Faculty-Student ResearchThe following psychology faculty conduct research throughout the year and frequently involve students in their endeavors:
Dr. Mikel Olson has begun a research program at Concordia evaluating memory consolidation and reconsolidation in nonhuman animals. He has a paper in press in Regulatory Peptides entitled “MMP-3 Elevation Following Passive Avoidance Conditioning is Necessary for Associative Memory Consolidation.”
Dr. Mona Ibrahim, along with Andy Schramm ’09 and Chelsea Evenstad ’09, are analyzing how villagers’ intercultural sensitivity, ethnic identification and life satisfaction are affected by their participation in the Arabic Language Village’s immersion program.
Dr. Susan Larson was the recipient of a research award from the North Central Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. This award has funded research on the cognitive impairments associated with autoimmune diseases.
The Disaster Psychology Research Team, led by Dr. Susan Cordes Green, is investigating the experiences of students who volunteered for a trip organized by Concordia’s Campus Ministry in the New Orleans recovery effort after Hurricane Katrina. Cordes Green and her students have presented their work at conferences and continue to investigate the topic.