Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

Reducing Fat Stigma in American Culture

By: Erica Stockwell-Alpert '14
Faculty Adviser: Joan Chrisler

Effectiveness of Campaigns on Stigmatizing Attitudes toward Mental Illness

By: Meg DeJong '14
Faculty Adviser: Audrey Zakriski

Defining and Cultivating Creativity in Kibera, Kenya

By: Gabrielle Arenge '14
Faculty Adviser: Audrey Zakriski

Is Self-Objectification Related to Negative Attitudes toward Menopause and Aging

By: Amy Leichliter '13
Faculty Adviser: Joan Chrisler


Student profile

Alexis Adams-Clark  Alexis Adams-Clark

Psychology, gender and women's studies

Q: Why psychology?
A: Human behavior fascinates me. The complexity of the human mind is indescribable, and it is exciting and challenging trying to figure out why we are the way we are. After taking the introductory course, I was hooked. 

Q: Most challenging or rewarding class?
A: This semester, I am taking a “Couples and Family Therapy” seminar with Professor Singer. In addition to learning about the history and techniques of therapy, we are encouraged to engage personally with the material and think about our own families and relationships.

Q: Have you done any research with faculty?
A: Since my sophomore year, I have been an active member of Professor Joan Chrisler's Feminist Psychology Research Group. In addition to assisting Professor Chrisler on some of her projects about women's health, I completed an independent study with her last year that I am going to present at the 2015 Association of Women in Psychology Conference. Currently, I am also completing an honors thesis under her supervision.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I've always been fascinated with Scandinavian culture, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it. I wandered the streets of Copenhagen, ate Danish pastries for every meal, rode my bike across the city, traveled all around Europe, and even interned at a Danish psychiatric center.

Selected courses

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Health Psychology
  • Irrational Behavior
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology of Women
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Psychology of Men and Masculinity
  • Psychology of Stress
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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