Psychology Students Present Research at State Conference

A team of USAO psychology students recently presented research at a statewide psychology conference, earning a second place award in the undergraduate competition as a result. From left are Melody Dobbins, Shireen Abbaszadeh, Cori Marsala-Quintero, Tara Zindel, Libby Brakefield, Katie Goldsmith, Veronica Miller and Ashley Hyde.

Psychology Students Present Research at State Conference


Psychology students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently had a chance to compete against 10 other schools and approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate students during the 27th Annual Oklahoma Psychological Society Research Conference. Ashley Hyde, a psychology major from Altus, placed in the top five for undergraduate research posters.

Seven upper level USAO psychology majors presented research posters at the OPS Conference held April 17 at the University of Central Oklahoma. USAO, OU, OSU, the University of Tulsa, Southwestern, UCO, OCU, Oklahoma Christian University, Langston University, Cameron University and East Central University participated in the conference.

Hyde's project, "The GIFT: A Psychometric Investigation of a New Measure of Forgiveness," placed second in the undergraduate award competition. Other students making presentations were Shireen Abbaszadeh of Norman, Cori Marsala-Quintero of Yukon, Tara Zindel of Blanchard, Libby Brakefield of Lindsay, Katie Goldsmith of Blanchard and Veronica Miller of Yukon. Tuttle student Melody Dobbins participated in the conference but did not present research.

“Each of the seven students who presented research enrolled in Research Methods in the fall 2008 semester. The goal was that by Christmas each student would have conceptualized a study, performed a comprehensive literature review and proposed methods for data collection and analysis," said Dr. Chris Walker, assistant professor of psychology.

"There were 19 students who successfully completed the Research Methods course. Those students who wanted to complete their study then enrolled in the Advanced Research Methods course in the spring. Those brave and intrepid seven students began their data collection this January and worked throughout the semester analyzing and writing up their results."

"Dr. Winn and I are very proud of each one of the students who attended and presented their research. We want to thank the USAO faculty members who allowed our students to collect data in their classes,” Walker said. Dr. Tina Winn is a professor of psychology and chair of the Division of Business and Social Science. Winn and Walker accompanied the students to the conference.