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Honors Theses

top ⇑2014

Erin Albert

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Present-mindedness or thought suppression: The effects on performance after failure

Claire Burns

Director: Professor Jeff Lockman
Social learning through imitation in toddlers

Brittany Devries

Director: Professor Jeff Lockman
Hand-to-mouth coordination: Comparison of late preterm & full term infants

Jessica Feigen

Director: Professor Laurie O’Brien
Positive effect of female role models on women's STEM outcomes

Ashley Galsky

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
The experience of complex trauma in New Orleans youth

Melanie Hotz

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
Gender differences in early math skill acquisition and its relationship with executive function

Brooke Kania

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
Attention, executive function and development of math competence in low-income pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students

Mosteller Lierle

Director: Professor Terry Christenson
Mood and decision-making: An investigation of framing effects, heuristics, and moral dilemmas

Olivia Mahler-Haug

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Moderating effect of parental modeling on the development of physical symptoms of panic in clinically anxious youth

Margot Paul

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Family history of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), neonatal risk, and parental age in predicting ASD diagnosis

Katheryn Sauvigne

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Genetic vulnerability, temperament, and language delay as risk factors For autism spectrum disorders

Mackenzie Shade

Director: Professor Courtney Baker
The role of intervention delivery agent and treatment fidelity in the effectiveness of early childhood interventions on socioemotional outcomes: A systematic literature review

Emma Skok

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Parent-child agreement on reports of child anxiety symptoms: Effects of child age, parental anxiety, and family structure

Melisa Valmoria

Co-Directors: Professors Andrea Zsombok and Beth Wee
Increased astrocyte reactivity in a hypertensive rat model

Alice Wille

Director: Professor Bonnie Nastasi
Using ecomaps to examine perceived stress and support longitudinally in early childhood

top ⇑2013

Renee Blair

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
Construct validity of a three-factor model of executive functioning in a low income early childhood population

Carolina Bejarano

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Effects of coping style and emotion management on anxiety in Latino youth

Nicolette Guillou

Director: Professor Lisa Molix
He loves me, he loves me not: Examining the relationship between ambivalent sexism, sexual violence, and undergraduate women's well-being

April Hartman

Director: Professor Lisa Molix
Perceived sexism and well-being among women: The influence of community esteem

Thea Heiman

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
Effects of racial discrimination on pregnancy-related anxiety

Yelena Johnson

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
To speak or not to speak: An examination of confronting sexism as a coping strategy for women

Carolyn Kaufman

Director: Professor Dave Corey
Supramarginal gyrus asymmetry predicts disfluency rate during delayed auditory feedback

Emily Lerner

Director: Professor Jeff Lockman
Body mapping in young children

Rachelle Melancon

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Grief: Beliefs and perceptions

Hannah Mellman

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Exploring the relationships between social motivation, language development, and social functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders

Chloe Renshaw

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Beliefs about synchronous grief

Sofia-Jeanne Roggeveen

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
Self-esteem and perspective taking: How failure affects the capacity to see from another's point of view

Amy Sheehy

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
The effect of anxious attachment style and sexist life experiences on stigma consciousness

top ⇑2012

Taylor Adney

Director: Professor Lisa Szechter
Parent-child conversations in museums and memory

Elizabeth Calteaux

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
Effects of the coping power intervention on boys' school adjustment

Lauren Eierman

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
Exploring the effects of single-gender classrooms on early adolescent classroom behavior

Dhruv Gupta

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Heeding medical advice

Catherine Harris

Director: Professor Bonnie Nastasi
The prevalence of depressive symptoms in HIV-infected crack users

Charlotte Hellmuth

Director: Professor Gary Dohanich
The misuse of ADHD stimulants: Extrinsic and intrinsic motivations among college students

Gordon Hill

Director: Professor Paul Colombo
Test of interactions between hippocampus and striatum during memory retrieval

Sara Kaplan

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
The relationship between stressful life events, family support, and alcohol use among African American adolescents

Kristen Koch

Director: Professor Lisa Molix
Stereotype threat and performance: The influence of efficacy

Paula Lopez-Gamundi

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
Interpersonal rejection: The role of self-esteem, contingencies of self-worth, and perspective-talking

Megan McCartney

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland Generation Me: A study of Facebook use, narcissism and perspective taking

Sophia Olton-Weber

Director: Professor Bonnie Nastasi
Academic standing and psychological well-being of elementary students: An analysis

