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Graduate Students

The majority of students seeking masters degrees in psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive and Affective Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 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' (2017)

Name, Office, & EmailResearch Interests

Sean Conway

Conway S.

Office: CLOW F006

My research interests include quantitative psychology and cognitive psychology. My master’s thesis will examine loss aversion in decision making, relating to Kahneman and Tversky’s prospect theory.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Justyna Olszewska

Jordyn DeBraal

DeBraal J.

Office: CLOW F011

My research interests are within the fields of social psychology and neuroscience.  Currently, I am researching growth and fixed mindsets.  Specifically, the type of mindset a caregiver of a person with dementia holds and how that mindset can affect their caregiving skills.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Anca Miron

Kevin Mohawk

Mohawk K.

Office: CLOW F006

My primary research interests are focused on cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I am interested in the neural mechanisms involved in memory, particularly memory deficits (such as Alzheimer’s disease), semantic memory distortions and rare memory occurrences (such as eidetic memory).

Thesis advisor: Dr. Justyna Olszewska

Samantha Noll

Noll S.

Office: CLOW F003

My research interests are broadly within the field of marketing, social, and cognitive psychology. I am specifically interested in the topics of consumer behavior, prejudice, and language. My thesis topic examines how perceptions of race and gender are altered based on the language used to describe an individual’s own racial ingroup.

Thesis advisor: Dr. Sarah Kucker

Rebecca Timmins

Timmins R.

Office: CLOW F008

I am interested in the intellectual pursuit of obtaining unknown knowledge in relation to autism spectrum, mirror neurons, mindfulness, neuroimaging techniques, emotional regulation and natural alternatives for anxiety/depression reduction within the autistic population.

Thesis advisor: Dr. Aaron Karst


Graduate Students' (2018)

Name, Office, & EmailResearch Interests

Haley Bowers

Bowers H.

Office: CLOW F003

I am interested in empirically supported treatments and the replication of psychological studies. One of my particular interests is how art may be used to improve mental health in clinical practice and reduce stress related symptoms, anxiety, and depression. I would like to study how creative writing may facilitate the regulation of stress and improve academic performance.

Meghan Brzinski

Brzinski M.

Office: CLOW F011

My research interests lie broadly in the fields of clinical and cognitive psychology. I'm interested in looking into the underlying causes of psychological disorders and the use of psychological assessments in their diagnosis. I would also like to explore research in impulsivity and decision making deficits, memory, and the development of false memory.

Zachary Bukowski

Bukowski Z.

Office: CLOW F008

My research interests lie in the field of neuropsychology. I have always been fascinated by how psychology intersects other disciplines within science such as biology and chemistry. With that being said, I am interested in using neuroimaging techniques along with other methods to study mental disorders including Autism, Alzheimer’s, depression/anxiety, or others.

McKayla Bullock

Bullock M.

Office: CLOW F008

My research interests are broad within the fields of cognitive psychology and developmental neuroscience. Primarily, I would like to study cognitive influences on mental processing in relation to decision making, development of intelligence, and learning styles of those within a variety of minority populations.

Destany Calma-Birling

Calma-Birling D.

Office: CLOW F011

I am interested in the developmental impact of early life stress on neural circuits and self-regulatory processes that confer risk for psychopathology, as well as the psychosocial factors that influence these pathways. I am also particularly interested in investigating whether mindfulness-based interventions can promote resilience in youth exposed to chronic stress and adversity.

Michael Losser

Losser M.

Office: CLOW F013

My research interest is tied within both Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience. The research I am interested in deals with the treatment and detection of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the veteran community and in teenage patients to older adults. My goal is to use both psychology and neuroscience to find ways of detecting PTSD symptoms in patients, and ways to detect these neurological symptoms early, to prevent the suffering of the individual with the disorder. I am also interested in ways to treat individuals with PTSD that stray away from the use of medication, such as mindfulness therapies. I would like to keep the vulnerable veteran community away from the possibility of abusing the drugs meant to help them with their PTSD or create contingency plans with the VA and other medical professionals that help prevent these abuses.

Deanna Luttenberger

Luttenberger D.

Office: CLOW F006

My primary research interests are focused on cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I am interested in false memory formation in clinical populations.  Particularly individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or schizophrenia. I have extensive experience with false memories in neurotypical adult’s and am excited to see how memory formation varies in a clinical population.

Troy Othrow

Othrow T.

Office: CLOW F003

My research interests are broadly focused on the relationship between stress and memory. I am interested in how stress effects the neural mechanisms involved in memory. In particular, I am interested to see how different forms of stress (i.e. social, mental, and physical stress) impact memory in different ways.

Tatiana Swisher

Swisher T.

Office: CLOW F013

My research interests include memory, false memory, and the Misinformation effect. More Specifically, I wish to look at how the misinformation effect relates to/interacts with an individual’s biases. I am also interested in looking at how misinformation is perceived when using different forms of media such as newspaper, TV news, social media, etc.

Brittany Wierzba

Wierzba B.

Office: CLOW F013

My research interests generally revolve around positive psychology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. More specifically, I want to study how theories in positive psychology, such as the strength-based approach, affect learning in higher education.

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