Department News

Welcome Dr. Ben Jeppsen!

Congratulations to:

  • Students who presented psychology research at the Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 16th!
  • Psychology major Jasmin Fosheim, who was recently named as one of two 2016 Peace Scholars!
  • Dr. Zell and her family on the addition of their newest family member, Virginia!
  • Augustana College class of 2015 graduates.
  • Our students who presented research at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, May 2015: Jenaleah Block, Hayley Burggraff, Danielle Claypool, Ariana Groen, Emily Kern, Julia Torgersen, and Hannah Zylstra. 

Recent Faculty Publications and Presentations:

  • Amstadter, A. B., Berenz, E., C., Nugent, N. R., Trainor, C. D., Koenen, K. C., Vladimirov, V. (in press). Genetics of posttraumatic stress disorder and sleep disturbance. In E Vermetten and T Neylan (Eds.), Sleep and combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Springer-Verlag Publishers.
  • Exline, J. J., Zell, A. L., Bratslavsky, E., Hamilton, M., & Swenson, A. (in press). People-pleasing through eating: Sociotropy predicts greater eating in response to perceived social pressure. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
  • Exline, J. J., Zell, A. L., & Lobel, M. (in press). Sidestepping awkward encounters: Avoidance as a response to outperformance-related discomfort. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • DeWall, C. N., Zell, A. L., Deckman, T., Gailliot, M. T., & Baumeister, R. F. (in press). Approach and avoidance motivation following childhood social acceptance and rejection. In F. Columbus (Ed.),Psychology of Hate. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Darowski, E. S., Patson, N. D., & Helder, E. (2016). Improving student literature review through synthesis. Poster presented at the 38th annual meeting of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete’s Beach, FL, January 2-5, 2016.
  • Yares, L., Day, A., Gadberry, E., & Trainor, C. D. (Februrary, 2016). Perceived control and the relationship between anxiety and sleep difficulties. Poster presented at the 89th annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Block, J., Kern, E., Torgersen, J., Helder, E., & Wieth, M. B. (2015 May). Technology use, study breaks, and creativity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, April 30 – May 2, 2015.
  • Burggraff, H. P., Groen, A. J., Helder, E., & Wieth, M. B. (2015 May). Plug into the Online Network, Plug into Creativity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, April 30 – May 2, 2015.
  • Claypool, D., Hults, M., Wander, N. & Trainor, C. D. (May, 2015). The relationship between pre-sleep arousal, anxiety sensitivity, and sleep difficulties. Poster presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Helder, E., Walch,K., & Wieth, M. B. (2015). Sing, O muse, through Google: Internet use boosts creativity when task is known in advance. Poster presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL, November 19-22, 2015.
  • Jeppsen, B., Pössel, P., Winkeljohn Black, S., Bjerg, A., & Wooldridge, D. (2015). Closeness and control: exploring the relationship between prayer and mental health. Counseling and Values, 60, 164-182.
  • Richardson, G., Hardesty, P. & Jeppsen, B. (2015). Family religiousness and idealization, peer drug use, and psychological functioning: A structural model. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(5), 1243-1255. 
  • Winkeljohn Black, S., Pössel, P., & Jeppsen, B., Tariq, A., & Rosmarin, D.(2015) Poloma and Pendleton’s (1989) prayer types scale in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim praying adults: one scale or a family of scales? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7(3), 205.
  • Winkeljohn Black, S., Pössel, P., Jeppsen, B., Bjerg, A. & Wooldridge, D. (2015). The relationship between prayer type and psychological well-being, as mediated by distress disclosure. Journal of Religion and Health, 54, 540-553.
  • Blumenthal, H., Leen-Feldner, E. W., Badour, C. L., Trainor, C. D., & Babson, K. B. (2014). Pubertal maturation and cortisol level in response to a novel social environment among female adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 893-900.
  • Buffie, M. L., Anderberg, D. E., Zylstra, H. J., & Helder, E. (2014 May). Improving Name Learning with Distributed Retrieval Practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, May 1-3, 2014.
  • Froseth, A., Tsang, W. K., Bowar, B., & Trainor, C. D. (February, 2014). The relationship between emotion dysregulation and pre-sleep arousal in sleep difficulties. Poster presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lima, O. K., Craft, K. T., & Mydland, K. (2014, May). Ready to read: Preschoolers’ concept of reading and learning to read. Poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL
  • Pössel, P., Winkeljohn Black, S., Bjerg, A., Jeppsen, B., & Wooldridge, D. (2014). Do trust beliefs mediate the associations of frequency of prayer with mental health and well-being? Journal of Religion and Health, 53(3), 904-916
  • Trainor, C. D., Wander, D. Claypool, D., Goers, A. & Froseth, A. (February, 2014). The role anxiety sensitivity in sleep difficulties among a sample of young adults. Poster presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Goers, A.M., Erhardt, M. L., Beech, K., Walker, L., & Trainor, C. D. (2013, November). The Role of Perceived Control over Anxiety in the Relationship between Pre-Sleep Arousal and Sleep Difficulties. Poster accepted for presentation at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  • Lima, O. K. (2013, April). Toward a better world for children: Helping students practice real world applications of developmental science. Workshop presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Institute, Seattle, WA. 
  • Lima, O. K. (2013). Hearing children's voices: True empathy in child psychology. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 22(3), 48-49.
  • Rives-East, D. & Lima, O. K. (2013). Designing interdisciplinary science/humanities courses: Challenges and solutions. College Teaching, 61(3), 100-106.
  • Trainor, C. D. Beech, K., Erhardt, M. L., Bortnum, K., & Goers, A. M. (2013, November). The Relationship between Distress Tolerance, Pre-Sleep Arousal, and Sleep Difficulties. Poster presented at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  • Leach, M.M., Jeppsen, B., & Discont, S.D. (2012). The search for common standards: A case of research standards. In M.M. Leach, M.J. Stevens, A. Ferrero, Y. Korkut, & G. Lindsay (Eds.), Oxford handbook of international psychological ethics. Oxford University Press.

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