Twenty-One William Paterson University Honors Students to Present their Research at Conferences Across the Country in Spring 2017

Twenty-one William Paterson University honors students will be presenting their research at three conferences this spring 2017, in disciplines ranging from psychology to communication disorders to music.

Conferences include the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Boston, MA from March 16 to 18; the National Council on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN from April 6 to 8; and the Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Pittsburgh, PA from April 6 to 9.

“Faculty are emphasizing opportunities for all students to present at conferences, where they can participate in panels and poster sessions and obtain feedback from experts in their academic field,” says Barbara Andrew, interim director of the William Paterson Honors College and a professor of philosophy. “We have doubled the number of students presenting at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference from two years ago,” reports Andrew.

“This year, seven William Paterson students will be presenting at the Eastern Psychological Association, an amazing increase from the one or two students who have participated in previous years” says Amy Learmonth, professor of psychology and director of the Cognitive Science Honors track. “I am very proud of them.”

The Honors College projects are varied, ranging from research into PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder among) labor and delivery nurses to whether modality matters in a comparison of comprehension on mobile screens versus on paper. In addition to the external conferences, the William Paterson Honors College students will present their research on campus during Explorations 2017, the University’s expanded and enhanced series of programming in April that celebrates and highlights the depth and quality of research, scholarship, and creative expression.

Below is a list of all student participants, their hometowns, majors and research titles:

Eastern Psychological Association

Kaylalee Garcia of New Milford, Integrated Math and Science - Mathematics, “Misguided by Useless Information: Investigating the Illusion of Knowledge & Confidence

Isabella Llopiz of Fort Lee, Psychology, “Does Drug Use Effect False Memory Susceptibility?”

Jennifer Haggis of River Edge, Psychology, “Fear of the Unknown

Deanna Sumrein of Wayne, Psychology and Communication Disorders, “Differences between Nap and No Nap Preschool Children in Lexical Recall

Abigail DeBel of Lincoln Park, Communication Disorders, “Does Modality Matter? Reading Comprehension on Mobile Screens and on Paper

Katherine Stetser of Cherry Hill, Communication Disorders, “Perceptions of College Students Toward People Who Stutter”

Lily Fritsch of Medford, Communication Disorders, "Should I Keep Moving?"

National Council on Undergraduate Research

Timothy Malone of Mahwah, Music, “What Mozart is in the Mozart Effect?”

Northeast Regional Honors Conference

Lynda Amici of Beachwood, Nursing, “Alarm Fatigue in Adult Critical Care Settings

Megan Baird of Rockaway, Mathematics, "From Student to Intern: An Overview of the Pharmaceutical Field"

Christopher Cela of Nutley, Nursing, “The Role of Stigma in NICU Nurses Perceptions of Caring for the NAS Mother Baby Dyad

Savannah Crippen of Toms River, Psychology, “High Sensation Seeking and the effects of mindfulness meditation”

Amanda Egri of Iselin, Nursing, “The Effect of Nurse Fatigue on Patient Outcomes

Karisa Foreman of Avenel, Psychology, “Analysis of Self Help Internet Resources of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Alissa Lianne Lopez of Cedar Grove, Communication - Public Relations and Journalism, "Frenemies: Bridging the divide between journalists and PR professionals"

Julia MacDonald of Highland Lakes, Biology, "Determining the Presence of Federally Threatened Bat Species, Myotis Septentrionalis, on High Mountain Park Preserve using Acoustic Monitoring"

 Salvatore Morzetta of South Hackensack, Psychology, “Adjustment Disorders and Transitioning into College

Kayleigh Orocchi of New Milford, Nursing, “PTSD: Labor & Delivery Nurses

Xanilyn Red of Metuchen, Nursing, “Burnout in the Nursing Profession

Erin Roach of Clark, Nursing, An analysis of nurses' experience performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and their level of post code stress." 

Sarah Wilmote of Jersey City, Nursing, “Perceived Depression Stigma and Treatment Seeking Behavior and Attitudes amongst Blacks and Whites"