Reid Conference

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) and posters. The 18th annual conference will be held on April 26th, 2024.

Conference Date/Location

April 26th, 2024

Location: In-person, UVA Grounds, Ern Commons

Poster/Talk Presentation Proposal Deadline

March 22nd, 2024

Guest Registration (required for both guests and presenters)

Submit Your Proposal Application!

Proposal Submission Information

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.


Past 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

  • Saint Mary's College of California

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland 

  • Stonehill College

  • Sweet Briar College 

  • Syracuse University 

  • University of California Santa Barbara 

  • University of Hawaii

  • 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

Visitor Parking

Central Grounds Garage 

The Central Grounds Garage is conveniently located under the University Bookstore at 400 Emmet Street, and is near Newcomb Hall, Memorial Gymnasium, Brown College, and the Clemons Library. Hourly parking may be paid via the ParkMobile app.


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

Past Conferences


Conference Schedule

  • 7:30-8:30     Registration and continental breakfast  [Location: Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room]

  • 8:30-8:45     Welcoming Remarks: Chris Mazurek, PhD | Director of Undergraduate Studies, UVA Psychology [Location: Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room]

  • 8:45-10:15    Oral Presentations I (4 student presenters) [Location: Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room]

  • 10:30-11:30   Poster Session I [Location: Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room]

  • 11:30-12:30   Lunch Break

  • 12:30-1:30    Poster Session II [Location: Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room]

  • 1:45-3:00     Oral Presentations II  (4 student presenters) [Location: Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room]

  • 3:20-3:30     Appreciation Remarks: Chris Mazurek, PhD | Director of Undergraduate Studies, UVA Psychology [Location: Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room]

  • 3:30-4:30     Keynote Lecture: Angela Gutchess, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Brandeis University | How do Culture and Age Affect Memory [Location: Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room]

View Conference program

Keynote: Angela Gutchess, PhD | How do Culture and Age Affect Memory?

Professor of Psychology and
Volen National Center for Complex Systems
Brandeis University

Angela Gutchess’s research investigates the influence of age and culture on memory and social cognition using behavioral, neuroimaging, and patient methods. She attended Boston University for her BA/BS degrees, University of Michigan for her PhD with Denise Park, and completed Postdoctoral training at MGH/Harvard with Dan Schacter. Currently, she is a Professor of Psychology at Brandeis University, with appointments in Neuroscience and the Volen Center for Complex Systems. Angela is on the Psychonomic Society Governing Board and is the Chair for 2023. She has served an Associate Editor at Cognition, Memory & Cognition, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Memory. In addition to her empirical research, she has published books on cognitive aging: The Cognitive and Social Neuroscience of Aging, and The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Aging: A Life Course Perspective (co-edited with Ayanna Thomas) and serves as the co-organizer (with Suparna Rajaram) of the Culture & Cognition pre-conference at Psychonomics.


Conference Schedule

16th Annual Reid Conference (Virtual Format), Friday, April 15th, 2022, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm

  • 8:30-8:45        Welcoming Remarks

    • Chris Mazurek, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology, University of Virginia

  • 8:45-10:15       Oral Presentations I (12-15 minutes each):

    • Finn Connor, Examining Racial Congruence, Achievement Level, and Family Status as Characteristics of Role Models for Women in STEM.

    • Sara Yosif Ahmed, How Does Maternal Growth Mindset Relate to Children’s Emotion, Regulation, Language and Literacy Skills?

    • Hannah O'Connor, Language Use on Social Media in Female and Male Young Adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • Ian Adoremos, Identifying Neurogenetic and Phenotypic Biomarkers of Prefrontal Network Connectivity Alterations in Children with Autism

  • 10:30-11:30     Poster Session I (view the program/directory)

  • 11:30-12:30     Break

  • 12:30-1:30       Poster Session II (view the program/directory)

  • 1:45-3:15         Oral Presentations II (12-15 minutes each):

    • Mihret Niguse, Identifying pathways between caregiver experiences of discrimination and adolescent disruptive behaviors

