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Psychology Opportunities

Please email faculty who you are interested in working with to discuss applying to the graduate program. Faculty are listed on the three research focus groups above.

Graduate Student Research and Scholarly Accomplishments


Alex Woody received the 2016 APAGS Scott Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology for his dissertation project. He was also selected to receive an OU Student Enhancement Award for his research, “A test of the Perseverative Cognition Hypothesis using hair cortisol in a sample of dementia caregivers and non-caregiver controls”.

Ping Xu was selected to attend this year’s Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality offered by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Kristina Carter and undergraduate student Rachel Alley received the 2nd place Appalachian Rural Health Institute Award for “A lens model analysis of nutrition judgments” at the recent Ohio University student research expo. Kristina was also selected to attend the Third Judgment and Decision Making Summer School for PhD Students sponsored by the European Association for Decision Making and held at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Charles Doan, Leah Halper, and Ross Rogers have been selected from the Department of Psychology as recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences’s Outstanding TA Award.

Verenea Serrano was selected to receive an OU Student Enhancement Award to support her research. Her project is titled "Exploring Social Information Processing of Emotion Content and its Relationship with Social Outcomes in Youth with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder".

Katrina Hamilton was selected to receive an OU Student Enhancement Award to support her research, “Impact of Lifestyle Changes via the Complete Health Improvement Program on Telomerase Activity and Telomere Length in Patients with Chronic Pain”.

Andrew McClintock was a recipient of the Elsie Ramos First Author Student Poster Award at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in November.

Lisa Paik was chosen to receive a Graduate Student Scholarship from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP).  The scholarship was awarded in recognition of Lisa's dissertation proposal which is titled "Exploring the Link between Work-Family Conflict and Abusive Supervision."

Jiuqing Cheng accepted a position as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Derek Zeigler accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of psychology at West Virginia Wesleyan College.


Andrew Manigault was awarded a 2015-16 Winter Unrestricted Travel grant by Psi Chi for his paper titled “Effects of Mindlessness and Rumination in Predicting Cortisol Recovery to an Acute Social-Evaluative Stressor,” which he will present at SPSP in San Diego, CA on January 28-30. He also received 1st place at the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo.

Jiuqing Cheng's work on consumer choice and decision making was featured in the OU College of Arts and Sciences Forum.

Clifton Mixon and Alex Holdaway were selected to receive a 2015 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award.

Essence Rivers, a senior psychology major, was awarded $1,187 through the Provost Undergraduate Research Fund (PURF) to conduct her research on the relationship between emotional intelligence and the effects of ostracism. The grant will also help fund her travel to Chicago to present at the Midwestern Psychological Association conference. Essence is conducting her research as an independent study with social psychology graduate student, Stephanie Smith.

Mikayla Barcus was awarded a Women of Mathematical Psychology (WoMP) Travel and Networking Award. Funding for this award comes from the National Science Foundation.

Ashley Howell was awarded the Donald Clippinger Fellowship. This is one of five fellowships awarded by the Graduate College to Ohio University graduate students.

Andrew Halsey accepted a cognitive scientist position in the Cognitive Modeling Branch of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.

Ellen Gordon accepted a faculty position in the College of Business at Ohio University.

Jason Harman accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University. He was also selected to participate in the Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

Craig Spiel, Lisa Paik, and Clifton Mixon received Student Enhancement Awards to support their research.

Verenea Serrano was accepted for study in the Ecuador Professional Preparation Program. She will spend part of her 2015 summer in Ecuador providing psychological services to children and families and enhancing her Spanish speaking competencies for psychological practice.

Dori Bloom was selected as the recipient of the 2014-15 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding TA Award from the Department of Psychology. She has earned excellent student teaching evaluations while teaching a broad range of courses for the department, including multiple service courses.

Lizz Fillion accepted a position as an assistant professor of psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


  • Twenty-five clinical graduate students provided therapy services, and twelve clinical graduate students conducted clinical assessments in the Psychology and Social Work Clinic during 2013-14. A total of 141 clients, including 42 community members, received therapy services, and 41 clients, including 14 community members, received assessments.
  • Clinical graduate students received traineeships in 13 different community settings, including sites in Chillicothe, Columbus, Gallipolis, Jackson, Pomeroy, and Logan.
  • A new clinical traineeship was started that serves 315 economically disadvantaged preschoolers in Meigs and Gallia counties.
  • All nine clinical doctoral students who sought an APA accredited internship successfully found one. This was the fourth year in a row that every clinical student obtained an internship. The Psychology Department at Ohio University is one of just 16 graduate programs (out of 262 programs) that can claim that every clinical student who sought an APA accredited internship over the last four years obtained one.


  • Sixty-nine graduate students or former graduate students published or had accepted for publication articles, books, or book chapters with faculty in the Psychology Department.
  • Seventy-two graduate students attended professional conferences to present papers or posters.
  • Four graduate students chaired symposia at national conferences.
  • Nora Bunford was chosen to receive the 2013 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Student Fellowship. This prestigious award provides her with $25,000 to support her dissertation research.
  • Alison Reilly Menatti was chosen to be Vice Chair of the Early Career Special Special Interest Group of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
  • Six graduate students obtained academic positions or prestigious post-doctoral fellowships after graduating from Ohio University:
  • For the third year in a row, every clinical doctoral student (N = 9) who sought a clinical internship position was successful in obtaining one. Given that the nationwide success rate is approximately 75 percent, this is particularly impressive.
  • Ohio University honored 8 psychology graduate students:
    • Justin Weinhardt was received the 2012-13 John Cady Named Graduate Fellowship, while Tina Dardis was chosen to receive the 2013-14 John Cady Named Graduate Fellowship.
    • Matthew Scanlin received a Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant Award
    • Bethany Lavins received an OU Diabetes Institute grant and a CRSCA Discretionary Fund Award.
    • Ann Dawson and Jen Kowalsky received Ohio University Student Enhancement Award.
    • Bethany Lavins and Shannon Pinegar were awarded Graduate Student Senate Original Work Grants.
    • Elizabeth Dyczewski received the 2012-13 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
    • Jiuqing Cheng received the Charles J. Ping International Student Leadership Award.

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