Scripps Psychology Students to Present Research at UCLA

Four Scripps College students will present their research at the 17th Annual UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, May 9, on the UCLA campus. Shelby Cooley ’09, Laurel Horn ’08, Alexis Schey ’08, and Robin Litt ’08 will be among the 95 students selected from various colleges and universities, including UCLA, USC, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, Emory University, and the University of Notre Dame, among others. Presenters were chosen from 147 applicants who submitted abstracts, with selection based on the quality of research in the field of psychology.

Horn’s presentation, based on her senior thesis project, will focus on the perceived effectiveness of a community-based integrated sentencing approach within the field of criminal justice. She will also discuss whether racial and ethnic biases impacted evaluations of this approach. Cooley will present her original research on the impact of gentrification on the re-segregation of schools in Seattle, examining this phenomenon among the African American community; she began this project with the McNair Scholars program at CGU and will be using themes from qualitative findings for her thesis. Litt will discuss her research on visual memory and dyslexia as part of her senior thesis. Her research specifically examines long-term memory differences in dyslexic and non-dyslexic children. Schey’s study explores disability identity in the context of visibility of disability and length of time since disability diagnosis, as well as the implications of current and future research.

Horn and Litt will each give a 10-minute oral presentation on their research project to an audience of approximately 60-75 people, followed by a question-and-answer session. Cooley and Schey will each present a visual display of their research project and results, and answer questions posed by viewers. The sessions, open to the public, begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.