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Graduate students are paired with faculty advisors and, eventually, with their faculty thesis chairs based upon shared interests in specific research areas.

  Our Fall 2020 Entering Graduate Students

Jessica Allen

Undergraduate Degree:  Western Washington University

Naomi Cady

Undergraduate Degree:  Washington State University

Esmeralda Campos

Undergraduate Degree:  Carroll College

Lauren Dunnell

Undergraduate Degree:  Eastern Washington University

Katie Trabun (Floyd)

Undergraduate Degree:  Eastern Washington University

Becky Fromm

Undergraduate Degree:  University of Miami

Marilyn Hohler

Undergraduate Degree:  Colby-Sawyer College

Jeremy Simmons

Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University

Tyler Ussery

Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University

 

Our Fall 2019 Entering Graduate Students

Courtney Aucoin

Undergraduate Degree:  University of North Carolina
Graduate Thesis: The Effects of Human Observers on the Consistency of GBI Gorilla Personality Profiles and Behavior
Thesis Chair: Dr. Megan Matheson

Patrizia Chirco

Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University
Graduate Thesis: The Immigrant in Our Head: Skin Tone, Social Categorization, and Support for Policy.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Tonya Buchanan

Monica Sewell

Undergraduate Degree:  Centenary College of Louisiana
Graduate Thesis: Frontal Alpha Wave Asymmetry in Regard to Affect
Thesis Chair: Dr. Ralf Greenwald

 

Our Fall 2018 Entering Graduate Students

Mikayla Kimery (Dupré)

Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University
Graduate Thesis: Critically Evaluating Website Credibility: Website and Visual Factors that Influence Perceptions of Online Mental Health Information
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Kyle Klaassen

Undergraduate Degree:  Shasta Bible College
Graduate Thesis: The Effects of Priming on Framing Bias: An Integrative Study Examining Morality Salience, Self-Affirmation, and Emotional Intelligence
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Elsa Rose Mastico

Undergraduate Degree:  Mass. College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Thesis: Mood Effects on Reappraisal and Distraction
Thesis Chair: Dr. Ralf Greenwald

Molly Mortensen

Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University
Graduate Thesis: Forgive Them, Forgive Them Not: The Role of Remorse and Empathy in Interpersonal Forgiveness
Thesis Chair: Dr. Mary Radeke

 

Our Fall 2017 Entering Graduate Students
Viktoriya Broyan (Fall 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University
Graduate Thesis: Relaxing music effects on implicit racial bias and neural activity
Thesis Chair: Dr. Ralf Greenwald
 
Congrats to Viktoriya who is a Operations Manager and Research Project Manager at Ideal Balance in Kennewick, WA.
Kayla-Ann Hemmings (Fall 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University
Graduate Thesis: Music, video, and perception: Fish and their natural habitat
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel
Anistasha Lightning (Winter 2018)
Undergraduate Degree:  Gonzaga University
Graduate Thesis: An Examination of Locus of Control as It Relates to Repeat Incarceration in Juvenile Offenders
Thesis Chair: Dr. Danielle Polage
 
Congrats to Tasha who started a PhD program at the University of Lyon in France in Fall 2020.
Jonathan Ojeda (Fall 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  Central Washington University
Graduate Thesis:  A book and its cover: The effects of dynamic and static facial expressions on the perception of personality traits
Thesis Chair: Dr. Mary Radeke
Sydney Wirkkala (Fall 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  Washington State University
Graduate Thesis: The effects of self-esteem and mood on the perception of others
Thesis Chair: Dr. Mary Radeke

 

Our Fall 2016 Entering Graduate Students
Briana Bratcher (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: North Carolina State University
Graduate Thesis:  Gender Differences in Task Switching: An Event Related Potential Study
Thesis Chair: Dr. Ralf Greenwald

