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Graduate Students

The majority of students seeking masters degrees in psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive and Affective Science at University of Oshkosh Wisconsin were psychology majors as undergraduates.

However, several students earned bachelors degrees in non-psychology fields. Our students are active in research with a variety of faculty and some of these projects are supported by graduate assistantships. The two most common reasons students attend this program are:

  1. To get some graduate school experience before entering into a Ph.D. program
  2. To enhance their options in the workplace by earning an advanced degree.

The students benefit from the full-time nature of the program in that this increases opportunities for interactions with a greater number of faculty.


Graduate Students’ (2012)

NameOffice & emailResearch Interests

Seneca Bivens

Haley, S.

I am working with Dr. Chrobak on my thesis and am currently involved with his lab.  Both his lab and my thesis are looking at personally relevant materials.  The lab deals with false memory and my thesis deals with the continued influence effect.  I am very interested in cognitive psychology in particular why misinformation sticks or why is it formed in the way of false memories.

Ali Koll

Koll, A.

I work with Dr. Koch. My primary research interest is with eating related behaviors. More specifically, I am interested in the motivational factors underlying binge eating disorder.

Heath May

May, H.

I am interested broadly in psychopharmacology, drug misuse/abuse, and stress-related mood disorders.  Specifically, I am interested in the endocannabinoid system and its role in the neurochemistry of anxiety and stress.  I am planning to work on my thesis with Dr. Koch when he returns from sabbatical.

Nancy Olson

Olson, P.

I work primarily with Dr. Hong and Dr. Miron. Broadly, my research work involves invalidation of trauma and personal experiences, the processing of invalidation in a religious manner, and the influence of justice standards that associate with one's beliefs. Generally my interests focus on how individuals previous experiences effect the choices they make.

Alisha Petrouske

Petrouske, A.

My research interests are mainly in the field of clinical/counseling psychology. More specifically I am interested in the factors that contribute to variability in psychological health outcomes as well as the mechanisms underlying emotion. Currently, I am working with Dr. Miron investigating aspects of resolved and unresolved sadness and Dr. Winterrowd investigating the impact of counseling centers.

Kayla Schuster

Schuster, K.

I work with Dr. Miron.  My research interest primarily focuses on emotion, specifically anger.  I am studying how cognitive appraisal may lead to unresolved or resolved anger.  In addition, I'm interested in what characteristics of anger pose as assistants to suppression and distraction of thoughts.  I also have an interest in regards to emotion, within the delinquent youth population.


Graduate Students' (2013)

NameOffice & emailResearch interests

Sarah Adelson

Adelson, S.

Office: Polk 61

My research interests include interpersonal relationships, particularly romantic relationships, and topics of gender, sex, and sexuality. My thesis is focusing on the fear of being single and how it is influenced by social support and social pressures. I am also working with Dr. McCann on a study of student opinions of the current and future importance, and interest of Introductory Psychology textbook chapters.

Jarrod Bock

Bock, J.

Office: Polk 61

My research interests involve the non-conscious processing of prejudice, the role fear may play in the maintenance of such implicit prejudice, and evolved mechanisms of prejudice.

Mandy Deschaine

Burmeister, M.

Office: Polk 61

My research interest primarily focuses on personality and psychological disorders. More specifically, I am interested in the behavioral processes that may occur as a result of certain personality traits and/or psychological abnormalities.  In regard to my thesis, I am working with Dr. Lishner investigating whether or not a relationship exists between religiosity, spirituality, and psychopathy.

Anthony Drew

Drew, A.

Office: Polk 61

My research interests involve sensation and perception; how our brain is able to create a smooth perceptual experience from a barrage of sensory information. I am most interested in perceptual phenomena such as the cross-race bias and the neurological mechanisms at work that create these phenomena.

Nathan Hermus

Hermus, N.

Office: Polk 61

My research interests broadly center on emotion and music cognition. Specifically, I am interested in the perception of emotion in music and the possibility of music-induced emotions. I am also interested in the parallels between music and emotional speech with regard to pitch contour, tempo, and timbre.

Sharayah Preman

Sharayah Preman

Office: Polk 61

My research interests focus on video game play and fantasy engagement as well as gender and sexuality. I am interested in how video game play and engaging in fantasy related activities has impacted/ is impacting society. I would also like to explore if and how attitudes towards same-sex attraction and if the roles female game characters are changing in the gaming community as well as the possible benefits that come from engaging in fantasy related activities. I am working on my thesis with Dr. David Lishner. We are investigating if having a choice of the type of character one plays in video game will effect that player's aggression. We would further like to see if fantasy engagement plays a role in this process.

Emily Vogels

Emily Vogels

Office: Polk 61

My main research interests are interpersonal relationships and intelligence. I am especially interested in how these concepts relate to social influence, self-expression, impression formation, and social cognition. I am working on my thesis with Dr. Miron exploring how perceptions about one's romantic partner's flaws influence romantic affect and commitment. I also do G.A. work with Dr. Hong researching topics related to invalidation, affective forecasting, and mindfulness.

Caitlin Weihing

Weihing, C.

Office: Polk 61

My research interests surround the study of human memory. Specifically, I am interested in eyewitness suggestibility and understanding how we can limit the number of errors in eyewitness testimony. For my thesis, I am working with Dr. Chrobak on understanding the impact of question type on eyewitness responses. In the future, I hope to research other influences on eyewitness memory and testimony that can occur throughout their interactions within the legal system (e.g., authority and emotion).


Graduate Students' (2014)

Xiaovi Gu

Office: Polk 61

My research interests pertain to emotion regulation and its affect on behavior. More specifically, I am interested in how these processes operate in individuals with emotion disorders.

Matthew Hanson

Hanson, M

Office: Polk 61

My research interests are largely political and include how insurance influences behavior, in what ways we can improve education and performance, and how majorities influence opinion.

Shelby Kelso

Kelso, S.

Office: Polk 61

Broadly, my research interests focus on stress and trauma related disorders due to military action or service in veterans and active duty personal.  Also on their family and familial relations.  Specifically, on how active stigma or invalidation inside or outside the military can effect psychological wellbeing and symptom progression or treatment.

Samantha Miller

Miller, S.

Office: Polk 61

My primary research interests involve studying artistic creativity and the cognitions and emotions involved in the creative process. I also am interested in studying anthropomorphism and emotional reactions to fictional characters.

Taylor Miller

Taylor Miller

Office: Polk 61

My research area of interest is false memory. Mainly, I would like to explore its impact on eyewitness suggestibility and accounts. I want to learn more about how false memory affects legal cases.

Timothy Poink

Office: Polk 61

Steven Steinert

Steven Steinert

Office: Polk 61

My research interests revolve around topics related to Forensic Psychology. In particular, I am interested in clinical disorders, like Psychopathy and Borderline Personality Disorder, which can impact the outcomes of court cases. Further, I am interested in how natural human functions such as false memories and distortions in eyewitness testimony can impact the trial process.

Jimmy Willing

Jimmy Willing

Office: Polk 61

My research interest involves all aspects of evolutionary psychology. Of specific interest to me is the evolution of mate preferences and romantic attraction as well as the evolution of personality differences and if personality type can be ascertained strictly from facial features. Are certain personality types of individuals more drawn to a potential mate that has facial characteristics consistent with particular personality types? Finally I am interested in how all of this factors into mate selection in society today; in particular the use of the internet and online dating.

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