LHU Psychology Department Accomplishments

Lock Haven University's commitment to teaching excellence is exemplified in the work of the Department of Psychology faculty. All of our classes are taught by Ph.D.-level psychology professors, which is critical in helping students make the sometimes difficult transition from high school to college. Our psychology faculty have received numerous awards for teaching and mentoring excellence, including the Peer's Choice Awards for Excellence in Advisement and Excellence in Pedagogy. We also have conducted several research projects devoted to enhancing teaching. This focus on excellent teaching shows in the wonderful accomplishments of our students. Our Student Achievements Page recognizes those students going on to graduate school, as well as those winning recognition through our Psychology Achievement Awards.

Below is just a short list of the accomplishments of our students and faculty each year.

Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

  • Student Stephanie Dejesus, with Dr. Cloud, presented research on cross-cultural similarities in responses to affairs at the Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • Students Jenna Lloyd and Taylor Gerchman, with Dr. Mitchell, presented their research on giving informed consent for research participation at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in San Francisco
  • Students Alyssa Foreman, Amber Bair, and Christina LaValla, with Dr. Mitchell, presented their research on motivations for environmentally friendly decisions at the American Psychological Association Conference in San Francisco, May 2014
  • Courtney Fisher,  senior psychology major, presented her research on perceptions of mirror images at the annual Phi Kappa Phi symposium, May 2014
  • Evan Baier, Erin Harklerode, Brittany Knight, and Tristin M. Mitchell were inducted in the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Dr. Erickson presented research with Masters of Mental Health Counseling students at the meeting of the American Counseling Association
  • Dr. Erickson presented research with Masters of Mental Health Counseling students at the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors
  • Dr. Mitchell, with a colleague, presented research on working with international and study abroad students at the Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference in Bloomsburg, PA
  • Dr. Mitchell, with a colleague, presented research on assessing campus climate at the Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference in Bloomsburg, PA
  • Dr. Newburg supervised 16 student internships
  • Dr. Offutt served as the evaluator for the Lock Haven University Nanoscience Scholars II grant

Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

  • Student Michael Gricoski, with Dr. Cloud, presented research on sex differences in implicit and explicit attitudes after imagining a partner's heterosexual or homosexual affair at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • Student Stephanie DeJesus, with Dr. Mitchell, presented research on demographic and personality correlates of technology usage at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, DC
  • Students Courtney Fisher and Kristie Packer, with Dr. Mitchell, presented research on a test of the novel stimuli and mere exposure theories in mirror reflection preference at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, DC
  • Students Courtney Fisher and Evan Baier, with Dr. Mitchell, presented research on relationship type, intent, and persistence and their influence on perceptions of stalking at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, DC
  • Dr. Bean, with a colleague, presented research on sportogenic needs and fan attitudes and behavior at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, DC
  • Steven Marks, junior psychology major, was the recipient of the Student President’s Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Women’s Issues
  • Brittany Knight, senior psychology major, won First Place at the Phi Kappa Phi symposium
  • Stephanie DeJesus, senior psychology major, presented her research at the Phi Kappa Phi symposium
  • Jennifer Callahan, senior psychology major, presented her research at the Phi Kappa Phi symposium
  • Steven Marks, junior psychology major, was presented with the 2013 President's Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Women's Issues for Students.
  • Dr. Mitchell, with a colleague, presented research on internalized homophobia at the Society for Public Health Education Conference in Orlando, FL
  • Dr. Newburg presented research on reducing undergraduate research aversion at the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting in New York, NY
  • Dr. Taylor, with colleagues, published a review of evaluative priming research and the automatic activation of attitudes
  • Dr. Erickson, with a colleague, published a chapter on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine.
  • Lauren McCarthy, senior psychology major, published her summer internship research on stimulant medications and neurocognitive deficits
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