Ashlei Peterson

Director: Professor Jeff Lockman
Young Chinese children’s motor and visual behavior in chopstick use

Lily Rabinow

Director: Professor Jeff Lockman
Infant tool use development

Emma Ross

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Parental control and child anxiety in a multi-ethnic sample: The role of peer support and age

Madeline Schwartz

Director: Professor Bonnie Nastasi
Stress and coping among adolescent Sri Lankans

Lindsey Shroff

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
Behavior interventions in an elementary classroom

Melanie Soilleux

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
The effects of perspective-taking and education on perceptions of sexism

Ayesha Sujan

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
Being correct or being creative: The effect of feedback and task type on measures of well-being and motivation

Yingjia "Joy" Wan

Director: Professor David Corey
Attention and order effect on delayed auditory feedback

Zari Williams-Yee

Director: Professor Gary Dohanich
Educational Level, Delivery Method, and Infant Feeding

top ⇑2011

Alan Atkins

Director: Professor Mike Cunningham
Correlates of hypermasculinity in urban African American males

Christopher Coggins

Director: Professor Dave Corey
Monte Carlo Methods in Psychology

Christopher Dalia

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
New Orleans Public School Transportation: A Descriptive Study

Max Jay-Dixon

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Effects of Controlling Parenting on Child Outcomes: Perceived Neighborhood Danger as a Moderating Factor

Erin Hedemann

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
The Role of Emotion Competence and Anxiety in Somatic Symptoms in Latino Youth

Alissa Isaacson

Director: Professor Jeff Lockman
Infant Exploration of Composite Surfaces with Objects of Mixed Composition

Andrew Kim

Director: Professor Mike Cunningham
Bravado attitudes and depressive symptoms in emerging male adults: Implications for hostility towards women

Jillian Lauer

Director: Professor Dave Corey
Selective Auditory Attention and the Effects Of Attentional Focus on Speech Fluency

Cassandra Lentz

Director: Professor Lisa Molix
Impact of partner group membership and discussion topic on anxiety and social attributions

Alison Lubin

Director: Professor Overstreet
Children of the Storm: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Hurricane Exposure and Behavioral Functioning in Youth Three Years after Katrina

Stephanie Molina

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
Ego Depleting Effects of Perspective Taking on Thought Suppression

Samantha Orsagh-Yentis

Director: Professor Oscar Barbarin
Predicting the Links for Externalizing Behaviors in Boys of Color: A Longitudinal and Cross-Cultural Extension of the Family Stress Model

Sydney Smith

Director: Professor Overstreet
Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma Exposure in Adolescents Following Hurricane Katrina

Caroline Tipler

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Exemplars: The Effect of Forced Upward Social Comparisons on Overall Mental Health

top ⇑2010

William Benson

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
Affecting Attitudes Towards Sexual Minorities: Dissonance or Existence Bias?

Andrew Bingman

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
The Influence of Meritocratic Beliefs on Perceptions of Institutional Versus Individual Racism

Kelly Caravella

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
Social Desirability Appraisals of College Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Lauren Peterson

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
The Effects of Perspective Taking on Ego Depletion Advisor

top ⇑2009

Jayda Batchelder

Director: Professor Bonnie Nastasi
The Role of Cultural Competency Training in Changing the Practice of Medical Providers

Paige Bossart

Director: Professor Jeff Lockman
Development of Early Graphic Activity

Jaimie Colica

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Coping with Diabetes: The Effects of Repressive Coping Style on Metabolic Control

Emily Diston

Director: Professor Lisa Szechter
The Revelation Between Student Reflections and Attitudes Toward Science: Implications of a Science Museum Visit for How Students Felt About Science

Thomas Eskew

Director: Professor Ed Golob
Cognitive Control and Stimulus-Response Compatibility: An Event-Related Potential Study.

