Past Laboratory Activities

The 2019-2020 School Year -- Life in the Times of COVID-19:

Here are submissions by lab members during the 2019-2020 school year. Because of COVID-19, the Association for Psychological Science convention was cancelled and the accepted poster submissions occurred online:

Midwestern Psychological Association - 2019:

Our lab presented the following posters at MPA in Chicago in April:

Association for Psychological Science - 2018:


Our lab presented the following research at The 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco:

Photos from APS 2018:








Lab Dinner at Bissap Baobab for Senegalese Food


During 2017, our lab is submitting several presentations to the 89th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Our photos from MPA 2017:





Lab Dinner at Rickshaw Republic for Indonesian Food


On May 15, 2017, we presented at Rosalind Franklin's All School Research Consortium and here are some photos

:Association for Psychological Science, 2016


We submitted a symposium about taxometrics that was accepted. We also had another poster submission.

  • Miller, S. A. (chair; May, 2016). Distinguishing dimensional from categorical structures of psychological constructs: New implementations of taxometric procedures using SPSS. Symposium presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, Illinois.

  • Drandorff, L. N.*, & Miller, S. A. (May, 2016). MAMBAC in SPSS: A newly developed module for taxometric analysis. In S. A. Miller (Chair). Distinguishing dimensional from categorical structures of psychological constructs: New implementations of taxometric procedures using SPSS. Symposium presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, Illinois.

  • Klappa, S. P.*, & Miller, S. A.., (May, 2016). L-Mode: A taxometric analysis module for SPSS. In S. A. Miller (Chair). Distinguishing dimensional from categorical structures of psychological constructs: New implementations of taxometric procedures using SPSS. Symposium presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, Illinois.

  • Weber, E.*, & Miller, S. A. (May, 2016). MAXEIG: Coming soon in user-friendly SPSS form to a computer near you. In S. A. Miller (Chair). Distinguishing dimensional from categorical structures of psychological constructs: New implementations of taxometric procedures using SPSS. Symposium presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, Illinois.

  • Reed, B. W.*, & Miller, S. A. (May, 2016). Discussant. In S. A. Miller (Chair). Distinguishing dimensional from categorical structures of psychological constructs: New implementations of taxometric procedures using SPSS. Symposium presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, Illinois.

We also submitted a poster to APS 2016


Reed, B. W.*, Klappa, S. P.*, & Miller, S. A. (2016). Making McDonald's ω accessible: An SPSS GUI that interfaces with R "Psych." Poster presented at the 28th AnnualConvention of the Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, Illinois.




We also took part in RFUMS's ASRC in 2016.


Photos of Our Lab's Posters at Rosalind Franklin's 11th Annual All School Research Consortium (March 16, 2016)

Association for Psychological Science - 2015

  • Some of the work at this conference has led to our lab's first publication together

  • Fowler, D., Weber, E., Klappa, S.P., & Miller, S.A. (2017). Replicating future orientation: Investigating hope, optimism, and their subscales through replication and expansion. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 22-28. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.04.010 (pdf)

Lab Dinner at Banana Leaf (Sri Lankan) on Friday Night


Midwestern Psychological Association - 2015

Photo of Our Lab's Posters at the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago (May 2,


Association for Psychological Science - 2014

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And here are some pictures of the lab and surrounding area.


Looking into the lab

A view out the lab window

Another view

Alumni









Former Ph.D. Students

Brandon Reed, Ph.D. completed the Clinical Psychology Ph.D in 2021. Dr. Reed completied a master's degree in clinical psychology at California State University, Fullerton, where he works with Dr. Nancy Segal on twins and grief. He did his undergraduate degree at Fullerton, where he worked with Steve in an earlier incarnation of the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory; they presented this poster and he worked on this poster which were presented at APS in 2008. Brandon started working in the laboratory (again) in August of 2015. A copy of his CV is here.





Lauren Drandorfff, Ph.D. completed the Clinical Psychology Ph.D in 2020. Dr. Drandorff earned her B.S. in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Illinois Institute of Technology, specializing in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology. Lauren has previously worked as a Research Assistant in Dr. Barbara Fredrickson’s Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory and in Dr. Jonathon Larson’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Laboratory. Clinically, she has worked with a variety of clients within the private practice and nonprofit realm, with a focus on veterans and individuals with anxiety disorders. Lauren has been published in the Journal of Neurotherapy and Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation on research she has done related to burnout, client adherence, and quality of work life, as well as Individual Placement and Support and serious mental illness. Lauren has also presented training workshops on Motivational Interviewing and how practitioners can implement this therapeutic technique when working with clients who are ambivalent to change. Her areas of interest include anxiety disorders, personality disorders and traits, individual differences, quantitative psychology, positive psychology, burnout, client adherence, emotions and emotion-related experiences, and psychiatric rehabilitation. Lauren started working in the lab in August of 2014. A copy of her CV is here.




