Student Poster Award

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Our winners are:

General SSCP Student Poster Award Winner- Suzanne Estrada, M.S., M.Phil., Yale University - Trajectories of Parental Harshness and Exposure to Community Violence across Adolescence Differentially Predict Engagement in Antisocial Behavior

SSCP Diversity Student Poster Award Winner - Karen Rosado-Mercado, BA, CGG, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus - Attention Bias and Interference of Emotional Valence Stimuli in Young and Older Hispanic Adults

SSCP Global Mental Health Student Poster Award Winner - Lily Brouder, University of Notre Dame (Undergraduate Student) - Theory Building through Generalizability: What Diverse Samples Can Teach Us about Cognitive Vulnerability to Depression

Our distinguished contributions are:

Shuquan Chen, MS, Columbia University - What Predicts Resilience and Psychopathology Following Strict Lockdown in the Greater Wuhan Area: A Four-Wave Longitudinal Study

Ellie Gorman, University of Notre Dame (Undergraduate Student) - Tracking the Effect of COVID-19 on Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

Stephanie Gotsis, MS, The Australian National University - Psychosis-Spectrum Symptoms Enhance the Ability of High-Frequency Transcranial Random Stimulation (hf-tRNS) to Induce Internal Neural Noise and Reduce External Noise Filtering

Steven Kasparek, BA, Harvard University - Differentiating between Us & Them: Intergroup Bias As a Novel Mechanism Linking Childhood Violence Exposure with Internalizing Psychopathology

Delshad Shroff, MA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Understanding the Association between Spirituality and Mental Health Outcomes in Adolescents in India and the United Arab Emirates


Our winners are:

Shuquan Chen (Global Mental Health Poster Competition Winner), Teachers College, Columbia University - Stress-Induced Testosterone and Cortisol Outputs, Stressful Life Events, and Prospective Relation to Depression: A Longitudinal Study

Katherine Venturo-Conerly, Harvard University - School-Based, Lay-Provider-Delivered Single-Session Interventions Reduce Anxiety in Kenyan Adolescents: Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Julia Yarrington, University of California, Los Angeles - Examining the Dimensionality of Anxiety and Depression: A Latent Profile Approach to Modeling Transdiagnostic Features

Our distinguished contributions are:

Meredith Blackwell, University of New Mexico - In Culturally Diverse Refugee Populations Chronic Stressors Disparately Moderate the Relationship between Trauma Exposure and Adverse Psychological Outcomes

Grace Brennan, Yale University - Physically Aggressive Individuals Show More Effective Post-Decisional Evidence Accumulation for Angry Faces

Viviane Valdes, Emory University - Maternal Perceived Stress, Parental Education, and Child Stimulation Are Associated with Infant Development at 3 Months in Rural Guatemala


The winners of the 2019 SSCP Student Poster Competition are:

Brooke G. McKenna; Emory University, Informing the Fetal Programming Hypothesis for Offspring Depression: HPA-Axis Polygenic Risk Interacts with Maternal Prenatal Stress

Brittany Leigh Drake, UCLA, Expressive Disclosure Among Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer: The Role of Psychological Distance

Meredith A. Blackwell, University of New Mexico, Effectiveness of Community Lay Therapists Treating Displaced Persons in Kurdish Iraq **Global Mental Health Entry

The 2019 Distinguished Contributions are:

Stephanie Lock Man Lung, McGill University, The Dual Facets of Cognitive Flexibility: Key to Its Paradox and Autism Assessment

Xinyi  Zhan, University at Buffalo, Decentering and Defusion As Moderators of the Association between Repetitive Negative Thinking and Social Anxiety 

Cindy  Chang, Rutgers University, Sexual Minority Status and Psychological Risk for Suicide Attempt: A Serial Multiple Mediation of Social Support and Emotion Regulation 

Emma  Weizenbaum, Boston University, Cognitive Variability in the Wild: Internal and Contextual Correlates of Cognitive Performance As Assessed By Smartphone

Sarah  Sant'Ana, University of Wisconsin, Facebook Diagnoses Alcohol Use Disorder in Undergraduates 

Samuel Cheuk Yin  Law, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Performance Goal and Academic Stress: Can Self-Compassion Help Reduce Academic Stress for College Students in Hong Kong **Global Mental Health Entry


Winners of the 2017 SSCP Student Poster Competition:

Ema Tanovic, Yale University, Anticipatory Neural Activity Is Enhanced By Uncertain Threat

