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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:

Garcia, A. & Lundervold, D.A. (in press).  Functional analysis and intervention for perseverative verbal behavior of an older adult with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury.

Jacobs, K. A., Wellman, A. R. P., Fuller, A. M., Anderson, C. P., & Jurado, S. M. (2016). Family successes and struggles in the aftermath of a cold case homicide, Journal of Family Studies. doi:10.1080/13229400.2015.1065195

 

Carter, K.L., & Bash, K.L. (2015) Predicting loneliness: Exploring the contributions of nature, nurture and relative deprivation. Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 52, Monograph 3.

 

Muñoz, A, Kreiner, D.S., Penningroth, S.L., Ryan, J.J., & Hwang, H. (2015). Performing a prospective memory task under divided attention might lead to increased performance errors and commission errors.  In A.M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, Vol. 113 (pp.205-222). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

 

Ryan, J.J., Swopes-Willhite, N., Franklin, C., & Kreiner, D.S. (2015). WAIS‒IV administration errors: Effects of altered response requirements on Symbol Search and violation of standard surface variety patterns on Block Design. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 22, 42-45.

 

Ament, P.A., Drake, A., Bowerman, S., Sanders, K., & Lundervold, D.A. (2015, May). Decreased prevalence of violent video game playing is related to authoritarian parenting style. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY, USA.

 

Carter, K., & Bash, K. L. (2015). Predicting loneliness: Exploring the contributions of nature/nurture and relative deprivation. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.

 

Hancock, S. & Hwang, H. (2015, May). Did you use a condom? An exploratory study of college students’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices of contraceptives. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

 

Holt, P., Lundervold, D.A., Neumann, L., & Ament, P.A. (2015, May). Reliability and validity of the Saint Luke's Social Anxiety Scale. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY, USA.

 

Jacobs, K. A., Maher, M. K., Anderson, C., Finley, M., & Blythe, B. (2016, February). Examining postvention practices in preservice teachers. Poster presentation at the meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

 

Jacobs, K. A., Anderson, C., Allen, J., Blythe, B., & Maher, M. (2016, February). Moving forward: Examining comprehensive youth suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Poster presentation at the meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

 

Lundervold, D.A., Ament, P.A., Neumann, L., & Holt, P. (2015, May). Multibehavior-multimethod assessment of gait and balance: The effect of essential tremor. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY, USA.

 

Muñoz, A., Kreiner, D.S., Ryan, J. J.& Hwang, H., Penningroth, S.L., Corwin, S.A., & Williams, D.P. (2015, May). Performing a prospective memory taks under divided attention may lead to commission errors. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

     

Nauser, J. & Hwang, H. (2015, May). Don’t make me listen to this song, it makes me mad: The effect of preference when listening to violent music. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

 

Schuetz, S., Spooner, B., Davis, S., Topps, B., LaPlante, S., Anguiano, A., & Fuller, A. (2015). The language of food: A qualitative exploration of how we speak about what we eat.  Poster presented at 123rd annual American Psychological Association convention in Toronto.