Two SJC Long Island psychology graduates presented during a virtual conference hosted by the Eastern Psychological Association this summer, discussing topics they studied in Dr. Dominique Treboux‘s research lab at St. Joseph’s.
“I think what is most impressive is that these two scholars figured out how to be part of the conference and prepare, including the video, with very little direction from me,” Dr. Treboux, Ph.D., said. “They wanted to do it and I said, ‘Well figure out what you need to do.’ And they did.”
Olivia Phillips, who graduated in January, hosted a virtual presentation on a project she led called “Degrees of Separation: Self and Others and Compassion.” Her coauthors include fellow students Mikayla Kowalevich, Ashley Fisch and Koopman, as well as Dr. Treboux.
“Joining Dr. Treboux’s research lab has been the best part of my academic career thus far,” said Phillips, who’s going to graduate school for a master’s degree in school psychology. “Dr. Treboux puts so much effort in supporting the students in her research lab. I learned so much from the students in the lab and Dr. Treboux.”
Mikayla Kowalevich, who graduated this May, presented her research on “Views of God” during the June conference. Dr. Treboux and fellow SJC Long Island alumna Simran Kaur helped coauthor the research.
“The work reflects a combination of my interests and the students’ interest, and it reflects experiences of research labs across all universities,” Dr. Treboux said. “My work examines how compassion toward strangers or others develops. We have five research labs in our department that focus on different topics.
“I believe that research labs are unique in that students are getting experiences usually reserved for graduate students,” Dr. Treboux continued. “Such experiences prepare them well for graduate school and/or employment.”