Department of Psychological Science
Undergraduate Award Winners: 2014
(L-R) Alexandra Sullivan and Erin Roelke
Ashley Deeb (John Dewey Award)
Ashley completed her independent research with Dr. Kelly Rohan which involved working one-on-one with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) patients, assessing symptom severity, and conducting sad mood inductions. She has also worked closely with graduate student Jennifer Mahon on her study investigating the cognitive and chronobiological factors in SAD. Ashley has pursued her interests in mood disorders further by completing an honor's thesis investigating the role of season-related attitudes in Seasonal Affective Disorder. She will attend medical school in the fall of 2014 and hopes to incorporate research into her work as a doctor.
Erin Roelke (John Dewey Award)
Erin began her undergraduate research in her first semester junior year when she joined Dr. Jom Hammack's Biopsychology Laboratory. Her research experience there led her to successfully complete and defend her honors thesis which investigated the role of a neuropeptide, pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP), in the hormonal stress response. Erin graduated in December and has since had the opportunity to continue conducting research and learning new techniques in the Hammack Laboratory. In the future, she hopes to continue her education in graduate or medical school to prepare her for a career in the neurological sciences.
Alexandra Sullivan (Donald Forgays Outstanding Senior Award)
Alexandra worked in the laboratories of Drs. Annie Murray-Close, Dr. Keith Burt, and Dr. Rex Forehand. She was awarded the UVM Summer Research Award and APLE Summer Stipend to complete her thesis work in the Social Development Lab on childhood peer relations and depression. Next year, she will be working in the OCD and Related Disorders Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.