Reid Conference

Mark your calendar!

The next Reid Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 15th, 2022.


The annual L. Starling Reid Psychology Research Conference at the University of Virginia highlights empirical research conducted by undergraduate scholars.  Presentation formats are research talks (15 minutes) or posters.

Proposal Submission Information

2022 Proposal Deadline:  TBA

If you have any questions, contact us here: [email protected].

Abstract Guidelines

Please follow American Psychological Association style guidelines closely. Abstracts are not to exceed 250 words and the research should be independent student research. Your faculty advisor should not be listed as a coauthor, but should be included on a separate line.

See the example below:

            American Children: Associations with Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors

            Jane Smith

            Advisor: Dr. Jones

            Grandest University

Childrens' emotion regulation ability has been shown to influence psychosocial development, but this research has relied primarily on data from Western cultures. Given the important influence of culture and context on emotion processes, the current study examined emotion regulation and its  associations with internalizing and externalizing behaviors in Ghanaian and American youth. Participants were 142 children from Ghana and 147 children from the United States, ages 8-15, who completed questionnaires assessing the coping, inhibition, and dysregulation of sadness and  anger, frequency of emotion experiences, presence of depressed mood, and aggressive behavior.  Regression analyses indicated that sadness and anger regulation do predict uniquely to depressive and aggressive behaviors in both.

Eligibility for Presentation (Talk or Poster)

Students applying to present  research must be currently enrolled  as an undergraduate. Presentation content should bear on psychological theory and involve empirical analysis.  Analyses need not be completed at the time of application, but completion by the time of the conference should be feasible.

Information on Talks

Talks are one-person presentations by the undergraduate student. Faculty advisors are to be noted separately.  Talks should be planned to take 12-15 minutes, and will be followed by up to 5 minutes for questions. Students should also share their talk on the Open Science Folder.

Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for Oral presentation tips.

How to present using Zoom Tips

Information on Posters

Applicants for a poster presentation may have their name listed on only one poster. Multiple student authors are allowed for a given poster, but only one student should submit the application. Faculty advisors are to be listed on a separate line.  For the virtual conference, presenters should create a PDF version of their poster to present in zoom breakout room. Students should also share their poster on the Open Science Folder. 

Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for Poster presentation tips.


If you have any questions, contact us here: [email protected].

Recently Participating Schools

  • Alcorn State University

  • Bates College 

  • Boston College 

  • Brandeis University 

  • Campbell University

  • Christopher Newport University 

  • Clemson University 

  • College of William & Mary

  • Cornell University

  • Dixie State University

  • Duke University 

  • Fordham University 

  • George Mason University 

  • George Washington University

  • Hollins University

  • James Madison University 

  • Longwood University 

  • Loyola University Maryland 

  • Mary Baldwin University

  • Meredith College 

  • New York University 

  • Northwestern University 

  • Ohio State University 

  • Old Dominion University 

  • Pennsylvania State University 

  • Rochester University 

  • Saint Louis University

  • St. John's University

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland 

  • Stonehill College

  • Sweet Briar College 

  • Syracuse University 

  • University of California Santa Barbara 

  • University of Maryland 

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • University of Virginia

  • University of Washington 

  • Vanguard University of Southern California

  • Virginia Commonwealth University 

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

  • Washington & Lee University 

  • Yeshiva University

Past Conferences


Recorded Talks

If you missed the 2021 conference, watch the recorded talks, now available online!

Zoom Link | Passcode: Reid2021! 

2021 Program (pdf)

2021 Program Schedule (pdf)

Please note: Titles and abstracts listed in the program may have slight changes.  Please refer to the Open Science Folder for the latest versions.

2021 Presentations (Open Science Folder)

You may view the accepted talks and posters on the 2021 Reid Conference Open Science Folder (OSF)

2021 Virtual Conference Schedule: April 23, 2021 (8:30am - 4:45pm)

  • 8:30-8:45     Welcoming Remarks: Frederick Smyth, PhD | Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology University of Virginia

  • 8:45-10:15    Oral Presentations I (4 student presenters)

    • 8:46     Kathleen Gilmer | Rethinking the Traditional Approach to Speaking and Listening in Initial Conversations

    • 9:08     Brigitte Alexis Lieu | Reducing the self versus other Liking Gap: Using Construal-Level Theory to increase perceived liking in conversations

    • 9:30     Lauren Hall | Exploring the Emotional Impacts of Fatal Police Shootings of Black Civilians

    • 9:52     Maya Stephens | Predicting Retrospective Emotion Recall among Suicide Attempters using Text Messages

  • 10:30-11:30   Poster Session I

  • 11:30-12:30   Break

  • 12:30-1:30    Poster Session II

  • 1:45-3:15     Oral Presentations II

    • 1:46     Olivia M Walker | Knowledge Sharing Behaviors and Expectations in Professional Virtual Communities

    • 2:08     Alison Goldstein | Epigenetic Modification of the Oxytocin Receptor Gene Moderates Developmental Trajectories of Amygdala Functional Connectivity and Social Interaction 

    • 2:30     Alexandra Tucker | The Effects of Social Media Use on Social Connectedness, Mental Health, and Risk Taking Behaviors During COVID-19 Quarantine

    • 2:52     Parnia Ashari | Examining how Iranian Mother-Daughter Relationships Influence the Adult Daughter’s Psychosocial Development

  • 3:15-3:20     Appreciation Remarks: Frederick Smyth, PhD

  • 3:30-4:30     Keynote Lecture: Elizabeth A. Phelps, Phd | Mechanisms of Threat Control in Humans

  • 4:30-4:45     Being Human in Psychological Science | Informal Q&A with keynote speaker, Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD, about her path in psychological science. All are encouraged to turn camera’s on and participate.

Online (Zoom) Information

Attending as a Guest? Please register here.

Zoom Link | Password: Reid

Using Zoom:

Zoom is the online software we will use for the conference.  Please be prepared: 

Create a zoom account (if you don’t already have one), and upgrade to the latest version of zoom before the conference.   

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD

Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience | Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Mechanisms of Threat Control in Humans

Animal models of associative threat learning provide a basis for understanding human fears and anxiety.  Building on research from animal models, I will explore a range of means maladaptive defensive responses can be acquired and diminished in humans.  First, I will outline how extinction and emotion regulation, techniques adapted in cognitive behavioral therapy, can be used to control learned defensive responses via inhibitory signals from the ventromedial prefrontal cortex to the amygdala.  One drawback of these techniques is that these responses are only inhibited and can return, with one factor being stress. I will then review research examining the lasting control of maladaptive defensive responses by targeting memory reconsolidation and present evidence suggesting that the behavioral interference of reconsolidation in humans diminishes involvement of the prefrontal cortex inhibitory circuitry, although there are limitations to its efficacy.  Finally, I will describe two novel behavioral techniques that might result in a more lasting fear reduction by providing control over the stressor and introducing novelty.  

  • Zoom Link | Password: Reid
  • 3:30-4:30 EST Lecture
  • 4:30-4:45 EST Being Human in Psychological Science (​Informal Q&A with keynote speaker, Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD,about her path in psychological science. All are encouraged to turn camera’s on and participate.)


2020 Accepted Abstracts 

Participating students were invited to publish their talk or poster through the Center for Open Science “OSFMeetings” online platform. Please visit the following site to access participating talks and posters for the L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference 2020: