This month, members of the PRISM lab attended and presented at two national research conferences: meetings of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Research Society on Alcoholism. Dr. Zapolski and all of her current graduate students presented on their work examining the etiology of alcohol and drug use. Check out some photos from the conferences below!
Congratulations to the PRISM lab members who graduated from IUPUI last weekend! Micah Faidley received his bachelor's degree in psychology and Alia Rowe received her master's degree in clinical psychology.
Please help us congratulate the achievements of these valued members of our lab. We are so proud of them and look forward to following their future endeavors!
We are thrilled to share that two PRISM Lab graduate students, Devin Banks and Alia Rowe, have received the Elite 50 award this year. The annual award recognizes the top 50 graduate and professional students at IUPUI for their achievements in scholarship and service outside of the classroom. Alia and Devin were honored at the Elite 50 Celebration last Wednesday for their service to the campus and community, including their clinical work serving patients in various healthcare settings in the Indianapolis area. Devin was also honored with the Premiere 10 award given to students scoring in the top 10 of applications.
We are very proud of Alia and Devin. Please join us in congratulating them on this honor!
We are pleased to announce that our graduate student, Devin Banks, has been awarded an F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
This highly competitive grant will support the rest of Devin's training and allow her to further pursue her program of research examining concurrent use of substances such as alcohol and marijuana among adolescents. Her project is entitled Concurrent Substance Use and Related Problems among African American Adolescents: A Daily Diary Study and Qualitative Investigation. Please help us congratulate Devin on this prestigious award!
Congratulations to the PRISM lab's Taylor Pemberton for being named to IUPUI's Top 100 undergraduate students. We have seen Taylor's excellence in the lab and are proud that she is being recognized in the larger campus community. Congratulations Taylor!
Not one, not two, but ALL of PRISM lab's undergraduate research assistants were represented at the 2017 IU Undergraduate Research Conference at IUPUI. We are very proud of Micah, Taylor, Ian, and Adam for getting involved in research so early in their careers!
Check out pictures from the event below.
This weekend, the PRISM lab attended the 2017 Indiana Psychological Association Fall Conference & Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Both graduate and undergraduate students had the opportunity to present research they have been conducting this semester. For many of our students, this was the first conference they have attended. Check out pictures of the team from the event!
New research from the PRISM lab recently made the news (at IUPUI) again! The article, authored by Dr. Zapolski, Devin Banks, and two colleagues examined the link between perceived police injustice and juvenile aggression as a function of acceptance of moral standards. The study found that youth who do not believe they must adhere with ethical standards are more likely to engage in aggressive behavior--but only when they also perceive police injustice. As the study was conducted among juvenile offenders, it may help us understand not only individual risk for delinquency and recidivism, but also the contextual risk posed by community factors such as policing.
The study, entitle "Perceived Police Injustice, Moral Disengagement, and Aggression Among Juvenile Offenders: Utilizing the General Strain Theory Model" was published in August in Child Psychiatry & Human Development. Learn more about the study and read what the authors had to say about it at news.iu.edu.
Not one, but two of the PRISM lab's undergraduates have taken positions of leadership this semester. Micah Faidley was elected President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Another PRISM undergraduate, Taylor Pemberton, also has an officer position, serving as the Treasurer of Psychology Club.
We are so proud of Micah and Taylor's service. Learn more about Psychology Club and Psi Chi and what they do on their Facebook page.
PRISM Lab's undergraduates had the chance to present their first research posters at the Center for Research and Learning's Summer Symposium. Both Micah Faidley and Taylor Pemberton presented their posters to attendees at the symposium.
Micah's poster detailed preliminary results of a recent study examining the effects of self-compassion on psychological outcomes. He found that self-compassion was associated with fewer depressive symptoms, but not substance use. Check out pictures from the session below!
This week, members of the PRISM lab attended the Research Society on Alcoholism's (RSA) 2017 meeting in Denver, CO. Graduate students Devin Banks and Alia Rowe both presented their research in RSA poster sessions.
Devin presented research examining typologies (or patterns) of single and co-use of alcohol, marijuana, and cigarettes among a representative sample of US adolescents. She found that use of multiple substances is common among U.S. adolescents, making up over 40% of past-month use, but that typologies of substance use vary by sex and race/ethnicity. The research Devin presented will soon be published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Alia's poster presented research examining whether depression and anxiety helped explain the relationship between bullying and alcohol use. She found that victims of peer bullying engage in alcohol use behaviors, at least partly due to increases in depressive symptoms.
Our senior undergraduate assistant, Micah, has been recognized with another grant to fund his research! This time, the funding come from Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology students. Micah was awarded the Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant, which provides funds for projects focused on diversity issues. Micah's proposal, entitled “Race-Based Stress, Self-Compassion, Psychological Distress, and Substance Use Among College-Age African Americans,” was not only funded, but scored in the top 11 of applications overall! Congratulations, Micah.
The recognition for the PRISM lab's research just keeps coming! A research article by Dr. Zapolski, Devin Banks, and two colleagues was recently profiled by News at IUPUI. The study examined whether there was a "crossover effect" of binge drinking among African American and Hispanics as a function of age. In other words, we wanted to know whether these groups went from low risk for binge drinking to high risk for binge drinking (compared to Whites) as they got older. This study not only made IUPUI news, but was also chosen as an "Article of Public Interest" by the journal that published it: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (ACER). Check out the links below to the press releases and full article to see what we found!
ACER press release:
"Older, Impoverished African Americans are at High Risk for Binge Drinking"
If journal articles are a bit boring for your taste, you can now hear Dr. Zapolski talk about her research in the latest podcast from the Journal of School Nursing. Dr. Zapolski was invited to talk to the Journal of School Nursing about her recent article, "Implementing a Brief DBT Skills Program in Schools to Reduce Health Risk Behaviors Among Early Adolescents." The study details the results of a Dialectical Behavior Therapy intervention modified for brief use in schools. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a skills-based intervention that has been shown to improve emotion regulation and reduce risk-taking behavior among adolescents. However, it is usually implemented long-term. Dr. Zapolski's research examined whether DBT would be appropriate when modified to only 9 sessions delivered in a classroom setting.
Click here to check out the podcast and the link above to view the article.
Last week, the PRSIM lab attended the Society for Prevention Research's (SPR's) 2017 annual meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Zapolski and graduate students Devin Banks and Alia Rowe had the opportunity to present.
Dr. Zapolski presented a recently published paper examining the relationship between ethnic identity, drug attitudes and drug use among adolescents of various races/ethnicities. Devin presented a related paper examining racial/ethnic differences in the relationship between alcohol-related beliefs and alcohol use throughout adolescence. Alia also presented a poster and participated in the student poster contest. Her presentation addressed the interaction of depression and experiences of bullying on substance use among adolescents.
The team enjoyed networking, sharing their research, and learning about new advances in the field. See below for some snapshots and see our research page for more information on our current projects and recent publications.
Micah Faidley, the PRISM's lab's senior undergraduate research assistant, was recently awarded a research grant through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Micah was awarded funds to conduct research examining whether self-compassion mitigates the effect of exposure to stress on psychological well-being. We are so proud of Micah and look forward to seeing his proposal come to fruition!