Dzgoeva, Farrell, Michalak Named Psychology Department Students of the Year

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Laura Dzgoeva ’14, Jane Farrell ’14 and Hannah Michalak ’14 have been named top students in the Psychology Department for 2014.

Dzgoeva, a Psychology and Sociology double major from Acton, Mass., Farrell, a Psychology and Spanish double major from Portland, Maine and Michalak, a Psychology major and Biology minor from Hadley, Mass., demonstrated a commitment to scholarship the exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

Laura Dzgoeva ’14

Laura Dzgoeva '14“In addition to earning high grades, Laura has compiled an impressive record of scholarship. She participated in the SURE program not once, but twice. In addition, she completed an Independent Research experience in my lab in 2012. Currently, she is a research intern at Butler Hospital in providence and a research assistant at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Brockton,” says Christopher Poirier, associate professor of Psychology.

On her postgraduate plans, Laura says, “I am planning to work for a year or two as a research assistant in psychology, and then apply for Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology with a concentration in military psychology.”

Selected Activities & Achievements

  • Two internships at the Brockton Veteran’s Affairs hospital
  • Internship at the Providence Veteran’s Affairs hospital
  • Currently writing a thesis on the legitimization of eSports
  • Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience project on Veterans Courts
  • Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience project translating Russian poetry
  • Writer and editor for The Thalamus, the Psychology Department’s newsletter
  • Taught a course called "Nerd Culture: The Historical and Sociological Relevance of Comics and Video Games" as part of the IDEAS (Integrating Democratic Education At Stonehill) program with Professor Christopher Wetzel
  • Teaching assistant for Sociology

Jane Farrell ’14

Jane Farrell '14“Jane has excelled in a variety of clinical and research experiences in the field of psychology,” says Christopher Poirier, associate professor of Psychology.

“As a SURE scholar last summer, she worked in my lab studying face recognition memory. She remained dedicated to the project and continued working in my lab this academic year. Her hard work led to two research presentations. In October, she presented a research poster at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. In May, just 5 days after graduation, she will present a poster at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco.”

Selected Activities & Achievements

  • Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience scholar
  • Internship with an adjustment counselor in an elementary school in Brockton
  • Research presentation at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association
  • Vice president of Psi Chi, the Honor Society in Psychology
  • Captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team

Hannah Michalak ’14

Hannah Michalak '14“Hannah is not just an exceptional student, but a talented and dedicated researcher who is destined to contribute significantly to the field,” says Lincoln Craton, associate professor of Psychology.

“She has held research assistant positions in labs investigating cognitive neurology, health psychology, psychiatry and music cognition. At last count, she has coauthored at least three presentations at professional conferences with faculty, along with four manuscripts to be submitted to professional journals. Her work as a student in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program last summer was invaluable in moving my own program of research along. Somehow she has also found time to devote her services to programs helping the elderly and the disabled.”

On her postgraduate plans, Michalak says, “I recently accepted a research assistant position in the Alzheimer’s disease Research Unit at Yale Medical School. After that, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology with a particular focus on aging and Alzheimer's disease.”

Selected Activities & Achievements

  • Member of Lambda Epsilon Sigma
  • Member of Psi Chi
  • Granted an award for “Research Excellence” from the Psychology Department 2014
  • SURE Scholar 2013- worked with Professor Lincoln Craton on a study of un-trained listeners’ perception of harmony
  • Drafted manuscript: Craton, L. G., Juergens, D. S., Michalak, H. R., & Poirier, C. R. (In preparation). Perception of rock harmony.
  • Presented a poster at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition in Toronto, August 2013 (Craton, L. G., Poirier, C. R., Michalak, H. R., and Juergens, D. J. (August 2013). Implicit knowledge of rock harmony
  • Involved in drafting manuscripts for 2 NIH-funded research projects with Prof. Erin O’Hea
  • Involved in peer-reviewing articles for the Journal of Health Psychology (Sept. 2013) and the Journal of Psychology, Health & Medicine (Sept. 2013)
  • Selected to participate in Professor O’Hea’s External Research pilot program, working in conjunction with the Director of Neuropsychology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital) to update and norm a neuropsychological test for remote memory, the Transient News Events Test
  • Writing Tutor for Stonehill's Center for Writing and Academic Achievement (CWAA)
  • Member of the Stonehill College Chapel Choir