Adrienne Romer, Duke University, Structural Alterations within Cerebellar Circuitry Are Associated with General Liability for Common Mental Disorders

Brooke Slawinski, Michigan State University, The Etiology of Social Aggression

Distinguished Contribution Awards:

Esther Tung, Boston University, Distinct Risk Profiles in Social Anxiety Disorder

Nauder Namaky, University of Virginia, Looking out or Checking out? the Differential Effects of Trait Anxiety and Depression on Frontal Asymmetry during Loss Anticipation

Lara Moody, Virginia Tech University Remote Alcohol Monitoring for Behavioral Interventions: Implementation Intentions As a Strategy to Reduce Drinking

Aliona Tsypes, Binghamton University, The State University of New York, Neural Reward Responsiveness in Children with Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Abhishek Saxena, Rush University Medical Center, Neuroplasticity in Neural Networks of Emotion Following Targeted Social Cognition Training


Winners of the 2016 SSCP Student Poster Competition:

Jesse Kaye - Psychometric Properties of Psychophysiological Paradigms in the NIMH RDoC: Startle and Corrugator Response in NPU, Affective Picture Viewing, and Resting State Tasks

Hilary Lambert - Child Maltreatment Disrupts Contextual Processing

Ryan Egan - Evaluating the Expressed Emotion Model in Chronic Low-Back Pain Using Observational Coding of Marital Interactions and Pain Behaviors

Charlotte Heleniak - Childhood Maltreatment Exposure and Disruptions in Emotion Regulation: A Transdiagnostic Pathway to Adolescent Internalizing and Externalizing Psychopathology


Distinguished Contribution Awards:

Amy M. Rapp - Resilience moderates the association of attitudinal familism and social anxiety in a sample of rural, Latino adolescents

Kathrin  Herzhoff - A Meta-Analytic Review of Gender Differences in Youth Externalizing Comorbidity

Melinda Westlund Schreiner - Heightened Amygdala-Insula Connectivity at Rest Corresponds to Rejection Sensitivity in Adolescents with Self-Injury

Derek M. Novacek - Stress Exposure and Social Cognition in Youth at Clinical High-Risk for Psychosis 

Karen R. Black - Linking Anxiety With Behavior in Autism

Carolyn Davies  - Time Course of Amygdala Activity during Speech Anticipation in Social Anxiety Disorder

Katherine Leppert - Children’s Cortisol Responses to a Laboratory Stressor from Early to Middle Childhood

Adam R. Cobb - Cortisol and Testosterone Predict War-zone Stress-Evoked Depression


“The “Big Three” Personality Disorders: Rethinking the DSM’s Cluster System”

Student Author: Joanna Berg

Co-authors: Jamie Kennedy, Cynthia Ramirez, Lindsay Stewart, Boadie Dunlop, Helen Mayberg, W. Craighead


“Assessing Clinical Complexity: Evidence for Network-Based Prediction of Suicidal Ideation”

Student Author: Diana Steakley-Freeman

Co-authors: Eric Wesselmann, Janis Whitlock, Sarah Caputo

“Stability of EEG Frontal Asymmetry and associations with maternal depression in young children”

Student Author: Brandon Goldstein

Co-authors:  Dana Torpey-Newman, Autumn Kujawa, Daniel Klein, Stewart Shankman


Distinguished Contributions:

“Reflexive Avoidance in Veterans with and without Combat-Related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder”

Student Author: Carolyn Davies

Co-authors:  Lisa Burklund, Matthew Lieberman, Michelle Craske, Mike Rinck

“Fluctuation in Self-Reported Motivation is Negatively Associated with Effort for Reward”

Student Author: Jessica Swinea

Co-authors:  Taban Salem, E. Samuel Winer, Michael Nadorff  

“Neurophysiological Evidence Linking Children's Mindset and Post-error Performance”

Student Author: Sharon Lo

Co-authors:  Hans Schroder , Megan Fisher, Jason Moser, Judith Danovitch 

“The Interaction Between Parental Depression and Parental Hostility on Preschoolers’ Cortisol Awakening Response”

Student Author: Katherine Leppert

Co-authors:  Feven Fisseha, Victoria Smith, Lea Dougherty, Suzanne Rose

“Investigation of the relation of atypical antipsychotic use and stress on weight gain in individuals in the psychosis prodrome: preliminary analyses”

