The conference At a glance
Held from 10:00 am - 5:15 pm in Peabody Hall
Please use the links to navigate to different sections for more details.
11:30 am-12:30 pm, Peabody 210
Come grab a few slices of FREE pizza. Mix and mingle with conference presenters, graduate students, and faculty. Or- take your lunch to go and attend a session on Qualtrics survey building in Peabody 206.
12:30-2:20 pm, Peabody 206
3:30-4:00 pm, Peabody 206
The following awards will be recognized at the conference.
4:00-5:15 pm, Peabody 206
Dr. Murphy is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training at the University of Memphis. He is well-known for his work on the behavioral mechanisms of addictive and health risk behaviors, specifically in young adult populations.
His talk is entitled, "Novel Behavioral Economic Approaches for Measuring Substance Abuse Severity and Motivating Change." Join us for his engaging talk and help us welcome Dr. Murphy to the UM Psychology department.
10:00 - 11:30, Poster presentations
Located in Peabody 110 (computer lab in basement)
The Effects of Sceletium tortuosum in the Chick Anxiety-Depression Model
Emily M. Fountain, Zulfiqar Ali, Naohito Abe, & Ikhlas A. Khan
Cognitive processing styles influence moral impression formation: Local processing is more sensitive to moral actions than global processing
Erin D. Fowler & Elicia C. Lair
Trauma-related thoughts and beliefs: Role moral disgust, scrupulosity and race play in emotional response
Cayla S. Hari, Sarah M. Scott, & Danielle J. Maack
The Effects of Cannabidiol on Morphine Conditioned Place Preference in Mice
James R. Markos, Hannah M. Harris, Waseem Gul, Mahmoud A. ElSohly, & Kenneth J. Sufka /
Contamination Disgust and the Potential Connection to Social Phobia
Haneen Matalgah, Daniel J. Pineau, Sarah M. Scott, Brooklee L. Tynes, & Danielle J. Maack
Cognitive Fusion as a Predictor of Friendship Quality and Responses to Transgressions
Victoria D. Robinson, Brittany M. Nielsen, Emmie R. Hebert, & Stephanie E. Miller
Trigger Stimuli in Young Adults with Migraine and Tension-Type Headache
Katelyn M. Sharpe, Melanie K. Crow, Ashley N. Polk, & Todd A. Smitherman
Won't you please, please help me? How the development of helping behavior is influenced by EF and Language
Jaclyn K. Sparks, Tonya M. Vandenbrink, Stephanie E. Miller, & Carey B. Dowling
Mix and Mingle Luncheon
The department will provide free pizza and refreshments. Take the time to stop by and meet conference presenters, graduate students, and faculty in the psychology department.
Tips and Tricks for Qualtrics
Emmie R. Hebert, 11:30-12:15, Peabody 206
Learn basic and advanced techniques for building qualtrics surveys.
12:30-2:20, Featured talks
Student Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding Preparedness for Campus Crises
Christal N. Davis & Stefan Schulenberg
This study explored perceptions and attitudes toward preparedness for a campus crisis (e.g., natural and technological disasters, threat of an active shooter on campus, pandemic). Focus groups were conducted with students on various topics related to preparedness. Findings revealed complacency and lack of preparedness among students for many of the disaster types. Effective strategies that could be utilized to engage students in preparedness will be discussed.
Graduate Student Panel: What graduate school is REALLY like!
Clinical Students: Emmie Hebert, Lavina Ho, Daniel Pineau
Experimental Student: Stephen White
Ask a panel of graduate students questions about what grad school is all about. For example, you might be curious about the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, how to choose and work with a mentor, managing work-life balance, the importance of funding, job market prospects, how to get started on research, and so on. No Faculty Allowed!
Crafting Competitive Résumés and Curriculum Vitae: Dos and Don'ts
Dr. Elicia C. Lair
Ever wondered what a curriculum vita (CV) is and how it is different from a résumé? Learn what employers and graduate school admissions are looking for, and some techniques to help market yourself to these different audiences. Tips on design elements and how to tailor your content to reflect your personal experience will be discussed.
Do you want a Ph.D. in clinical psychology?
Dr. Danielle J. Maack
This talk will give an overview of the clinical psychology Ph.D. and other related degrees with reasons to pursue each. The talk will also briefly address the best ways to prepare for these programs.
Getting a head start! What new psychology majors could (and should) be doing.
Dr. Stephanie E. Miller
Did you just declare a psychology major? Are you wondering what to do with the next couple of years in the major to make yourself a more competitive graduate school or job applicant? Starting early and getting involved in opportunities outside the classroom are essential! This session will provide an overview of opportunities ranging from involvement in research laboratories, conference presentation, psychology organizations, field experience, and more!
12:30-1:45, Symposium A
Rated "O" for Offensive: Using Figure Rating Scales as a Novel Measure of Weight Bias
Joseph M. Magness, Stephanie E. Miller, & Karen A. Christoff
Weight bias is predominately assessed using explicit measures; however, these measures cannot examine all aspects of weight bias. The present study aimed to use figure rating scales as a measure of weight bias toward obese individuals from minority populations. Results suggest figure ratings assess gender and racial differences in weight bias. Protective factors against stigma exist for some obese individuals. However, more refined assessment methods are needed.
Bible Burning, Dog Fighting, and Partner Violence: Understanding the Concept of Moral Disgust through the Use of Video Clips
Sarah M. Scott, Brooklee L. Tynes, Mimi S. Zhao, Daniel J. Pineau, & Danielle J. Maack
Moral disgust is the most under researched domain within the area of disgust. The goal of the current study is to further explicate the relationship between moral disgust and the other domains through the use of video clips, presenting individuals with clips that encompass the varying types of disgust. Findings support that moral disgust is a unique, but comparable construct and is separable from other emotions.
No Hispanic/Black/Asians: Developing a Scale to measure Acceptance and Action towards Interracial Intimacy
Yash Bhambhani, Kelly G. Wilson, & Karen Kate Kellum
This study constructed a scale measuring acceptance attitudes and behaviors towards interracial intimacy. A 12-item scale with three factors - sexual racism acceptability, behavior towards White partners and behavior towards partners of color - was derived. Results showed that people prefer having sex and dating White people significantly more than having sex and dating people of color.
Validation of a Brief Screening Instrument for Psychopathology in Adults
Adam F. Sattler & John N. Young
This pilot study examines the diagnostic accuracy of a brief screening instrument designed to significantly reduce the amount time and effort required to yield accurate psychological diagnoses in applied clinical settings. Preliminary results and implications for the field of mental health will be discussed.
12:30-1:45, Symposium B
Study Abroad: An analysis of students' experiences
Yolanda Rodriguez & Tanja Seifen
Study abroad experiences are strongly promoted as transformative experiences that support personal growth and help students obtain a better understanding of their home country. The current study used both qualitative and quantitative to analyze the intercultural growth of 123 undergraduate students from a variety of study abroad programs.
Tornado Preparedness of UM Students
Kaitlin E. White, L. T. Stephens, Marcela C. Weber, & Mathew A. Tkachuck
A survey of UM students found that, despite prior tornado experience, high perceived preparedness for tornadoes, high perceived likelihood of tornadoes, and knowledge of basic tornado facts, they engaged in few behaviors to prepare for tornadoes. This could be related to the low impact of the tornadoes they have experienced.
Putting the E in Ew! Emotion dysregulation mediates the relation between disgust sensitivity and contamination fear
Mimi S. Zhao, Kelly Peck, Brooklee L. Tynes, Sarah Scott, & Danielle J. Maack
Emotion dysregulation may contribute to the researched association between disgust sensitivity and contamination fear. The present study examined emotion dysregulation as a mediator of the relation between disgust sensitivity and contamination fear. The mediation was significant indicating that individuals with contamination fear may have difficulties employing adequate strategies to modulate the experience of disgust.
Getting Active for Multicultural Gains: Are Different Experiential Activities and Perceived Risk Related to Learning Outcomes?
Shilpa Boppana, Lauren T. Stephens, Caroline M. Battle, & Laura J. Johnson
This study examined the relationship between self-reported psychological risk and learning value for experiential learning activities in a sample of undergraduate students enrolled in Multicultural Psychology courses.There was a positive linear relationship between students' rating of psychological risk and their rating of learning value. Experiences involving being a racial, sexual, or religious minority were rated as the riskiest and highest-learning activities.
3:30-4:00, Peabody 206
Annual Achievement Awards
Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal Recipients, awarded to undergraduates with outstanding academic achievement
Research Achievement Awards, granted to graduate students with outstanding research productivity (sponsored by ORSP)
Faculty Mentor of the Year, to recognize outstanding mentorship by a faculty member
Conference Awards (sponsored by ORSP)
Best Poster Presentation
Best Symposium Presentation
Keynote Presentation, Dr. Jim Murphy
4:00-5:15 pm, Peabody 206
About the Speaker: Dr. Murphy is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the Psychology Department at the University of Memphis. He is well-known for his work on the behavioral mechanisms of addictive and health risk behaviors, specifically in young adult populations. He has won several grants to support his work, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles.
Novel Behavioral Economic Approaches for Measuring Substance Abuse Severity and Motivating Change
Dr. Murphy’s presentation will focus on novel behavioral economic approaches to understanding risk, quantifying severity, and motivating change in substance use in high-risk young adult populations. Dr. Murphy has developed and evaluated a brief behavioral economic intervention approach that attempts to increase engagement in patterns of goal-directed substance-free activities that are associated with delayed reinforcement and will describe the treatment elements and outcomes.
Honor Society for Psychology Majors
Think about joining Psi Chi! If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can become a member and get more involved in the department. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates looking to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.