Students place at psychology conference

James Ahrens

Psychology professor Joanne Altman was pleased at the number of psychology students who placed at the Great Plains Student Psychology Conference.

“This is culminating work for students,” said Altman.

Roughly 100 student submissions were presented, either orally or through posters. The conference is similar to a professional psychology convention. Students submitted their research for review in order to qualify to present their findings during the convention.

Six Washburn students placed at the conference. Altman said seven students presented empirical research.

“It is learning how to do the professional side of psychology,” said Altman.

At the conference, students were able to make connections with the Midwest Psychology Association. The MPA is a regional organization with similar associations across the U.S.

“Our students worked hard at doing the presentation right,” said Altman.

Seventy-five percent of WU students presenting received some kind of an award. This feat tied Washburn with Creighton University. Kim Goodman, Molly Kelley, Jeff LaCerte, Mark Simonson, Lydia Thompson and Megan Wells all received recognition and awards.

The students worked up to the deadline. Altman said the students worked 20 hours each weekend for the two weekends leading up to the conference, with 12-hour days thrown in for good measure.

Kevin Goetz, psychology student, presented a study connecting the effects of violence in video games on child psychology. Goetz worked with 50 to 60 participants during his project, and he said Altman was helpful during his study.

“She really knows her field,” said Goetz. “She’s a great tool for guidance.”