Press Release

HLGU Students Attend Psychology Convention

Monday, March 31, 2014
by Rebecca Sneed

Four HLGU psychology students traveled to Kansas City to attend the 34th Annual Great Plains Student Psychology Convention held March 21 and 22 at Rockhurst University. While there, seniors Kerri Lauterbach and Justin Shaw presented research from their senior thesis projects.

Justin Shaw's project, entitled "Perceptions of Therapists' Offices: Does Office Appearance Influence Initial Client Trust and Commitment?" earned a first place in his division of clinical and counseling research.

Kerri Lauterbach's research project was titled, "Teacher's Perceptions of Their Roles, Abilities, and Barriers in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Students."

"With the changes and growth in the HLGU psychology program, Kerri and Justin have become the first HLGU students to present at a psychology conference," said Steven Voss, Assistant Professor of Psychology. "This is a new path for our students and they both worked very hard to produce presentations of quality."

Junior psychology majors Raychel Huseman and Sarah Davis also attended the convention. They were there to show support for their classmates as well as gain an understanding of how the presentations will work for them next year, should their topics be accepted. Though they may not all be accepted, all psychology students are asked to submit their research in order to attend a conference such as this.

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Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations