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2019 Graduate College Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Graduate College Fellowship Winners Ashley Myers and Rebecca Koniuszy.

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MAPR Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Kennedy Anderson, winner of the 2019 MAPR Scholarship.

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International Research Conference 2018

Congratulations to our students who participated in the 10th Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students.

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2018 Graduates

Congratulations to the May 2018 graduates!

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  • 2019 Competitive Scholarship

    2019 Cohort: Macy Myers, Cara Petrofes

    2019 MAPR Scholarship

    2019 Cohort: Kennedy Anderson

    2018 Cohort: Alyssa Kopecki

    2019 Graduate College Fellowship

    2019 Cohort: Ashley Myers

    2019 Graduate College Celebrity Classic Scholarship

    2018 Cohort: Ashley Frost

    2019 Graduate College Scholarship Recipients

    2018 Cohort: Whitney Finch, Ashley Frost, Alyssa Kopecki, Anna Madden-Rusnak

    2019 Texas State University System Foundation Scholarship

    Ashley Frost, 2018 Cohort, was awarded a Texas State University System Foundation Scholarship for the Spring 2019 semester.

    2018 Graduate College Scholarship Recipients

    2nd year: Niki Hayatbini, Anthony Robinson, Morgan Snyder, Callie De La Cerda, Shelby Lipschuetz, Aaron Bonnette

    1st year: Alyssa Kopecki and Mark Stern

    2018 Graduate College Fellowship Recipients

    Alyssa Kopecki and Mark Stern

    Alyssa Kopecki graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in psychology and criminology from Texas A&M University-San Antonio and was unconditionally accepted to the MA in Psychological Research program for Fall 2018.

    Mark Stern graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in psychology from Texas State University and was unconditionally accepted to the MA in Psychological Research program for Fall 2018.

    2018 MAPR Scholarship Recipients

    2nd year: Niki Hayatbini and Shelby Lipschuetz

    1st year: Kyle Kilchrist, Anna Madden, and Courtney Wilson

    2017 MAPR Scholarship Recipients

    2nd year: Marieke Visser

    1st year: Niki Hayatbini

    2016 MAPR Scholarship Recipients

    2nd Year Student - Chasley Jones

    1st Year Students - Eileen Marin Cordivin, Trisha Flournoy, Angela Johnson, Linda-Brook Thompson

    2016 Graduate College Scholarship Recipients

    2nd Year Student - Amanda Jones, Chasley Jones, Elia Bueno, Katelyn Stephenson, Samantha White

    1st Year Students - Angela Johnson, Fatemeh Fereidooni, Linda-Brooke Thompson, Miguel Capote, Trisha Flournoy

    2016 Merit Fellowship

    Maxwell Helfrich

    2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships

    Katelyn Stephenson & Samantha White

    2015 MAPR Scholarship Recipients

    1st year: Katelyn Stephenson

    2nd year: Frank DePalma, Morgan Kelly, Stephen Ramos, Bryant Reininger, Candice Stanfield

    2015 Graduate College Scholarship Recipients

    Morgan Kelly, Katelyn Stephenson, Brittany Hill, Bryant Reininger, Francesco DePalma, Candice Stanfield, Elia Bueno, Stephen Ramos

    2014 Graduate College Scholarship Recipients

    Javier Arteta Garcia, Michael Bell, Angelica Carballo, Briana Cobos, Natalie DeLeon, Haley Harris, Velia Hernandez, Adrienne Koller, Matthew Light, Rachel Price, Christopher Prickett, Shannon Wilder 

  • 2019

    Best Graduate Poster Presentation at ARMADILLO

    Congratulations to Anna Madden-Rusnak, 2018 Cohort, for winning "Best Graduate Poster Presentation" at the ARMADILLO Conference at Texas A&M University- San Antonio on October 4-5. Anna presented her poster "Sleep-Dependent Increases in Perceived Similarity Facilitate Analogical Problem Solving."

    Paper Publication: Stephen Ramos

    Stephen Ramos, 2014 cohort, published "A Qualitative Approach to Understanding HIV-Related Stress in Texas" in the August 2019 edition of Texas Medicine with Dr. Schepis, Dr. Haskard-Zolnierek and Dr. Roundtree (Dept. of English).

    Paper Publication: Dalton Klare

    Dalton Klare, 2018 cohort, published "Health beliefs, behaviors, and symptoms associated with orthorexia nervosa" in the June 2019 edition of Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity with Dr. Oberle.

    Paper Publication: Niki Hayatbini

    Niki Hayatbini, 2017 cohort, published "Are orthorexia nervosa symptoms associated with cognitive inflexibility?" in Psychiatry Research in January 2019 with Dr. Oberle.

    Paper Publication: Anna Madden-Rusnak

    Anna Madden-Rusnak, 2018 cohort, was a co-author on the article "High-normal adolescent fasting plasma glucose is associated with poorer midlife brain health: Bogalusa Heart Study" in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in May 2019

    Paper Publication: Aaron Bonnette & Anthony Robinson

    Aaron Bonnette & Anthony Robinson, 2017 cohort, published "Social comparison, social media addiction, and social interaction: An examination of specific social media behaviors related to major depressive disorder in a millennial population" in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research in July 2018 with Dr. Krista Howard & Dr. Natalie Ceballos.

    2018

    Best Master's Student Paper at International Research Conference

    “Weight Stigma During Medical Visits is Negatively Associated with Provider-Patient Relationship Factors,” written by Morgan Snyder, 2017 cohort, was recognized as the top paper in the “Master’s Paper” category at The Tenth International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University. 

