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Psi Chi Induction Ceremony

PC3Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. In order to become a member, students must have at least a 3.4 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in psychology. This lifetime membership gives students free access to publications, opportunities for awards and grants, as well as leadership experience, mentoring involvement, community service, and much morPC2e.

Lab members Lauren, Geena, Velinka, and Jenna were inducted into Psi Chi on April 6th. This ceremony consisted of a brief lecture on the history of Psi Chi, an overview of the accomplishments for the year as well as an overview of forward reaching goals. Lauren served as the treasurer for the Oakland University Psi Chi chapter for the 2016-2017 academic year and Geena served as the secretary. This coming fall, Lauren will continue to serve as the treasurer and Jenna will take on the role of secretary.

Congratulations Lauren, Geena, Velinka, and Jenna! We look forward to seeing what the future has in store of the Oakland University Psi Chi chapter.

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Reema’s Article Presentation

Reema's Article Presentation PicLab member, Reema, recently presented an article titled “Experiencing Positive Change After a Diagnosis of Breast Cancer: A Grounded Theory Analysis” by Olga Horgan, Chris Holcombe, and Peter Salmon. Presenting an article gives lab members the opportunity to improve their research skills while simultaneously exploring their own interests. The purpose of this study was to document and explain positive psychological changes following a diagnosis of breast cancer using a grounded theory approach. The results demonstrated that the participants experienced positive changes as a result of their cancer. Analysis of the participants’ reflections suggested that changed priorities in life and increased empathy for others occurred when reflections focused on the suffering endured through this illness. Additionally, increased self-confidence was found when patients reflected on the management of their illness. These findings are consistent with other trauma-processing theories, while also contributing ideas of reflection in the suffering and management of trauma. Future directions include the design of clinical interventions to assist adjustment to breast cancer diagnosis.

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Lauren’s Honors Independent Study Presentation

Lauren's Honors Thesis Presentation PicLab member, Lauren, recently presented her research proposal for her honors independent study project entitled “Survey about Images of Psychosomatic Disorder or Posttraumatic Growth”. The purpose of this study is to examine perceptions of depression and posttraumatic growth, and how these perceptions are influenced by participant personality characteristics. An additional motive of the study is to clarify American perceptions of depressive disorders. An exploratory component of this study aims to understand how participants perceive different types of reported growth after trauma. Many demographics variables are assessed based on other individual interests within the lab, allowing the data to be shared by everyone. The lab recently began collecting data for this new study and will continue to do so throughout the year. We are all eager to see the results!

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Velinka’s Article Presentation

Velinka's Article Presentation Photo EditedFirst semester lab members present an article to enhance their research skills as well as to share their interests with the lab. Recently, Velinka presented an empirical article, “Growing from experience: An exploratory study of posttraumatic growth in adolescent refugees” by Marieke Sleijpen, Joris Haagen, Trudy Mooren, and Rolf J. Kleber. The purpose  of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived posttraumatic growth (PTG) and potentially traumatic events (PTEs), perceived social support, posttramatic stress disorder (PTSD), dispositional optimism, and satisfaction with life in adolescent refugees and asylum seekers. The results showed that dispositional optimism and social support positively predicted PTG, and PTG is positively related with satisfaction with life. There was no relationship between PTG and PTSD, suggesting that they are independent constructs. Future research is needed to determine causality between PTG and other mental health outcome sin adolescent refugees.

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Whitney’s Research Presentation

whitneysarticlepresentationGraduate lab member, Whitney recently presented her research regarding the impact of pets and animal assisted therapy on posttraumatic growth. The purpose of her research was to determine if owning pets, animal assisted therapy, social support, and stress impact posttraumatic growth. Her results showed that the amount of time spent with pets predicts posttraumatic growth in high school students. She also found that most of the participants who went through animal assisted therapy demonstrated increases in posttraumatic growth and perceived social support. Whitney will be presenting her research at the Lunch Bunch event which will take place on  March 2nd in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center from 12:00 to 12:50 pm.


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