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The Psychology Department began a vibrant Student-as-Practitioner program nine years ago with the inception of the Psychology Laboratory. In the earlier days of the program, students conducted collaborative research with faculty concerning adjustment to college, self-efficacy, and academic integrity. Subjects in these studies were Lakeland College students. Current research topics include factors impacting medical follow-up, prejudice and discrimination, and evaluation of teaching strategies. The subjects in these studies are primarily members of the greater Sheboygan community. While working as research assistants, students review the literature, formulate hypotheses, design studies, collect data, enter and analyze data, and present the results of their work to members of the college community as well as at professional conferences, including those sponsored by the Midwestern Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
In addition to the more formal and long-term projects described above, students also have the opportunity to participate in smaller Student-as-Practitioner projects in numerous psychology classes. For example, students enrolled in Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSY 280) designed an educational intervention to promote the nutritional benefits of the Moringa tree. Later in the summer, their work was presented to community representatives in Mozambique, Africa, and several of the students’ projects were distributed in Manjacaze, Mozambique.