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Current Honors Thesis Students

Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson

Advisor: Matthew Euler

Thesis Topic:

Examining whether spatial patterns of pre- and post-stimulus alpha event-related desynchronization and theta event-related synchronization are correlated with the Default Mode Network (DMN) and Fronto-Parietal Network (FPN).

Emma Dean

Emma Dean

Advisor: Elisabeth Conradt

Mariah Erickson

Mariah Erickson

Advisor: Brennan Payne & Jack Silcox

Thesis Topic:

Analyzing the N400 component during a false hearing paradigm

Tyla Meadows

Tyla Meadows

Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi & Cecilia Wainryb

Thesis Topic:

Adolescents’ feelings of anger, fear, and sadness across the narrative process

Rachel Morse

Rachel Morse

Advisors: David Strayer, Amy McDonnell, & Sara LoTemplio

Thesis Topic:

Understanding the influence of subjective motivation and individual difference variables on the amplitude of the error-related negativity (ERN).

Jimena Murillo

Jimena Murillo

Advisor: Zac Imel

Alyssa Phillips

Alyssa Phillips

Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi & Cecilia Wainryb

Thesis Topic:

Measuring differences in expressive reluctance for shame and guilt narratives

Sammie Riley

Sammie Riley

Advisor: Frank Drews

Thesis Topic:

Using an adherence engineering framework to assess cognitive obstacles and facilitators for adherence to COVID-19 safety standards.

Maia Southwick

Maia Southwick

Advisors: Monisha Pasupathi & Cecilia Wainryb

Thesis Topic:

Examining the factors related to feeling heard during relationship conflicts

Mason Stephens

Mason Stephens

Advisor: David Strayer

John Stitt

John Stitt

Advisor: Lee Raby

Thesis Topic:

Understanding the relationship between mothers’ and infants’ physiological responses to the Still Face Paradigm.

Will Tanguy

Will Tanguy

Advisor: Patricia Kerig

Thesis Topic:

Highlighting depressive symptomology as a mediator for the association between attachment trauma exposure and adolescent dating violence

Honors Thesis Alumni

  • Maxton Cline
    • Advisor: Paul White
  • Kaedyn Crabtree
    • Advisor: David Strayer
  • Kelli Geskes
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
  • Brittney Hayes
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
  • Miranda Jones
    • Advisor: Maija Holsti
  • Treasure Lundskog
    • Advisor: Elisabeth Conradt
  • Kyrah Naegle
    • Advisor: Lee Raby
  • Ali Palmer
    • Advisor: Lee Raby
  • Su Myat Phyu Sin
    • Advisor: Jacqueline Chen
  • Joshua Urry
    • Advisor: Sheila Crowell
  • Debbie Vargas
    • Advisor: Patricia Kerig
  • Kathryn Wylie
    • Advisors: Monisha Pasupathi and Cecilia Wainryb

  • Jill Arndt
    • Advisor: Brian Baucom
    • Thesis Title: Communication behaviors and baseline suicidality in couples affiliated with the national guard 
  • Kelsey Barney
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
    • Thesis Title: Emotional regulation technique as the link between family background and emotional reactivity 
  • Barbara Camara
    • Advisor: Elisabeth Conradt
    • Thesis Title: Can more sensitive caregiving buffer the effects of maternal depression on child problem behavior? 
  • Rene Gilfillan
    • Advisor: Cindy Berg
    • Thesis Title: Shared Appraisal and Emotional Disclosure in Couple Discussions about Difficult Personal Topics for Type 1 Diabetics
  • Nour Jaatoul
    • Advisor(s): Paul White & Larry Parker
    • Thesis Title: Evaluating Students’ Perspectives of the University of Utah’s Campus Racial Climate via Critical Race Theory
  • Stephanie Laubacher
    • Advisor: Paul White
    • Thesis Title: Preemptive Disclosure
  • Kaul Lee
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: Anger co-rumination among same-sex adolescent peers 
  • Dylan Neff
    • Advisor(s): Sheila Crowell & Liz Conradt
    • Thesis Title: Fetal programming of the infant sympathetic nervous system 
  • Yasmin Peralta
    • Advisor: Patricia Kerig
    • Thesis Title: The Roles of Emotion Dysregulation and Hopelessness in the Delinquent and Aggressive Behavior of Justice-Involved Youth
  • Hayley Smihula
    • Advisor: Sara Weisenbach
    • Thesis Title: Late-life Depression Symptom Severity as a Predictor of Cognition and White Matter Microstructure
  • Vanessa Srivastava
    • Advisor: Brennan Payne
    • Thesis Title: The Effects of Text Captioning on Bilingual Non-Native English Speaker's English Language Comprehension and Memory 
  • Samantha Sueoka
    • Advisor: Lee Raby
    • Thesis Title: Secure base script and social competence among high and low risk children 
  • Kate Warnock
    • Advisor: Paul White
    • Thesis Title: The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Stereotype Activation

