Faculty Publications, Presentations, and Grants

For faculty productivity by year:

2011-2012
2013-2014

Faculty Publications, Presentations, and Grants

Members of the psychology department were very productive professionally and academically this past year in terms of their publications, presentations, private practice, and grants.

Eric Amsel: Published three refereed articles, a fourth manuscript was accepted for publication in a refereed journal and a fifth was accepted pending revisions in a refereed journal. Two other manuscripts were under review at refereed journals. He, his colleagues (Leigh Shaw, Aaron Ashley, and Todd Baird) and 4 students (Elly Alvarado, Shane Bench, Lauren Rankin, Kimberlee Taylor) made 6 presentations this year at local (WSU Conference) regional (RMPA), and international (JPS, SRCD) conferences.

Amsel, E., Klaczynski, P., Johnston, A., Bench, S., Close, J., Sadler, E., & Walker, R. (2008). A dual-process account of the development of scientific reasoning: The nature and development of metacognitive intercession skills. Cognitive Development, 23, 452-471.

Amsel, E., Close, J., Sadler, E., & Klaczynski, P. (2009). Awareness and irrationality: College students' awareness of their irrational judgments on gambling tasks. The Journal of Psychology, 143, 293-317.

Amsel, E., Johnston, A., Alvarado, E., Kettering, J., Rankin, L., & Ward, M. (in press). The effect of perspective on misconceptions in psychology: A test of conceptual change theory. The Journal of Instructional Psychology.

Amsel, E., Johnston, A., & Goodwin, R. (2009) Literary truth: Students’ understanding of fiction. Journal of General Education. Accepted, pending revisions.

Amsel, E., Baird, T., Ashley, A. (under review). Misconceptions and conceptual change in undergraduate students learning psychology. Psychology Teaching and Learning.

Shaw, L.A., Amsel, E., Schillo, J. (under review). Adolescent risk taking: Relations between socio-moral reasoning, intention, and behavior. Journal of Adolescent Research.


Aaron Ashley. He was coauthor on a paper submitted to a refereed journal. He wrote and was awarded an ARCC grant and a RSPG Summer Faculty Mentor Stipend. He was coauthor on a poster presented at RMPA.

Amsel, E., Baird, T., Ashley, A. (under review). Misconceptions and conceptual change in undergraduate students learning psychology. International Journal of Teaching and Learning


Todd Baird: He submitted a paper to a refereed journal (coauthored with Amsel & Ashley). He continued his clinical practice.

Amsel, E., Baird, T., Ashley, A. (under review). Misconceptions and conceptual change in undergraduate students learning psychology. Psychology Teaching and Learning


Lauren Fowler: Wrote and received an H. Raymond Bingham Faculty Collaboration and Research Fund and a National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) grant. She gave 3 talks with her students (Nate Hadley, Gustafson, and Davis) given at local (WSU Conference) and national (NCUR) conferences. Her student, Nate Hadley, received a travel grant.


Azenett Garza: Submitted two articles to refereed journals. She and her students (Sam Burroughs, Nicole Nordello, Christian Petersen, Jenna Pajak, Nate Taylor, Sean Thompson, Sara Wheelwright) presented 8 talks at SWPA and NCUR. She was awarded a Faculty Summer Mentor Stipend grant.

Jetten, J., Schmitt, M., T., Branscombe, N. R., Garza, A. A., & Mewse, A. J. Group commitment in the face of pervasive discrimination: The role of legitimacy appraisals.

Lechuga, J., Maldonado, B., Villareal, R., & Garza, A. A. (submitted for publication). Holistic reasoning in the other side of the world: Validation of the Analism/Holism scale in Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.


Richard Grow: Continued his clinical practice in addition to receiving a grant from the Veterans Administration to perform vocational testing.


Joseph Horvat: Presented two papers at and chaired a session the APA conference.


Theresa Kay: Published a paper in a refereed journal and submitted a second paper to a referee journal. She presented two papers at RMPA, one coauthored with a colleague (Dianna Rangel) and a student (Kim Taylor) and one with two other students (Jason Swift and Sarah Wheelwright). Dr. Kay also continued her clinical practice.

Kay, T. & Rangel, D. (2009). National depression screening day as an undergraduate practicum activity. Teaching of Psychology, 36(2), 126-129.

Kay, T. (under review). Undergraduate students’ perceptions of student-faculty interactions. Ethics and Behavior. Ethics and Psychology


Maria Parrilla de Kokal: Presented research with colleagues (Forest Crawford, Adrienne Gillespie, & Michelle More) at the WSU Technology Symposium and with students (Daron Nelson and Aleah Swain) at RMPA, the Utah Legislative Session, and the Service Learning Forum.


Leigh Shaw: Submitted an article to a refereed journal (with Amsel). In addition, she made 3 presentations with colleagues (Eric Amsel, Judith Smetana, and Cecilia Wainryb) and students (Kimberlee Taylor) at local (WSU Conference), regional (RMPA), and international (JPS) conferences.

Shaw, L.A., Amsel, E., Schillo, J. (under review). Adolescent risk taking: Relations between socio-moral reasoning, intention, and behavior. Journal of Adolescent Research.



Mathew Schmolesky: He submitted an article to a refereed journal. He was also awarded the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Grass Traveling Scientist Program Award to bring a speaker to the SfN meeting. He also supervised David Webb’s successful undergraduate research grant and worked with Aaron Ashley in his successful ARCC grant.

Cupido, A., Schmolesky, M.T., Willemsen, R., Oostra, B.A., Koekkoek, S.K.E & DeZeeuw, C.I. (submitted) The Erasmus Ladder: a novel, automated system for precise behavioral phenotyping of motor performance and learning in mice. Nature Methods.