Masters in Psychology Graduate Program Current Students
Arturo Calderon graduated from Montclair State University magna cum laude with a BA in psychology in 2013. During his undergraduate career he worked with Dr. Zellner on hedonic contrast in the hedonics lab, researching the cognitive dynamics of pleasure. He became a member of the international psychology honors society Phi Chi in 2013. A study of his has been presented in Germany at the international society for psychophysics (October 2013). Arturo is currently working with Dr. Duffy on Embodied Cognition, investigating mental simulations and their interference on visual perception. His research interests in addition to embodied cognition include analogical reasoning and cognitive biases. He aims to complete his MA in psychology from Rutgers and to move on to a PhD program in psychology or cognitive science afterward.
Avery Ducey received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Massachusetts in fall 2012. During his undergraduate career he was involved in research exploring whether video game play has any transferable skills to real world tasks involving rapid decision making. He has worked in a variety of other positions such as a teaching assistant in an abnormal psychology class, a decisional trainer in a prison, and a paraprofessional in a special education classroom. He looks forward to earning his master’s at Rutgers Camden.
Evelina Eyzerovich graduated with her bachelor’s in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in January 2012. She received honors for her research on Thought-Action Fusion and Stigma of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which she also presented at the annual Association for Psychological Science conference (Chicago, IL – 2012). She is also one of the recipients of The Carol E. Hutchinson Memorial Prize for Research in Psychology (awarded at Muhlenberg in April 2012). In addition to being a first-year student in the Master’s in Psychology program at Rutgers-Camden, Evelina is currently working as a Care Manager in Philadelphia, primarily providing supportive counseling and helping clients at area food pantries access public benefits such as food stamps (SNAP), medical, and utility assistance grants. While Evelina’s previous research has focused largely on understanding the formation of stigma, her future research will eventually branch into the clinical realm, specifically addressing trauma resulting from an attack to one’s self-concept.
Melissa Finnegan graduated from Rutgers Camden in 2013 with a BA in Psychology. She writes, “Prior to pursuing my degree, my main focus was raising my son. After my son started pre-k, my educational journey began. My son was (and is) my inspiration to better myself. Education is the key to one’s future. I hope for a satisfying career where I can help people. I am interested in many sub-fields of psychology but would love to focus on social and industrial psychology. I am extremely excited about obtaining my master’s at Rutgers. My ultimate goal is to obtain a PhD in Psychology.”
Nicole Matsuk graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Psychology department at Rutgers University. She is a member of Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology as well as Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for non-traditional students. Nicole was awarded the Excellence in Writing award from Richard Stockton college in 2005, and the Charles Kaden Memorial Award in 2014 for progressing the field of Psychology. Nicole was also the recipient of several academic scholarships, including the Frederick J. Ekstrom scholarship for graduate studies for excellence in academic achievement and the Dean’s First Year Graduate Studies Scholarship. As an undergraduate, Nicole worked in the lab of Dr. Courtenay Cavanaugh on identifying the bio-markers of stress in a population of high-risk female survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, and establishing collection and analyzation procedures. Nicole deeply valued her undergraduate experience at Rutgers. She could not be more thrilled to be continuing her education at a wonderful institution.
Patrice McCarthy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers Camden School of Psychology in May 2013. While an undergraduate she took part in the International Honor Society in Psychology “Psi Chi” and the National Honor Society “Phi Theta Kappa”. Patrice worked as an undergrad in the research lab of Dr. Sarah Allred studying color vision, perception and memory. Patrice is excited about expanding her knowledge about Psychological research and working closely with a very talented group of both students and faculty. She hopes one day to be involved with research studying the different contributory factors affecting the education trajectories of children and adolescents.
Autumn Nanassy transferred from Camden County College to Rutgers Camden as a part of the STARS II scholarship program in fall 2012. She is a member of the honors college, the International Psychology Honors Society Psi Chi, and the National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa. She is currently completing her bachelor’s and has already started on her master’s studies as a part of the dual degree program. Her main interests include personality psychology and how personality predicts behavior and life outcomes. Autumn works with Dr. Nave in his Personality, Behavior, and Health Psychology Laboratory and plans to continue doing so throughout the remainder of her time at Rutgers Camden. She is currently working on a study concentrating on Self-Presentation and Personality Judgment. Autumn looks forward to continuing her studies with the brilliant, enthusiastic faculty and students at Rutgers Camden.
Alexandra O’Donnell will be graduating as a dual-degree student from Rutgers-Camden with a bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Sociology in May 2014. As an undergraduate, she was in Phi Theta Kappa National Honor’s Society and Psi Chi, the International Honors Society for Psychology. She has been working alongside Dr. Duffy in his lab since spring 2013, and began working with Dr. August in spring 2014. She is currently involved in Dr. August’s Diabetes Experiences Study along with numerous humor preference projects with Dr. Duffy. She is happy to have the pleasure of continuing to work directly under Dr. August for the duration of the master’s program and wants to continue focusing her research in health psychology, with main interests being how stress and social relationships effect an individual’s health behaviors. Allie is extremely excited to begin the master’s program here at Rutgers.
Theodore Oing graduated cum laude with a B.A. in psychology from Tusculum College in May 2014. Member of the national honors society Alpha Chi and the international psychology honors society Psi Chi. Completed the Ronald E. McNair Program in Summer 2013. Undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Brian Pope included topics such as the earworm phenomenon and the effects of ego depletion on video game performance. Research projects have been presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) Annual Conference in 2013 and 2014, and the ETSU Boland Symposium in 2014. I was employed by Tusculum College from 2012-2014 as a Psychology and English tutor, as well as a research mentor for Upward Bounds during my internship at the Ronald E. McNair Program. Current research interest is on the effects of emotion on choice-making and behavior.
Brianna Soreth graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University Camden in December 2013. During her undergraduate studies she did research on cell phone use and divided attention in the classroom. She is excited to start the graduate program and looks forward to learning more about research as she obtains her master’s degree. She hopes to further her education with a Ph.D. in cognitive science after completion of the master’s program. Current interests include cognitive functioning such as learning, memory, and decision making.
Vianca Vargas graduated Magna Cum Laude from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in December 2012. During her undergraduate studies,Vianca was a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology “Psi Chi” and volunteered with underprivileged and special needs children in South Africa and Ecuador. She also assisted Dr. Connie Tang in studying children’s recognition of when learning ocurred. Vianca is excited to work alongside the remarkable group of faculty and students in the program and begin the joumey into the world of academia. She is the recipient of a 2014 Trustees Fellowship in honor of her work.
Doug Zacher graduated cum laude with a B.S. in psychology from Rutgers-Camden in the summer of 2012. During his time as an undergraduate student at Rutgers he worked in the Causal Reasoning Lab with a focus on patterning discrimination and working memory. He was nominated for the Rutgers Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity event and presented the research he assisted with at a conference. His research interests are geared towards cognitive psychology, including human learning, working memory, and cognitive processes but he also has an interest in mental health. He looks forward to working under the supervision of Dr. Bill Whitlow and is excited to learn as much as he can at Rutgers-Camden.