Student Poster Awardees


SSCP holds a student poster competition at each annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.  We had a record number of 84 posters in Chicago this year, about a 60% increase over previous years!  Because of the increased number of submissions and because the quality of the posters was uniformly high, we added two extra judges and increased the total amount of money awarded from $1000 to $1500.

The judges for this years competition were Marc Atkins, Michelle Craske (President-Elect of SSCP), Lea Dougherty (Editor of Clinical Science, the SSCP Newsletter), Elizabeth Hayden (Past Secretary/Treasurer of SSCP), Dave Smith (Current Secretary/Treasurer of SSCP), and myself.  Two winners ($200) and 11 “Distinguished Contributions” ($100) were identified.  The monetary prize is awarded to the first author of the poster. All student authors on an award-winning poster also receive a complimentary one-year membership in APS – Thank you Alan Kraut and APS!

Student Poster Award Winners ($200 prize, APS membership)

“Protective Body Posture Modulates Physiological Response to Threat”
Joseph Wielgosz, Lisa M. Repshas, Lawrence L. Greischar, & Richard J. Davidson - 
University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Poorer Neighborhood Quality at Age 12 Predicts Stronger Acc Activation to Rejection Sensitivity in Young Adulthood”
Marlen Z. Gonzalez, Lane Beckes, Joanna Chango, Joseph P. Allen, & James A. Coan - 
University of Virginia

Student Poster Award Distinguished Contributions ($100 prize, APS membership)

“Social Exclusion and Fearlessness Predict a Laboratory Proxy for Suicidal Behavior”
Jennifer L. Hames, Caroline Silva, Jessica D. Ribeiro, Nadia E. Teale, &Thomas E. Joiner - Florida State University

“Using Self- and Informant-Reported Personality Profiles to Predict Psychopathology”
Erin M. Lawton, & Thomas F. Oltmanns - Washington University in Saint Louis

“The Role of Stress Modality and Cognition in Neuroendocrine Reactivity During Childhood”
Stefanie E. Mayer, & Nestor L. Lopez-Duran - University of Michigan

“Maternal Depression and Early Child Temperament Predict Young Children’s Salivary Cortisol During Early Childhood”
Victoria C. Smith, Lea R. Dougherty, Thomas M. Olino, Margaret Dyson, Sara Bufferd, Suzanne Rose, & Daniel N. Klein - University of Maryland, College Park, and Stony Brook University

“Family Transmission of a General Risk for Externalizing Disorders: An Adoption Study”
Katherine T. Foster, Brian M. Hicks, William G. Iacono, & Matt McGue - University of Michigan and University of Minnesota

“Indirect and Direct Affective Evaluations of Unhealthy Foods”
Halley E. Woodward, & Teresa A. Treat - University of Iowa

“Childhood Victimization and Perceived Task Performance Predict Caloric Intake Following Stress Exposure”
Aimee J. Midei, & Karen A. Matthews - University of Pittsburgh

“Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia Improves Sleep Efficiency and Insomnia Severity Index in Insomnia Co-Morbid With Sleep Apnea or Periodic Limb Movements”
Leanna R. Garb, Richard Bootzin, Spencer Dawson, Jennifer Cousins, Keith Fridel, Souraya Sidani, Dana Epstein, & Patricia Moritz - University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, The Center for Sleep Medicine, Ryerson University, Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and University of Colorado Health Services Center

“Daily Cognitive Reactivity Is a Negative Prospective Predictor of Depressive Symptoms”
Stefanie T. LoSavio, Lawrence H. Cohen, & Brendt P. Parrish - University of Delaware

“Early Menarche and Later Depressive Symptomatology: The Role of Prepubertal Depressive Symptoms”
Sarah R. Black, & Daniel N. Klein - Stony Brook University

“Parental Depression, Parenting, and Cortisol Reactivity in Preschoolers”
Marissa R. Tolep, Victoria C. Smith, Suzanne Rose, & Lea R. Dougherty - University of Maryland, College Park, and Stony Brook University 


Student Poster Award Winners ($200 prize, APS membership)

A Meta-Analysis of Component Controlled Trials of CBT for Anxiety Disorders
Sacha Brown, Daniel F. Hill, Jonathon C. Gable, Liam P. Porter, W. Jake Jacobs - University of Arizona

Paradoxical Cardiovascular Effects of Adaptive Emotion Regulation Strategies in Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Amelia Aldao, Douglas S. Mennin - Yale University

Student Poster Award Winners - Distinguished Contribution ($100 prize, APS membership)

A Meta-Analytic Review of Mood-Congruent Implicit Memory in Depressed Mood
Melinda Gaddy, Rick E. Ingram - University of Kansas

Depressed and Anxious Persons Inhibit Positive Information:  Three Subliminal Perception Studies
E. Samuel Winer, Daniel Cervone - University of Illinois at Chicago

Emotional Go/No-Go Task Predicts Trait Aggression
Katherine G. Denny, Matthias Siemer - University of Miami