    Conference Presentation

    Rachel Farley, Morgan Snyder, Callie De La Cerda, and Anthony Robinson, all 2017 cohorts, presented their research in a panel at the 10th Annual International Research Conference on November 14, 2018.

    Outstanding Master's Student in the College of Liberal Arts

    MAPR student Marieke Visser was selected as the Outstanding Master's Student in the College of Liberal Arts for the 2017-2018 school year. 

    Conference Presentation: Shelby Lipschuetz

    Shelby Lipschuetz, 2017 cohort, presented a talk at the SWPA (Southwestern Psychological Association) conference in Houston in Spring 2018 - "Orthorexia Symptomatology in Relation to Personality and Relationship Satisfaction."

    Paper Publications: Shelby Lipschuetz

    Shelby Lipschuetz, 2017 cohort, had her paper "Orthorexia Symptoms Correlate with Perceived Muscularity and Body Fat, Not BMI" published in the studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity section of the Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders.

    Shelby's paper "Agency and Relationship Dissatisfaction Associated with Orthorexia Symptomatology" was published in the Open Journal of Psychiatry.

    Paper Publication: Amanda Jones-Rincon

    Amanda Jones-Rincon, 2015 cohort, published “Anxiety in the workplace: A comprehensive occupational health evaluation of anxiety disorder in public school teachers” in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research in June 2018 with Dr. Krista Howard.

    Paper Publication: Morgan Kelly and Stephen Ramos

    Morgan Kelly and Stephen Ramos, 2014 cohort, published "Substance Use in Healthcare Workers: Importance of Stress Perception, Smoking Temptation, Social Support, and Humor" in Substance Use & Misuse in 2018 with Dr. Schepis.

    Paper Publication: Katelyn Stephenson and Chasley Jones

    Katelyn Stephenson and Chasley Jones, both 2015 cohort, published “Bayesian analysis of multimethod ego-depletion studies favours the null hypothesis” in the British Journal of Social Psychology in 2018 with Dr. Etherton, Dr. Osborne, and Dr. De Nadai.

    Paper Publication: Marieke Visser

    Marieke Visser published “The Influence of Major Depressive Disorder at both the Preoperative and Postoperative Evaluations for Total Knee Arthroplasty Outcome” in Pain Medicine in 2018 with Dr. Howard.

    2017

    Paper Publication: Ricardo Castaneda and Avia Gray

    Ricardo Castaneda, 2013 cohort, and Avia Gray, 2014 cohort, published “Psychosocial factors related to functional restoration treatment completion and return-to-function for patients with chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders” in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2017 with Dr. Howard and Dr. Haskard-Zolnierek.

    Paper Publication: Angela Johnson, Sinjin Roming, Rachel Price and Briana Cobos

    Angela Johnson & Sinjin Roming, 2016 cohort, and Rachel Price & Briana Cobos, 2013 cohort, published “Somatization Disorder and stress in teachers: A comprehensive occupational health evaluation" in Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research in 2017 with Dr. Howard and Dr. Haskard-Zolnierek.

    2016

    Paper Publication: Javier Arteta and Briana Cobos

    Javier Arteta and Briana Cobos, both 2013 cohort published “Evaluation of How Depression and Anxiety Mediate the Relationship Between Pain Catastrophizing and Prescription Opioid Misuse in a Chronic Pain Population” in Pain Medicine in 2016 with Dr. Hu and Dr. Howard.

    Paper Publications: Brittany Hill

    Brittany Hill, 2014 cohort, published “Interpersonal Blame and Perceptions of Choice” in Psychological Studies in 2016 with Dr. Ogletree and Dr. Archer.

    Brittany Hill, 2014 cohort, published “Body Modifications in College Students: Considering gender, self-esteem, body appreciation, and reasons for tattoos” in College Student Journal in summer 2016 with Dr. Ogletree.

    Paper Publication: Chasley Jones

    Chasley Jones, 2015 cohort, published “Predicting safe sex practices from gender-related interpersonal variables” in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine in 2016 with Dr. Oberle.

    2015

    Paper Publication: Candice Stanfield

    Candice Stanfield, 2014 cohort, published “Inexplicable Sex Difference in Homonegativity: A Proposed New Paradigm of Implicit Cognitive Systems” in Journal of Social Sciences Research in 2015 with Dr. Ginsburg and Dr. Ogletree.

    Paper Publication: Briana Cobos

    Briana Cobos, 2013 cohort, published “White coat hypertension: improving the patient-health care practitioner relationship” in Psychology Research and Behavior Management in 2015 with Dr. Haskard-Zolnierek and Dr. Howard.

    2014

    Award: Best Poster

    Javier Arteta and his mentor, Dr. Krista Howard, were awarded “Best Poster” at the Fall 2014 International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research conference. Their study is titled: "Evaluation of how Depression and Anxiety Mediate the Relationship between Pain Catastrophizing and Opioid Misuse in a Chronic Pain Population."  Javier completed the internship at RestoreFX last summer and utilized their patient data for this project.  His paper has been submitted for publication to Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    Award: Best Paper

    Candice Stanfield co-presented "The Inexplicable Sex Differences in Homeonegativity: A Proposed New Paradigm of Implicit Cognitive Systems" at International Organization of Social Science and Behavioral Research on November 3, 2014 in San Antonio, TX and was awarded "Best Paper."