Undergraduate Applied Psychology Students Present Original Research at Department Conference

Students in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology took part in the department’s undergraduate research conference in April. Maurice Anderson and Katherine Kirkinis were among students who presented research they had undertaken with faculty mentors. Kirkinis studied the role that family played in socializing its members to behave altruistically and found that in urban African American families, the church and immediate family are a powerful influence. Anderson studied loneliness and depression among foster care children, and learned that both are somewhat ameliorated in children if a foster mother and biological mother share a common ethnic heritage.

“The purpose of the annual undergraduate research conference is to provide advanced students in applied psychology a venue where they can present their independent research projects,” said Associate Professor Gigliana Melzi, who directs the program. “Each year, ten students are selected to present their work. Together their work represents the diversity of interests and breadth of experiences our students have, as well as the strong research skills they develop through their coursework and research experiences.”

To learn more about the work of Steinhardt’s Applied Psychology students, visit Applied Psychology OPUS, their online journal.

Photo: Maurice Anderson’s poster presentation was ‘Loneliness and Depression among Foster Children: The Role of Caregiver Ethnic Math.’ His research mentor was J. Lawrence Aber, a professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology.