Department of Psychology
Undergraduate Award Winners: 2007
Back, L-R: Kate Linnea, Lynne Bond (Undergraduate Program Director), Heather Mitchell
Front: Jessica Simpson, Nicole Youngwirth, Alexander Cruz
Kate Linnea (John Dewey Award)
Kate's excellent research with Professor Betsy Hoza examines multiple facets of functioning in children with ADHD, including social, academic, and physical competence. This year's work culminated in a first-author submission to a national conference, a clear testimony to the quality of her work. Kate will pursue graduate studies at UVM in the Fall in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.
Heather Mitchell (Donald Forgays Outstanding Senior Award)
Heather is a distinguished student and a gifted cross country and track athlete who has worked with Professor Michael Zvolensky on a line of NIH-funded research examining substance use and its comorbidity for anxiety psychopathology. Her honors thesis is titled "Incremental validity of coping-oriented marijuana use motives in the prediction of affect-based psychological vulnerability".
Jessica Simpson (Heinz Ansbacher Award)
One of Jessica's greatest strengths is her interest and ability in applying theory and research to every day life, and in particular to the prevention or remediation of early developing dysfunction. Jessica has worked with Professor Susan Crockenberg on the UVM baby study examining the development of emotion regulation in infants. Jessica is also the secretary for Psi Chi, the honor society in Psychology.
Nicole Youngwirth (George Albee Award)
Nicole is a uniquely talented, mature, hard-working student who is genuinely interested in applying knowledge about behavioral science toward preventing and alleviating human suffering. She has conducted research with Professor Michael Zvolensky examining substance use and its comorbidity for anxiety psychopathology.
Alexander Cruz (George Albee Award)
Alex is a resident assistant in the residence halls who has received special recognition from the Provost for his outstanding cultural competence and sensitivity in working with students. He is a double major in philosophy and psychology and is carrying out research with Professor Sondra Solomon examining how the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS affects risk behaviors and resiliency among people living with HIV and AIDS.