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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 2016 Entering Graduate Students

Elijah Bruner (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Brandeis University
Advisor:  Dr. Tonya Buchanan

 

Matthew Christiansen (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Southern Utah University
Advisor: Dr. Tonya Buchanan

Mike Clark (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Colorado Mesa University
Advisor:  Dr. Susan Lonborg

 

Erik Ekberg (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University
Advisor:  Dr. Tonya Buchanan

 

Hallie Ervin (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University
Co-Advisors:  Dr. Sara Bender and Ms. Cristina Bistricean

Meghan Gilbert (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
Advisor: Dr. Mary Radeke

Scott Lehrman (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University
Advisor:  Dr. Kara Gabriel

Danielle Peecher (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Winona State University
Advisor: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Briana Pennington (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: North Carolina State University
Advisor: Dr. Ralf Greenwald

 

Rebecca Rose (Fall 2016)

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

Marianna (Anna) Wendt (Fall 2016)

Undergraduate Degree: Drury University
Advisor: Dr. Susan Lonborg

 

Our Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 Entering Graduate Students
Ross Cook (Fall 2015)
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Fullerton
Advisor:  Dr. Kara Gabriel
Sky Corby (Fall 2015)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Advisor:  Dr. Mary Radeke
Wyatt Frahm (Fall 2015)
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Washington-Tacoma
Advisor:  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)
Undergraduate Degree:  Binghamton University
Graduate Thesis:  Behavioral Differences between Rural and Urban American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Thesis Chair:  Dr. Kara Gabriel
Sarah North Wolfe (Spring 2015)
Undergraduate Degree:  Western Washington University
Advisor:  Dr. Heath Marrs
Janine Swiney (Spring 2015)
Undergraduate Degree:  University of Washington
Advisor:  Dr. Anthony Stahelski

 

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)
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
Thesis Topic: 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

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
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.