Dr. Ephrem Fernandez
Deepan Guharajan: Deepan is in his 2nd year of the M.S Psychology program. His research on stigma and social desirability bias in self-report tests of emotion re-visits a long standing concern within the field of psychological assessment. Furthermore, it has also moved towards newer psychometric innovations for detecting dissimulation. This research was jointly presented at the conference of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago. Deepan is extending this work to a neuropsychology clinic where participants will come from a population of patients with such disorders as autism, ADHD, and dementia.
Nirvana Ramtahal: Nirvana is in her 2nd year of the M.S. Psychology program. Her research deals with impression management in reports of anger, and new alternatives for de-contaminating such reports from social desirability bias. It began with an experimental manipulation and proceeded to correlational study. This research has been jointly presented at the conference of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago. Nirvana is also one of the authors on a JCCP publication of a meta-analysis of drop-out in cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Marissa Mendoza: Marissa has completed her 2nd year of the M.S. program in Psychology and is now finalizing her thesis. Her research has surveyed attrition and psychotherapy, specifically, dropouts rates in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Participants have included mental health agencies throughout the state. Preliminary findings show important differences in attrition rates as a function of psychiatric diagnosis, they replicate some previous findings, and they also point to ideas for minimizing this major drawback in treatments of mental illness.
Sebastian Mounetou: Sebastian has completed his 2 nd year of the M.S. program in Psychology and is now in the final stages of the Master’s thesis. His research has examined attrition in psychotherapy, with a focus on dropout rates in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In this search, process variables such as therapeutic alliance and motivation have emerged as important predictors of dropout. These findings confirm previous ideas in clinical psychology and they also carry suggestions for improvement of retention in treatment.
Marissa Henderson: Marissa has just graduated with her M.S. in Psychology. Her thesis delved into the psychometrics of the Anger Parameters Scale (APS) and Anger Expressions Scale (AES) developed within our lab. Findings have provided support for the internal consistency and temporal stability of the APS and AES and concurrent validity of subscales of these instruments against the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory. Gender and other sociodemographic variables were also explored. The findings have interesting implications for clinical assessment and are being written up for presentation and publication.
Alex Fields: Alex recently graduated with his M.S. in Psychology. His thesis ventured into the workplace where participants were recruited for an anonymous internet-based survey. The survey explored common elicitors of anger as well as the experience and expression of anger as measured by the Anger Parameters Scale (APS) and Anger Expressions Scale (AES), respectively. Results of this study reveal that the workplace is replete with anger-eliciting events and behaviors which in turn lead to a range of responses, some functional and others maladaptive. These and other psychometric findings have practical implications for Industrial Organizational Psychology, and they are being written up for dissemination.
Anna Callen: Anna is currently a 1st year student in the M.S. Program in Psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked on a project that analyzed categories of anger profiles obtained using the Anger Parameter Scale (APS). The results of this study allowed for the identification of the only DSM-5 diagnosis regarding clinical maladaptive anger, Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). She presented a poster on the project along with two classmates in the 2016 UTSA Undergraduate Research Inquiry, yielding the ‘Best in Show’ award. Anna is currently working on a project for her Master’s thesis examining the role of anger in 21st century mass shootings by looking at anger elicitors and cognitive appraisals.