  • Taylor Adams
    • Advisor: David Sanbonmatsu
    • Thesis Title: Confidence and Change in Trait Impressions of Others and Self
  • Ashley Allen
    • Advisor: Elisabeth Conradt
    • Thesis Title: Do Physiologic Responses Mediate Maternal Borderline Personality Symptomatology and Infant Neurobehavioral Outcomes?
  • Molly Davis
    • Advisor: Carol Sansone
    • Thesis Title: The Role of First-Generation Status on Independent and Interdependent Language in Motivational Advice
  • Nicolle Eldredge  
    • Advisor: Elisabeth Conradt
    • Thesis Title: Maternal Stress and the Development of Infant Regulatory Processes
  • Jessica Isenhour
    • Advisor: Lee Raby
    • Thesis Title: Early Social Deprivation and the Diurnal Cortisol Regulation of Children Adopted Internationally
  • Eric Nhem
    • Advisor(s): Jacqueline Chen & Carol Sansone
    • Thesis Title: First Generation College Student Stressors (survey comparison to non-first gen)
  • Luciana Salmi
    • Advisor: Elisabeth Conradt
    • Thesis Title: Investigation of the Combined Effects of Social Support and Maternal Prenatal Mood on Newborn Neurobehavior
  • Hannah Samowitz
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: Place Attachment and Smog Salience Interacting with Donations to Environmental Organizations
  • Jessica Valdes
    • Advisor: Patricia Kerig
    • Thesis Title: Parental Influences on Recidivism for Youth with Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms

  • Steven Carlson
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
  • Molly Davis
    • Advisor: Carol Sansone
  • William Hynes
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: Audience tailoring: Implications for narrative identity
  • Mark Lavalle
    • Advisor: Matthew Euler
    • Thesis Title: EEG Time-frequency dynamics associated with eye blink suppression
  • Marley Lebrecht
    • Advisor: Sheila Crowell
    • Thesis Title: The effect of a close friendship on the number of suicide attempts executed by adolescent girls
  • Piper Meisinger
    • Advisor: Sarah Creem-Regehr
    • Thesis Title: Egocentric versus Allocentric: Finding a superior learning strategy in novel small-scale spatial learning
  • Jennifer Nielsen
    • Advisor: Adrienne Cachelin
  • Erin O'Connor
    • Advisor: Yana Suchy
    • Thesis Title: The use of speed-accuracy trade-off in the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System
  • Madeline Rencher
    • Advisor: Anne Kirby
    • Thesis Title: Transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities
  • Gry Wheaton
    • Advisor: Craig Bryan
    • Thesis Title: Relationship stress and postdeployment psychological distress among military personnel
  • Mitch Whitfield
    • Advisor: David Strayer
    • Thesis Title: Validating visual-manual detection response task measurements in simulated distracted driving

  • Micah Crapo
    • Advisor: Fran Friedrich
    • Thesis Title: Transitioning control: Examining the individual differences between automatic and controlled processes
  • Kristen Fine
    • Advisor: Sam Goldstein
  • Kelly Gardner
    • Advisor: Jason Watson
  • Kevin Greenberg
    • Advisor: Jason Watson
  • Emily Hansen
    • Advisor: Sheila Crowell
  • Yotam Livnat
    • Advisor: Ray Kesner
    • Thesis Title: The connection between religious coping and PTSD/Major Depressive Disorder
  • Chaniece Pollock
    • Advisor: Julie Metos
  • Mira Reynolds
    • Advisor: Craig Bryan
    • Thesis Title: Guilt and shame among military personnel and veterans who have experience miltary sexual trauma
  • Katherine Roth
    • Advisor: Sheila Crowell
    • Thesis Title: Mother's mental health and emotional validation towards their daughters
  • Christian Ruske
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
  • Madison Thomas
    • Advisor: Lisa Diamond
    • Thesis Title: Possible systems of female sexuality
  • Paige Victorine
    • Advisor: Sheila Crowell

  • Julia Chandler
    • Advisor: Sheila Crowell
    • Thesis Title: Dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia: A preliminary investigation into the effects of mindfulness practice in a transdiagnostic clinical population
  • Jessie du Pre
    • Advisor: Lisa Diamond
    • Thesis Title: Gender differences in recollected consistency or change in same sex sexuality across the lifespan: Measuring linkages between fleixibility in sexual attraction, behavior, and love propensity
  • Christina Ferguson
    • Advisor: Katherine Baucom
    • Thesis Title: Marital status and distress among low-income couples transitioning to parenthood
  • Alyssa Iacono
    • Advisor: Carol Sansone
    • Thesis Title: Context affects undergraduates' goals and engagement behaviors when learning online
  • Hye-ri Lee
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: Eliciting event type: Rumination and emotional complexity
  • Magdalen Memmott
    • Advisor: Jason Watson
  • Hannah Schryver
    • Advisor: Matthew Euler
    • Thesis Title: EEG and cognitive correlates of elementary task performance
  • Karen Stovall
    • Advisor: Lisa Diamond
    • Thesis Title: Reason for cohabitation on the outcome of relationship quality and satisfaction

