Academic Research

SANCTUARY FOR FAMILIES PROGRAM EVALUATION

PROGRAM EVALUATOR

At Sanctuary for Families, we strive to provide services that we know our clients will benefit from.  Program evaluations are essential to ensuring the services we are providing are of the highest quality.  Therefore, I am currently leading a program evaluation of our Clinical and Economic Empowerment Programs.  This includes coordinating with directors and staff, researching tried and tested surveys, implementing the surveys, and conducting analysis, synthesis, and eventual publication.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY COGNITION & LEARNING LAB

LAB MANAGER

At Temple University, I managed and created the foundation for the brand new lab. I laid down the groundwork and established relationships with neighboring elementary and high schools, established lab protocols, creating their website, and helped launch numerous research projects.  I was also in charge of researching and assembling reliable and valid surveys as well as survey administration.  By managing two undergraduate students and a graduate student, I learned the importance of organization, delegation, and supervision.  Research topics included theory of intelligence and number line interventions.

THE BULLYING PROJECT

INDEPENDENT STUDY

I designed and implemented a cross-sectional experimental research project in which the relationship between social appraisal and peer victimization was examined in 5th and 6th graders as well as college students. Previous research has shown a negative relationship between social appraisals, how we interpret interpersonal situations, and history of peer victimization. However, no one had attempted to manipulate those appraisals. After recruiting 88 5th and 6th graders and 108 college students, participants were given either positive, negative, or neutral vignettes of peer interactions before having to appraise ambiguous social situations. While the manipulation had no significant effect, previous findings were supported. Meaning, participants who experienced more victimization interpreted ambiguous social situations more negatively. This was a Psi Chi grant funded project. Results were presented at Earlham’s Annual Research Conference and MAUPRC.

SOCIAL RESEARCH LAB

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

In this research lab, we designed and implemented unique experimental designs to learn more about a variety of social psychological phenomenon. For example, we collected data concerning the effects of body positions on mood in college students. We also investigated participants’ physiological reactions to applying group identifications to gender non-conforming students.

PEER RELATIONSHIPS LAB

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Our goal was to better understand peer relationships within the age range of 10-14 years of age. I contacted 30 participants each semester for daily diary phone interviews, assisted the principal investigator with collecting sociometric data, and collaborated with my peers to create and implement unique experimental designs. One of our experiments observed the effects of ostracism on risk taking behavior in college students. Please feel free to check out our publications here.

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