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Psychology

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.

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 ...

Kayla Cody '15
Kayla Cody ’15 Conducting Mental Health Research With Boston Professor

“It's funny how the teacher usually ends up doing the most learning,” Kayla Cody ’15 admitted in regard to her time at the New England Center for Children (NECC). According to Cody, it was her time at the Center in the spring that solidified her passion for children and mental health. This summer, Cody is conducting research with Boston University Assistant Professor of Special Education Dr. Jennifer Green on mental health care services and treatment options for children in the U.S.  More ...

Kate Cieplicki '16, outside of her internship at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia.
A World in Transition: Transgender Research and Advocacy in Philadelphia

In May, New York State Medicare updated its services to include sex reassignment surgery for diagnosed cases of gender dysphoria, the medical term for individuals suffering from a discrepancy between their birth sex and mental gender. Although civil rights for the LGBT community are more permissive than they ever have been, much reform is still needed for this community to experience equality. Kate Cieplicki ’16, a psychology and women’s studies double major, is working in Philadelphia this summer to advance support services for LGBT individuals.  More ...

Abigail Keim '15
Abigail Keim ’15 Interns at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Abigail Keim ’15, with support from the Dan Fielding ’07 Fund, is applying her interest in psychology by interning at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence this summer. The Center for Emotional Intelligence is a research laboratory at Yale University that examines, as Keim put it, “the extent to which emotional intelligence currently affects people’s actions, experiences, and relationships.”  More ...

Rachel Hirsch '15
Help Wanted: Rachel Hirsch ’15 Interns at Warner Music Group HR

Although some job seekers complain about having to complete lengthy applications and of delayed responses from employers, finding the right person for an available position is an involved process. This summer, Rachel Hirsch ’15, a psychology major and mathematics minor, is working as a recruiting intern with the Human Resources department at the Warner Music Group (WMG) in New York City. She found the internship online and received support through the Career Center from the Joseph F. Anderson ’44 internship fund.  More ...

Hobgood ’15 and DeVinney ’15 Research ADHD Symptomatology

Courtney Hobgood ’15 and Josh DeVinney ’15 are spending the summer researching ADHD symptomatology (the set of characteristics associated with ADHD) under the direction of Associate Professor of Psychology Tara McKee. Their research focuses on college students, using data collected by Professor McKee and Hamilton College.  More ...

Rosmery Rodriguez '15 works with a child at her internship at The New England Center for Children.
Rosmery Rodriguez ’15 is Intern at New England Center for Children

The New England Center for Children (NECC), a school for children diagnosed with autism, has a long-standing close relationship with Hamilton College.  NECC was founded by Hamilton alumnus, Vincent Strully Jr. ’69, who serves as chief executive officer. Each semester, students interested in education and psychology work and take courses there as part of Hamilton’s cooperative education program, managed by James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology Jonathan Vaughan.  Rosmery Rodriguez ’15 is interning as a full-time teacher with the Center’s students this summer.  More ...

Isaac Handley-Miner '14
Handley-Miner Interns at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Isaac Handley-Miner ’14 is combining his interests in education and psychology through an internship this summer with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. With funding from the Joseph F. Anderson ’44 Internship Fund, he is studying the applications of emotional intelligence and gaining valuable laboratory experience.  More ...

Allison Reeder '14
Reeder '14 Undertakes Neurological Disorder Research

Reserach has found that it’s more startling to hear a single loud sound than a soft sound followed by a loud sound. This neurological phenomenon is called pre-pulse inhibition and exists so that the body can adapt to loud stimuli when it is supplied with a warning. Allison Reeder ’14 has been awarded a science summer research grant to study pre-pulse inhibition in rats under the direction of Stone Professor of Psychology Douglas Weldon.  More ...

Beril Esen, Jose Mendez and Susannah Parkin.
Students’ Research Shows People Not Always as Confident as They Seem

Over the past several decades, psychologists have placed a growing level of importance on bringing up children with high self-esteem, but according to the research of Beril Esen ’13, Susannah Parkin ’13 and Jose Mendez ’14, a person’s level of self-esteem is not always what it appears to be.  More ...

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