Philip Fontenot (Neuroscience)

Director: Professor Dave Corey
The Effects of Handedness on Speech Fluency Under Delayed Auditory Feedback

Andree Gooch (Neuroscience)

Director: Professor Lisa Szechter
Informal Learning: Effects of Exhibits, Gender, and Attitudes Toward Science

Jessica Gostin

Director: Professor Dave Corey
Associations Among Sex, Gender, and Speech Fluency

Gino Mortillaro

Director: Professor Dave Corey
ANOVA: A Monte Carlo Simulation Study of the Importance of ANOVA Significance

Raven O'Rourke

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Type 1 Diabetes Control: Explaining Ethnic Differeces

Kathryn Rossbach

Director: Professor Mike Cunningham
The Effects of Parental Monitoring and Social Support as Buffers to Negative Friend Influence on Alcohol Experimentation in Rural Adolescents

Kristie Vail

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
The Effect of Self-Esteem and Ego Threat on Perspective-Taking

top ⇑2008

Kathryn Black

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
Perception and Experience of Control and Its Influence on Self-Esteem

Jeremy Eberle

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
Self-Awareness and Affective Forecasting

Ashley Jacobson

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
Vulnerability to Stubstance use in Rural Adolescents

Maria N. Kanopoulos

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
Gender Differences in Attributions to Discrimination Following Rejection

Justin Kordys

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
White's Negative Feelings Toward Affirmative Action: An Examination of Principled Conservatism and In-Group Preference

Spencer Marr

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy, the Illusion of Control, and Anxiety

Mara Mudd

Director: Professor Laurie O'Brien
Gender Differences in Entitlement: Effects of Task Gender-Typing

Megan Newhouse

Director: Professor Carrie Wyland
Effect of Negative Emotion on Perceived Exertion During Exercise

Jenna Rosen

Director: Professor Lisa Szechter
Gender, Science, and Informal Learning

Lauren K. Ruth

Director: Professor Chrisman Wilson
The Relationship Between Eye-Contact, Repetitive Behaviors, and Anxiety in Autism

Shubho Sarkar

Director: Professor Jeffrey Lockman
Motor Coordination in Early Tool Use

top ⇑2007

Steven Bright

Director: Professor Edward Golob
Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease in Young Adults: A Combined Genetic and Neurophysiological Analysis

Reesa Dube

Director: Professor Laurie O’Brien
Perceptions of Racism Post-Katrina and Terror Management Theory

Leslie Frankel

Director: Professor Jeffrey Lockman
Infant Object Exploration

Rachel Horvath

Director: Professor Lisa Szechter
Young Children’s Understanding of Spatial Graphic Representations

Katianne Lucey

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Repressive Adaptive Style in Children Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

Usman Mian

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Prejudice Post-Katrina: The Effects of Social Dominance Orientation and Competition for Resources on Perceptions of Evacuees

Sonia Schwartz

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Anxiety Sensitivity and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children following Hurricane Katrina

Jessica Siegel

Director: Professor Laurie O’Brien
Perceptions of Gender Discrimination

top ⇑2006

Amanda Bielonko

Director: Professor Ronald Landis
Various kinds of Parental Support and the Development of Autonomy in College Students

Charles Calderwood

Director: Professor Ronald Landis
Tokenism in Virtual Teams

Amber Garrison

Director: R. Enrique Varela
Parenting Practices and Anxiety in a Cultural Context

Nicole Leveille

Director: Professor Ronald Landis
Gender and Legal Insanity

Rebecca Ostrich

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
School-Based Extracurricular Activities as a Buffer between Exposure to Community Violence and Self-esteem in African American Adolescents

Sarah Vetter

Director: Professor R. Enrique Varela
Anxiety and Hispanic American Children's Adjustment: Cultural and Contextual Effect

Julie Vigna

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
Coping Style and Attributional Style as Mediators to Community Violence and Their Resultant Effects on Aggression

Stephanie Weiner

Director: Professor R. Enrique Varela
Fear Across Cultures

top ⇑2005

Lindsey Bell

Director: Professor Janet B. Ruscher
Critical Feedback in Intergroup Settings

Katherine Brody

Director: Professor Janet B. Ruscher
Sexism and Perceptions of Women’s Persuasive Speech

Nicole Kaban

Director: Professor Paul Colombo
Effect of C-Fos Antistense of Oligodeoxynucleotides on Hippocampal-Dependent Memory Performance

Sarah Covert

Director: Professor Janet B. Ruscher
Hey Baby: The Relation between Benevolent Sexism and Response to Terms of Endearment

Sara Debus

Director: Professor Enrique R. Varela
Parent-Child Agreement of Child Anxiety Expression in a Cross-Cultural Sample

Elizabeth Horn

Director: Professor Gary P. Dohanich
Stimulant Use in the College Population

Cynthia Hughes

Director: Professor Jeffrey J. Lockman
Infant Object Exploration

Galen Jones

Director: Professor Denise L. Newman
Personality Predictors of Adolescent Risky Behavior and Injury

