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Katie Alegria

I plan to investigate how stress and perceived stress can impact human's lives on the biopsychosocial level. I also plan to conduct research that evaluates interventions that can reduce any negative impact of stress on cognition, mental health, and quality of life.

Education
2017 - Present University of California, Merced
PhD: Psychological Sciences
Research Lab: PsychoNeuroEndocrinology Lab
Research Advisor: Jitske Tiemensma, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)
2015 - 2017 California State University, Northridge
MA: General Experimental Psychology
Master’s Thesis: Does Nature Make Us Smarter: Testing the Impact of Technological Nature on Cognition.
Thesis Chair: Erica L. Wohldmann, Ph.D. (Psychology Department)
2010 - 2014 California State University, Monterey Bay
BA: Psychology
Senior Thesis: College Students’ Attitudes toward Feminism
Thesis Advisor: Mrinal Sinha, Ph.D (Psychology Department)

Research Presentations

Alegria, K. E., Wohldmann, E. L., (2017). Does nature make us smarter: Exploring the impacts of technological nature on cognition, Oral presentation at the 97th Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.

Alegria, K. E., Wohldmann, E. L. (2017). Does Technological nature make us smarter: Exploring the impacts of technological nature on cognition. Oral presentation at the CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Northridge, CA.

Wohldmann, E.L., Alegria, K. E. (2016). Does seeding promote long term retention of calorie information: Testing the generation effect. Paper presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Alegria, K. E., Wohldmann, E. L. (2016). Does seeding promote long term retention of calorie information: Testing the generation effect. Oral presentation at the 96th Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.

Alegria, K. E., Sinha, Mrinal (2014). College Students’ Attitudes toward Feminism. Poster presentation at the Annual Senior Capstone Festival, Monterey, CA.

Research Experience
2015-2017 Research Assistant: Learning and Memory Lab (Dr. Erica L. Wohldmann)

Assist in training new lab members

Stay current on relevant literature and development of experimental materials

Responsible for data collecting, coding, and organization.

Conduct statistical analyses

Cognition in the Natural World (2016-17, M.A. Thesis Topic)

Conducted a study investigating how nature and technological nature impact various aspects of cognition (attention, learning, memory, etc.)

Conducted literature search

Programmed Direct RT Files and created stimuli

Tested participants

Coded and analyzed data

Wrote and presented results

Seeding the Knowledge Base: Learning and Transfer of Calorie Information (2015-16)

Sole research assistant on a study investigating learning and transfer of calorie information

Conducted literature search

Assisted in development of experimental design

Created stimuli

Tested participants, coded data

Wrote abstracts and presented results

2013-2014 California State University, Monterey Bay
Dr. Mrinal Sinha, Senior Thesis

Conducted a study investigating the relationship between demographics and attitudes toward feminism

Conducted a literature search

Created composite questionnaire about feminist attitudes and beliefs

Distributed questionnaires and collected data

Conducted and analyzed results

Wrote senior thesis and presented results

Awards, Honors, and Distinction
California State University, Northridge
2017-2018 Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar
2017 2ND Place oral presentation at CSUNposium (Creative Works Symposium)
2016-2017 Thesis Support Award recipient
2016-2017 Graduate Equity Fellowship recipient
2016 Served as panelist on CSUN GRE Student-Expert Information Panel

California State University, Monterey Bay
2012-2014 Dean’s List (multiple Semesters)
Spring 2014 Ranked 99th percentile, nationally, on the Collegiate Learning Assessment
Fall 2013 Invited to join the National Honors Society
Fall 2013 Invited to join CSUMB Psi Chi chapter

Advisor: 
Dr. Jitske Tiemensma
Graduate Group: