Undergraduate Research Assistant
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Reghan Leiberman

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Child Maltreatment & Advocacy Studies
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I stayed in State College this past summer to begin work on my senior thesis, while also submitting my first poster abstract to the Society for Research in Child Development conference. Additionally, I continued work in the Parent-Child Dynamics lab as an undergraduate research assistant. I assisted with running in-person research visits with families. My main role was to lead executive functioning and cognitive tasks with the child of each family. The children were ages 2.5 to 3.25 years old.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to get a head start on my thesis to ensure the topic I chose was the correct fit for me. I also got experience writing my first abstract for a research conference. Lastly, I gained additional knowledge about running research sessions and having to adapt to each family to ensure it all runs smoothly.

"I plan to apply to developmental PhD programs in the next few months and my dream is to work for intervention programs or the FBI."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience solidified the fact that I do want to work with children who are at-risk for abuse or have experienced abuse or harmful parenting. It also gave me the opportunity to figure out my post-undergraduate goals. I plan to apply to developmental PhD programs in the next few months and my dream is to work for intervention programs or the FBI.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts made it possible for me to stay in State College over the summer. I had to sublet an apartment and also purchase a parking pass. The enrichment funds ensured that I did not have to worry financially, while being able to fully focus on the research experience.

For more information on research for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

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