Independent Student Research Studies

Kristen Greenhill’s 2011 independent study, under Dr. Lookadoo’s direction, assessed college women’s view of a resource center for women.  She also researched major components of research center and developed a proposal for a Women’s Resource Center at Georgetown College.

Stacey Page completed an independent study with Dr. Lookadoo during the 2010-2011 academic year.  She investigated college students’ understanding of human trafficking and presented her findings at the 2011 Kentucky Psychological Association Convention.

Chelsea Denham completed an independent study with Dr. Bell during the Fall, 2010 semester. She worked with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky (DSACK) to learn about the unique needs of families with a member of Down Syndrome and to use that information to compile a constituent survey and database for DSACK. She also reviewed the research literature on effective characteristics and services of small non-profit organizations.

Katie Rapier completed an independent study with Dr. Price during the Spring 2010 semester. Katie’s research investigated the relationship between perseverance and happiness.  She presented her findings at the Kentucky Psychological Association’s spring academic conference, where she won Honorable Mention, and is preparing a manuscript to submit for publication.

Gracie Childers’ 2009 independent study, completed with Dr. Lookadoo, was entitled Attitudes towards math: A profile of the factors influencing elementary age girls’ perception of math ability. In this study, Gracie assessed attitudes about math in girls in 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade attending a local elementary school, as well as math perceptions of the teachers and mothers of these students.

Cassie Simpson completed an independent study with Dr. Lookadoo in 2009.  She explored topics that applied to women in the Appalachian region, specifically gender roles in this area, stereotypes that exist, and how women from the region react to them.  Furthermore, she studied how women from the Appalachian region have played major roles in both the forefront and background of coal mining communities.  Cassie developed a questionnaire and collected data that investigated how students at Georgetown College viewed women from the Appalachian region.  Cassie’s work led to completion of an honors thesis as well.

Mary Alice Birdwhistell completed an independent study with Dr. Bell during the Spring, 2009 semester. She identified strong positive correlations between vertical faith (dedication to a strong personal relationship with God), and both biblical fundamentalism and commitment to community service. She also found positive correlations between upper classification status (i.e., being a Junior or Senior) and both vertical faith and active participation in community service activities requiring personal costs of time and energy.

Nelson Heard’s 2009 independent study with Dr. Lookadoo investigated the role of emotional intelligence in student-professor relationships.  His work culminated in a poster presentation at the Kentucky Psychological Association Annual Spring Convention.

Dustin Brown completed an independent study with Dr. McKenzie during the Spring 2008 semester. Dustin’s research included investigating the relationships between three different variables – time management, procrastination, and sleep deprivation – linked to workplace satisfaction and motivation. He also investigated a company’s work practices and made suggestions for company improvement based on research literature.

Paul Eddy completed an independent study with Dr. McKenzie during the Spring 2007 semester. Paul’s research included investigating the patterns between three different variables – jealousy, creativity, and open-mindedness – linked to relationships.

DJ McClure completed an independent study with Dr. Lookadoo during 2007.  He investigated the relationship between manager’s expectations and employee benefit preferences.  His research findings were presented at the poster session of the Kentucky Psychological Association Annual Spring Convention.

Jennifer Geigan worked with Dr. Lookadoo on a study that investigated the relationship between feminist views and religiosity of college students.

Grant Klass completed an independent study with Dr. Price during the Fall 2004 semester. They investigated various aspects related to sport psychology and completed a paper, including a discussion of careers in sport psychology.

Ben Willis completed an independent study with Dr. McKenzie during the Fall 2004 semester. He investigated the hiring practices of Toyota and applied psychological research literature to Toyota’s current recruitment practices. He also made suggestions for improving their current techniques based on scientific studies’ results.

Erin Holman completed an independent study with Dr. McKenzie during the Spring 2004 semester. She selected different areas of dating relationships and assessed several couples’ behaviors and attitudes within those areas. She then compared the couples’ patterns of responses to research studies’ results. She hypothesized as to why differences existed between the couples she interviewed, as well as between the couples and the national samples’ data. Her literature review, methods, assessments, and observations were included in a final paper.

MegAnn Leigh completed an independent study with Dr. McKenzie during the Spring 2004 semester. She selected ten cognitive and social phenomenon that develop during the preschool years. She individually observed three preschoolers in two separate environments, looking for evidence of these developmental milestones. She made comparisons between the different children’s behaviors and wrote up her observations along with a literature review in a final paper.



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