Zabel, '09, Discovers Path in Psychological Science at Albion

Kevin Zabel, '09, is weighing his graduate school options while serving as the academic program coordinator for the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture.Kevin Zabel, ’09, thought he wanted to pursue a career as an investment manager during his days as a student at Albion College. He had an interest in psychology, too, and thought that an understanding of the relationship between one’s need for novel experiences and acceptance of investment risk could potentially provide direction when presenting a portfolio to a client.

Although Zabel didn’t pursue work as a financial adviser – he’s currently serving as the academic program coordinator for the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture and weighing his graduate school options – his research on the topic turned into a 93-page senior thesis, and a condensed version was published in the December 2009 edition of the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Albion psychology faculty Drew Christopher, Mareike Wieth, and Jacque Carlson were also listed as authors of the paper in the journal.

Students Shine at National Psychology Conferences

Amanda Tilot, '09November is the month for psychologists to gather, and Albion College students distinguished themselves among present and future peers at two national conferences last month. Thirteen Albion students attended the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference in San Diego, with students Amanda Tilot (left) and Cindy Cardwell giving poster presentations at that conference. "It's pretty uncommon for an undergraduate to present research among the world's best neuroscientists," noted psychology professor Tammy Jechura.

Celebrating Successes 2006

We in Albion College's Psychology Department and Neuroscience Concentration congratulate our students on their accomplishments. The students listed below have met significant goals associated with their professional development.

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  • Karly Redburn was accepted into the Marital and Family Therapy Masters/Doctoral program at Michigan State University.

  • Laura Krasean was accepted by the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) for the Ph.D. program in clinical neuropsychology.

  • Ryan Trapp was accepted into the Masters programs in Counseling Psychology at LaSalle College and at Chatham College.

  • Jordan Troisi was admitted to the Social Psychology Ph.D. program at SUNY Buffalo and to the Social-Personality Ph.D. program at the University of New Hampshire.

  • Ross O'Hara was admitted to the Social Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Iowa.

Celebrating Successes 2003-2005

We in Albion College's Psychology Department and Neuroscience Concentration congratulate our students on their accomplishments. The students listed below have met significant goals associated with their professional development.

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Students Recognized for their Achievements at the end of the 2004-2005 School Year

The Heston Award for Outstanding Psychology Major was shared this year by two students: Heather Holleman and Laura Krasean.  The Metalonis Summer Research Fellowship was awarded to Jordan Troisi, and Kelly Parsell received the Metalonis Scholarship. The Metalonis Awards are made possible by Karen and Gary Metalonis in memory of their daughter Kirsten, a Psychology major who died just before she was to graduate in 1999.

The David & Patricia Hogberg Award for Research Excellence in Psychology was awarded this year to Lori Karakashian and Jeremy Benton. The award was established by Professor Emeritus David Hogberg and his wife.

  • Maggie Keller (2004) and Ryan Morgan (2003) are co-authors (with Dr. Christopher) on a paper entitled "Materialism and self-presentational styles" to be published in Personality and Individual Differences.

  • Ryan Morgan (2003) & Jordan Troisi (2006) are coauthors with Dr. Christopher on a paper entitled "Affluence cues and first impressions: Does it matter how the affluence was acquired" to be published in the Journal of Economic Psychology.

  • Kirstin Leiby was awarded the 2003-2004 Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant to support her senior thesis.

  • Analisa Velasquez (2002) was admitted to the MSW program at the University of California, Berkeley. (8/28/2003)

  • Lindsey Paskvan & Kristine Freeman will present a poster entitled "Differential effects of ephedrine and caffeine on locomotion and anxiety in rats" (co-authored by Dr. Wilson) at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans. (8/21/2003)

  • Amber Chenoweth & Josh Hodges will present a poster entitled "Differentiation of CS+ and CS- by Rats in a Runway-based Pavlovian Conditioning Task" (co-authored by Dr. Wilson) at the annual meeting of the Pavlovian Society in Bloomington, IN. (8/21/2003)

  • Sara West will present a poster entitled "Conditioned Inhibition of Already-Elicited Autoshaped CRs in the Rat" (co-authored by Dr. Wilson) at the annual meeting of the Pavlovian Society in Bloomington, IN. (8/21/2003)

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