High Negative Affectivity and Attenuated Neuroendocrine Reactivity in Women with Borderline Personality
Lori N. Scott & Kenneth N. Levy - Pennsylvania State University, Douglas A. Granger, Johns Hopkins University

Is Reassurance Seeking Specific to Depression?
Nehjla Mashal, Lisa Wang, Richard E. Zinbarg - Northwestern University

Reciprocal Relationship Between Peer Relational Victimization and Depression in Early Adolescence
Elissa J. Hamlat, Angelo S. Boccia, Jonathan P. Stange, Lauren B. Alloy - Temple University


Best Posters

Autumn J. Kujawa, Stony Brook University

Young Daughters of Depressed Mothers Selectively Attend to Sad Emotional Faces
Autumn J. Kujawa, Dana Torpey, Jiyon Kim, Greg Hajcak, Suzanne Rose, Daniel N. Klein
This study used the dot probe paradigm to examine attentional biases in young children of chronically or recurrently depressed mothers. Daughters of depressed mothers showed biases towards sad faces and differed significantly from control daughters and sons in both groups. No differences were found for happy faces.

Theresa A. Morgan, University of Iowa

What’s in a Paper Trail? A New Document-Based Assessment of Personality, SPAN-DOC
Theresa A. Morgan, Lee Anna Clark, Peter Tyrer
Personality traits affect Axis I and II diagnoses, and also are important for treatment and functioning. Most personality measures rely on self-report, and depend on access to, presence and cooperation of individuals being assessed. The current study presents reliability, validity and structural data on a document-based measure of personality (SPAN-DOC).

Anna Weinberg, Stony Brook University

Vigilance-Avoidance in Generalized Anxiety Disorder Revealed Through Event-Related Potentials
Anna Weinberg, Greg Hajcak
Though vigilance-avoidance patterns of attentional allocation have been theorized in Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), this pattern has not yet been adequately demonstrated. The present study utilizes electrocortical indices of attention to emotional and neutral images to demonstrate early biases towards emotional material, followed by later patterns suggestive of avoidance.

Distinguished Contributions

Christine B. Cha, Harvard University

Attentional Bias Toward Suicide-Related Stimuli Predicts Future Suicidal Behavior
Christine B. Cha, Sadia Najmi, Jennifer M. Park, Christine T. Finn, Matthew K. Nock
Suicide is difficult to predict because people often deny suicidal intent. We hypothesized that people considering suicide would show an attentional bias toward suicide-related-stimuli. Data from adults presenting to an emergency room revealed that attentional bias toward suicide-specific-stimuli predicts future suicide attempt beyond clinician prediction and known risk factors.

Jiyon Kim, Stony Brook University

Psychometric Properties of the Behavioral Inhibition Questionnaire in Preschool Children
Jiyon Kim, Daniel N. Klein, Thomas M. Olino, Margaret W. Dyson, Lea R. Dougherty, Emily C. Durbin
The Behavioral Inhibition Questionnaire (BIQ; Bishop, Spence, & McDonald, 2003) is a brief parent and teacher rating scale for children’s inhibited behavior. The present study sought to examine the structure and psychometric properties of the parent and teacher versions of the BIQ in a large sample of preschool-aged children.

Katie Kryski, University of Western Ontario

HPA Axis Reactivity Patterns and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Early Childhood
Katie Kryski, Heather Smith, Haroon Sheikh, Elizabeth P. Hayden, Shiva Singh
This study examined hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity to a standardized stress task, indexed via salivary cortisol, in 300 preschool-aged children. Cortisol samples were obtained at baseline and at five time points following stress induction. Preliminary findings indicate associations between cortisol reactivity and parent-reported child internalizing and externalizing symptoms with pronounced sex differences.

Nuri Reyes, Virginia Tech

What Ethnicity Can Tell Us About Early Screening of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Nuri Reyes, Michelle Patriquin, Angela Scarpa, Varsha Desai, Kathryn Kerkering
This study investigated ethnic differences in response patterns on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers. Data were collected from 446 17- to 30-month-old toddlers (African American = 113, Latino = 112, White = 121). Findings showed that African American and Latino mothers reported higher levels of symptomatology regarding their children’s development than White mothers.


The following outstanding student posters were recognized at the May 2009 APS conference:

Best Poster

Rana Pishva, Queen's University, Canada

Neuroticism, Attentional Disengagement and the Mood Response to Stress

Distinguished Contributions

Stephanie Aldebot, University of Miami

Social Cognition Improvements as a Result of Computer-Based Neurocognitive and Social Cognitive Training in Schizophrenia

Nicholas R. Eaton, Washington University in St. Louis

The Identification of Personality Disorder Prototypes Through Finite Mixture Modeling

Adrienne J. Heinz, University of Illinois at Chicago

Adolescents' Expectancies for Smoking to Regulate Affect Predict Smoking Outcomes Over Time