Student Awards


Graduate Students

  • Meg Cadden - Congratulations to Meg Cadden who was awarded the 2015 Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation (APF). Meg will use the scholarship to conduct her study on the stigma people who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) suffer. Her study, "Judgment Hurts: The Physical and Psychological Consequences of Experiencing Stigma in MS," aims to clarify the relationship between stigma and depression in individuals with varying degrees of physical disability related to Multiple Sclerosis. 
  • Dede Ukueberuwa - Congratulations to Dede Ukueberuwa, who won a Graduate Student Dissertation Support Award in the fall of 2013 to support her dissertation research. She also received the Psychology Department's Wisniewski Family Enhancement Fund Award for mental health research in spring 2015.
  • Victoria Merritt - Victoria won third place for her poster presented at the Penn State University Gradate Research Exhibition in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division in 2013. She was awarded the Scott Mesh Honorary Grant for Research in Psychology and received the Benton-Meier Neuropsychology Scholarship through the American Psychological Foundation in 2014. Victoria was awarded an APA Dissertation Award in 2015 and also received a Graduate Student Dissertation Support Award to fund her dissertation research in 2015. In 2017, Victoria won NAN's Outstanding Dissertation Award.
  • Cristina Roman - Cristina's poster entitled "Decreased White Matter Integrity Predicts Hyperconnectivity Following TBI" was awarded the Student Liasison Meritorious Presentation Award at the 42nd Annual International Neuropsychological Society conference. In addition, Cristina received an academic scholarship from the Penn State Almuni Association, Los Angeles Chapter in 2014. In 2015, she received the Martin T. Murphy Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology and Julius and Philip Epstein Endowed Scholarship. Most recently, Cristina was one of twelve individuals selected (worldwide) to partake in the Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program at The University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon.

Alumni Graduate Students

  • Gray Vargas - Congratulations to Gray Vargas, who won a Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grant from Penn State in the fall of 2012 to support her dissertation research. She also won the Best Student Poster Award at the National Academy of Neuropsychology conference in 2011. Gray also was the 1st place winner in Social and Behavioral Sciences for her poster presented at the Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition, March 29, 2009. Most recently, Gray was awarded the Herndon Award for Outstanding IJMSC Article for her 2013 article entitled "Attributional Style in Multiple Sclerosis: Examining the Learned Helplessness Model." This award is given by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) for the best article published in this journal during the preceding calendar year. 
  • Amanda Rabinowitz - Congratulations to Amanda Rabinowitz, 3rd place winner in Social and Behavioral Sciences for her poster presented at the Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition, March 27, 2010. This award was based upon Amanda’s poster entitled, “Assessing motivation in baseline concussion testing.” Amanda was also one of two recent national winners of the prestigious Benton-Meier Neuropsychology Scholarship from APA through the American Psychological Foundation.
  • Christopher Bailey - Congratulations to Christopher Bailey, winner of "Best Student Poster" awards at the two most recent National Academy of Neuropsychology annual conferences. Chris's award-winning poster in 2004 was entitled, "Differential motivation on baseline and post-MTBI neuropsychological performance in collegiate athletes." His 2005 poster was entitled, "Assessment of effort in baseline MRBI neuropsychological testing."
  • Lauren Strober - Congratulations to Lauren Strober, winner of the 2005-2006 Penn State College of the Liberal Arts Award for Excellence in Research. This award was based upon Lauren’s publication of her Master’s thesis entitled: “An examination of four models predicting fatigue in multiple sclerosis.”
  • Megan Smith - Congratulations to Megan Smith, winner of the “Best Student Poster" award at the most recent National Academy of Neuropsychology annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Megan’s poster was entitled, “Physical Disability and Perfectionistic Concern Over Mistakes Predict Depression in an MS Population: Replication And Extension.”Megan Smith, was also the winner of the 2005 Psi Chi undergraduate teaching excellence award for her instruction at Penn State.
  • Fiona Barwick - Congratulations to Fiona Barwick, winner of the “Best Student Poster" award at the 2005 National Academy of Neuropsychology annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Fiona’s poster was entitled, “Impact of anxiety and cognitive dysfunction on social support in MS.”
  • Joe Beeney - Congratulations to Joe Beeney, 2nd place winner for his poster presented at the Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition, March 26, 2006. This award was based upon Joe’s presentation entitled, “Stress and affective memory bias interact to predict depressive symptoms in multiple sclerosis.”

Alumni Undergraduate Students

  • Maggie Sikora - Congratulations to Maggie Sikora for winning 2nd place in the Psi Chi undergraduate symposium. This award was based on research she did as part of her senior thesis that was done in the MS lab.
  • Katherine Robinett - Congratulations to Katherine Robinett who won 2nd place at the Penn State undergraduate research symposium in April, 2011. This award was based on research she completed as part of her honors thesis in the Sports Concussion lab.
  • Chelsea Morse - Congratulations to Chelsea Morse who won 2nd place at the Penn State undergraduate research symposium. This award was based on research she completed as part of her senior thesis in the MS lab. Chelsea will be starting Drexel University's Clinical Psychology graduate program in the fall.
  • Kristina Krecko - Congratulations to Kristina Krecko who won the Gerald A. Hauser Award for the Best Overall Presentation at the Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition on April 7, 2010. This award was based on research she completed as part of her senior thesis in the MS lab. Kristina will be starting medical school at Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center in the fall.
  • Rayna Macher and Megan Wagner - Congratulations to Rayna Macher and Megan Wagner, winners of first and second place for the "Best Student Poster Award" for the PSU Psychology Dept. Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Exhibition, April 4, 2005. Rayna's poster was entitled, "Computerized vs. clinical testing: Examining validity in cognitive assessment of sports-related concussion." Megan's was entitled, "Daily stressors, coping, and depression in multiple sclerosis."