2023 Convention Poster Selections

We are pleased to have the following Posters presented at our 2023 Convention

Be sure to look for them at UCLA on 10/21/23!

1. First Author Name and Degree: Diyue Dou, B.A. 
Name of University: King’s College London/Adelphi University 
University Advisor for this research: Yuanruo Xu, M.A Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. Candidate at Adelphi University 
Title of Poster: Does a Stress-Based Psychological Intervention Lead to Improved Wound Healing?
- Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on Stress and Pediatric Surgical Wound Healing. 
This study aims to investigate the effects of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) on physiological stress responses and wound healing in pediatric surgery patients. Previous research has shown that stress and negative emotions can affect wound healing in humans and animals, and stress-reducing interventions have been found to positively impact biochemical levels and reduce stress-related hormones. However, few studies have focused on pediatric surgery wounds. AAT is a standardized intervention to promote post-operative recovery in pediatric patients. This randomized controlled trial will measure cortisol levels, self-reported anxiety, and cytokine and metalloproteinase levels in wound fluid to determine the impact of AAT. 

 2. First Author Name and Degree: Aaron Engelberg, M.S./M.A. 
Name of University: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, LA (Clinical Psy.D. program)  
University Advisor for this research: Dr. Enriqué Lopez, Psy.D. 
Title of Poster: The difference between gender nonconforming identities on executive functioning and autistic symptomatology 
Research has documented the overlap between autistic symptomology and transgender/gender nonconforming (TGGN) people. Most of the research has grouped TGGN people or made comparisons between transmen and transwomen. This perpetuates the gender binary and leaves identities within the gender nonconforming (GNC) umbrella (e.g., agender, neutral) under-researched. Research has also highlighted executive functioning specific to these identities that may be of clinical focus. I will present my dissertation, which examines autistic symptomology and executive functioning among specific GNC identities. I hope to contribute to findings that embrace inclusive gender and neurodiversity conceptualizations and provide the basis for future guidelines and interventions. 

3. First Author Name and Degree: Emily Hanna, LCSW  
Name of University: Pepperdine University 
University Advisor for this research: Kathleen Eldridge, Ph.D.  
Title of PosterApplication of Third-Wave Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies in the
Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is considered the first-line psychotherapy for
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). However, not all patients achieve full remission with ERP. A growing area of research has been the use of third-wave therapies in the treatment of OCD. This systematic review summarizes results from 21 studies that examine efficacy of standalone uses of ACT and MBCT, as well as ERP augmented with these interventions in the treatment of OCD. Results suggest that adaptations of ACT and MBCT are efficacious treatments for OCD with and without ERP. This study elucidates clinical implications, as well as areas of future research.

4. First Author Name and Degree: Nicole Harris, M.A. 
Name of University: Alliant/CSPP – Los Angeles 
University Advisor for this research: George Gharibian, Ph.D. 
Title of Poster: A Qualitative Study of Consent and Sexual Compliance in the Romantic Relationships
of Adult Sexual Assault Survivors
This project aims to examine how sexual assault survivors understand consent in their
subsequent romantic relationships and to explore their attitudes on sexual compliance, or the behavior of consenting to sexual activity without truly desiring it. The study seeks to deepen understanding of the interpersonal impact of sexual violence and add nuance to current definitions of consent that require verbal communication. It will also consider how gender roles and socialization play a role in sexual compliance. It will utilize an interpretative phenomenological analysis to examine survivor attitudes and habits.

5. First Author Name and Degree: Brynne T. Richardson, B.S. 
Name of University: Southern Methodist University 
University Advisor for this research: Dr. Stephanie J. Wilson Ph.D. 
Title of Poster: The Benefits of Being a Mindful Couple 
Abstract: Given the existing research on mindfulness and its positive psychological effects, this study tested associations between mindfulness and positive relationship outcomes. In a sample of 102 couples (N = 204) aged 25-90, effects of trait mindfulness (CAMS-R) on perceived partner responsiveness (PPR), relationship satisfaction (CSI-32), and state mindfulness following conflict (adapted CAMS-R) were explored. In zero-order correlations, trait mindfulness was associated with higher relationship satisfaction, PPR, and state mindfulness following marital conflict. After controlling for age, race, and gender in multilevel models, the CSI and state mindfulness associations held. The PPR link was attenuated, and partner effects were non-significant. 

