Murray-Close, Ph. D.
Department of Psychology
University of Vermont
2 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405
Current Graduate Students
I am a second year student in the Clinical Psychology graduate program with a concentration in Developmental Psychopathology. I am interested in how social factors (e.g., aggression, victimization) contribute to the development of internalizing problems (e.g., eating disorders, depression). Most recently, I have begun research exploring how one’s physical reactions (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure) to stressful situations may lead to differential outcomes, such as engagement in prosocial behavior and aggression.
Leigh Ann Holterman
I am a first year graduate student in the General/Experimental program with concentrations in Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology. I am interested in understanding the social and physiological factors that contribute to different outcomes in the peer relationships of school-age children. Currently, my research focuses on how physical reactions, like blood pressure and respiratory sinus arrhythmia, to stressful interpersonal situations may influence differential outcomes, such as using either prosocial or aggressive behavior with peers. Eventually, I hope to use this research to help develop intervention and prevention programs that teach children how to use prosocial behavior in place of physically and relationally aggressive tactics in peer relationships. .
Current Undergraduate Students
I am a Senior but this is my third year at UVM. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Holocaust Studies. This is my fourth semester in the lab and even though I am unsure about my specific direction with Psychology, I know that I want to work with children in the future.
I am currently a sophomore here at UVM. I am double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Thus far in my college career I have taken interest in Developmental Psychology. I plan to go to graduate school to study psychology further. I am not completely sure what I plan to do as a career in the future but I know that I am interested in working with children and adolescents.
I am currently a Senior majoring in Psychology. This is my sixth semester in the lab. I am interested in the behavioral aspect of Psychology, and what factors lead to criminal behavior later on in life. I plan on studying Psychology in graduate school, pursuing a Ph.D.
I am currently completing my last semester at UVM and will be graduating in December with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies. I am in the process of applying to Master's in Social Work programs and hope to someday become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a focus in treating individuals who are experiencing gender or sexual identity issues.
I am currently a Junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Nutrition and Food Sciences and Sociology and this is my 3rd semester in the lab. I plan to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work after graduating, and hope to work as a counselor in a therapeutic setting.
I am a junior majoring in Psychology and this is my third semester in the SDL. In the spring of 2014 I plan to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark studying positive psychology. During the 2014-2015 academic year I will be writing a thesis on the role of self-compassion in reducing heightened stress reactivity in college students. My interests in psychology include wellness and disorder prevention, as well as development and education.
I am currently a Junior psychology major and english minor and this is my first semester in the lab. I am very interested in Developmental Psychology. After I graduate, I plan on pursuing a further degree in the field of psychology.
I am a junior at UVM working toward a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality, Gender, and Women's Studies. I hope to go on to graduate school to study forensic psychology or sexual crisis counseling.
I am currently a junior, and this is my fourth semester in the lab. Pursing Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies has shaped my interests in development and aggression, and in the future I hope to pursue an advanced degree such as nursing, a doctorate, or social work.
I am a Senior majoring in psychology, and this is my fourth semester in the lab. During the summer, I worked with in the Social Development lab assisting in the coordinating of our most recent project, the Peer Relationships Interview with the support of a Summer Internship Research Award and APLE Summer Stipend. Next year, I plan to pursue a full-time lab coordinator position in a major city.
I graduated from University of Vermont in 2012, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Studio Art. This will be my third semester at the Social Development Lab. My interests include Social Psychology, art therapy, and LGBT population issues. I plan on pursuing an advanced degree to become a therapist or counselor.
I am currently a Senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. This is my second semester working in the Social Development Lab. I am interested in development of aggression, and plan to pursue an advanced degree after graduation.
The 2013- ’14 year is my junior year, and second semester here in the Social Development lab. I am currently working as a pre-Optometry student here at UVM with a major in Psychology and a double minor is Chemistry and Nutrition- I am passionate about physical health and fitness and how that can extend to mental well-being, especially in adolescents and young adults. Following UVM I plan to continue on to either Optometry school, or continue to graduate school for nutrition and clinical psychology.
I am a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Religion. This is my second semester in the Social Development Lab and I am excited to continue gaining hands-on lab experience. After graduation, I plan on pursuing an advanced degree in School Psychology.
In the spring of 2013, Kate graduated from UVM with honors in psychology. Kate's honors thesis focused on how men and women respond to social and academic stressors. Kate is interested in Developmental and Biobehavioral Psychology and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
In the spring of 2012, Nicole graduated from UVM with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. In the summer of 2011, Nicole was awarded a UVM Summer Intern Award to examine the association between distinct forms and functions of aggression and internalizing problems. In addition, Nicole completed an Honor's Thesis in the area of relational aggression and disordered eating symptomatology. Nicole was awarded the Forgays Outstanding Senior Award by the UVM Psychology department for the quality of her outstanding work. Nicole is now a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at UVM.
In the spring of 2012, Elyse graduated from UVM with a psychology major. Elyse completed an independent research project for her Honor's Thesis examining the role of sibling aggression in the development of relational forms of aggression during emerging adulthood.
In the spring of 2011, Annie graduated from UVM with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance. In the summer of 2010, Annie was awarded a Summer Intern Award to conduct original research examining the association between relational aggression and narcissistic traits. In addition, she completed an Honor's Thesis on this topic and was awarded the John Dewey Award from the UVM Psychology Department for her outstanding research. Annie hopes to continue her studies at graduate school, where she plans to study School Psychology.
In the spring of 2011, Christina graduated from UVM with a major in Psychology with a Dance minor. Christina worked in the Social Development lab for over two years, and conducted her Honor's Thesis in the lab examining how teacher preferences may buffer at-risk children from rejection by peers. Christina was awarded a Jeffords Scholarship to conduct her independent research, and was awarded the George W. Albee Award from the UVM Psychology Department for her outstanding research. Christina hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis on developmental psychology.
In the spring of 2011, Erika graduated from UVM with a major in Psychology. Erika conducted her Honor's Thesis in the lab examining whether popularity buffered relationally aggressive girls from internalizing symptoms. In 2011, Erika was awarded the Donald G. Forgays Outstanding Senior Award from the UVM Psychology Department.
Annie Brady and Christina Moore were profiled by the Psychology department for their research in the Social Development Lab.