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Each Spring, the Morris County Psychological Association holds an academic competition which is open to all high school students in Morris County who are taking classes related to the behavioral sciences, including psychology, human and/or animal behavior, child development, sociology, etc. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and encourage the study of the behavioral sciences in high school students.

Students submitted papers they had written for their classes, which were completed as part of their regular course work. All identifying information was removed from each entry, and then each entry was judged independently by three doctoral level psychologists on a set of nine criteria, including:

-Awareness of social and cultural issues in the behavioral sciences

-Awareness of theoretical and technical issues in the study of behavioral sciences

-Clarity of written expression

-Originality of the study

All thirty-one public and private high schools in the county were invited to participate in the program.




NUMBER OF ENTRIES:  30 (16 empirical studies, 14 written reports).

NUMBER OF SCHOOLS: 11(West Morris Central High School, West Morris Mendham High School, Morris Hills High School, Randolph High School, Dover High School, Parsippany High School, Boonton High School, Parsippany Hills High School, Morris Knolls High School, Morristown High School, Roxbury High School)



COMMITTEE:  Aaron Welt, Lauren Becker, Nancy Sidhu, Susan Neigher (chair)

NUMBER OF JUDGES:  30 (MCPA members Drs. Michael Zito, Joshua Zavin,  Jayne Walco,  Debi Roelke, Aaron Welt, Nancy Sidhu, Hayley Hirschmann, Morgan Murray, Randy Bressler,  Brenda Stepak, Jane Hochberg, Sarah Dougherty, Carly Orenstein, Paul Yampolsky, Christopher Lynch, Marc Gironda, Anthony Tasso, Beverly Tignor, Lisa Hahn, Amanda Aster, Mary Toolan, Rhonda Allen, Li Faustino, Marshall Mintz, Marilyn Lyga, Francine Rosenberg; College of St. Elizabeth doctoral candidates  Nikki Lacherza, Nydia Rolon, Meredith Gondo, Kristina Golovina)


Briana DiConstanzo, Randolph High School, teacher Roberta Spray

            Associations Between Volunteering and Adolescent Stress

Mia Inglis, West Morris Mendham High School, teacher Jennifer Brown

            Effectiveness of Mental Health Treatments for Prisoner Rehabilitation

Thomas Rudd, Morristown High School, teacher Michael Weller

Identifying an environmental studies pedagogy that maximizes middle schoolers’ willingness to engage in pro-environmental behavior

Brooke Olson, Randolph High School, teacher Roberta Spray

Potential Impact of Distance Running on Female Eating Disorder Recovery: A Comorbidity Case Study


Laura Anabel Osherov,  Randolph High School, teacher Kristen DiFiore

The Impact of Melodic Intonation Therapy on Oral Fluency in a Child with Speech Apraxia: A Quasi-Experimental Case Study

Lia Brodrick, West Morris Mendham High School, teacher Jennifer Brown

            An Interview to Determine Academic Pressures Faced by High School Students

Nesha Daneshwar, West Morris Central High School, teacher Erin Feltmann

            A Dissertation on the Effects of Musical Training on Language Abilities

Sarah Guida, West Morris Central High School, teacher Erin Feltmann

An experiment to investigate the effects of anchoring bias on willingness to pay for a box of chocolates

Joseph Sylvester, West Morris Mendham High School, teacher Jennifer Brown

            An Experiment to Investigate the Effect of Encoding Activity on Word Recall


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