Jessica Pappagianopoulos ’15 Named Psychology Department’s 2015 Student of the Year

May 11, 2015

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Jessica Pappagianopoulos ’15 has been named the Stonehill College Psychology Department’s 2015 Student of the Year.

Pappagianopoulos, a psychology major from Pelham, New Hampshire, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

“Over the past four years, Jessie has achieved academic excellence,” says John Hurley, professor of psychology. “She has also excelled in a variety of clinical and research experiences in the field of psychology, and these experiences have led to various presentations and one journal publication.”

As a Moreau Honors Scholar, Pappagianopoulos enrolled in some of the most challenging courses offered at Stonehill. Because of her academic success, she was inducted into Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology, and Lambda Epsilon Sigma, the Stonehill College Honor Society.

In 2014, Pappagianopoulos co-authored an Association for Psychological Science registered replication report on the verbal overshadowing effect with Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Poirier, which was published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a leading journal in the field.

Pappagianopoulos also participated in two research projects at Brown University through the Psychology Department’s externship program. In one such project, she assisted Dr. Andrew Busch on a post-acute coronary event smoking study. The study is assessing the effectiveness of a smoking cessation program with patients who recently had a cardiac event.

“Compared to any time in a smoker’s life, the moment during which they are lying on their back in a hospital bed is the time when they would be most motivated to take actions towards quitting the habit of smoking,” says Pappagianopoulos.

In addition to her exceptional academic accomplishments, Pappagianopoulos has represented the Psychology Department at the College’s Skyhawk Welcome Days for admitted students, and has served as the treasurer of the Stonehill chapter of the Psi Chi international honor society.

Pappagianopoulos, who plans to backpack through Europe this summer, will begin graduate school in the Eliot-Pearson Child Study and Human Development Master’s Program at Tufts University this fall with the goal of working as a child life specialist.

“Jessie has a very bright future,” adds Hurley. “I congratulate her on all of her accomplishments.”

Selected Activities and Achievements

  • Moreau Honors Scholar
  • Treasurer of Stonehill's chapter of Psi Chi
  • Participated in two research projects at Brown University
  • Co-authored research that was published in Perspectives on Psychological Science
  • Named to the dean’s list every semester
  • USFSA figure skating gold medalist
  • Studied abroad in Australia