Faculty Research

Faculty Research

  Peter Bachiochi, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Organizational surveys
•Minority employee recruiting and retention
•Team leadership
•Habitat for Humanity
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Bachiochi, P., & Everton, W. (2014). Team leadership and group dynamics. In J. Borland, G. Kane, & L. Burton (Eds.), Sport leadership in the 21st century. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
  • Bizarro, A., & Bachiochi, P. D. (2013). Boeing leads again. National Society of Black Engineers Magazine, 25(1), 34-38.
  • Zweber, Z, Herres, D., & Bachiochi, P. D. (2012). Staying connected in today’s business world. National Society of Black Engineers Magazine, 24(1), 28-37.
  • Graham, L. A., Chen, Z., Barnes-Farrell, J. L., Bachiochi, P. D., & Dakas, F. (2013). Employment as the “other” role: Engaging students to perform academically. In K. Cigularov & J. L. Barnes-Farrell (Chairs), Time to focus on context: Work-life issues in educational settings. Symposium at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Houston, TX.
  • Jolton, J. A. & Bachiochi, P. D. (2012). Smarter than S.M.A.R.T.: Action plans for post-survey change. In T. M. Franz (Chair), Postsurvey actions: New directions for implementing change efforts. Symposium at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in San Diego, CA.
  • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38, 5-9. doi: 10.1177/0098628310387787

  Luis Cordón, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Cognitive reading strategies
•Cognitive testing
•Parent-child interactions
•Cognitive development
 
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Cordón, L. (2013, February). Margaret Cavendish and the evolution of materialist natural philosophy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Austin, TX.
  • Cordón, L. (2012). Freud's world: An encyclopedia of his life and times. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
  • Cordón, L. (2012, February). Mesmerized: Science, pseudoscience, and the eighteenth-century invention of sundry key elements of the modern clinical trial. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Asheville, NC.
  • Cordón, L. (2008). Parapsychology. In Womack, K. (Ed.) Books and beyond: The Greenwood encyclopedia of new American reading (pp. 717-731). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
  • Cordón, L. (2008, January). Effectively serving two masters: Successfully integrating the psychology major into the liberal arts curriculum. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

  Alita Cousins, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Mate guarding in romantic relationships
•Conflict in romantic relationships
•Adaptations to protect children by new moms
 
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Fugère, M. A., Leszczynski, J., & Cousins, A. J. (2014). The social psychology of attraction and relationships. Completed manuscript. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K., & Cousins, A. J. (2013, November). Detection of natural and manmade threats by new mothers and college women. Presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Toronto, Canada.
  • Cousins, A. J., Klimas, V., & Fugère, M. A. (2013, October). Development and reliability of the Resistance to Mate Guarding Scale. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association meeting. Bridgeport, CT.
  • Klimas, V., Cousins, A. J., & Fugère, M. A. (2013, October). Validity of the Resistance to Mate Guarding Scale. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association meeting. Bridgeport, CT.
  • Arel, A., & Cousins, A. J. (2011, October). Dating history, sociosexual behaviors, and jealousy. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Meeting, Fairfield, CT.
  • Bibee, R., & Cousins, A. J. (2011, October). Sociosexual orientation on relationship dynamics. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Meeting, Fairfield, CT.
  • Petrella, S., & Cousins, A. J. (2011, October). Partner preferences in current vs. ideal relationship in heterosexual couples. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Meeting, Fairfield, CT.

