Student Research Opportunities


All of the psychology faculty members are actively involved in different research projects in various areas of psychology. One of the most enriching experiences you can have as a psychology major or minor is involvement in this research! As demonstrated in the pictures above, students will have the opportunity to collect data and present their findings at local, regional, and national conferences.

Students have the opportunity to volunteer their time and energy, working on faculty-directed research or conducting an independent research project under the supervision of the faculty. Below are some current research projects being conducted by our faculty.

If you are interested in becoming involved in research, we encourage you to come and speak with us about ways you can contribute!

Recent Student Publications (*denotes student researcher)

Zayac, R. M., Miller, S.*, Lenhard, W., Paulk, A., & Chrysler, K.* (in press). Short-term study abroad in psychology: Effects of a cultural scavenger hunt on the development of  intercultural competence. Teaching of Psychology.

Zayac, R. M., Poole, B., Gray, C.*, Sargent, M.*, Paulk, A., & Haynes, E.* (in press). No disrespect: Student and faculty perceptions of the qualities of ineffective teachers. Teaching of Psychology.

Miller, S.*, Zayac, R. M., Paulk, A., & Lee, S. (2019). Disability accommodation requests: Prevalence and preference of review processes at postsecondary institutions in the United States. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 32, 217-226.

Frieder, J., Zayac, R. M., Ratkos, T., Donahue, N.*, Ware, M.*, & Paulk, A. (2018). Essential readings for undergraduate students in behavior analysis: A survey of behavior analytic faculty and practitioners. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 11, 327-333.

Pettit, M.*, Paulk, A., Hunt, A., Williams, Y., & Zayac. R. M. (2017). Rape myth acceptance and willingness to intervene: A comparison of Greek-affiliated and non-affiliated college students by gender. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 9, 1-11.

Recent Student Presentations (*denotes student researcher)

Zayac, R. M., Williams, M.*, Geiger, A.*, Paulk, A., Frieder, J., & Ratkos, T. (2019, September). Mastering your craft: Behavior analysts’ perspectives on the characteristics and behaviors of exemplary practitioners. Paper accepted for presentation at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.

Carrasco, G., Harrell, B. E.*, Kinnamon, E., & Hoffman, C.* (2019, July). An examination of moral foundations and American political opinions. Paper presented at the International Society for Political Psychology Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

Martin, C. E.*, Hill, S. M.*, Vance, C. P., Linam, R. A., Bates, L. W., & Hudiburg, R. A. (2019, April).  Camino de Santiago pilgrimage: Expectations and experiences. Presented at the 2019 Mid-Year Conference of the Society for the Psychology of Spirituality and Religion, Bowling Green, OH.

Klein, C., Dial, E.*, & Murray, E.* (2019, April). Implicit theory of mind in autism. Poster presented at the Alabama Autism Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Klein, C., Crawford, C.*, & Hughes, S.* (2019, April). Mindfulness and implicit learning in autism. Poster presented at the Alabama Autism Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Gray, C.*, Zayac, R. M., & Paulk, A. (2019, March). How rude! Characteristics and behaviors of ineffective teachers. Paper presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Rose, D.*, Craig, H.*, Childers, A.*, Hudiburg, R., & Bates, L. (2019, March). Roadway religion: Analysis of religious communication through interstate billboards, Presented at the 65th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL.

Edmonds, S.*, Snider, S. M.*, Johnson, S. J.*, & Carrasco, G. (2019, March). Eye tracking on severe weather stimuli during a tornado simulation. Poster Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL.

Swinney, E.*, Bates, L., & Hudiburg, R. (2019, March). Variables affecting stress recovery in a forest bathing environment. Presented at the 65th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL.

Hudiburg, R., Swinney, E.*, Martin, C.*, Hill, S.*, Barnard, M.*, Rabl, M.*, & Bates, L. (2019, February). Hiking fears scale: Scale validation study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Tuskegee, AL.

Hudiburg, R., Bates, L., & De Carli, V.  (2018, October). Comparing walking stages of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage: A study of purpose, expectation, religiosity, religious quest, and spiritual well-being. Paper to be presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Las Vegas, NV.