Student Author: Joya Hampton

Co-authors:  Hanan Trotman, Elaine Walker, Larry Seidman, Jean Addington, Carrie Bearden, Kristin Cadenhead, Tyrone Cannon, Thomas McGlashan, Scott Woods, Barbara Cornblatt, Robert Heinssen, Daniel Mathalon, Ming Tsuang, Diana Perkins

 “Family History in Youth at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis with Comorbid ADHD”

Student Author: Katrina Goines

Co-authors:  Jean Addington, Larry Seidman, Ming Tsuang, Scott Woods, Elaine Walker, Katrina Goines, Carrie Bearden, Kristin Cadenhead, Tyrone Cannon, Barbara Cornblatt, Robert Heinssen, Daniel Mathalon, Thomas McGlashan, Diana Perkins



Krista Clews De Castella (; Australian National University)
Co-Authors: Philippe Goldin, Hooria Jazaieri, Michal Ziv, Carol Dweck & James Gross
Title: Implicit Theories of Emotion and their Role in Psychopathology and Treatment

Maureen E McQuillan (; Indiana University)
Co-Authors: John Bates
Title: Toddlers’ Sleep, Sustained Attention, and Adjustment

Ann Roepke (; University of Pennsylvania)
Co-Authors: Sara Jaffee, Olivia Riffle, Jane McGonigal, Rose Broome, Bez Maxwell
Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Smartphone-based Tool that Reduces Depression Symptoms

Kristin Wilborn (; University of Texas, San Antonio)
Co-Authors: Deborah Mangold, Maureen Pirog,
Title: Appraised discrimination predicts inflammation via increased depression and blunted cortisol in Mexican-Americans

Distinguished Contributions

Kathleen Crum (; Florida International University)
Co-Authors: Danielle Cornacchio, Jonathan S Comer
Title: Violent Crime Exposure Moderates Conduct Problems Among Youth Exposed to the Boston Marathon Attacks

Lisa Hecht (; Georgia State University)
Co-Authors: Robert D Latzman
Title: Factors of trait impulsivity exhibit specific associations with subtypes of aggression

Juliette Iacovino (; Washington University, St. Louis)
Co-Authors: Ryan Bogdan, Thomas F Oltmanns
Title: Neuroticism predicts declines in health through ongoing stressful life events

Huiting Liu (; university of Illinois, Chicago)
Co-Authors: Stephanie M Gorka, Casey Sarapas, Stewart A Shankman
Title: Time Course of Threat Responding in Panic Disorder

Andrea Niles (; University of California, Los Angeles)
Co-Authors: Jared B Torre, Lisa J. Burklund, Matthew D. Lieberman, Michelle G. Craske
Title: Amygdala Hyper-activation During Affect-Labeling is Associated with Emotional Reactivity in Anxiety Patients

Mercedes Fernandez Oromendia (; University of California, Santa Barbara)
Co-Authors: Collie Conoley
Title: Self-Affirmation Effective at Decreasing Defensive Processing: Could  Positive Moods Be Enough?

Gabriella Quiñones-Torres (; University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Co-Authors: Sally I Powers, Sally I Powers, & Sally I Powers
Title: Dominance Mediates the Relation between Testosterone and Depression in Married Couples

Sarah Smith (; Emory University)
Co-Authors: Scott O. Lilienfeld, Dylan M. Jordan, Wenting Kang
Title: A Meta-Analytic Examination of the Response Modulation Hypothesis of Psychopathy


SSCP holds a student poster competition at each annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.  We had a record number of 84 posters in Chicago this year, about a 60% increase over previous years!  Because of the increased number of submissions and because the quality of the posters was uniformly high, we added two extra judges and increased the total amount of money awarded from $1000 to $1500.

The judges for this years competition were Marc Atkins, Michelle Craske (President-Elect of SSCP), Lea Dougherty (Editor of Clinical Science, the SSCP Newsletter), Elizabeth Hayden (Past Secretary/Treasurer of SSCP), Dave Smith (Current Secretary/Treasurer of SSCP), and myself.  Two winners ($200) and 11 “Distinguished Contributions” ($100) were identified.  The monetary prize is awarded to the first author of the poster. All student authors on an award-winning poster also receive a complimentary one-year membership in APS – Thank you Alan Kraut and APS!

