Adams State psychology students present research, meet psychology legend

For the fourth consecutive year, psychology students and faculty represented Adams State College at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s (RMPA) annual convention. The convention, celebrating its 80th year, was held in Denver April 15-17.

In attendance were 14 students and 3 faculty: Jacque Archuleta, Samantha Campbell, Lisa Chirieleison, Doug Colman, Cathi Lucero Connell, Alex Espinoza, Andrea Livinston, Eric Miller, Lindsey Nelson, Chris Olance, Lindsey Seybold, Justin Takajjart, Ken Waudby, Solange Zanetti, Dr. Leslie Alvarez, Dr. Kim Kelso, and Dr. Rob Demksi. Three students presented original research stemming from projects completed in their Research Methods in Psychology course.

Solange Zanetti and Cathi Lucero Connell,along with faculty sponsor, Dr. Rob Demski, presented their research: “The effect of a fear-based public service announcement on texting while driving.” Doug Colman, along with faculty sponsor, Dr. Leslie Alvarez, presented “Face to face or internet: Does mode of introduction affect quality of first impression?”

In addition, students with leadership roles in Psi Chi/Psychology Club attended workshops aimed at developing leadership skills. Alex Espinoza, Adams State College’s Psi Chi Treasurer, served as a moderator during one of these sessions.

Psychology students with Dr. Albert Bandura (front center).

In addition to representing ASC through research and attendance, students were afforded the opportunity to meet one of psychology’s living legends. Stanford University’s Dr. Albert Bandura (of the 1960’s “bobo doll” experiment fame) was an invited speaker. Following his talk regarding Social Cognitive theory on the global stage, he spent time answering students’ questions, taking photos with students, and signing autographs. Students in attendance noted that meeting the man regarded as the most famous living psychologist was a highlight of the convention.

Next year, RMPA will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ASC psychology department hopes to see continued attendance and participation in this regional convention, allowing students to network with other majors and leaders in the field of psychology.

Author: jmwaecht

Assistant to the President for Communications
Editor/Designer of alumni magazine – A-Stater