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Dordt student takes first place for psychology research

March 11, 2009


A senior psychology major at Dordt College claimed first place for her research presentation at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology on February 27-28 in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Lynn (Edwards) Price presented, “Influence of Sociocultural Eating Norms and Age on Food Selection in Girls.” Price’s research was conducted in Experimental Psychology 366, an independent study practicum that provides students with practical experience in what a teaching career as a professor entails. Her advisor, Dr. Sherri Lantinga, encouraged Price to both attend the conference to learn more about teaching psychology and present her research project as a poster presentation.

Three of Dordt’s psychology professors also gave presentations for the event, Dr. Lantinga, Dr. Mark Christians, and Professor Natalie Sandbulte. Accompanying the presenters was a fourth professor, Professor Jessica Clevering, and psychology sophomore Gabby Eckardt, who is also interested in a college teaching career.

Price said that she began researching the topic of young girls and eating norms in both an experimental psychology course and a research methods course where students could pick topics of interest to them.

“We [Price and her partner, Rochelle Braunschweig] wanted to do a research topic that would be engaging to other students and could give practical knowledge to the public, especially educators. Choosing to work with girls about eating norms fit perfectly for us because not much research has been done in this area and we could develop our own ideas,” said Price.

Price’s future plans involve working a year, then attending graduate school to earn a doctoral degree in either clinical or developmental psychology. After graduate school, she would like to work in a rural community as a psychologist doing research, counseling, teaching, and “really just serving the community with my passions and gifts.”

“Attending the conference reinforced to me how very blessed Dordt students are to have a unique and strong psychology program,” said Price. “It only takes a few minutes in this department to realize that all of the professors care a lot about their students. I am very thankful for their support and the time they have invested in me.” Price says as she approaches graduation that she feels well equipped to help others understand what it means to live and work as a Christian in the field of psychology.

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