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Stephanie Lochbihler

January 8, 2014

Major Factor Update: Stephanie Lochbihler

Stephanie Lochbihler was featured in the first Major Factor interview. At the time (spring ’12), she had just graduated from IPFW with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was about to enter the social psychology PhD program at Indiana University.

At IPFW, Lochbihler was involved in both academic and professional extracurricular pursuits: she was Psi Chi president, presented at conferences, and contributed to publications under the tutelage of Associate Professor Daniel Miller.

A year and a half later, she still benefits from her undergraduate experiences at IPFW. Research she conducted with smokers at IPFW for her honors thesis was accepted for publication in the Journal of American College Health. Lochbihler and Miller adapted this research into an article, “Extending Animal Models to Explore Social Rewards Associated with Designated Smoking Areas on College Campuses,” that examines the relationship between social interaction, nicotine intake, and perceived reward.

Her undergraduate research with Miller also provided multiple conference presentations: at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in January 2013, the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference in May 2013, and the Social Psychologists of Indiana biannual conference in April 2013.

Finally, she is expanding upon her research on nicotine intake and social interaction in her graduate work at Indiana University. Lochbihler is using an experimental design to extend her previous findings and was awarded a fellowship through the National Science Foundation to continue this research.

She says that she “is grateful for all of the resources” COAS’s Department of Psychology offered her. “There are so many resources available to undergraduates, you just need to go out and find them. Find a professor to work with and get involved in campus activities. It will be worth it.” To learn more about Lochbihler’s undergraduate research, view her Major Factor video or contact the Department of Psychology.

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