Psychology Department

Accomplishments for Academic Year 2007-2008

Midwestern Psychological Association


This is an annual conference held in Chicago. The following students presented.

 Klipfel, K. & Olson, K. (Gender differences in the perception of relationship difficulty: An exploration utilizing the Method of Successive Intervals.

Red River Psychology Conference 2008

The 23rd annual Red River Psychology Conference was held at Minnesota State University Moorhead on March 13-14, 2008. The keynote speaker was Dr. Laurel Trainor from McMaster University. The following 13 MSUM students presented at the conference. 

  • Brianne Brink & Ashley Remboldt (How relative size information affects size constancy in children)
  • Kristy Fedde (The effects of eye contact and gender on leadership perceptions)
  • Christine Malone (Faculty), Kristen Bouwman, Julie Przekwas, & Susan Johnson (Effects of shared sound and spelling on false word recognition)
  • Brianna Johnston (Levels of love components in relationships based on Sternberg's triangular theory of love)
  • Katherine Klipfel & Kimberly Olson (Using relationship vignettes as a measure of relationship difficulty)
  • Ben Erie, Megan Spencer, Jenna Wagendorf, & Maggie Williams (The evolutions and maintenance of committed interpersonal relationships in virtual reality:

Student Publication

Jill Boltjes and Courtney Rust, recent 2006 graduates in Psychology, had a paper published in the Fall 2007 issue of Modern Psychological Studies. Modern Psychological Studies (MPS) is a psychological journal devoted exclusively to publishing manuscripts by undergraduates. Their paper titled "Color Inversion and detail effects on face recognition" was based on an independent study they conducted under under the supervision of Dr. Magdalene Chalikia.

Faculty Research - Spring 2008

Gary Nickell, Psychology, was part of a symposium on "Safety in Organizations" at the Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology conference in San Francisco on April 11th. This research was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Verlin Hinsz from the Psychology Department at NDSU. Their presentation was titled “Conscientiousness moderates the relationship of an organizational climate of food safety and food safety behavior."

MSUM Student Academic Conference 2008

The 10th annual Student Academic Conference was held at MSUM on April 9th, 2008. The following MSUM psychology students presented at the conference. 

  • Kristen Bouwman, Julie Przekwas, & Susan Johnson (Effects of shared sound and spelling on false word recognition)
  • Brianna Johnston (Levels of love components in relationships based on Sternberg's triangular theory of love)
  • Megan Spencer, Jenna Wagendorf, & Maggie Williams (The evolutions and maintenance of committed interpersonal relationships in virtual reality: Is Real life different from Second life?)

Some Students Admitted to Graduate or Professional Schools

Kristen Bouwman, 2008, has been admitted to the Specialist program at Minnesota State Moorhead in School Psychology

Joe Dombeck, 2008, has been admitted into the Clinical Psychology Masters program at North Dakota State University.

Kerri Holtz, 2008, has been accepted into the Masters program at the Minnesota State University Moorhead in School Counseling.

Brianna Johnston, 2008, has been accepted into the University of Oregon Master's program for Couple and Family Therapy

Jessica Kashmark, Fall 2005, has been accepted into the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

Jana Kekic, 2008, has been accepted into the Masters program at North Dakota State University in Couple and Family Therapy.

Sherryse Mayo, 2008, has been admitted to the doctoral program at the University of Minnesota in Child Development program.

Heidi Miller, 2006, has been admitted to the clinical doctoral program at Alliant International University in  San Diego, CA.

Adrian Oxton , Fall 2007, was accepted into the Masters program in counseling at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.

Megan Spencer, 2008, was accepted at the PsyD Clinical program at Argosy University in the Twin Cities.

Jessica Watterud, Fall 2007, was accept into the Master's program in Counseling at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley

Student Research Grant

Undergraduate students Katherine Klipfel, Kimberly Olson, Megan Spencer, Maggie Williams, and Ben Erie received a $600 student esearch grant from the MSUM College of Social and Natural Science. The title of their research project is "The evolution and maintenance of committed interpersonal relationships in virtual reality: Is real life different from Second Life? Dr. Kolotkin is supervising the project.

Northern Lights Conference 2007

Dr. Potter and several graduate and undergraduate students attended and presented at the 2007 Northern Lights Conference in Grand Forks, ND in October 2007. This year’s keynote speaker was James Flynn, Professor Emeritus from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is best known for the “Flynn effect” – the documentation of massive IQ gains from one generation to another.

  • Angie Corderman (The Dr. Phil phenomenon- Personality assessment and Barnum effect) (Graduate Student)
  • Amanda Nelson (The influence of job status and facial expression on affect and job satisfaction)
  • Kristy Fedde (The effects of eye contact and gender on leadership perceptions)
  • Katherine Klipfel & Kimberly Olson (Gender differences in the perception of relationship difficulty)