    • Lauren Kelso, The Effects of Biased Lineups on Strong and Weak Face Recognizers

    • Molly Gonenne, Grief & Social Media following the Dissolution of a Romantic Relationship

    • LiChen Dong, The Scarr-Rowe Interaction at Wave I & III in National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health

  • 3:15-3:20         Appreciation Remarks: Chris Mazurek, PhD

  • 3:30-4:45         Keynote: 

    • Stephen Linn Chew, Professor of Psychology, Samford University, Student Trust in the Teacher: A Critical but Overlooked Variable for Student Success

View Conference program

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

Poster Session Directory - Morning (10:30 -11:30 AM)

Breakout Room




1 Baca / Iyer

Vanguard University of Southern California

Marissa Baca

Correlates of Stress and Anxiety in College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

University of Virginia

Shreya Iyer

Examining the Effect of Marijuana and Depression on Adolescent Suicide

2 Kerere / Mehta

University of Virginia

Jordan Kerere

Prior to Serve & Protect: An analysis of pre-employment psychological evaluations in Virginia law enforcement candidates

New York University

Anjali Mehta

The Immediate Impact of Mindfulness Meditation on Student’s Attentional Control

3 Upasani / Vachhani

University of Virginia

Rujula Upasani

Telemedicine Interventions in Cancer: Scoping Review of Systematic Reviews

University of Virginia

Shruti Vachhani

Better Sleep for Supporters with Insomnia Study: Preliminary Efficacy of Internet-delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

4 Isaieva / Wells

University of Virginia

Varvara Isaieva

Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Exploratory Psychometric Analysis of Healthcare Aptitude Test Data

University of Virginia

Rachel Wells

Behind the Public Eye: Psychometric analysis of Social Responsiveness Scale- Second Edition (SRS-2) for Autism Spectrum Disorder

5 Penn / Alperin

University of Virginia

Jamie Alperin

Critical Historical Knowledge is Not Enough: On the Role of Perceptions and Emotions on Support for Racial Equality 

University of Virginia

Tamia Penn

Quantifying Psychosocial Factors Impacting the Health of Sexual Minority Black Women

6 Bishop / Fitzpatrick

Vanguard University of Southern California

Makenzi Bishop

College Students and COVID-19 Stress

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Julia Fitzpatrick

The Effects of Eye Contact on Self-Disclosure and Trust

7 Brehm / Smith

University of Virginia

Margaret Brehm

The Power of Friendship: How Adolescent Friendship Quality Predicts Relative Power in Adult Romantic Relationships

University of Virginia

Karissa Smith

The Long-Term Implications of Parental Emotional Support on Physical Health

8 Lerner / Q.Liu

University of Virginia

Rachel Lerner

Measuring Concentration Through its Key Skills: Self-regulation, Focus, and Executive Attention

University of Virginia

Qianshu (Shirley) Liu

Young Children’s Interpretations of Prosocial Behavior and Their Relationship to Parental Interpretations of Prosocial Behavior

9 Brence / Chu

University of Virginia

Madeline Brence

The Effect of Social Resource Priming on Future Orientation

College of William and Mary

Xiatian Chu

Friendship qualities in female-female friendships: Differences from other-gender and male-male friendships

10 McDonald / Powell

Roanoke College

Claire McDonald

Technology Use and Need Fulfillment in Older Adults

Roanoke College

Caroline Powell

With Friends Like These, Who Sees Enemies? Attachment, Hostile Attribution Bias, and Aggression in Emerging Adults.

11 Baker / Campbell

Roanoke College

Kyra Baker

Emerging Adults’ Striving for Popularity & Relational Aggression: Associations with Narcissism/Perceptions of Parental Behaviors

Roanoke College

Benjamin Campbell

Effects of Elicited Jealousy on Threatened Masculinity and Relational Aggression in Emerging Adult Men

12 Coughlin/ Parker/ Williams

University of Virginia

Amanda Coughlin

American’s Understanding of Economic Inequality Between Racial Groups

Roanoke College

Ethan Parker

Relational Victimization and Gender Identity as Predictors of Adjustment in Emerging Adults

University of Virginia

Ryan Williams

Among white people, feelings of economic “inadequacy” predicts worse sleep quality over time

13 Boudreau / Hill

W&L University

Grace Boudreau

The Role of Race, Gender, and Interest in Determining Friendships in Middle Childhood.

W&L University

Lindsey Hill

Real Cowboys Are Gentle: Examining Gender Schema Flexibility Influencing Stereotypical and Counter-Stereotypical Careers

Poster Session Directory - Afternoon (12:30-1:30 PM)

Breakout Room




1 Barker / Patterson

University of Hawaii

Max Barker

Mindful Media: A diachronic analysis of cognitive health in social media

W&L University

Morgan Patterson

Building Fairness in Children on the Autism Spectrum

2 Leventhal / McGuinn


University of Virginia

Emily Leventhal

Qualitative Interviews to Inform a Mobile Anxiety Intervention for a University Community

University of Virginia

Bailey McGuinn

Detecting emotion in young adult suicide attempt survivors’ text messages with family, friends, and significant others

3 Clore / Lee


University of Virginia

Georgia L. Clore

Associations Between ADHD and Helping Behavior in Children and Adults: Exploring the Role of Context

University of Virginia

Justine Lee

The Effect of Psychoeducation on College Students’ Mental Health

4 Adotey / Honig


W&L University

Chelsea Adotey

The relationship between sleep health and habituation of the cardiovascular response to mental stress

W&L University

David Honig

The Relationship between Mental Stress and Cardiac Timing in Individuals with Anxiety Symptoms

5 Howard / Ponnapalli


University of Virginia

Haley Howard

The Relationship Between Childhood Attachment and Adolescent Depression

University of Virginia

Medha Ponnapalli

Correlation Between Birthweight of Twins and their Physical and Cognitive Development

6 Ananth / Rollins


New York University

Srinidhi Ananth

Primary Caregivers' Barriers to Participating in Research

University of Virginia

Hannah Rollins

Evaluation of Character Building Framework: EL Education: Do Students Respect the Differences of Their Peers?

7 Spinelli

Saint Mary's College of California

Maria Gabriela Spinelli

Political Orientation Influences Perceptions of Others During COVID-19: An Application of Moral Foundations Theory

8 Brown / Gu


W&L University

Javaneh Brown

Racial Differences Among Undergraduate Help-Seeking Behaviors and Attitudes Toward On-Campus Mental Health Services

New York University

Janet Gu

Understanding the Perception of Racial/Ethnic Joking in Young Adults

9 Ha / Melly


University of Virginia

Tiffany S. Ha

Perceived Differences Affect Institutional Belonging More Than Actual Differences

University of Virginia

Sophie Melly

Assumed Confidentiality in Self-Disclosure

10 Byeon/ Monroe-Mohajerin


University of Virginia

SooYun Byeon

The Effect of Recipient Race on 4- and 5-Year-Old Children’s Sharing Behaviors

University of Virginia

Madison M Monroe-Mohajerin

Assessing the Impact of an Infant Sleep Schedule on Neural Noise and Cognitive Milestone Emergence

11 Albuquerque/ Ross/ Seitov

University of Virginia

Marina Albuquerque

Specialization and Its Discontent: Job Specialization Decreases Curiosity and Psychological Richness

University of Virginia

Arsen Seitov

Why Meeting New People is Good: Effects of Social Network Expansion on Psychological Richness

University of Virginia

William Ross

Examining Liking and Respect Gaps in Intergroup and Same-Group Interactions

12 Canning / G.Liu

University of Virginia

Anna Canning

Exploring the Effect of Different Emotional Conversation Topics on Nonverbal Synchrony 

University of Virginia

Gina Liu

Differences in Emotive Language using IRT modeling and Sentiment Analysis

2022 Presentation Files (Open Science Folder)

You may view the accepted talks and posters on the 2022 Reid Conference Open Science Folder (OSF)

Using Zoom - online conference program

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.   


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: