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SBU students present research at Eastern Psychological Association conference

Mar 15, 2024

In the photo: Back row (from left): Kimberlie Mitchell, Angela Lagrou, Jacquie Kibler and Adelaide Buth. Kneeling (from left): Christine Napoli, Dr. Gregory Privitera, Emma Phillips and Fatima Lagunilla.

Psychology Conference presentersSeven St. Bonaventure University students presented research projects at the 95th annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, held Feb. 29-March 3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Led by Dr. Gregory Privitera, professor of psychology at SBU, the students presented six research projects related to population health and health equity. They were among more than 2,000 students, faculty and general practitioners who attended the conference.

“Presenting at the Eastern Psychological Association conference was an incredible experience and our students seized the opportunity,” Privitera said. “Witnessing their growth, enthusiasm, and dedication throughout the research process was truly inspiring. Seeing their hard work culminate in six successful presentations over two days of presenting was a testament to the value of their research and the excellence of the work they put in. I am beyond proud of what our students accomplished. They represented Bona’s with pride.”

Presenters and their projects include:
  • Kimberlie J. Mitchell, a senior psychology major from Liverpool, New York: “The Direct and Indirect Effects of Education and Social Connectedness on Mental and Physical Health Outcomes.”
  • Emma Phillips, a junior psychology major from Silver Springs, New York: “The Effects of Community Factors on Violent Crime and Homicide Rates.”
  • Christine Napoli, a graduate student from Linwood, New Jersey, pursuing a master’s in sport administration: “The Effects of the Obesogenic Environment on Mental and Physical Health Outcomes.”
  • Fatima Lagunilla, a junior behavioral neuroscience major from Westbury, New York: “The Effects of Physician Workload and Accessibility on Mental and Physical Health.”
  • Adelaide Buth, a junior behavioral neuroscience major from Lewiston, New York: “The Effects of Population and Housing Conditions on Mental and Physical Health.”
  • Jacqueline Kibler, a senior from Attica, New York, with a double major in behavioral neuroscience and health and society, and Angela Lagrou, a senior behavioral neuroscience major from Marilla, New York: “The Effects of Standard of Living on Mental and Physical Health Outcomes.”
Students who co-authored research projects but were not able to attend the conference include Athena Parisi, a junior psychology major from Buffalo, New York; Grace Walker, a senior psychology major from Caledonia, New York; and Julia Maslanka, a senior from Lockport, New York, with a double major in psychology and sociology.

Founded in 1896, the Eastern Psychological Association is the oldest of the regional psychological associations in the United States. Its sole purpose is to advance the science and profession through the dissemination of professional information about the field of psychology.


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. Out of 167 regional universities in the North, St. Bonaventure was ranked #6 for value and #14 for innovation by U.S. News and World Report (2024).