Research Opportunities for Students at La Salle University:
There are many opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students at La Salle University to become involved in research. There are faculty who are working in the areas of cognitive, clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, historical, and physiological psychology who enjoy introducing students to research. Students may become involved by helping a faculty member with research, helping another student with a project, becoming part of a team working on a research project, or, once they have had the necessary coursework and experience, conducting a study of their own. Some faculty have research teams that include both undergraduate and graduate students.
The Role of Research Experience in Graduate School Admissions Decisions:
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How to Find Interesting Research Opportunities:
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Dr. Sharon Armstrong
My areas of expertise within the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science are cognition, psycholinguistics, categorization, and reasoning. My research program focuses on semantic/conceptual/categorical structures inherent in judgement and reasoning processes in adults and children. Students interested in these and other areas of cognition should speak with me about becoming involved in research.
Brother Joe Burke
I am beginning to examine history of psychology at La Salle University in comparison with the growth of the discipline nationwide. Students could help in project noted above.
Dr. Lynn H. Collins
My current research interests include social perception, anxiety disorders, substance dependence, international psychology, feminist theory, and women in academe. I am also interested in professional training issues. I lead the Gender Research Group and often organize symposia with presentations by students at conferences.
Dr. Dave Falcone
I welcome student involvement in projects related to neural net modeling of discrimination learning, attribution theory, interpersonal relationships, cognitive complexity, creative problem-solving, philosophical issues, and chaos theory.
Dr. Frank L. Gardner
I welcome students interested in sports psychology to help with my ongoing research and consultation with teams. There are opportunities for students to help with studies that help us predict superior athletic performance and demonstrating the effectiveness of techniques used to improve performance.
Dr. Jennifer Block Lerner
Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral approaches for anxiety and other forms of psychopathology; parenting issues; experiential avoidance and psychological well-being.
Dr. Kelly S. McClure
My research is about family crises and family interventions.
Dr. Mary Ellen McMonigle
My research interests include temperament, spirituality, relationship compatability, gender issues and sexuality, and philosophical issues around progressive education.
Dr. Diana P. F. Montague
My research interests focus on development across the life span (from infancy to late adulthood), with specific emphasis on emotion. I also am interested in intergenerational relationships, special needs (autism, Tourette syndrome, AD/HD, sensory processing deficiencies, and learning disabilities), and ethnic diversity. I welcome involvement from both undergraduate and graduate students. Research students may gain experience with various phases of the research process. Students in the undergraduate and M.A. programs may sign up for course credits--a minimum two-semester commitment of 8-10 hours per week is required. Dissertation students interested in the above research are also welcome to work with me.
Dr. Simon M. Moon
My major research interest lies in measuring emotional regulation processes using experimental paradigms. More specifically, I have tried to apply priming techniques to measure emotional regulation abilities. I am also interested in emotional labor and other emotion related issues in working organizations. Another topic I have worked on is the development of a valid measure of procrastination for both students and work samples. Both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in any of the topics are always welcome.
Dr. Patricia Wilson
Students are welcome to become involved with research on emotional and social effects of chemosensory stimuli, particularly olfactory and pheromones; impact of emotion on cognitive processes; positive psychology, particularly the effects of positive mood states on human social functioning.
Click here for a list of La Salle University faculty from all departments who are interested in mentoring student research and scholarship.