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Lakeland psychology students share research at Chicago event

Lakeland psychology students share research at Chicago event


Lakeland psychology students share research at Chicago event

Four Lakeland University students and a faculty member attended the recent annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.

LU psychology students Lydia Iwanski, Mikalea Pingel, Michaela Schmitz and Kaylee Zipperer were accompanied by Associate Professor of Psychology Jessica Kalmar, Ph.D.

Schmitz and Zipperer were first authors on two separate posters describing their research in the Lakeland Psychology Laboratory and they discussed their research during the event’s poster session.

Zipperer’s research compared the perception of faculty and students of accessibility of instruction at Lakeland University. For three out four areas, faculty and student perceptions of the learning environment was similar. While the perceptions were positive, opinions indicated that there is room for growth as Lakeland aims to implement the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

Schmitz’s research explored the relationship between perceived accessibility to healthcare, subjective socioeconomic status and attitudes towards mental health treatment. Individuals who perceive themselves as having access to healthcare are more likely to seek out help and treatment for mental illness, she found.

The annual MPA meeting invites students, scholars, practitioners and professionals to share their research, network and connect with psychological scientists from across the Midwest and the world. This year’s program included over 1,700 research presentations from a broad range of disciplines and featured several keynote addresses and invited methodology workshops.

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