26th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (San Francisco, CA, USA - May 22-25, 2014)

APS Student Caucus

The Naked Truth Part II: Surviving Graduate School

Friday, May 23, 2014, 10:30 AM - 11:25 AM
Golden Gate 2-3

Tatyana  Kholodkov Chair: Tatyana Kholodkov
University of Wyoming

This session will focus on survival skills needed to successfully navigate graduate school, including common pitfalls for new grad students; work-life balance; and navigating advisor, student, and professional relationships.


Keri K. Wong
University of Cambridge
I completed my bachelors in Psychology (Hons.) and a masters in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. I'm currently completing my PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Prof. Claire Hughes and Prof. Daniel Freeman (Oxford University). A primary goal of my research is to bridge existing developmental research on 'childhood trust' and clinical research on paranoia. Specifically, I've focused on documenting the prevalence, cognitive and behavioural correlates of social trust/mistrust in community children (ages 8 to 14). A large portion of my PhD involves developing quantitative and qualitative assessments of social (mis)trust and comparing behaviourial outcomes in the UK and Hong Kong. I contribute to undergraduate supervisions in the Social Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, and Research Methods/Inquiry (independent project) and occasional grading of papers.

Brandilynn Villarreal

Brandilynn Villarreal
University of California, Irvine
Brandilynn Villarreal is a fourth year doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine. She earned a master's degree in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. Her research interests broadly include lifespan psychology and motivation, with a special emphasis in self-regulation strategies in young adults. Brandilynn enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in research methodology and statistics.

Monica Bolton

Monica Bolton
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Monica Bolton is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Experimental Psychology – Neuroscience program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Her research focuses on alterations of neurotransmitter systems during early brain development and how these changes may relate to neurological disorders, such as schizophrenia and autism. In addition to research, Monica teaches two sections of undergraduate psychology courses at UNLV and organizes brain education outreach events in the local community.

Matthew R. Pearson

Matthew R. Pearson
University of New Mexico
Matthew R. Pearson, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, & Addiction (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico. He graduated with an Applied Experimental Psychology Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in 2012. His research interests surround the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of risky/addictive behaviors with a central focus on understanding the mechanisms of addictive behavior change.


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