Student Poster Award Winners ($200 prize, APS membership)

“Protective Body Posture Modulates Physiological Response to Threat”
Joseph Wielgosz, Lisa M. Repshas, Lawrence L. Greischar, & Richard J. Davidson - 
University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Poorer Neighborhood Quality at Age 12 Predicts Stronger Acc Activation to Rejection Sensitivity in Young Adulthood”
Marlen Z. Gonzalez, Lane Beckes, Joanna Chango, Joseph P. Allen, & James A. Coan - 
University of Virginia

Student Poster Award Distinguished Contributions ($100 prize, APS membership)

“Social Exclusion and Fearlessness Predict a Laboratory Proxy for Suicidal Behavior”
Jennifer L. Hames, Caroline Silva, Jessica D. Ribeiro, Nadia E. Teale, &Thomas E. Joiner - Florida State University

“Using Self- and Informant-Reported Personality Profiles to Predict Psychopathology”
Erin M. Lawton, & Thomas F. Oltmanns - Washington University in Saint Louis

“The Role of Stress Modality and Cognition in Neuroendocrine Reactivity During Childhood”
Stefanie E. Mayer, & Nestor L. Lopez-Duran - University of Michigan

“Maternal Depression and Early Child Temperament Predict Young Children’s Salivary Cortisol During Early Childhood”
Victoria C. Smith, Lea R. Dougherty, Thomas M. Olino, Margaret Dyson, Sara Bufferd, Suzanne Rose, & Daniel N. Klein - University of Maryland, College Park, and Stony Brook University

“Family Transmission of a General Risk for Externalizing Disorders: An Adoption Study”
Katherine T. Foster, Brian M. Hicks, William G. Iacono, & Matt McGue - University of Michigan and University of Minnesota

“Indirect and Direct Affective Evaluations of Unhealthy Foods”
Halley E. Woodward, & Teresa A. Treat - University of Iowa

“Childhood Victimization and Perceived Task Performance Predict Caloric Intake Following Stress Exposure”
Aimee J. Midei, & Karen A. Matthews - University of Pittsburgh

“Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia Improves Sleep Efficiency and Insomnia Severity Index in Insomnia Co-Morbid With Sleep Apnea or Periodic Limb Movements”
Leanna R. Garb, Richard Bootzin, Spencer Dawson, Jennifer Cousins, Keith Fridel, Souraya Sidani, Dana Epstein, & Patricia Moritz - University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, The Center for Sleep Medicine, Ryerson University, Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and University of Colorado Health Services Center

“Daily Cognitive Reactivity Is a Negative Prospective Predictor of Depressive Symptoms”
Stefanie T. LoSavio, Lawrence H. Cohen, & Brendt P. Parrish - University of Delaware

“Early Menarche and Later Depressive Symptomatology: The Role of Prepubertal Depressive Symptoms”
Sarah R. Black, & Daniel N. Klein - Stony Brook University

“Parental Depression, Parenting, and Cortisol Reactivity in Preschoolers”
Marissa R. Tolep, Victoria C. Smith, Suzanne Rose, & Lea R. Dougherty - University of Maryland, College Park, and Stony Brook University 


Student Poster Award Winners ($200 prize, APS membership)

A Meta-Analysis of Component Controlled Trials of CBT for Anxiety Disorders
Sacha Brown, Daniel F. Hill, Jonathon C. Gable, Liam P. Porter, W. Jake Jacobs - University of Arizona

Paradoxical Cardiovascular Effects of Adaptive Emotion Regulation Strategies in Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Amelia Aldao, Douglas S. Mennin - Yale University

Student Poster Award Winners - Distinguished Contribution ($100 prize, APS membership)

A Meta-Analytic Review of Mood-Congruent Implicit Memory in Depressed Mood
Melinda Gaddy, Rick E. Ingram - University of Kansas

Depressed and Anxious Persons Inhibit Positive Information:  Three Subliminal Perception Studies
E. Samuel Winer, Daniel Cervone - University of Illinois at Chicago

Emotional Go/No-Go Task Predicts Trait Aggression
Katherine G. Denny, Matthias Siemer - University of Miami

High Negative Affectivity and Attenuated Neuroendocrine Reactivity in Women with Borderline Personality
Lori N. Scott & Kenneth N. Levy - Pennsylvania State University, Douglas A. Granger, Johns Hopkins University

Is Reassurance Seeking Specific to Depression?
Nehjla Mashal, Lisa Wang, Richard E. Zinbarg - Northwestern University

Reciprocal Relationship Between Peer Relational Victimization and Depression in Early Adolescence
Elissa J. Hamlat, Angelo S. Boccia, Jonathan P. Stange, Lauren B. Alloy - Temple University


Best Posters

Autumn J. Kujawa, Stony Brook University

Young Daughters of Depressed Mothers Selectively Attend to Sad Emotional Faces
Autumn J. Kujawa, Dana Torpey, Jiyon Kim, Greg Hajcak, Suzanne Rose, Daniel N. Klein
This study used the dot probe paradigm to examine attentional biases in young children of chronically or recurrently depressed mothers. Daughters of depressed mothers showed biases towards sad faces and differed significantly from control daughters and sons in both groups. No differences were found for happy faces.

