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Earn your Psychology degree at UCM - Lee's Summit

Designed for busy, career-driven students, UCM offers a B.A. in Psychology completion program at UCM - Lee's Summit.

Testimonial about the B.S. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I chose Psychology at UCM because of the real-life aspect of the program and the technology in it."
- Madeline Cramer, B.A. in Psychology alumna

Testimonial about the B.S. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I've been able to experience on-the-job training while assisting Dr. Lundervold in the Behavioral Medicine Lab."
- Amy Garcia, B.S. in Psychology graduate and current Psychology graduate student

Testimonial about the B.A. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I've been able to apply what I've learned in my classes to the real world and many of my other classes."
- Sara Thomas, B.A. in Psychology graduate and current Criminal Justice graduate student

Testimonial about the B.A. in Psychology degree at UCM

"The psychology professors at UCM were more than willing to be mentors. They genuinely cared about my goals and success."
- Brittany Echols, B.A. in Psychology alumna


Research

The UCM Department of Psychological Science provides unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to become involved in research. Students frequently author and co-author conference presentations and publications with faculty. The Sattler Awards recognize outstanding student research in several categories. The department has a variety of lab facilities available for research. Behavioral Medicine Research Assistants

The department has a limited amount of travel funding available to help students with the costs of attending conferences to present their research. Students who wish to request department travel funding should complete and submit the travel funding request form along with the Travel Preauthorization form which is located on the Accounts Payable webpage. Travel funding is also available through UCM's Undergraduate Research Office.

Faculty are actively engaged in a variety of research and welcome collaboration with students. Examples of recent projects involving faculty-student collaboration include the following, with student names indicated in bold:

Bash, K., & Carter, K. (2014). An assessment of week of welcome at a Midwestern university.Psychology and Education: An InterdisciplinaryJournal.

Ryan, J.J., Townsend, J.M., & Kreiner, D.S. (2014). Comparison of oral, written, and pointing responses to the WAIS-IV Digit Span.  Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 21, 94-97. doi: 10.1080/09084282.2012.753076

Bash, K.L., & Kreiner, D.S. (2014). Student perceptions of study time. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 19, 3-9.

Ament, P, Lundervold, D., Holt, P., Compton, M., & Neumann, L.*2014, December). Prototype abstraction memory for abstract geometric patterns remains intact in essential tremor patients.  ePoster presented at the 10th International Congress on Non-Motor Dysfunctions in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders, Nice, France.

Hunt, L., Lundervold, D., Ament, P., & Holt, P. (2014, December).  Qualitative and quantitative analysis of anxiety provoking situations among patients with essential tremor. ePoster presented at the 10th International Congress on Non-Motor Dysfunctions in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders, Nice, France.

Ament, P.A., Compton, M.T., Lundervold, D.A., Thomson, C.M., Miller, R.E., Gardner, M.J., Goodwin, A.C., & Bowerman, S.E. (2014, May).Relationship of PAI clinical scale scores and binocular visual convergence deficits.Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Compton. M. T.., Ament, P.A., Gardner, M.J., & Lundervold, D.A., (2014, May).Over-convergence vision deficits are related to improved recognition of micro expressions of “Surprise.  Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Holt, P.S., Lundervold, D.A., Ament, P.A., & Compton, M.T. (2014, May).Frontal Assessment Battery in geriatric primary care: Comparison of cognitively intact, MCI-A, and Alzheimer’s disease.Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Lundervold, D.A., Ament, P.A., Fontanet, T., Garcia, A., & Kopp, R. (2014, May).States of Arousal and Relaxation (STAR) scale measures mindfulness.Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Kopp, R. & Hwang, H. (2014, May). Who are the people that like, use, and support guns? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Jacobs, K.A., Wellman, A. R. P., Jurado, S. M., & Anderson, C. P. (2014, February).A family affair: Family dynamics following a cold case homicide. Paper presentation at the meeting of Academy of Criminal Justice Science, Philadelphia, PA.

Walker, T.R., & Kreiner, D.S.  (2014, August). Class attendance predicts grades for lower and upper-level psychology courses. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Asbridge, A., Stark, K.S., Kreiner, D.S., & Ryan, J.J.  (2014, August). Psychologists' and psychiatrists' responses to an HIV-related Tarasoff-like scenario. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Muñoz Gómez Andrade, A., Tryon, J. C., Flint, I. R., Kreiner, D. S., Nauser, J. W., Willliams, D. W., & Corwin, S. A. (2014, May). Habit strength correlates with neuroticism and negative prospective memory under divided attention.Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Hammond, K., & Kreiner, D.S.  (2014, May). Perceived effectiveness and use of effective study methods by college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Garcia, A  & Lundervold, D.A. (2014). Functional analysis and intervention for perseverative verbal behavior of an older adult. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Chicago, IL.

Schuetz, S., Smith, K., Reeder, A., & tenBroek, A. (2014). Ennui on easy street: The effect of convenience on boredom.  Poster presented at 122nd annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington D.C.. 

Schuetz, S., Reilly, L., & Harris, M. (2014). Not like me: Changing attitudes toward vegetarianism. Poster presented at 122nd annual American Psychological Association Convention,Washington D.C.