Maggie Abraham, Ph.D. completed the Clinical Psychology Ph.D in 20201. Dr. Abraham was a student on the neuropsychology track at RFUMS who joined the lab in Winter of 2018. She is currently on internship and has successfully defended her dissertation She completed a B.S. in Psychology and a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Missouri in 2015. Research interests include identification of cognitive and neural markers of risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, qualitative analysis of verbal fluency patterns, and examining components of verbal fluency in various clinical populations. She hopes to pursue a career as a neuropsychologist in an academic medical center or rehabilitation hospital working with a diverse clinical population. A copy of her CV is here.




Emily Weber, Ph.D. completed the Clinical Psychology Ph D. program in 2019. Dr. Weber earned her B.A. in Psychology from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. Her research interests include stress and coping strategies, personality disorders, interpersonal violence, and resilience. She is currently working on completing her thesis on the predictive utility of life stress and coping strategies in a domestic violence offender population. Clinically, she has worked with an offender population and is currently working with PTSD veterans who suffer from moral injury. In the future, she hopes to explore her interests working with a forensic population. She presented her findings from a methods study at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She collaborated with another RFUMS student to conduct a study that explored the error rates involved in making typology classification in a probation sample of male perpetrators. Emily started working in the lab in winter of 2014. A copy of her CV is here. She is currently a post-doc at Netcare Forensic Center in Columbus, Ohio.



Drew Fowler, Ph.D. completed the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2017. Dr. Fowler received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Kansas. Drew's areas of interests include: resiliency, grit, positive psychology, interpersonal relationships, aggression, and issues related to gay and lesbian populations. Drew has worked with a variety of clinical populations and settings, including: domestic violence perpetrators, veterans with severe mental illnesses and PTSD, at-risk youth, children and adolescents, families, low SES community populations, and individuals suffering from chronic and/or severe medical illnesses. At the 2015 APS conference in New York, Drew and Emily presented a poster examining the relationship between hope and optimism in an MTurk sample. In 2015, Drew received the CRI Healthy World Scholarship for his clinical work with under-served community populations. Drew is set to propose his dissertation in August. He started working in the lab in winter of 2014. During the 2016-2017 school year, Drew completed his internship at the VA Portland Health Care System. A copy of his CV is here. He is currently a psychologist at Kansas City VA






Drew on his (successful) dissertation defense day (Monday, December 12, 2016)


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Dan Goldstein, Ph.D. completed the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2016. Dr. Goldstein is currently a clinical psychologist at Edward Hines , Jr. VA Hospital. He completed a M.S. in clinical psychology at RFUMS, an M.A. in forensic psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a B.S. in Political Science at the University of Illinois. More information about Dr. Goldstein may be found here.





PAST RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Marianne Chirica completed the Clinical Counseling M.A. program in 2021. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2019 with a B.S in Liberal Arts and Science, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Her research interests include mood and personality disorders. She plans to pursue a PhD program in the future and hopes to apply her research in clinical settings. Her CV may be found here. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical science at Indiana University.

Sarah Bragg volunteered in the lab between June of 2014 and August of 2015. She graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2014. Her areas of interest include emotion and personality factors contributing to the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders, as well as the creation of effective therapies for culturally diverse clients. Her CV may be found here. Sarah is currently a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology program at Northern Illinois University


Scott Klappa completed an M.S. in Clinical Counseling. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winonata. His areas of interest include self-regulative mechanisms, personality traits, and motivation factors operating between the individual and groups. Scott's current research looks at personality and the influence of emotion on decision-making. Clinically, he is currently at a practicum placement working with clients with severe, persistent mental illness. Scott has been published in The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society on research he has done on professional identity, resilience, and hardiness of foreign-trained physical therapists. Scott worked in the lab from fall of 2013 to Summer of 2016. A copy of his CV is here.


Aysha Azimuddin was a Clinical Counseling Masters student who worked in the lab between winter of 2014 and August of 2015. She earned her B.S. in Psycholgy from Loyola University Chicago, where she worked in Dr. Victor Ottati's research lab on the cognition behind political views and stereotypes. Her research interests include the cultural influences on personality, emotion, and therapy approaches.


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Before my time at Rosalind Franklin, there was a period of time where I didn't have a laboratory. However, before that, I was an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at California State University, Fullerton; I left CSUF to move back to Chicago in 2013. Several students (designated with an "*") were involved in presentations at professional conferences:

Even after I left California and students went on to doctoral programs, I kept collaborating with students from the lab.