University of Mobile Psychology Students Present Research at Regional Conference

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University of Mobile psychology students and graduates whose research was presented at a regional conference are, from left: Christina Jones, Kendall Hall, Erin Fisher, Kyndall Stacey and Sarah Teichmeier.

 

MOBILE, Ala. – Upper-level psychology students from University of Mobile recently presented their research at the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference in Atlanta.

This opportunity came as an incredible honor, according to Dr. Jamie O’Mally, assistant professor of psychology. She said undergraduate students are not normally selected to present at the well-known conference’s paper session, given the competitive nature of the event.

The research presented was based on an experiment they conducted last year, using 61 student participants from University of Mobile, who were taking Introduction to Psychology at the time. The experiment was conducted to determine if reminding people of their religious faith prior to an opportunity to cheat makes them less likely to cheat on a task.

“It was a nerve-wracking but incredible experience” to present the paper, said Christina Jones, one of the students who participated in the research and ultimately led the presentation at SEPA. “Those that came were very receptive to what we studied, and even had suggestions and questions at the end to help push for further research in the area.”

Students attending the conference were Christina Jones, Sarah Teichmeier and recent UM graduate Kendall Hall, alongside their professor, O’Mally. UM graduates Kyndall Stacey and Erin Fisher also co-authored the project but could not attend the conference.

“Christina did an excellent job presenting our students’ research and representing UM. They worked so hard on their research, and presenting it at this level is very rewarding,” said O’Mally.

“My goal is to allow as many students as possible to gain hands-on research experience that will give them a better understanding of psychology and an advantage when applying to graduate programs and jobs,” she said.

One way O’Mally is achieving her goal is through a course she developed called Research Practicum in Experimental Psychology. It is through this course that these students conducted their experiment and research.

Currently, O’Mally is working with another group of lab students who are conducting research with the hope of seeing University of Mobile represented at another conference next year.

 

About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222

 

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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