Current Studies

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Current Studies

Derived Relational Responding, Values Functions, and Body Image Disturbance – This study series is examining the relationship between derived relational responding and values functions as they manifest in body image related responses. The ultimate goal of this series of studies is to develop a behavioral measure of body image related psychological inflexibility (termed the Body Image Flexibility Assessment Procedure). There are two current iterations of this series. The first is looking at correlations between the BIFAP and ecological momentary assessment. The second study is looking at correlations between the BIFAP and scores on the implicit relational assessment procedure.

Study Leaders
Nolan Williams (nrwilliams42@gmail.com)
Jessica Auzenne (jxa0806@louisiana.edu)
Grayson Butcher (greysun7@gmail.com)
Gina Boullion (ginaqboullion@gmail.com)
Heather Chiasson (hope.inspire.love@gmail.com)

Incorporating Psychological Flexibility in Sports –This study will examine the effectiveness of an intervention utilizing an acceptance and self-compassion approach to sports psychology.

Study Leaders
Ryan Albarado (ryan.albarado@gmail.com)
Alyson Giesemann (alg4961@louisiana.edu)

Disruption of Transformation of Functions using Polarity Framing –This study will utilize a computer program to examine whether asking individuals to think about stimuli using polarity framing disrupts typical transformation of stimulus functions.

Study Leaders
Grayson Butcher (greysun7@gmail.com)
Alyson Giesemann (alg4961@louisiana.edu)

An Evaluation of Group Reminiscence Therapy –This study looks at the effects of reminiscence therapy on the geriatric community.

Study Leaders
Rebecca Copell (rebeccacopell@gmail.com)
Emily Allen (emilytherese9@gmail.com)

Dominance of Values Functions – This study will explore the impact of values functions on the restriction of variability of behavior under a basic experimental paradigm.

Study Leaders
Nolan Williams (nrwilliams42@gmail.com)
Gina Boullion (ginaqboullion@gmail.com)

Deictic Relational Responding in a Deaf Population – This study will examine differences in training, function transfer, and fluency in deictic relational responding in deaf individuals.

Study Leaders
Rebecca Copell (rebeccacopell@gmail.com)

Stigma in Context: Psychological Distress and Coping Styles in Gender and Sexual Minorities – This correlational study will investigate the role of enacted stigma in psychological distress and coping styles among gender and sexual minorities.

Study Leaders
Lauren Griffin (leg7609@louisiana.edu)

Alyson Giesemann (alg4961@louisiana.edu)

Current Theses

The Effects of Derived Self-Judgments of Causal Efficacy upon the Behaviors of Inattention and Impulsivity – The current study will examine the effect that self-judgements of casual efficacy in an experimental task may have upon the covert behaviors of inattention and overt behaviors of impulsivity.

Benjamin Ramos (benmramos@gmail.com)

Transfer of Extinction Functions through Relational Networks – This study is interested in experimentally examining how fear is developed, how it transfers to new stimuli (including ones with which we have no direct learning history), and how we can put this fear on extinction.

Nolan Williams (nrwilliams42@gmail.com)

The Role of Derived Relational Responding in Organizational Commitment and Values Convergence – This experiment will look at factors that affect the working individual within an organization—including the role of organizational commitment, employee risk of burnout, and personally held values—on employee well-being and quality of work.

Madison Gamble (magamble0913@gmail.com)

Values Affirmation and Sexual Risk Prevention in MSM - This project is an intervention study using values affirmation along with a sexual risk intervention to decrease sexual risk-taking and sexual discounting in MSM.

Jessica Auzenne (jxa0806@louisiana.edu)

An Examination of Meditation and Progressive Relaxation’s Effects on Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder – This meditation intervention study is examining the ways in which mindfulness practices may alleviate general psychological distress and dysfunction, as well as substance use behaviors, with individuals at a drug treatment facility. (supervised by Dr. Rick Perkins)

Debesh Mallik (debeshmallik@ymail.com)