Research Opportunities

Research is a constant in the life of a psychology major, but it can come in many forms: regular coursework, independent study, the senior project, the Senior Fellowship Program or collaborative summer research with a faculty member. Students and faculty members often co-author papers that are presented at national conferences and published in leading scholarly journals. Such opportunities are available only to graduate students at many other colleges and universities.

Majors interested in applied psychology or the education of students with special needs can spend a semester at the Boston-area New England Center for Children. Here students have the opportunity to work with children with autism under expert supervision. The facility also offers courses in applied behavior analysis. Majors who primary interest is in clinical psychology can choose practical or field placements at local mental health facilities such as the Utica-Marcy Psychiatric Center.

Hayley Goodrich ’17 Looks into Binocular Rivalry in Neuroscience Research

Hayley Goodrich ’17 is replicating 2015 graduate Carly Poremba’s senior neuroscience thesis this summer in the hopes of contributing to the academic literature and research agenda surrounding binocular rivalry. Goodrich’s project, titled the Binocular Rivalry Study, seeks to test the efficacy of Poremba’s thesis conclusions regarding the postdictive effects of a later stimulus on a previously subconsciously processed stimulus.  More ...

Jamie Granskie '16
Education, Compassion Marks Jamie Granskie ’16 NEDA Internship

Jamie Granskie ’16 is making a difference this summer as an intern at the National Eating Disorders Association, headquartered in New York City. Formed in 2001, the NEDA is America’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.Granskie’s internship is supported by the Scott Steven Morris ‘86 Fund, managed through Hamilton’s Career Center.  More ...

Corinne Smith '17
Corinne Smith ’17 Addresses Sexual Assault on Campuses

Sexual assault is a significant problem on college campuses. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while they are in college. This summer, Corinne Smith ’17 is using a Levitt Summer Research Fellowship to assess sexual violence at Hamilton.  More ...

Leah Pranschke '17
Leah Pranschke ’17 Interns With HeadCount

Leah Pranschke ’17 is spending her summer in Manhattan in an internship with HeadCount, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that seeks to engage the music community in politics and social activism. HeadCount’s primary function is voter registration, which it achieves through the construction of voter registration booths at concerts throughout the country in cooperation with a constantly expanding list of major musicians and artists.  More ...

Rachael Feuerstein '16
Feuerstein ’16 Studying Holocaust Psychology

While many students undertake research projects over the summer, Rachael Feuerstein ’16 is using her vacation to pursue a particularly charged subject of study: the social psychology behind the Holocaust. Her project, "The Psychology of Evil and Perpetration: A Psychological Analysis of Why and How the Holocaust Happened," under the direction of Professor of Religious Studies Heidi Ravven and funded through a Levitt Center grant, “aims to explain why ‘good’ people do bad things, or more generally, why people can do evil, such as commit mass genocide.”  More ...

Tara McKee
McKee Presents ADHD Poster

Associate Professor of Psychology Tara McKee presented a poster on May 30 at the 5th World Congress on ADHD in Glasgow, Scotland. The poster, titled “Social-Emotional Correlates of ADHD Symptomatology in College Students,” presented the results of research conducted last summer with the help of Joshua DeVinney ’15 and Courtney Hobgood ’15  More ...

Mark Oakes, Becca Rees '16, Abby Quirk '16 and Jen Borton.
Psychology Poster Featured at Conference

Professor of Psychology Jen Borton, juniors Becca Rees and Abby Quirk, and Mark Oakes of St. Lawrence University, presented a poster on Feb. 28 at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Long Beach, Calif.  More ...

Kara Sage
Sage and Student Co-authors Publish Paper in Computers and Education

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Kara Sage published "Controlling the slides: Does clicking help adults learn?" with Hamilton student co-authors Nikole Bonacorsi '15, Sarah Izzo '15, and Abigail Quirk '16. The article was pre-published online this week in the journal Computers and Education and will appear in a forthcoming issue.  More ...

Alex Mitko '16, Katie Callahan '15, Hannah Zucker '15 and Christi Westlin '15.
Oh Say, Can You See? An Examination of Visual Attention

Scrutinizing the pages of Where’s Waldo?, searching for that pesky beanie and striped shirt, your brain is working hard to spot the elusive traveler. This summer, four students are examining various components of visual attention with Assistant Professor of Psychology Alexandra List. Katie Callahan ’15, Christi Westlin ’15 and Alex Mitko ’16 are each working on one of the three elements of the study, “Visual Attention: Failures, Dynamics and Interaction with Auditory Attention,” and Hannah Zucker ’15 is doing an interdisciplinary project.  More ...

Quirk ’16, Rees ’16 and Arcot ’16 Study Defensive Self-Esteem

This summer, Abby Quirk ’16, Becca Rees ’16 and Rohan Arcot ’16, under the guidance of Associate Professor of Psychology Jen Borton, are researching defensive self-esteem and its effect on autobiographical memory.  More ...