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    Psychological Research

    Our faculty members are involved in research both for their own professional development and for the enrichment of students’ experiences at Hamline University. Students often take on research apprenticeships to assist with professional research, and faculty members often collaborate with students to further their research skills.

    Dr. Dorothee Dietrich has several lines of research in which she involves undergraduate students. She studies effects of Ostracism, Self-Handicapping, and Culture of Honor effects. She currently has collaborations with undergraduates under review for publication.

    Dr. Serena King has won a prestigious Harvard Institute Grant and a New Investigator Grant Award (Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders) to study gambling behaviors among youth from a behavioral genetic perspective. She often collaborates with undergraduate students on their own projects or takes them as research apprentices. She is currently supervising Emmy Kelly, who is studying the effects of Mindfulness Practices on substance abuse.

    Dr. Paula Mullineaux has an ongoing research project investigating interactions between parents (usually mothers) and their children. She is currently supervising senior honors student, Taylor Listul (pictured on our landing page), as he studies parents’ feelings of optimism/pessimism and parental efficacy. She is also supervising Christine Dudero, who is examining media effects on body image.

    Dr. Matt Olson has supervised research apprentices and collaborators in a number of areas. These include recent projects in color vision acuity, spreading activation in verbal memory, stress and arousal effects in risky decision-making, and cultural differences in biofeedback efficacy. He is currently supervising Asho Kalif, who is examining gender differences in conformity among first-generation Somalis, and Danielle Drasher who is studying the effects of biofeedback training for people with Restless-Leg Syndrome.

    Dr. Robin Parritz has ongoing research programs that focus on disorders in children. Some of her most recent studies involve stigmatization of children who have been diagnosed with psychological disorders. Her successful research program has often included undergraduate collaborators and apprentices. She is currently supervising Tate Halverson (pictured on our landing page) as she studies pre-frontal lobe activity and the development of empathy.