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Psychology Professor and Students Present Posters in South Africa

Psychology majors Alyssa Thanasack (’12) and Jasmine Jarupat, a junior, and psychology professor Pete Giordano presented research in an electronic poster session at the 30th International Congress of Psychology held July 22-27, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. This Congress was the first to be held in Africa and was organized by the National Research Foundation of South Africa and the Psychological Society of South Africa in Partnership with key South African Universities and the Psychological Associations of neighboring countries. The theme of the Congress was “Psychology Serving Humanity.”

Thanasack collected data from Laotian American adolescents at two Buddhist temples in the Nashville area and investigated the relationships among acculturation, academic achievement, health risk behaviors, and parenting styles. Giordano supervised the project. The title of their poster was “Laotian American Adolescents: The Psychological Correlates of Merging Cultures” which was based on Thanasack ‘s honors thesis, for which Jarupat served as a research assistant. The innovative electronic poster format allowed presenters to submit proposals online and then, if accepted, present the poster electronically without actually attending the conference.  Click here to view their poster.