  • Dylan Barton
    • Advisor: Patricia Kerig
    • Thesis Title: Friends in all the wrong places? Gang involvement and the relevance of attachment theory
  • Patricia Bernabe
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
    • Thesis Title: Facebook: Effects on cardiovascular health and self-conscious emotion
  • Douk Chon
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
    • Thesis Title: The role of trait neuroticism in stress processes and a possible link to cardiovascular disease
  • Mitchell Cox
    • Advisor: Maria Newton
    • Thesis Title: Exploring exercise adherence: The impact of exercise intensity and variability on affect during exercise
  • Angela Goodman
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
    • Thesis Title: The influence of interpersonal relationships and mindfulness on sleep quality
  • Grace Hanley
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: How engaging in mind-focused or body-focused Eastern practice affects the way people narrate challenging events
  • Clinton Hardy
    • Advisor: Jim Alexander
    • Thesis Title: Adolescent perception of negative pressures and admission reactions in outdoor behavioral healthcare
  • Danielle Long
    • Advisor: Carol Werner
    • Thesis Title: Diabetes risk, physical activity, and the physical environment
  • Joshua Matyi
    • Advisor: Matthew Euler
    • Thesis Title: Intelligence and neural activation: A test of the relationship between the neural efficiency hypothesis and repetition suppression
  • Lauren Rhodewalt
    • Advisor: Yana Suchy
    • Thesis Title: Personality and Emotion Regulation contributions to Executive Function
  • Michelle Silver
    • Advisor: Paula Williams
    • Thesis Title: Pre-sleep arousal in healthy adults reporting childhood trauma: Implications for the development of insomnia
  • Valerie Velarde
    • Advisor: Don Strassberg
    • Thesis Title: The exchange of sexually explicit cell phone pictures (sexting) among high school students
  • Brendan Willis
    • Advisor: Patricia Kerig
    • Thesis Title: Investigating the Mediational Role of Meaning Making in the Association Between Moral Injury and Well-Being
  • Danielle Zimmerman
    • Advisor: Frank Drews
    • Thesis Title: Adherence engineering in a central line dressing change

  • Susan Fink
    • Advisor: Cynthia Berg
  • Tyeson Huffaker
    • Advisor: Sheila Crowell
    • Thesis Title: Friends in all the wrong places? Gang involvement and the relevance of attachment theory
  • Morgan Mendenhall
    • Advisor: M. David Rudd
    • Thesis Title: The preparedness of college and University counseling centers in meeting the needs of student veterans
  • Zeljka Macura
    • Advisor: Jeanine Stefanucci
    • Thesis Title: The influence of virtual others on judgments of self passage
  • Victoria Rowe
    • Advisor: M. David Rudd
  • Hilary Smith
    • Advisor: Craig Bryan
    • Thesis Title: Levels of burnout among U.S. Air Force pararescue jumpers

  • Michael Cazayoux 
    • Advisor: Timothy Smith
    • Thesis Title: Optimism, Health, and Well-Being: Implications for Intervention
  • Andrew Choi 
    • Advisor: Carol Sansone
    • Thesis Title: Examining Off-Task Behaviors as Regulatory Mediators of Long-Term Interest and Performance Online
  • Lauren Forrest  
    • Advisor: Jeanine Stefanucci
    • Thesis Title: The Role of Perception in Eating Disorders
  • Jennica Galloway 
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: Unforgivable: Examining Reasons for Not forgiving with Children and Adolescents
  • David Gerritsen
    • Advisor(s): Frank Drews & Jeanine Stefanucci
    • Thesis Title: Decision Making and Judgments with a computer
  • Haley Hoffman
    • Advisor: David Strayer
    • Thesis Title: The Effect of Technology Use on distraction and Safety in High School Student Pedestrians
  • Stefan Huynh
    • Advisor(s): Jeanine Stefanucci & Lisa Aspinwall
    • Thesis Title: Self-Affirmation Counteracts the Effects cognitive Resource Depletion in Perception
  • Kristina Oldroyd 
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: The Effect of perceived Discrimination on Social Trust as Moderated by Ethnic Identity
  • Ashley Pyne
    • Advisor: Jason Watson
    • Thesis Title: The Effects of nature and Urban Environments on Working memory Capacity
  • Jessica Robinson
    • Advisor: Cecilia Wainryb
    • Thesis Title: It’s OK to be mad, even if you’re wrong”: Mother’s Explanations of Their Children’s Harmful and Helpful Behavior
  • Rebecca Stoffel
    • Advisor: Lisa Aspinwall
    • Thesis Title: Lay Perceptions of Genetic Determinism: An Experimental Study of the Impact of Genetic Penetrance on Perceptions of Disease Risk and Preventability
  • Kiana Taheri
    • Advisor: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Thesis Title: Stories of Transgressions: individual differences in the presence of specific scripts in narratives of negative experiences
  • Alexandra Trani
    • Advisor: Jason Watson
    • Thesis Title: What cognitive Processes Benefit From nature?

 

Last Updated: 6/4/21