Message from the Director

On May 12, 2019 the Department of Psychology graduated its first Master of Science in Psychological Science class! It was an honor to acknowledge the accomplishments of this cohort. Our eight pioneers have exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable. Collectively, they have published, or have prepared work for publication, based on original and collaborative ideas; they have presented their research locally and nationally, and have become exemplars of academic professionalism. As someone who has closely observed our inaugural class over the past two years, I am deeply impressed by their collegiality; they have brought out the best in each other as academic citizens and as scholars.

Back row, left to right: Abisola Smith, Drew Weiner, Angie Willoughby, Stephanie Kern, Zoe Xu

Front row, left to right: Pei-Ling Yang, Naidan Tu

A selection of accomplishments from the Class of 2019:

Stephanie Kern, Personal Relationships, Interpersonal Stress, and Mindfulness (PRISM) Lab, directed by Prof. Heidemarie Laurent

Kern, S., & Laurent, H. K. (2019). Childhood Abuse Predicts Affective Symptoms via HPA Reactivity during Mother-Infant Stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Kern, S., Laurent H. (2019, March). Childhood Maltreatment History Predicts Mother’s Trauma-Related Symptoms via HPA Axis Regulation With her Infant. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting for The Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Finnegan, M.K., Kern, S., Newberry, D., Heller, W., Laurent, H. (2018, November). Addressing the Atlas Concordance Problem in fMRI. Poster presented at the Annual Convention for the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Laurent, H., Finnegan, M.K., Kern, S. (2018, September). Mother’s Neural Response to Their Infant’s Positive Emotion and Risk for Psychopathology. Symposium conducted at the Thirty-Second Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Indianapolis, IN.


Jun-Yeob Kim, Industrial-Organizational Research Lab, directed by Prof. Daniel Newman

Kim, J. Y., & Park, Y. S., (2018). Malicious Envy and Benign Envy in Organizations: The Relationships with Perceived Fairness, Self-Esteem, and Counterproductive Work Behavior, Korean Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 31(1)103-121. 

Kim, J. Y., Hsu, N., Newman, D. A., Harms, P. D., & Wood, D. (March 2018). Leadership, Network Influence, and Gender: The Role of Normality Evaluations, Teams Research Incubator, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


Abisola Smith, Race, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (R.A.C.E.) Action Lab, directed by Prof. Helen Neville

Hoang, T. M., Neville, H. A., Smith, A. F., Valgoi, M., Schlosser, M., Cha-Jua, S. K., & Fiesta, J. (2018, August). Police recruits’ motivation to hear and evaluate messages in multicultural education: Do racial beliefs matter. Poster to be presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

Grant, N., Rodriguez N., Ogunfemi, N., Neville, H.A., Groth, S., Smith, A. F., Hill, T., Perez, A. (2018, July). #PowerUp: Amplifying Youth Voices through Youth Participatory Action Research. Oral presentation presented at American Psychological Association, Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race) Conference, Austin Texas.


Naidan Tu, TomorroWorks Lab, directed by Prof. Chris Napolitano, and Vocational Interests Lab, directed by Prof. James Rounds

Tu, N., Phan, W. M. J., Song, Q. C., Rounds, J., & Gregory, C. (June, 2018). Examining the incremental validity of career fit on work outcomes. Poster presentation at the Society for Vocational Psychology 2018 Conference.

Drew Weiner, Morality and Social Cognition Lab, directed by Prof. Sean Laurent

Weiner, D.S., & Laurent, S. M. (2019, February). For worse or for better, the richer or poorer: Documenting the (counter-intuitive) wealth-based moral judgment gap. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.

Weiner, D. S., & Guenther, C. L. (2018). Self-Enhancement Bias. In Zeigler-Hill V., Shackelford T. (Eds.), Springer Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer, Cham.


Kathleen (Angie) Willoughby, Graduate Student Researcher, Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning Lab, directed by Prof. Monica Fabiani


Zoe (Jing) Xu, Vision Lab, directed by Prof. Simona Buetti and Prof. Alejandro Lleras

Xu, J., Ballew, K., Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (May 2019). Do people’s visual ability skill predict search efficiency under difficult search conditions? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. 

Ballew, K., Xu, J., Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (May 2019). An individual differences investigation of the relationship between visuospatial working memory capacity and inefficient search. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. 

Buetti, S., Xu, J., & Lleras, A. (2019, April). How do differences across visual features combine to determine visual search efficiency in parallel search? Talk given at Attention & Perception Brown Bag. 

 Yang, B., Xu, J., Zhang, F., Buetti, S. (2019, April) Does time perception of emotional events vary across Asian and Westerner participants? Poster presented at UIUC Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

Xu, J., Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (2018, May). Is there a relationship between object recognition ability and visual search efficiency? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. 

Lleras, A., Xu, J., & Buetti, S. (2018, May). How do differences across visual features combine to determine visual search efficiency in parallel search? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society.  

Xu, J., Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (2018, April) Predicting visual search efficiency. Talk given at Attention & Perception Brown Bag. 


Pei-Ling Yang, Attention and Perception Lab, directed by Prof. Diane Beck

Yang, P. L., Tsujimura, S. I., Matsumoto, A., Yamashita, W., & Yeh, S. L. (2018). Subjective time expansion with increased stimulation of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells. Scientific reports, 8(1), 11693.

Yang, Y. H, Tien, Y. H., Yang, P. L., & Yeh, S. L. (2017). Role of consciousness in Temporal Integration of Semantic Information. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 17(5), 954-972.

Yang, P. L., Beck, D. M. (2018). A Horizontal Advantage for Attention. Oral presentation in the Attention and Perception division proseminar of University of Illinonis, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.

Yang, P. L., Clevenger, J., & Beck, D. M. (2018). A horizontal advantage for attention: enhanced performance for targets located horizontally to an exogenous cue. Poster presentation in the 25th Object Perception, visual Attention, and visual Memory conference (OPAM), New Orleans, USA.