Information for the 19th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

Psychological Sciences Undergraduates:

The 2021 Department of Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference will be held as a virtual conference on Wednesday, April 21, from 1:00-3:00pm. If you are working on a research project with a faculty member in Psychological Sciences and would like to participate in the conference, you are encouraged to discuss with your faculty advisor the possibility of submitting a poster. This year’s virtual conference structure will require participants to submit a PDF of the poster and a 5-10 minute voiceover PowerPoint video walkthrough of the poster by 12:00 noon Wednesday, April 14. On the day of the conference presenters will be assigned a short window (20-30 minutes, depending on number of presenters) within the overall two-hour conference, during which you will appear live via Zoom to discuss your poster and to take questions about your research.

Please submit a title and abstract to Becky Pittman ( by 12:00 noon Wednesday, April 7 (please note: your poster does not have to be completed by that date). She cannot accept any title/abstract submissions after this deadline. If you are a student currently enrolled in the Research-Focused Honors Program, please indicate that you are an RFHP presenter when you email your information. We will make note of that in the program.  

More specific details about submission of the video and procedures for the conference day will follow in the next few weeks in an informational handout. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me at the email address below.


Colin T. William, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Psychological Sciences
PSYC 1224
Purdue University
(765) 494-6921




18th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

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Click on the posters below to see the students' video presentations and provide comments and feedback.

* denotes Research-Focused Honors Program participants

Patricia Aguilar, Delta Smith

Mentors: Anita Panjawani, Ph.D., Bridgette Kelleher, Ph.D.

The Presence of Sensory Modalities in NGS Compared to LRC in the Purdue Early Phenotype Study

Margaret Becker *

Mentor: Louis Tay, Ph.D.

Organizational Pride and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Conceptual and Meta-Analytic Review

Parker Beckman

Mentor: Brandon Keehn, Ph.D.

The Effect of Perceptual Capacity on Selective Attention and Classroom Performance in College Students with ASD

Lehar Chellani

Mentor: Susan South, Ph.D., Daniel Foti, Ph.D.

Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on Neural Reactivity to Idiographic Stimuli

Abigale Collins, Chynna Fahrholz

Mentor: Daniel Foti, Ph.D., Susan South, Ph.D.

Effect of Avoidant Attachment Style on Emotional Reactivity to Partner’s Face

Kaylyn Cox

Mentor: Douglas Samuel, Ph.D.

Romantic Relationship Outcomes for Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders

Soyol Enkh-Amgalan

Mentor: Julia Chester, Ph.D.

Gene and Environment Interaction behind comorbid alcohol use disorder and Parkinson’s Disease

Mya Findley *

Mentor: Margo Monteith, Ph.D.

Perceptions of Safety and Belonging Among Minority and White People Based on Company Diversity Websites

Stacey Gall *

Mentor: Jeffrey Karpicke, Ph.D.

Effects of Talking-head and Hand-drawn Videos on Metacognition and Learning

Tessa Garwood *

Mentors: Daniel Foti, Ph.D., Bridgette Kelleher, Ph.D.

Autism Traits and Executive Function in Adult Women with the FMR1 Premutation

Kayla Goldsmid, Alexander Swan

Mentor: Franki Kung, Ph.D.

Understanding the Positive Effects of Social Class Essentialism

Christine Grosso

Mentors: Bridgette Kelleher, Ph.D., Daniel Foti, Ph.D.

Investigating Heart Rate Variability and Internalizing Symptoms Within the Context of the Mother-infant Relationship

Jordan Harris

Mentor: Yumary Ruiz, Ph.D.

Examining the Relationship Between Problematic Media Use and Well-being, Self-esteem, and Physical Activity Among Youth from Low-income Families

Samantha Howell *

Mentor: Bridgette Kelleher, Ph.D.

Kindergarten Readiness in Children with Neurogenetic Syndromes

Sakura Ito *

Mentor: Susan South, Ph.D.

The Influence of Digital Social Support on Psychopathology Outcomes

Derek Kahng *

Mentor: Margo Monteith, Ph.D.

Bystander Confrontation Effects

Natasha Lang, Selena Amador

Mentor: Douglas Samuel, Ph.D.

Understanding the Personality Trait of Overcontrol

Alexis Morell *

Mentor: Bridgette Kelleher, Ph.D.

Temperament and Heart Rate Variability During Arm Restraint in Syndromic and Non-syndromic Infants

Julia Murray, Archita Birla, Morgan Swick, Maesyn Poidomani

Mentor: Bridgette Kelleher, Ph.D.

Demographic Variety in the Neurodevelopmental Family Lab’s Study Recruitment and Enrollment

Christine Petersen *

Mentor: Robert Proctor, Ph.D.

Preferred Mapping of Arrow Keys to Scrolling Direction

Sarah Pierce *

Mentor: Brandon Keehn, Ph.D.

Associations Between Resting-state EEG Alpha-band Power and Atypical Sensory Processing and Social Communication Impairments in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Radhika Sahai

Mentor: Kristine Marceau, Ph.D.

Infant Temperament in Relation to Maternal Cortisol and Epigenetic Factors

Kendall Shrack *

Mentor: German Posada, Ph.D.

Co-Construction, Child Security, and Mother Sensitivity with 2-3-Year Old Children

Jennie Swanson

Mentor: Thomas Redick, Ph.D.

Concussion Training, Management, and Assessment Practice at Midwestern Universities

Yaqi Xu *

Mentor: Robert Proctor, Ph.D.

Influence of the Salient Tip on Spoon Compatibility Effects

Margaret Becker*

Mentor: Louis Tay, Ph.D.

Organizational Pride and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Conceptual and Meta-Analytic Review




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