Mentored Student Research Program

Des Moines, IA US
July 18, 2014

Research is vital and at DMU students are vital to research. 

Contributions from students are vital in helping move campus research forward. The Mentored Student Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to highlight their research findings. We’re excited to offer both oral and poster presentations and all summer research students are invited to participate. Students may present on any topic or experience related to research.


9 am

Registration and Poster Viewing

9:30 am 


Jeffrey Gray, PhD
Vice President for Research, Des Moines University

9:45 am

Student Keynote Presentations

Variation in Carbohydrate Utilization by Trichomonads of Man Inhabiting Distinct Anatomical Niches
Blake Chapman, Wayne A. Wilson, PhD, & Andrew Brittingham, PhD

Evolution of Coyote Mandibles in Response to Introduction of Competitors and Megafaunal Extinctions
Adrianna Janowics & Julie A. Meachen, PhD

Comparison of Arch Height Index in Individuals with and without Plantar Heel Pain
Tiffany McCarthy & Shane McClinton, DPT

Basic Access and Health Insurance: Informing Policymakers Regarding Public Survey Data
Hannah Reiland & Pamela A. Duffy, PhD

10:45 am

Keynote Address: Racial Discrimination and HIV-Risk Cognitions and Behaviors Among African American Young Adults

Michelle Stock, PhD
Associate Professor of Applied Social Psychology, The George Washington University

  • Provide an overview of HIV among African-Americans
  • Explain the impact of racial discrimination on substance use and risky sex congnitions and behaviors.
11:45 amLunch and Poster Presentations
1 pmClosing Words

Keynote Speaker

Michelle Stock, PhD
Associate Professor of Applied Social Psychology, The George Washington University

Dr. Stock focuses her research on applying social-psychological theories to the study of risky health cognitions and behaviors, including substance use, sexual behaviors, and UV exposure. Her experimental and survey research focuses on the application of dual-processing models, in particular the Prototype-Willingness model (Gibbons, Gerrard, & Lane, 2003), to provide a framework for understanding the cognitive (both heuristic and reasoned) constructs and situational factors that affect health decisions.

The research conducted in Dr. Stock's lab can be split into three main areas:

  • The relation among risk behavior, social comparison, and perceptions of risk.
  • Applying social psychological theory and the Prototype-Willingness model to health interventions.
  • Examining the relation between racial discrimination and risky health cognitions and behaviors as well as risk and protective factors that may help explain and that may reduce this relation.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/18/2014 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
07/18/2014 - 1:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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