New APSSC Board Introduced

Michele Borynski

Hello, my name is Michele Borynski and I am honored to serve as the 2004-2005 President of the American Psychological Society’s Student Caucus. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and then earned my master’s degree at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. I am currently a fifth-year student in the clinical psychology PhD program at Central Michigan University. I begin my internship this fall. My primary internship site is the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita, Oklahoma, and my secondary site is the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma.

My research interests are in three areas: interpersonal harm, specifically with regard to sexual deviance, partner violence, and psychotherapy outcomes for violent offenders; mindfulness meditation and its applications to clinical practice; and binge drinking in college students. Currently, in my dissertation research, I am examining the construct of mindfulness and its relationship to neuroticism. Additionally, through my research lab group, I am investigating the utility of a self-help book (developed by my advisor) for the treatment of sexually deviant behavior.

In the previous two years in which I have served as Graduate Advocate, the Student Caucus has developed many new and exciting programs. My primary objective for my term is to continue and expand upon the excellent work of the previous executive board members, particularly the Campus Representatives program and the Mentoring Program for undergraduate and graduate students. Furthermore, I am planning on conducting a formal assessment of Student Affiliates’ needs, including how well the projects of the Student Caucus are meeting those needs and which areas require improvement. However, the development of new ideas and expansion of existing projects will be tempered with the ability to place limits on these activities, lest the executive board be stretched too thin to maintain the truly outstanding work demonstrated in the past.

This year’s board members will provide the opportunity for fresh ideas and constructive evaluation of the caucus’ activities. With the exception of the Past-President and I, those in all six elected positions are new officers, and they are all very motivated and energized to make this year’s activities a resounding success! I encourage all students to become involved in APSSC. Although the executive board positions are filled for this year, there still are many opportunities to become involved, including conducting reviews for our many competitions, serving as a Campus Representative, and submitting an article for the Student Notebook. If you have any interest in participating in one or more of these activities, please do not hesitate to contact me or the other executive board members. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback regarding the activities of the Student Caucus, I strongly encourage you to contact me though email at I look forward to hearing from you! t

Meet the 2004 APS Student Caucus

Past President
H’Sien Hayward
University of Pennsylvania

I am researching optimism/resilience training for individuals with disabilities. As this year’s Past-President, my overall goal is to increase opportunities for student involvement by increasing the value and visibility of our organization.

Communications Officer
Linda Melillo
Castleton State College

My current research investigates how stereotypes and prototypical thinking impact juror decision-making in cases of battered women who kill their abusers. My responsibilities include the APSSC monthly e-newsletter, the Campus Representative Program, and the Web site.

Student Notebook Editor
Jennifer Thorpe
Columbia University

My research interests include the effects of the ability to perceive controllability accurately. I will use the Student Notebook as a vehicle for distributing important and interesting information to students that benefits them in their academic and future pursuits.

RiSE-UP Coordinator
Jessica A. R. Logan
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

I am working on a project that provides training to early-childhood educators with the hope of improving the social and cognitive skills of impoverished children. I plan to continue the progress made toward increasing awareness of the importance of research with underrepresented populations.

Marketing and Membership Officer
Fabio Leite
University of California, Irvine

I am very interested in the role mathematics plays in the understanding of psychological phenomena. I will collaborate with the APS staff to welcome new student affiliates, and will accept and evaluate applications for Travel Assistance.

Graduate Advocate
Michelle Verges
University of Georgia

I have investigated how children process relevant and irrelevant information, how people process positive and negative stimuli, and how people represent knowledge using categories. I strive to make student representation public by promoting research opportunities already established by the APSSC.

Undergraduate Advocate
Ewa Szymanska
Central Washington University

My research interests include the psychology of visual art appreciation, creativity, and emotion-cognition interaction. I am interested in multicultural psychology and the social forces that shape cognition. In my independent study of creative expression, I am exploring processes involved in the appreciation of modern art.

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