Cameron University behavioral sciences students claim honors at state and regional conferences

Cameron University behavioral sciences students Jacob Jardel, Jackie Hall and Leanne Pareles were honored with awards at recent meetings of the Oklahoma Psychological Society and the Southwestern Psychological Association.

Jardel, Lawton, was named Oklahoma’s Graduate Research Student of the Year, and Hall, Lawton, was named Oklahoma’s Undergraduate Research Student of the Year by the Oklahoma Psychological Society. Both were nominated by Dr. John Geiger, Association Professor of Psychology. Winners were selected by the officers of the association’s Student Society.

Jardel, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CU in 2013, is completing his first year as a master’s candidate. He serves as president of Psi Chi and is also a staff writer for the Cameron Collegian. He presented research posters at Research Day and at the Southwestern Psychological Association’s annual conference. In the nomination, Geiger wrote, “He shows real dedication to learning and performing research and has a true love of the field of psychology.”  After earning a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences, Jardel plans to pursue a doctorate. He hopes to either perform research involving media influence on sexuality, provide therapy or counseling to couples and families, or become a sex educator to young adults.

Hall is a senior psychology major.  After mentioning Hall’s academic achievement on the Dean’s List for several semesters, Geiger wrote of her volunteer work with recovering substance abusers in the Lawton Area. Hall plans to attend graduate school at Cameron University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and hopes to work with comorbid patients with drug and alcohol problems in a rehabilitation center.

Perales, Lawton, and Jardel each received Psi Chi Research Awards from the Southwestern Psychological Association’s conference for their poster presentations. Both students performed research with Dr. Jenel Cavazos.

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April 30, 2014

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