  Jeff Danforth, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Child psychopathology
•Research on the relationship between
  Oppositional behavior and ADHD
•Licensed Psychologist
•Member of the American Psychological
  Association
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Danforth, J. S., Connor, D. F., & Doerfler, L. A. (in press). The development of comorbid conduct problems in children with ADHD: An example of an integrative developmental psychopathology perspective. Journal of Attention Disorders.
  • Danforth, J. S. (2013). Three entries: (1) Ecological model of autism; (2) Self-injurious behavior, and (3) Setting events. In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Springer.
  • Modesto-Lowe, V., Danforth, J. S., Neering, C., & Easton, C. (2010). Can we prevent smoking in children with ADHD: A review of the literature. Connecticut Medicine, 74, 229-236.
  • Danforth, J. S. (2013, November). Comorbid ADHD/Conduct problems: Development and parent training. Workshop presented at the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College. Worcester, MA.
  • Danforth, J. S. (2012, November). A theory of ADHD supports parent training for families of children with ADHD. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis Theory and Philosophy Conference. Santa Fe, NM.
  • Modesto-Lowe, V., Danforth, J. S., & Brooks, D. (2008). ADHD: Does parenting style matter? Clinical Pediatrics, 47, 865-872.

  James Diller, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Behavioral economics
•Maladaptive choice
•Philosophy of radical behaviorism
•Board Certified Behavior Analyst
•Member of the Association for Behavior
  International
•Member of the Connecticut Association
  for Behavior Analysis
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Salters-Pedneault, K., & Diller, J. W. (2013). A preliminary study of anxiety, negative affect, experiential avoidance, and delaying of aversive events. Behaviour Change, 30 (4), 241-248.
  • Diller, J. W., Brown, R. M., & Patros, C. H. G. (2013). Revisiting Kazdin (1980): Contemporary treatment acceptability for problem behavior in children. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 13 (2), 225-231.
  • Diller, J. W., & Farnsworth, T. G. (2013, May). Alcohol effects on analogue risk-taking and delay discounting tasks. Poster presented at the 39th meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Diller, J. W. (2013, March). Behavior analysis, ethics, and morality. Invited address at the 9th annual meeting of the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis. Cromwell, CT.
  • Diller, J. W., & Nuzzolilli, A. E. (2012). The science of values: The moral landscape by Sam Harris. The Behavior Analyst, 35 (2) 265-273.

  Carlos Escoto, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Health Psychology
•HIV/AIDS
•Personality and Psychoneuroimmunology
•Council of Undergraduate Research Councilor, Psychology Divison
•Associate Editor, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research
•APA HIV Office for Psychology Education Regional Trainer
•APA Behavioral Social Science Volunteer
•ECSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
  Coordinator
•Community Life Improvement Project Grant Evaluator
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Escoto, C. A., & Parekh, B. (in press). Stress reduction in adults. Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion Ed.
  • Nanin, J., & Escoto, C. A., (in press). Promoting healthy sexuality among Latino youth. Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion Ed.
  • Nanin, J., & Escoto, C. A., (in press). Preventing sexually transmitted infections among Latino youth. Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion Ed.
  • Escoto, C. A. (2013). The philosophy, theory and science of human flourishing. PsycCRITIQUES, 58, (37).
  • Escoto, C. A., & Pfau, G. (2012). Sexual behavior and condom use in 4 cohorts of college freshmen. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association.
  • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M. Fugère, M. Escoto, C., Letterman, M., Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38, 5-9. doi: 10.1177/0098628310387787

  Melanie Evans, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Parent-child relationships across cultures
•Racial and ethnic socialization
•Adolescent academic outcomes
•Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
•Member of the Society for Research on
  Child Development (SRCD)
•Member of the Society for Research on
  Adolescence (SRA)
•Member of the National Council of
  Family Relations (NCFR)
•Member of the National Association of
  African American Studies (NAAAS)
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Evans, M., & Brown, T. L. (in press). The healthy development of African American youth. In T. P. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (2nd ed.) New York, NY: Springer.
  • Fouts, H. N., Roopnarine, J. L., Lamb, M. E., & Evans, M. (2012). Infant social interactions with multiple caregivers: The importance of ethnicity and socio-economic status. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 43 (2), 328-348.
  • Roopnarine, J. L., Evans, M., & Pant, P. (2011). Parent-child relationships in African and Indian Caribbean families: A social psychological assessment. In D. Chadee & A. Kostic (Eds.), Social Psychological Dynamics. Mona, Jamaica: University of West Indies Press.
  • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M., Fugère, M., Escoto, C., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38 (1), 5-9.
  • Brown, T. L., Linver, M. R., & Evans, M. (2010). The role of gender in the racial and ethnic socialization of African American adolescents. Youth and Society, 41 (3), 357-381.
  • Brown, T. L., Linver, M. R., Evans, M., & DeGennaro, D. (2009). African-American parents’ racial and ethnic socialization and adolescent academic grades: Teasing out the role of gender. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38 (2), 214-227.