Emily Mcwilliams

Director: Professor David M. Corey
Auditory Processing And Delayed Auditory Feedback

Ashley Newton

Director: Professor Jeffrey J. Lockman
Infant Object Exploration: Babies, Blocks and Bangs

top ⇑2004

Elizabeth Brown

Director: Professor C. Chrisman Wilson
Inconsistent Behavioral Exam and Children's Donations: A Methodological Revision

Heather Dambly

Director: Professor Enrique Varela
Acculturation and Anxiety in Children

Elizabeth Larson

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
The Role of Maternal Mental Health in the Development of Post-Trauma Psychopathology in Children

Dana Lewis

Director: Professor Ron Landis
Affects of Stress on Absenteeism

Tara Mathews

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
Differential Diagnoses of PTSD and ADHD in Children Exposed to Community Violence

Kelly Sauerwein

Director: Professor Edgar O'Neal
Other Perceptions and Metaperceptions: The Role of Perceiver Information and Task Interdependence on Perceptions and Metaperceptions of Targets

Lisa Sontag

Director: Professor Denise Newman
Body Image in American Indian Adolescents

Jill Tanenbaum

Director: Professor Barbara Moely
The Relationship of Maternal Depression to the Reciprocity between Harsh Parenting and Negative Child Reactivity

top ⇑2003

Ashley Babendure

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
The Effects of Exposure to Community Violence on Academic Functioning as Mediated by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Brooke Barbera

Director: Professor Melanie McGrath
Prototype Perception: A Predictor of Smoking Change in College Students

Tania Cardoso

Director: Professor Edgar O'Neal
Women's Gender Roles and Self-Perceptions of Their Leadership Styles

Lori Davis

Director: Professor Gary Dohanich
Anatomy of Addiciton

Justin Elstrott

Director: Professor Duncan Irschick
A Comparative Analysis of Habitat Use and Clinging in Arboreal Arboreal Anoles

Victoria Ervin

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Intrinsic Motivation for Volunteering and Satisfaction with Service Learning

Scott Francioni

Director: Professor Paul Colombo
Neural Mechanisms of Memory

Jeffery Getbehead

Director: Professor Ronald Landis
Factors Influencing Team Performance

Patricia Metzger

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
The Effects of Body Image Consciousness on Negative Metaperceptions

Jennette Palcic

Director: Professor Melanie McGrath
Alcohol Expectancies and Their Relationship with Fraternity and Sorority Membership

Lacey Sahuque

Director: Professor Paul Colombo
Learning-Dependent of C-FOS Transcription in the Rat Orbitofronal Cortex using the Social Transmission of Food Preference Taks

Elizabeth Weeks

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
Taking the Lead: Individual Learners and Positive Academic Outcomes for African American Adolescents

top ⇑2002

Victoria L. Browning

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
The Relation Between Stressful Life Events and Self-Esteem Among African American Adolescents

Jessica M. Devivo

Director: Professor Barbara Moely
Positive Talk Pregnancy

Sarah M. Gallini

Director: Professor Barbara Moely
The Effects of Service Learning on Students' Attitudes: A Comparative Study

Jesse Lind

Director: Professor Carl Thoresen
Determinants of Job Based Value Attainment

Christopher May

Director: Professor Joseph Dien
Expectancy and Semontic Matching as Respective-Modulators of an Early Symmetrical Posterior Even-Related Potential

Rebecca Roller

Director: Professor Carl Thoresen
Personality Trait as a Predictor of Value Attainment

Katherine Shepard

Director: Professor Barbara Moely
The Effects of Service Learning on Elementary School Students

Erica Tennenbaum

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
The Academic Achievement Among Resilient African American Adolescents

Stacey Turner

Director: Professor Carl Thoresen
Predicting Job Satisfaction and Job Burnout: The Role of Personality, Perceived and Objective Job Characteristics

top ⇑2001

Lisa A. Delise

Director: Professor Ronald Landis
College Student Satisfaction, Involvement, and Perceived Support: Does Residence Make a Difference?

