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Four Notre Dame College psychology majors were the only undergraduates in the country selected to show their research through poster presentation at the 23rd Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference.

The students conducted their research at Notre Dame and attended the symposium in Las Vegas in 2020 with Michele Fry, assistant professor of psychology at the College. The AABSS conference was conducted in connection with the 32nd Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference and the 4th Annual Conference on Academic Research in Education. The Notre Dame students received access to attend informational sessions and network with professionals at all three events.

“It was both an honor and an esteem to be present and presenting at this conference,” Fry stated.

At the convention, Alexandria Dick, a 2020 graduate from Notre Dame, discussed her study of neuromodulation, specifically upper limb prosthesis using brain computer interface with a focus on emotional well-being. She is currently attending the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on rehabilitation counseling. She hopes to use her skills to help veterans cope with being home and adjusting to their new lives, both physically and mentally.

Libby Sparks, a junior at the Notre Dame, exhibited her research connecting mental illness and cell phone usage among adolescents and young adults in America.

Elexia Verbick, a 2020 graduate from Notre Dame, presented her study on the development of sensory play centers for children with autism spectrum disorders, including benefits for parents and families.

Jamie Brown-Warren, a senior at Notre Dame, reported on a new form of leadership for industrial/organizational psychology that addresses generational and cultural challenges.

In addition to participating in the professional conference, the undergraduates had the opportunity to experience the Internal Review Board process at the College, a research project review generally reserved for graduate- and doctorate-level students.

“It is important to note that our Notre Dame students were the only bachelor-level students present, and they represented with highly accepted and interested responses,” Fry stated.

The AABSS annual conference is a juried conference, meaning that presentation proposals undergo peer-review prior to potential acceptance for presentation. Those who present at the AABSS conference are also eligible to submit their papers for potential publication consideration in the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, a printed, peer-reviewed journal.

The convention attracts scholars from around the world as well as across the U.S. Presentations cover a wide variety of contexts, including theory, practice, empirical research, and conceptual advancement.

Some of the main lectures the students attended at the convention featured trends, challenges, and promises of collaborative research; ethics in research and psychology; and world views and research.

November 2020

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