Psychology Graduate Completes Internship & Three Research Opportunities at Brockport

Lauren Soda ’21 completed an array of hands-on learning opportunities within the Department of Psychology including an internship and three different research opportunities while studying at SUNY Brockport.

Lauren Soda, a December 2021 graduate, worked in three different psychology research labs and participated in an internship. As a research assistant, Soda studied metacognition in Dr. Amanda Lipko-Speed’s lab, and assisted with a study about answer changes during tests. In Dr. Forzano’s lab, she contributed to research on anxiety, impulsivity, and delay discounting by running participants, as well as coding and analyzing data in SPSS. Most recently, she worked in Dr. Laurel McNall’s Worker Well-Being lab, where she was involved in a study on working college students.

Soda has presented her work at Scholar’s Day, the Eastern Psychology Association Conference, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, and also has a poster under review at the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology Annual Conference. She is also working on a manuscript with Dr. Lori-Ann Forzano.

In Spring 2021, Soda was an intern at the SUNY Brockport Office of Human Resources. She helped implement a new employee training system (BizLibrary) and examined exit and stay interviews. She is currently employed at Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York as a Human Resources Professional where her main job duties include reviewing resumes, examining exit interview data, and compiling quantitative data for the CEO. She is currently applying to graduate school in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

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