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Beyond the Classroom

You are encouraged to work with faculty members on collaborative research projects.


These research endeavors span a wide range of topics representing psychology’s different areas of focus.

The quality of these projects is demonstrated by the fact that many of them have been presented at both regional and national conferences, such as:

  • The Society for Research in Child Development
  • Western Psychological Association
  • The American Psychological Association
  • The Association for Psychological Science

In addition, several of our student and faculty collaborative projects have resulted in peer-reviewed publications.


Listed below is a sampling of both conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications resulting from the recent research projects conducted by students and faculty in the psychology department. (Student authors are indicated in bold.)


Dunn, J., Ong, X.W., Horton, V., Carbajal, S., Vega, M., Tompkins, T., Linder, J., Livesay, K., & Kozak Williams, M. (2018, May). Effects of body shape on literal objectification: When ideal may be less than ideal. Poster presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.


Biglan, A., Kinney, S., Roberts, P., Ong, S., Albin, H., Johnson, E., & Hudkin, C. (2017, October). Nurturing school environments through an evidence-based practiced intervention: PAX Good Behavior Game. Poster session presented at the Annual Conference & Meeting of Oregon Public Health Association, Corvallis, OR. (This research was in collaboration with the Yamhill Community Care Organization, a local program that we have established a relationship with for student research and internship opportunities.)

Mathisen, R.J., & Weisberg, Y.J. (2017, May). Trait affiliation as a predictor of social goals and romantic relationship qualities. Poster presented at the 29th APS Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

Shields, C., Becker, S. & Bakner, L. (2016, November). Effects of early adolescent, mid-adolescent, or adult stress on morphine conditioned place preference. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Lein, G. & Livesay, K. (2016). Using interactive 3D software to create manipulatable human figures for body perception research. Poster presented at the 46th Annual meeting of Society for Computers in Psychology. Boston, Massachusetts.

Zestcott, C. A., Tompkins, T. L., Williams, M. K., Livesay, K., & Chan, K. L. (2017). What do you think about ink?: An examination of implicit and explicit attitudes toward tattooed individuals. Journal of Social Psychology.