Elijah Bruner (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree:  Brandeis University
Graduate Thesis:  Confidence in academic testing: The effect of induced checking and anxiety on university students’ emotional responses to, and performance in, academic challenge
Thesis Chair:   Dr. Tonya Buchanan
Matthew Christiansen (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree:  Southern Utah University
Graduate Thesis:  The effects of moral message framing on political ideology
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Tonya Buchanan
Mike Clark (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree:  Colorado Mesa University
Graduate Thesis:  Development of the Clark and Becker Scale of Symptomatology (CBS): Symptom-level item performance
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Susan Lonborg
Erik Ekberg (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree:  Washington State University
Graduate Thesis:  Evaluation of paper test strategies on computer-administered tests: The impact of item response marking on test performance
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Tonya Buchanan

Hallie Ervin (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University
Graduate Thesis: High-functioning college students with autism spectrum disorder and art therapy: A study on stress reduction
Thesis Chair: Dr. Fred Washburn

Meghan Gilbert (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
Advisor:  Dr. Fred Washburn

Scott Lehrman (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University
Advisor:  Dr. Anthony Stahelski

Danielle Peecher (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree: Winona State University
Graduate Thesis:  Modeling the psychiatric aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome and induced stress
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel
Rebecca Rose (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree: Idaho State University

Graduate Thesis:  Evaluation of wildland firefighter leadership
Thesis Chair: Dr. Anthony Stahelski

Marianna (Anna) Wendt (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree:  Drury University
Graduate Thesis:  Attitudes toward anonymous public nudes.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Susan Lonborg

 

Our Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 Entering Graduate Students
Ross Cook (Fall 2015 - Fall 2017)
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Fullerton
Graduate Thesis: Uncertainty's impact on perceptions toward randomness
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Kara Gabriel
Sky Corby (Fall 2015 - Summer 2017)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Graduate Thesis:  Musical mnemonic devices or method of loci: Which promotes higher recall of concrete and abstract words
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Mary Radeke
Wyatt Frahm (Fall 2015 - Summer 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Washington-Tacoma
Graduate Thesis: Cognitive Bias in Marijuana and Alcohol Users
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Kara Gabriel

Jonathan Ingram (Returned Fall 2015 to finish thesis!)

Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
Graduate Thesis: Online Usage Among College Students: A Comparison of Online Gaming and Facebook Users
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Susan Lonborg
Carolina (Kina) Montenegro (Fall 2015 - Summer 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  Binghamton University
Graduate Thesis:  Behavioral Differences between Rural and Urban American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Kara Gabriel
Kina started a PhD program at the University of Alberta in Fall 2017.  Congrats, Kina!
Sarah North Wolfe (Spring 2015 - Spring 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  Western Washington University
Graduate Thesis: Effects of a growth mindset intervention on first-year college students.
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Heath Marrs
Janine Swiney (Spring 2015 - Spring 2017)
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Washington
Graduate Thesis: A Cultural Comparison of the Facial Inference Process
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Anthony Stahelski
Janine started a research associate position at Joint-Base Lewis McCord with the Walter Reid Army Institute of Research in Winter 2018.  Congrats, Janine!

 

Our Fall 2014 Entering Graduate Students
Jonathan Clinkenbeard (Fall 2014-Spring 2016)
Undergraduate Degree: CSU-San Bernardino
Graduate Thesis:  Differences in College Students' Attitudes Toward LGBT and Heterosexual Homeless Youths
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Susan Lonborg
Gina DeNoble (Fall 2014-Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Degree: Northern Arizona University
Graduate Thesis: Effect of Prior Trauma Exposure on Alpha Amplitude, Heart Rate, and Self-Reported Negative Affect Following Negative Affective Stimulation and Subsequent Stress Reduction Interventions
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Susan Lonborg
As of June 2016, Gina is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Neurology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in June 2016!  Congrats!
Karlie Hill (Fall 2014-Ongoing)
Undergraduate Degree: Trinity Lutheran College
Graduate Thesis: Effects of Illness Type and Empathy Induction on Illness-Related Stigma in Undergraduate Populations
Thesis Co-Chairs: Dr. Sara Bender and Dr. Kara Gabriel
As of September 2016, Karlie is an Admissions Counselor at Central Washington University.  Congrats, Karlie!!