Dina Kopperman

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
The Relationships Between Self-Esteem & Academic Achievement in African American Students

Tracey Pastan

Director: Professor Margaret Dempsey
Family and Environmental Factors that Lead To Emotion-Focused Coping in Children

Jenene Roberto

Director: Professor Jeffrey Lockman
Effects Of Contrast On Young Children's Drawing

Justin R. Springer

Director: Professor Margaret Dempsey
Self-Efficacy and Science Performance: The Relation to Individual and School Characteristics

Tara Stacker

Director: Professor Melanie McGrath
Self-Esteen as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Alcohol Consumption, Sexual Risk Behavior and Sexual Victimization Among College Freshmen

top ⇑2000

Meredith N. Cohn

Director: Professor Edgar O'Neal
The Effects of Body Self-Objectification in Women: Caucasian/African American Differences

Shannon M. Fuller

Director: Professor Margaret Dempsey
The Impact Of Social Support For Children Faced With Chronic Stress

Catherine M. Galeener

Director: Professor Terry Christenson
Evolution of Male Aggression

Stephen R. Garofano

Director: Edgar O'Neal
The Effect of Violent Video Games on Perception of Hostile Intent

Sarah Hyatt

Director: Professor Barbara Moely
Reading Intervention for Below Level Middle School Students

Cecily Kanter

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
Gender as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Exposure to Community Violence and Posttraumatic Stress

Amanda L. Keevican

Director: Professor Melanie McGrath
The Impact of Self-Esteem and Stress on Smoking Behavior of College Students

Megan A. Mcfarland

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
Reading Comprehension and the Race of the Characters

Leah J. Newkirk

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
The Effect of Incongruent Parent and Teacher Expectations

Lieuko Nguyen

Director: Professor Gary Dohanich
Estrogenic Regulation of M2 and M4 Receptor Binding in Hippocampal Fields of Female Rats that Display Different Working Memory Performance in the Morris Water Maze

Jennifer N. Trapani

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
Disturbances of Attachment in Infancy

Rebecca R. Zusman

Director: Professor Ronald Landis
The Effects of Web-Based Technology on Organizational Recruitment Efforts

top ⇑1999

London L. Ahders

Director: Professor Margaret Dempsey
Coping Strategies of Inner-City Youth Dealing with Environmental Stress

Laura K. Ales

Director: Professor Megan Hurley
Complexity, Interest and Clarity Of Conversations in Elderly Women

Ashley M. Berg

Director: Professor Paul Tesluk
Pay Plan Modification: The Roles of Objective Pay and Fairness in Determining Effectiveness Perceptions and Satisfaction with a New Incentive System

Shawnee D. Braun

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
Perceptions of Neighborhood Safety as a Mediating Factor Between Exposure to Community Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ignacio Castellon

Director: Professor Paul Colombo
The Role of Signaling Proteins in Spatial Memory Formation in Young and Aged Rats

Marianna J. Fischer

Director: Professor Stacy Overstreet
Social Support Characteristics as Moderators of the Relationship Between Exposure to Violence and Post-Trumatic Stress Disorder

Abbe M. Goncharsky

Director: Professor Megan Hurley
The Impact of Child-Care Quality on Language Development

Lisa Kaplan

Director: Professor Jeffrey Lockman
Infant Landmark Coding

Joel D. Larma

Director: Professor Jeffrey Lockman
Infant Landmark Coding

Jessica K. Laursen Duarte

Director: Professor Jeffrey Lockman
Infant's Use of Hammer-Like Objects

Sean P. Mathew

Director: Professor Michael Cunningham
The Relationship Between Ethnic Identity and Life Satisfaction Among College-Aged Adolescents

Rachel A. Meltzer

Director: Professor Margaret Dempsey
Coping Strategies of Inner-City Youth Dealing with School Stress

Justin C. Perry

Director: Professor Melanie McGrath
Smoking, Diet and Exercise Habits in College Freshmen: A Study of Body Esteem, Motivation for Physical Activity and Locus of Control

Lara R. Robinson

Director: Professor Barbara Moely
Math Attitudes and Motivation

Lauren M. Rochleau

Director: Professor Edgar O'Neal
The Effects of Arousal Ambiguity and Relationship Satisfaction on Attention and Attraction to Others

Eve N. Rosenthal

Director: Professor Edgar O'Neal
Relationship Satisfaction and Perceptions of Others' Behavior as Flirtatious

Joy L. Terrell

Director: Professor Janet Ruscher
Differential Reactivity of the Modern Racism Scale and Linguistic Abstraction Measures

Lisa S. Usdan

Director: Professor Gary Dohanich
The Effects of Endomorphin-1 and Endomorphin-2 the Mu-Opiate Receptors in SH-SY5Y Cells

Kelly Vance

Director: Professor Gary Dohanich
Transforming Growth Factor Alpha and Interactions with the Blood-Brain Barrier

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