Morristown, N.J. (March 1, 2016) – Amanda Inacio of West Orange, N.J., plans to use her psychology undergraduate degree, '16, and her justice administration graduate degree, '17, to become a behavior analyst. As a senior, she is already taking graduate courses in justice studies and is on track to finish her master's degree in one year. Original research she is conducting at CSE titled, Falling into Temptation, has been chosen for presentation at the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) Symposium in March.
Amanda chose CSE because of the small and intimate classes and the interest of the professors for each student.
"I have loved this school since day one, and so do my parents," she exclaims.
She chose to study psychology because she is fascinated by how the mind works, especially when learning about defining thought processes, intelligence quotients (IQs), creative vs. analytic thinking and what drives certain behaviors.
"This is why I want to become a behavior analyst and am looking at using this knowledge in criminal justice," she says.
While not conducting research or keeping her grades up, Amanda plays women's lacrosse and is very active in service-learning and community outreach. She is the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative for lacrosse.
The research that she will be presenting at the ICFNJ Symposium looks at temptation among college-age students based on the location of the college. Her study is using social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and email in which those attending college are asked to anonymously complete a survey about their behavior on campus. She is then comparing those results with the location of colleges, in different types of settings such as city vs. suburban and congested vs. quiet. She has compiled her data and is working on her results.
"I am developing research skills that I know will be very useful in the future," says Amanda.
Dr. Chloe Bland, professor of psychology, is her mentor for this project.
"Amanda developed an interest in this topic two years ago in her Research Methods and Statistics I class," says Dr. Bland. "She revised her research question for her current study in reaction to surprising results from a pilot study she conducted. This is an essential part of the scientific process. The support Amanda received from ICFNJ has given her hands-on experience at a level that is often reserved for graduate students."