Williams, M.*, Geiger, A.*, Zayac, R. M., Frieder, J., & Ratkos, T. (2018, October). A preliminary assessment of the qualities and behaviors of exemplary behavior analysts. Poster presented at the annual Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Harrell, B.*, Graham, L. M., & Carrasco, G. (2018, April). Dangerous words: The rhetoric and reality of repression. Poster presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

Kennedy, A.*, Childers, A.*, Randolph, R.*, McMahan, K.*, Rose, D.*, Gray, C.*, Warren, A.*, Felton, A.*, Finch, L.*, Newborn, L.*, Lane, N.*, Moody, A.*, Bates, L., & Hudiburg, R. (2018, March). Emotional assessment of religion via the binocular rivalry task. Paper presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Charleston, SC.

McMahan, K.*, Edmonds, S.*, Barnard, M.*, Bunger, R.*, Swinney, L.*, Hudiburg, R., & Bates, L. (2018, March). Examination of religious expression via wording and symbols on gravestones across the United States (1920-2017). Paper presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Charleston, SC.

Carrasco, G. & Harrell, B.* (2018, March). Applying moral foundations theory to political opinions. Poster presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Charleston, SC.

McMahan, K.*, Miller, S.*, Chrysler, K.*, Zayac, R. M., & Paulk, A. (2018, March). Short-term study abroad in psychology: Effects of a cultural scavenger hunt on the development of intercultural competence. Poster presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Charleston, SC.

Ratkos, T., Frieder, J., Zayac, R. M., Donahue, N.*, Paulk, A., & Ware, M.* (2017, May). Essential readings for undergraduate students in behavior analysis: A survey of behavior analytic faculty and practitioners. Paper presented at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, Denver, CO.

Pettit, M.*, Paulk, A., Zayac, R. M., & Keys-Mathews, L. (2017, April). A comparison of U.S. versus German undergraduate students’ perceptions of the impact of undergraduate research experiences. Poster presented at the annual National Council on Undergraduate Research, Memphis, TN.

Miller, S.*, Carlisle, S.*, & Zayac, R. M., Paulk, A., & Lee, S. (2017, March). Disability accommodation requests: Prevalence, advantages, and disadvantages of various review processes. Poster presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.  

Williams, H.*, Craig, H.*, Kizzire, A.*, Pugh, G.*, Pettit, M.*, Miller, S.*, Hudiburg, R., & Bates, L. (2017, March). The development of a scale of religious attitudes: Measuring fears.  Poster presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Hogan, S.*, Bates, L., & Hudiburg, R., Priester, A.*, Prado, W.*, Miller, S.*, & Bergner, A.* (2017, March). Identifying relationships between psychological well-being and inmate program participation.  Presentation at the annual Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Mashburn, M.*, Mannon, E.*, Thompson, C.*, & Carrasco, G. (2017, January). Perceptions of severe weather: An examination of potential variables in severe weather decision making. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Seattle, WA.

Priester, A.*, Donahue, N.*, Kynerd, C.*, Bergner, A.*, Hogan, S.*, Williams, H.*, Kennedy, A.*, Bates, L., & Hudiburg, R. (2016, April).  Religious fundamentalism and the visual dot probe task.  Presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Schiavone, S.*, Leverenz, K.*, Hudiburg, R., & Bates, L. (2016, April). Bears on the trail! Development of the Hiking Fears Scale.  Presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Donahue, N.*, Ware, M.*, Mannon, E.*, Thompson, C.*, Bergner, A.*, Priester, A.*, Willis, L.*, Vedder-Abrams, C.*, Miller, S.*, Elise, C.*, & Zayac, R. M. (March, 2016). Stimulus equivalence training: Effects of preferred vs. non-preferred foods on portion-size estimations of elementary school children. Poster presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.  

Schiavone, S.*, Mannon, E.*, Ware, M.*, Donahue, N.*, Thompson, C.*, Priester, A.*, Bergner, A.*, Willis, L.*, Kennedy, A.*, Mashburn, M.*, Hollander, M.*, Beitel, A.*, & Zayac, R. M. (March, 2016). The effects of a stimulus equivalence program on portion-size estimations of Peruvian and American elementary school children. Poster presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.  

Donahue, N.*, Priester, A.*, Hogan, S.*, Willis, L.*, Kynerd, C.*, Thompson, C.*, & Zayac, R. M. (March, 2016). The effects of recruitment modality on student participation in registered student organization events. Poster presented at the annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.