Theresa A. Morgan, University of Iowa

What’s in a Paper Trail? A New Document-Based Assessment of Personality, SPAN-DOC
Theresa A. Morgan, Lee Anna Clark, Peter Tyrer
Personality traits affect Axis I and II diagnoses, and also are important for treatment and functioning. Most personality measures rely on self-report, and depend on access to, presence and cooperation of individuals being assessed. The current study presents reliability, validity and structural data on a document-based measure of personality (SPAN-DOC).

Anna Weinberg, Stony Brook University

Vigilance-Avoidance in Generalized Anxiety Disorder Revealed Through Event-Related Potentials
Anna Weinberg, Greg Hajcak
Though vigilance-avoidance patterns of attentional allocation have been theorized in Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), this pattern has not yet been adequately demonstrated. The present study utilizes electrocortical indices of attention to emotional and neutral images to demonstrate early biases towards emotional material, followed by later patterns suggestive of avoidance.

Distinguished Contributions

Christine B. Cha, Harvard University

Attentional Bias Toward Suicide-Related Stimuli Predicts Future Suicidal Behavior
Christine B. Cha, Sadia Najmi, Jennifer M. Park, Christine T. Finn, Matthew K. Nock
Suicide is difficult to predict because people often deny suicidal intent. We hypothesized that people considering suicide would show an attentional bias toward suicide-related-stimuli. Data from adults presenting to an emergency room revealed that attentional bias toward suicide-specific-stimuli predicts future suicide attempt beyond clinician prediction and known risk factors.

Jiyon Kim, Stony Brook University

Psychometric Properties of the Behavioral Inhibition Questionnaire in Preschool Children
Jiyon Kim, Daniel N. Klein, Thomas M. Olino, Margaret W. Dyson, Lea R. Dougherty, Emily C. Durbin
The Behavioral Inhibition Questionnaire (BIQ; Bishop, Spence, & McDonald, 2003) is a brief parent and teacher rating scale for children’s inhibited behavior. The present study sought to examine the structure and psychometric properties of the parent and teacher versions of the BIQ in a large sample of preschool-aged children.

Katie Kryski, University of Western Ontario

HPA Axis Reactivity Patterns and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Early Childhood
Katie Kryski, Heather Smith, Haroon Sheikh, Elizabeth P. Hayden, Shiva Singh
This study examined hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity to a standardized stress task, indexed via salivary cortisol, in 300 preschool-aged children. Cortisol samples were obtained at baseline and at five time points following stress induction. Preliminary findings indicate associations between cortisol reactivity and parent-reported child internalizing and externalizing symptoms with pronounced sex differences.

Nuri Reyes, Virginia Tech

What Ethnicity Can Tell Us About Early Screening of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Nuri Reyes, Michelle Patriquin, Angela Scarpa, Varsha Desai, Kathryn Kerkering
This study investigated ethnic differences in response patterns on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers. Data were collected from 446 17- to 30-month-old toddlers (African American = 113, Latino = 112, White = 121). Findings showed that African American and Latino mothers reported higher levels of symptomatology regarding their children’s development than White mothers.


The following outstanding student posters were recognized at the May 2009 APS conference:

Best Poster

Rana Pishva, Queen's University, Canada

Neuroticism, Attentional Disengagement and the Mood Response to Stress

Distinguished Contributions

Stephanie Aldebot, University of Miami

Social Cognition Improvements as a Result of Computer-Based Neurocognitive and Social Cognitive Training in Schizophrenia

Nicholas R. Eaton, Washington University in St. Louis

The Identification of Personality Disorder Prototypes Through Finite Mixture Modeling

Adrienne J. Heinz, University of Illinois at Chicago

Adolescents' Expectancies for Smoking to Regulate Affect Predict Smoking Outcomes Over Time