Graduate Students

The majority of students seeking masters degrees in psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive and Affective Sciences at UW Oshkosh were psychology majors as undergraduates. However, several students earned bachelors degrees in non-psychology fields. Our students are active in research with a variety of faculty and some of these projects are supported by graduate assistantships. The two most common reasons students attend this program are:

  1. To get some graduate school experience before entering into a Ph.D. program;
  2. To enhance their options in the workplace by earning an advanced degree.

The students benefit from the full-time nature of the program in that this increases opportunities for interactions with a greater number of faculty.

2020 Grad Students

Research Interests

Brittany Burgess

My research interests lie broadly in the fields of clinical psychology and neuropsychology. I’m interested in analyzing psychological disorders and where they stem from on a neurological level. With that being said, I am also interested in exploring how memory works on a neurological level and tying that into specific psychological disorders.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Aaron Karst

Haley Jacquez

My research interest mainly focuses on neuropsychology and neurocognitive functioning. More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between multiple head injuries, cognitive functioning and memory. My intended research interest is meant to broadly educate and emphasize the importance of recognizing head injuries and the long-term threat they may have.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Jim Koch

Makenzie Meendering

My personal research interests revolve around how psychology and the criminal justice system interact. More specifically, I am interested in how traumatic memories are processed and organized and how this affects the interviewing process for eyewitnesses as well as the susceptibility to false memories. Furthermore, I am also interested in emotion regulation and decision making under risk.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Quin Chrobak

Vanessa Monfredo-Hillman

I am interested in clinical and health psychology with a focus on the wellbeing of adults with chronic medical and psychiatric issues. More specifically, I am interested in studying the relationship between patient perception of emotional invalidation by providers and its impact on treatment compliance and treatment outcomes.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Amy Knepple Carney

Ben Saltigerald

My research interests mainly fall within the field of social psychology. Broadly, I am interested in both the perceptions and motivations of behavior. Specifically, I am interested in studying how women perceive messages that communicate male ally behavioral strategies on an online social medium, so as to determine the effectiveness of different strategies and its impact on collective action. I am also interested in analyzing consumer needs, motivations, and behaviors.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Anca Miron

Nikki Satterlund

My research interests lie in the realm of social psychology, with autism, the neurodiversity movement, and autism activism being a subject of focus. I am currently studying mechanisms for activism on social media, specifically goals and antecedents of collective action in different groups of autism activists on Twitter.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Anca Miron

Allison Smith

My research interests are within the field of cognitive psychology. I am interested in looking at the impact misinformation can have on minority groups/incarceration rates of minorities. I am also interested in the development of false memories, how we can reduce/repair false memories, eyewitness identification, and eyewitness suggestibility. I am also interested in other topics in cognitive psychology that explore memory.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Justyna Olszewska

2021 Grad Students

Research Interests

Sydney Behlman

My research interest primarily lies within the realm of neuropsychology and neurocognitive functioning. More specifically, I am interested in how mental illnesses effect the brain. I would like to extend this into how these effects lead to the subsequent formation of false memories. I am also interested in psychopathy and how it is handled in the criminal justice system. 

Taylor Hendry

My research interests lie primarily within the fields of social and clinical psychology. Specifically, I am interested in uncovering how and why individuals may conceal their disabilities in certain environments due to a fear of potential discrimination and biases. I am also interested in research regarding anxiety and general mental health wellness among young adults.

Elizabeth Holland

My research interests are primarily in the area of clinical psychology. I am interested in how meditation and mindfulness can influence our well-being, mood, and stress levels. I am also interested in the impacts of ACEs and the effects they can have on mental health throughout the lifespan. Finally, I am also interested in treatment of older adults with dementia. More specifically, those who receive treatment in nursing homes or simi long-term care facilities.

Samara Markle

My research interests mainly fall within the relationship between the brain and the body. Specifically, I am interested in neuroscience and its relationship with hormones, bodily functioning, psychosomatic ailments, and mental illness. I am also interested in the neuropsychology of developmental conditions like autism. Along with mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, more specifically their manifestations in how an individual perceives and reacts to the world around them.

Kenya Mulwa

My current research interests center around cognitive and social psychology, including interpersonal relationships and interactions, memory, emotion, and personality. 

Brandi Tennessen

My research interests revolve around criminal justice reform. I plan to extend the current research to find other methods of investigation and prosecution aren’t as valid as we originally thought. I’m hoping to pursue my doctorate degree and then work on research to guide criminal justice system reform.