SURP Alumni 2013


 

Caitlin Brown

Caitlin Brown
 
 
 
 
 
Caitlin Brown attends Southern Oregon University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She has worked in Guanajuato, México as a middle school English teacher and has experience volunteering as a tutor and mentor with pre-kindergarten and high school students.  She has conducted research on several topics; including research on the link between school climate and academic achievement as well as the relationship between metamemory and false memory tendencies, which was presented at Western Psychological Association Conference in the Spring of 2012. Her research interests include social-emotional learning, culturally appropriate prevention and intervention techniques, and facilitating linguistically diverse populations within the school setting. Her summer research, conducted with Dr. Jason Downer and Sadie Hasbrouck, explored the extent that classroom characteristics and teachers’ and student’s demographic and psychological characteristics are related to the discrepancy between teacher and student perceptions of emotional support in the classroom.

 

Charity Crowell

Charity Crowell
 
 
 
 
Charity Crowell attends the University of Alabama with a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked as a teaching assistant for two years at a local Autism and Asperger’s Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program, Arts N’ Autism. Charity has also devoted two years to volunteering at a local program, Crossing Points, designed to establish authentic transition connections, between individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community to facilitate the achievement of enviable adult lifestyles. She has served as a research assistant on a variety of research projects; to include a project designed to enhance parent-focused intervention strategies for children with ASD and a project that assessed comprehension, representation, and use of visual and spatial information. Her interest is in obtaining a PhD in Clinical/School Psychology. Her summer research, conducted with Dr. Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, investigates levels of stress in pre-kindergarten teacher, predictors of teacher stress and links to teacher quality.

 

Chi-Hang Au

Chi-Hang Au
 
 
 
 
 
Chi-Hang Au attends Liberty University with a major in Psychology and a concentration in research. He has experience working with data management and analyses in research projects regarding student perception of online higher education. Currently, he serves as a teaching assistant working on test optimization for the social psychology course and a tutor for the introductory psychological statistic courses. In addition, he also serves as an officer in the Liberty University Chapter of Psi Chi Honor Society, promoting student engagement in academic psychology. His research interests center on critical thinking development and its assessment, educational measurement, and psychometrics, and he is passionate about pursuing a PhD in educational psychology and psychometrics. This summer, he has worked with Dr. Daniel Player to examine the impact of the legalization of medical marijuana on teenage aggressive behavior in school.

 

 Johanel Caceres

Johanel Caceres
 
 
 
Johanel Caceres attends Skidmore College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She has experience as a tutor for general psychology, and as an intern at a Mental Health Clinic for mentally disabled adults. Johanel is also involved in the Special Olympics Swimming at her institution, where she encourages and motivates children with autism to learn how to swim. Her long-term interests lie in the comparative research of animals and humans in hopes of further expanding on the knowledge of human behavior and development in social learning and cognitive development. This summer, she has worked with Dr. Natalia Palacios and Dr. Amanda Kibler investigating the influence of maternal and paternal acculturation to US culture on second-generation children’s vocabulary in English and Spanish.

 

  Krystal Thomas

Krystal Thomas
 
 
Krystal Thomas attends Virginia State University where she is majoring in Psychology. She has worked as a research assistant in the Developmental Psychology Lab at VSU, where she examined motivation and learning-related anxiety of minority college students. Her long-term research interests include exploring the cognitive and contextual developmental factors of minority students. She intends to pursue a PhD in educational psychology. This summer she has worked with Dr. Jason Downer to explore video based coaching to improve the impact of a Social-Emotional Learning and Literacy Curriculum on elementary school students in New York City.

 

   Mariela Castro

Mariela Castro
 
 
 
Mariela Castro attends the University of Nevada, Reno with a dual major in Psychology and Spanish. She has received both clinical and behavior experience, as she has worked as a research assistant in the Psychology department for both labs. She has also worked at P.A.T.H., a research program that provides a variety of services to adults with intellectual disabilities. Her research interests include treatment of severe problem behaviors and autism treatment. In the future she would like to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She conducted her summer research with Dr. Natalia Palacios and Dr. Amanda Kibler in exploring the literacy and language practices of Latino families of preschool age children.

 

     Micah Melia

Micah Melia
 
 
 
Micah Melia attends the University of Kansas with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. She currently serves as a Fellow for Young People For, a leadership development program sponsored by People for the American Way Foundation.  She has worked as the Development Director at the KU Center for Community Outreach and was a Research Fellow at the KU Work Group on Community Health and Development.  She hopes to pursue work related to the cultural and social factors that affect and shape educational policy, the education system, and curriculum and teaching.   Her summer research, conducted with Dr. Daniel Player, investigated how standardizing graduation requirements affects minority student outcomes.

 

Samantha Angell

Samantha Angell
 
 
Samantha Angell attends Ripon College with a major in Psychology as well as Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She works as both a tour guide for Ripon College and a Research Assistant in the Psychology department. She is a McNair Scholar, which has allowed her to extensively study marital satisfaction and its relationship to personality and values. In the future she is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in hopes of working with married couples and families. This summer she is working under Dr. Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch on the Effective Classroom Interactions, or ECI, project, which deals with online professional development for PreK teachers.