Sydney Jensen (Fall 2014-Summer 2016)
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University

Graduate Thesis: Measuring Self-Reported Exercise, Motivation to Exercise, and Sexism in Women
Thesis Chair: Dr. Susan Lonborg

Jenna Shrewsbury (Fall 2014-Ongoing)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle

Graduate Thesis: Examining the Role of Mindfulness and Emotion in Decision-Making Tasks:  Differences in Intuition and Risk-Taking
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara I. Gabriel

 

Our 2013-2014 Entering Graduate Students

Laura Attaway (Fall 2013-Summer 2015)
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University

Graduate Thesis: Exercise Motivations of Older Adults
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Jeffrey Penick

Colleen Falconer (Fall 2013-Current)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Graduate Thesis: Domestic Dog Play Pant and Its Relation to Play
Thesis Chair: Dr. Susan Lonborg

As of September 2015, Colleen is a Program Coordinator for the College of the Sciences at CWU.  Congrats, Colleen!

Michael McDonald (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arkansas

Graduate Thesis:  Priming the Data: Examining Self-Potentiation in a Word Fragment Completion Task
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Susan Lonborg

Michael started in the PhD program in psychology at the University of Washington in Fall 2014.

Travis Pyle (Fall 2013 - Fall 2015)
Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University-Vancouver

Graduate Thesis:  The Effects of Feedback Sequence on Cognitive Performance
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Travis started in a PhD program at the University of Montana in Fall 2017.  Congrats, Travis!

Benjamin Richardson (Fall 2013 - Summer 2015)
Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University

Graduate Thesis:  Electrophysiological and Behavioral Working Memory Differences Between Musician and Non-Musicians
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Ralf Greenwald

As of Summer 2016, Benjamin is a Research Analyst for Institutional Effectiveness at CWU.  Congrats, Ben!

Daina Wierzbinski (Fall 2013 - Summer 2016)
Undergraduate Degree: Georgia Southern University

Graduate Thesis:  Mate Selection Comparisons in Heterosexual and Homosexual Individuals
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Kara Gabriel

 

Our 2012-2013 Entering Graduate Students

Megan McCulley (Winter 2013 to Summer 2014)
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University

Graduate Thesis: Behavioral Skills Training for Teaching Assertiveness in Condom Insistence.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Sadie Lovett

Anna Chester (Fall 2012 to Spring 2014)
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University

Graduate Thesis: Factors that Influence the Stigma Associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Derek Ellis (Fall 2012 to Spring 2014)
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Washington University

Graduate Thesis: Level P300: An ERP and Working Memory Evaluation of Gamers and Non-gamers.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Ralf Greenwald

Congrats to Derek who started in the PhD program at the University of Arizona in Fall 2016!

Carolyn Petersen (Fall 2012 - Ongoing)
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University

Graduate Thesis:  The Effects of Victim Sex and Perpetrator Sex in Crime Severity Assessment.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Marte Fallshore

Kyle Williams (Fall 2012 to Spring 2014)
Undergraduate Degree: Trinity Lutheran

Graduate Thesis:  Continuity of Measures of Implicit Racism and Behavior in Real World Scenarios.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

 

Our 2011-2012 Entering Graduate Students

Rosalind Chaffee (Fall 2011 to Spring 2014)
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University

Graduate Thesis: The Effect of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid in a Mouse Model of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Ginnie Hershbarger (Fall 2011 to Spring 2013)

Graduate Thesis:  The Efficacy of a Timeout Treatment for Aggressive Dogs.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Wendy Williams

Ginnie started in the PhD program in Psychology at Arizona State University in Fall 2013.

Alexander Kohorst (Fall 2011 to Spring 2013)

Graduate Thesis: Fading and Stimulus Transfer Across Receptive Modalities in Columbia livia.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Terry DeVietti

Alex started teaching at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA in Fall 2013.

Timothy Lyons (Fall 2011 to Spring 2012)

Graduate Thesis:  Perceptions of the Experiences of LGBT Individuals at a Northwest Rural State University.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Susan Lonborg

Tim started in the PhD program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis in Fall 2012.

Katie Weigt Taylor (Fall 2011 to Spring 2013).
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
 
Graduate Thesis: Human Development and the School Nutrition Environment.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Steve Schepman
 
Katie began a job with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services at Rainier School, a habilitation center for individuals with developmental disabilities, in Fall 2013.

 

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