Psychology Seniors Accepted to WPA Research Conference in Portland

Each student in this year’s senior cohort of Psychology students has been accepted to present their capstone thesis research project at the 2018 convention of the Western Psychological Association–a regional professional conference attended annually by over 1,000 researchers, faculty, graduate students, and other professionals in the field. The review process involves a blind peer review of projects for excellence and merit.

This year’s senior projects include studies on narcissism and sensation-seeking among millennials, campus attitudes towards risky and unwanted sexual behaviors, and the relationship between parental involvement and student satisfaction with academic major. (See the complete list below.)

This April, these students, along with department faculty, will travel to Portland, OR, to engage in four days of eye-opening professional activity and development.  Students will be able to attend thought-provoking research symposia, make connections with other researchers in their areas of interest, explore potential graduate programs in a fun and immersive psychology experience.

This year’s perfect conference acceptance rate continues the Woodbury’s Psychology department’s outstanding record of sending strong thesis projects to WPA.  Over the past six years, 95 percent of the university’s Psychology student projects have been accepted to this very selective, peer-reviewed research conference.

Here are the students with the title of their thesis:

  • Scholastica Cruz: Why We Hate to Wait: Predicting Academically Risky Behaviors through Impatient and Irritability Traits
  • Autumn Davis:  Danger Seeking, Not Attention Seeking: Examining Narcissism in the Millennial Generation
  • Andy Dukeshire:  Facebook Usage Intensity, Positive Reinforcement Sensitivity and Predictors of Wellbeing
  • Zhanna Shahparonyan: How We Love: Parental Attachment and Preferred Communication of Affection
  • Julie Torres: Parent Involvement: Academic Motivation and Academic Major Satisfaction
  • Alejandra Villar: University Students’ Attitudes Toward Risky Sexual Behaviors and Misconduct: Comparing Campus Climates
Learn more about the Psychology program at Woodbury
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