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.

2019 Grad Students

Research Interests

Cameron Blankenship

My research interests mainly fall within the realms of social and cognitive psychology. My primary research interest is focused on user experience (UX). Specifically, I am most interested in analyzing consumer needs, motivations, and behaviors to give insight on how commercial products or services should be designed to best accommodate consumers. I am also interested in aggression, media influence, and research replicability.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Chris Groves

Annie Docter

My research interests are primarily in the health and clinical psychology realm. I am interested in studying the psychological impact that terminal illness diagnoses, more specifically cancer, have on an individual. I am also interested in studying the prevalence of hopelessness and depression in those with terminal illnesses and whether mindfulness interventions help to alleviate such psychological states.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Phan Hong

Kathryn Dykstra

My research interests mainly focus on the impact that small and large traumas have on behavior as well as the effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy to treat trauma. I am also interested in studying the use of mindfulness and positive thinking on psychological health.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Chris Groves

Brennan Kiley

My research interests broadly include the areas of cognitive, social, environmental, political, and positive psychology, as well as the psychology of religion. More specifically, my research interests include, but are not limited to, the following: the effect of workplace democracy on job satisfaction and the well-being of workers, ecotherapy, mindfulness, the formation of attitudes and beliefs, cognitive biases, the psychological effects of aesthetics, empathy, prosocial behavior and motivation, transcendent or spiritual experiences, and ways to create greater gender equality.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Amy Knepple-Carney

Madison Malcore

I am interested in industrial organizational psychology with a focus on workplace inclusion, diversity, and bias. The majority of my research experience in this area lies in woman’s issues, such as the gender wage gap and the queen bee phenomenon. I am interested in expanding these issues to other stigmatized groups. I am also interested in examining how mindfulness may remedy bias and discrimination by promoting nonjudgmental interactions within the workplace.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Anca Miron

Alexander Schutte

My research interests lie primarily in the social and cognitive fields. Specifically, I appreciate the cross-method analysis for the two to measure and explore different topics from a new view point. Topics such as morality, mortality, and fear capture my attention most often.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. David Lishner

Morganne Sendek

My research interests focus on gender as it relates to leadership and task performance. More specifically, I am interested in researching the interaction between researcher and participant gender and how that interaction could potentially impact the way a participant engages with elements of a study. I’m interested especially in how participant perseverance and engagement with task instructions and activities might change as a result of this gender interaction.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. David Lishner

A'Lea Yonker

My research interests lie in the field of cognitive psychology. I am interested in looking into the effects of misinformation on the development of false memories and as an extension, eyewitness suggestibility. More specifically, I am studying how the unexpectedness of an outcome influences the incorporation of post-event causal misinformation into the memory of a witnessed event.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Quin Chrobak

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.

Haley Jacquez

My research interest mainly focuses on neuropsychology and neurocognitive functioning. More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between concussions, self-reporting accuracy, physical performance, long term cognitive functioning and memory. My intended research interest is meant to broadly educate and emphasize the importance of recognizing concussions and the long-term threat they may have if not treated.

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.

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.

Ben Saltigerald

My research interests lie primarily in the field of clinical psychology. I am interested in the treatment of psychological disorders and the use of integrative therapy. More specifically, I wish to explore how personality traits may serve to predict patient outcome to various forms of psychotherapy.

Nikki Satterlund

My research interests relate to disability, particularly autism. I view disabilities, such as autism, as form of diversity in the human condition, as a difference in cognition that is not necessarily lesser than the cognition of typically developing brains. I feel it is important to study multiple aspects of disability. This includes the neurological and cognitive components, such as how the autism brain differs from the neurotypical brain. It also includes social components, such as issues of prejudice and lack of accessibility, and how prejudice and lack of accessibility impacts the psychological wellbeing of those with disabilities. I am also interested in exploring the link between autism and psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

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.