STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | JULY 2014
Major: Applied Behavioral Science and Communication Studies
Research project: My research focuses on evaluating a treatment for increasing compliance with healthcare routines (e.g., haircuts, dental exams) for children with autism. We assess the treatment within our laboratory setting as well as at the actual healthcare appointments (various dental offices in Lawrence and Salon Hawk in the Kansas Union).
Research mentors: Pamela L. Neidert and graduate student Kelley Harrison
Q: What surprised you about doing research?
A: I love it! I honestly thought that research would be just writing a bunch of research papers and reading. Conducting research and applying behavioral principles to socially relevant problems is very exciting.
Q: What do you like most about your research?
A: I love the fact that I am working with children, especially those who need assistance. Working with children with autism has been very fun and a great learning experience. Conducting research allowed me to take what I've learned in my lectures and apply it in ways I didn't imagine.
Q: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in research?
A: Do it! Research is much more fun than people realize. I have honestly learned so much and made some of the best friends I have in my research experience.
Q: How do you spend your time when you're not doing research?
A: When I'm not conducting research, I am spending time with my son, husband and friends. I also love to relax by reading and playing video games.