6. First Author Name and Degree: Camille Rougier, B.A. 
Name of University: Alliant International University 
University Advisor for this research: Danielle Gissinger, Ph.D. 
Title of Poster: Crafting Communities of Care: Implementing Disability Justice by Queering Relational Cultural Therapy
Abstract: Disabled people report more isolation compared to non-disabled counterparts, reporting feelings of “burdening” their care network. Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT) crafts mutually beneficial relationships powered by inherent drive for connection. By queering RCT and applying it to community dynamics, it uniquely offers more decolonized bidirectional care relationships for disabled people. When relationships do not follow prescriptive social roles, disabled people and their community are more able to negotiate relationships effectively. This approach upholds the disability justice pillars of collective liberation, interdependence, and sustainability. Increased sustainability and flexibility of relationships facilitates a resilient and expansive care network, thus systematically empowering communities.

7. First Author Name and Degree: Behnaz Sarlak, Ph.D. 
Date of Doctorate/From Name of University: 08/14/22 from Walden University 
Title of Poster: Examining the Utility of Auditory Processing Tests in Neuropsychology 
The sensitivity of auditory processing tests to differentiate unimpaired from neurodegenerative patients (n= 215) over the age of 50 (M = 69.75, SD = 10.06) was conducted. Measures included the SCAN-A, the Halstead Reitan Speech Sounds, and Seashore Rhythm Test. Findings provide the evidence of performance on auditory perception, vigilance, and signal detection in terms of dementia as well as their relationship to performance on WMS-IV Logical Memory, Verbal Paired Associates, and Digit Span. Differences for normal-and impaired performance was also examined in terms of age level. Results reveal the utility of these tests in
identifying individuals suffering from the dementias.

8. First Author Name and Degree: Amber Williams, M.A. 
Name of University: National University          
University Advisor for this research: Criss Jameson, Ph.D. 
Title of Poster: A Systemic View: African American Suicide Survivors  
Understanding how Black suicide survivors adapt, adjust, and grow is of marginal study from a systemic lens. Using post traumatic growth (PTG) and Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response (FAAR) model theoretical frameworks this literature review seeks to assess how African Americans and other minority groups cope after experiencing a suicide. The historical implications of Black suicide in America are necessary to grasp the full scope of its impact on African Americans. Examination of minority familial suicide survivors revealed evidence of diversified PTG. Prevalence of increased Black youth suicides are explored and warrants greater research of suicide survivors.  

9. First Author Name and Degree: Yusi Wang 
Name of University: Pitzer College         
University Advisor for this research: Marcus Rodriguez, Ph.D. 
Title of Poster: The Impact of Paternal Relationship on Treatment Efficacy of Self Injurious Behaviors  
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment for individuals with complex mental health problems. Previous research has established DBT’s efficacy in treating non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) behaviors. This study examines factors influencing DBT efficacy for NSSI behaviors using a multicenter randomized clinical trial. Participants in the DBT Skills training group completed four skill modules to reduce NSSI. The results suggest that a participant’s relationship with their father significantly contributed to the reduction of NSSI behaviors in the DBT skills training group (△R2=0.061, β=-0.247, P=.045), indicating that a good parent-child relationship is crucial to treatment outcomes.  

10. First Author Name and Degree: Rebecca Wynsma, M.A.            
Name of University: Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology 
University Advisor for this research: Joey Fung, Ph.D. 
Title of Poster:
Exploring Mediators and Moderators of Mindful Parenting on Internalizing 
Problems in Asian and Latinx Youth 
This study investigated direct and indirect effects of mindful parenting on internalizing problems among Asian (N = 696) and Latinx (N =361) youth (M =
14.10, SD = 0.60). First, mindful parenting related to higher adolescent mindfulness, perceived parental acceptance, self-compassion, interdependent self-construal, and lower self-coldness and
 internalizing behaviors. Second, mindful parenting related to higher mindfulness and perceived parental acceptance, which in turn was associated with lower internalizing behaviors. It was also related to lower self-coldness, which, in turn, was positively associated with internalizing behaviors. Implications include mindful parenting training as beneficial in settings reducing barriers for ethnic minority families.