Four WTAMU students to present at international conference


Presentations by four undergraduate students from the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work and the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at West Texas A&M University have been accepted to the International Association for Relationship Research Conference.

The July 12-16 conference in Fort Collins, Colo. brings together international members with backgrounds in psychology, communication, sociology, family studies, and related disciplines.

The students will present research on how classmate interactions can improve college success: university satisfaction, academic performance and retention. This research was conducted with Dr. Danney Rasco and Dr. Kenneth Denton, WTAMU assistant professors of psychology, and the supported by a Killgore Faculty Research Grant.

Shelby Day, a junior psychology major from Quanah, is presenting “Enhancing Life and University Satisfaction via Students’ Perceived Social Support.” She is interested in improving life satisfaction and school satisfaction among students in primary and secondary education settings. Day intends to apply to graduate programs in school psychology.

Kyndal DeBerry, a senior psychology major from San Antonio, is presenting “Improving Academic Outcomes by Fostering Social Connections.” She intends to apply to school psychology programs following graduation. DeBerry aims to explore factors related to school climate, classroom interactions and the success of students.

Rodina Scott, a native of Amarillo, is finishing her second bachelor’s degree in criminal justice following her recent graduation with a degree in psychology. Her presentation is titled “Gender Pairings and the Success of a Closeness-Induction Task.” Scott plans to apply to Ph.D. programs with an emphasis in correctional psychology, and she wants to understand interpersonal dynamics in incarcerated populations.

Victoria (Tori) Srygley, a junior psychology major from Pampa, is developing a presentation titled “Experimentally Bolstering Perceived Social Support in First-Generation College Students.” She plans to apply to Ph.D. programs in clinical neuroscience following graduation. Srygley wants to help individuals diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and victims of trauma with an emphasis on sexual trauma and domestic abuse.

In addition to their presentations, students will attend seminars on interpersonal conflict, stress and coping in couples, familial factors related to risk and resiliency and similar topics. They look forward to meeting practitioners and researchers in related fields as they learn more about their options for graduate school.

Attendance is sponsored in part by WTAMU’s College of Education and Social Sciences.

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