahim Abstract There is a substantial increase in demand for higher education in the domains of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Math education is an important component in STEM learning and student success, especially lower division math courses. However, math anxiety (MA) impacts how sufficiently students are able to benefit from such learning opportunities. Math anxiety can be defined as a… Read More »Math Anxiety and STEM Student Achievement

      Student Motivation and Virtual Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

        Author Name(s) Christabelle Angeles Faculty Advisor(s) Amira Ibrahim Abstract The popularity and availability of online classes in higher education has increased in recent years for numerous reasons. While students may have more flexibility in online classes, students may also find it more difficult to stay motivated with their classwork in virtual courses. Motivation plays an influential role in online learning for college students. Previous research highlights the importance of student… Read More »Student Motivation and Virtual Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

        Psychological Resilience of High Risk Occupational Workers

          Author Name(s) Zachary Ngo Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Amira Ibrahim Abstract Stressors are inherent in high risk work environments (e.g. jobs with an increased likelihood of exposure to traumatic events and bodily harm), but it is important to try and understand how stressors in these environments can be minimized or controlled for. A highly stressful work environment can impede high risk employees (e.g. law enforcement personnel, military personnel, and firefighters) from… Read More »Psychological Resilience of High Risk Occupational Workers

          Prediction of substance use using Chronic Strain and Self-Esteem

          Author Name(s) Erica Dorman Faculty Advisor(s) HyeSun Lee Abstract This research investigated whether chronic strain and self-esteem can significantly predict substance use problems. Chronic strain in this study is defined by various stressful life events. The literature stated that higher self-esteem has been associated with avoidance and reduced substance use (Carvajal et al., 1998; Emery et al., 1993). Chronic substance use was associated with psychological strain (Preston, 2006). To look… Read More »Prediction of substance use using Chronic Strain and Self-Esteem

          Is the criminal Justice system taking the necessary steps to support inmate mental health?

            Author Name(s) Austin Pancratz Faculty Advisor(s) HyeSun Lee Abstract With the highest number of incarcerated people in the world, prison reform is long overdue in the United States. There has been some pressure on our criminal justice system to implement certain types of prison reform but these issues usually don’t take priority. From overcrowding to violence and racism, the prison system has many issues that still need improvement. One of… Read More »Is the criminal Justice system taking the necessary steps to support inmate mental health?

            E-Learning’s Effect on Students’ Feelings of Career Preparedness​

              Author Name(s) Alicia Carr Faculty Advisor(s) Amira Ibrahim Abstract The coronavirus pandemic has changed the face of education. While online courses have become a popular alternative to in-person learning, due to their flexibility and low cost, students in programs such as nursing, education, and the arts rely on experiences they cannot get through a screen. COVID-19 took these valuable experiences away from students in nursing, education, and the arts, transforming… Read More »E-Learning’s Effect on Students’ Feelings of Career Preparedness​