  Wendi Everton, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Aspects of ethical behavior: use of
  technology at work
•Student behavior
•Links between management and
  employee behavior
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M., Fugère, M., Escoto, C., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38 (1), 5-9.
  • Everton, W. J. (2010). "Don't sleep in class" and other advice from students. The Industrial Organizational Psychologist, 47 (3), 21-24.
  • Everton, W. J. (2010, April). What do students want a professor to do? In J. Lyon, Chair, The Data-Driven Classroom: Scholarly Teaching and Scholarship of Teaching. Symposium presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

  Madeleine Fugère, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Attraction and Romantic
  Relationships
•Affirmative Action
•Member of the Society for Personality
  and Social Psychology
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Fugère, M. A., Leszczynski, J., & Cousins, A. J. (2014). The social psychology of attraction and relationships. Completed manuscript. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Fugère, M. A., & Sianez, D. M. (2013). Reviewing major concepts in research methods through an experimental activity and class discussion. In B. Skott & M. Ward (Eds), Active learning exercises for Research Methods in Social Sciences: Instructor’s Guide (pp. 32-39) . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M., Fugère, M., Escoto, C., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38 (1), 5-9.
  • Harrington, E., & Fugère, M. A. (2010). Perceived racism as a predictor of depression, anxiety, and cultural mistrust. Modern Psychological Studies, 16 (1), 70-81.
  • Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M., & Escoto, C. (2010). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In J. Stanovic & M. Lali (Eds.), Sexuality Education and Attitudes. Hauppague, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Fugère, M. A., Escoto, C., Cousins, A. J., Riggs, M. L., & Haerich, P. (2008). Sexual attitudes and double standards: A literature review focusing on participant gender and ethnic background. Sexuality and Culture, 12 (3), 169-182.

  Chunying Sandy Jin, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Assessment and Treatment of Sleep
  Problems
•Functional Assessment and Treatment of
  Severe Problem Behavior
•Behavioral Pediatrics
•Child Development and Early Life Skills
•Autism
•Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Hanley, G. P., Jin, C. S., Vanselow, N. R., & Hanratty, L. (in press). Producing meaningful improvements in problem behavior of children with autism via synthesized analyses and treatments. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Jin, C. S., Hanley, G. P., & Beaulieu, L. (2013). An individualized and comprehensive approach to treating sleep problems in young children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 161-180.
  • Jin, C. S., Hanley, G. P., Vanselow, N. R., & Hanratty, L. A. (2013, October). Producing meaningful improvements in the severe problem behavior of children with autism via synthesized contingency analyses and skill-based treatments. Symposium presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, MA.
  • Jin, C. S., Hanley, G. P., Vanselow, N. R., & Hanratty, L. (2013, May). A complete case example of the functional assessment and treatment process. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Jin, C. S., Hanley, G. P., & Hanskell, D. (2013, May). Toward a comprehensive and objective measurement system of common sleep problems of young children in homes. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, Minneapolis, MN.

  Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Lifeguarding
•Visual Search
•Threat Detection
•Change Detection
•Email Use & Performance
•Pedagogy
•Member of the Psychonomic Society
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K., & Cousins, A. J. (2013, November). Detection of natural and manmade threats by new mothers and college women. Poster presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K., Skow, E., & Moore, C. M. (2012, November). Great expectations: Perceptual challenges of visual surveillance in lifeguarding. Poster presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K., Fugère, M. A., & Cousins, A. J. (2012, October). Using online tutorials to assist students in a research methods course. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Worcester, MA.
  • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K. (2012). Identification of critical events by lifeguards, instructors, and non-lifeguards. The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 6, 203-214.
  • Moore, C. M., Skow, E., Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K., & Attarha, M. (2011, November). Severe loss of instantaneous information in a dynamic visual surveillance task. Spoken presentation at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.

  Jennifer Leszczynski, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Contextual influences on
  masculinity and femininity
•Age, love, and gender stereotypes
  across the life-span
•Student attitude change through
  course material and community
  engagement opportunities
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Fugère, M. A., Leszczynski, J., & Cousins, A. J. (2014). The social psychology of attraction and relationships. Completed manuscript. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Andreoletti, C., Barrett, A., Fruhauf, C. A., Leszczynski, J. P., Montepare, J. (February, 2014). Taking “age” out of intergenerational programs: A new model for connecting older and younger adults in classrooms and communities. Presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. (November, 2013). Ideas about love and relationships across the life-span. Presented at the Society for the Study of Human Development Bi-Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. (October, 2012). Assessing attitudinal change after taking an undergraduate gender course. Presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference, Worcester, MA.
  • Leszczynski, J. (2009). A state conceptualization: Are individuals’ masculine and feminine personality traits situationally influenced? Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 157-162.
  • Leszczynski, J. P., & Strough, J. (2008). The contextual specificity of masculinity and femininity in early adolescence. Social Development, 17(3), 719-736.

  Margaret Letterman, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Memory, learning, and teaching
   methods and styles
•Multicultural issues in education
  & acculturation
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M., Fugère, M., Escoto, C., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38 (1), 5-9.
  • Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M., & Escoto, C. (2010). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In J. Stanovic & M. Lali (Eds.), Sexuality Education and Attitudes. Hauppague, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Letterman, M., Clifford, M., & Brown, J. (2010, April). The Psychology of Major Choice and Wage Differentials Between Black Women and White Women in Connecticut.Presented at the CSU Faculty Research Conference.
  • Letterman, M., Clifford, M., & Brown, J. (2010, February). The Psychology of Major Choice and Wage Differentials Between Black Women and White Women in Connecticut. Presented at the Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference.
  • Letterman, M., Clifford, M., & Brown, J. (2009, October). The Psychology of Major Choice and Wage Differentials Between Black Women and White Women in Connecticut. Presented at the International Atlantic Economic Association Conference.

  Kristalyn (Kristi) Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.
Research InterestsProfessional Activities
•Anxiety and Trauma-Related
  Disorders
•Licensed Psychologist
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Salters-Pedneault, K., & Diller, J. (2013). A preliminary study of anxiety, negative affect, experiential avoidance, and delaying of aversive events. Behaviour Change, 30 (4), 241–248.
  • Au, T. M., Dickstein, B. D., Comer, J. S., Salters-Pedneault, K., & Litz, B. T. (2013). Co-occurring posttraumatic stress and depression symptoms after sexual assault: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 149, 209-216.
  • Litz, B. T., Salters-Pedneault, K. Steenkamp, M. M., Hermos, J., Bryant, R. A., Otto, M. W., & Hoffman, S. G. (2012). A randomized placebo-controlled trial of D-Cycloserine and exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 1184-1190.
  • Steenkamp, M. M., Dickstein, B. D., Salters-Pedneault, K., Hofmann, S., Litz, B. T. (2012). Trajectories of PTSD symptoms following sexual assault: Is resilience a modal outcome? Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25 (4), 469–474.
  • Salters-Pedneault, K., Ruef, A., & Orr, S. P. (2010). Personality and psychophysiological profiles of police officer and firefighter recruits. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 210-215.

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