Psychology

Gross joins Randolph psychology faculty

Blair Gross

Most new faculty don’t even see their students until the first day of class, but psychology professor Blair Gross was already getting to know some of hers when she helped them move in to their residence halls prior to new student orientation. Gross is the newest member of Randolph College’s psychology program, and is teaching... READ MORE >>

Summer Research explores links between food access and incarceration

Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

For two years, communication studies professor J. Nikol Beckham has helped inmates earn their associate’s degrees at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. This summer, she and two Randolph students are combining her interest in food deserts and her passion for helping those who are incarcerated with a Summer Research project looking at nutritional education... READ MORE >>

Summer Research project examines effectiveness of Randolph’s Honor Code

Shelby Koretke '17 and psychology professor Holly Tatum conduct research online.

Shelby Koretke ’17 has been an enthusiastic proponent of Randolph’s student-run Honor Code since she arrived at the College. This summer, she and Holly Tatum, a psychology professor, are working to analyze and enhance the long-standing tradition at the College. Tatum has researched the effectiveness of honor codes in preventing cheating and promoting academic integrity... READ MORE >>

Randolph students make attractive presentation at national conference

Sandeep Poudyal '16 and Lauren Mason '16 stand with their poster at the Association for Psychological Science meeting in New York City.

A Summer Research project conducted in the summer of 2014 recently gained attention from professionals at a national conference in New York City. Sandeep Poudyal ’16, Lauren Mason ’16, and Dennis Goff, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology, presented and fielded questions from other researchers about their project, “Pitch of Voice and Type of... READ MORE >>

Summer research project tests the minds of Randolph student, professor

Professor of Psychology Rick Barnes and Sarah Ballard-Abbott '16 look through historic psychological tests in the College's psychology lab.

Randolph College’s psychology lab was founded in 1891-the same year as the institution itself-and was one of the first 20 such collegiate labs in the country. “That makes some of the equipment and tests we have here really historically valuable,” said psychology and environmental studies professor Rick Barnes, who is partnering with Sarah Ballard-Abbott ’16... READ MORE >>

Lunch and Learn sessions connect students with faculty

Classics professor Susan Stevens discusses her research with students at a Lunch and Learn session.

Randolph students have a new opportunity to learn from professors in an informal setting this semester. Each Monday, the Center for Student Research sponsors a “Lunch and Learn” that invites students to dine with professors for informal discussions about one professor’s research and creative work. The program was organized to help students become more engaged... READ MORE >>

Psychology student learns about mental health careers in summer internship

Photo of Emily Richards

This summer, Emily Richards ’15 helped operate a summer camp organized by Horizon Behavioral Health.... READ MORE >>

Randolph psychology professor teaches on Semester at Sea

Photo of Rick and Tina Barns at sea

Rick Barnes has an interesting classroom this summer: the Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea, and spots in Spain, Portugal, Finland, and other locations in Europe. Barnes, a Randolph psychology and environmental studies professor, is teaching for Semester at Sea, a program that brings faculty from many colleges together to provide a unique educational experience at... READ MORE >>

Evolution, psychology, and physical attraction

Photo of students with profressor

Open up almost any magazine aimed at teenagers and young adults, and you can find numerous articles about how to be attractive, either through the way one dresses, acts, or talks. Two Randolph students are working on scientific research into the topic of attractiveness. But their work is designed to lead not to more dating... READ MORE >>

Psychology students present research at annual VPA meeting

Photo of psychology students

Several Randolph College psychology seniors presented their research papers at the annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association in Norfolk, Va. The seniors and their presentation titles are listed below. Jacob Hood ’14 and Robert Villanueva ’14 (presented by Jacob Hood): Effects of Race and Socioeconomic Status on the Perceived Credibility of Eyewitnesses Alexis Arnett... READ MORE >>