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MEGAN S. IRGENS

2077 50th College St, South Hadley, MA, 01075

Irgen22m@mtholyoke.edu

EDUCATION

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

·        Bachelor of Arts: Psychology and Sociology

·        Minor: Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights

·        Psychology GPA: 3.96

·        Overall GPA: 3.85

AWARDS

·        Sara Williston Scholar (2016)

·        Vorwerk Fund (2016)

·        Harup Fund (2015)

·        Lynk Recipient (2015)

·        Academic Excellence Award for Psychology (2015)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Researcher, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, Advisor: Amber Douglas (May 2016 – Present)

·        Co-designed a dyadic best friend study to analyze how depression effects the perceived quality of friendship

·        Researched the use of the Actor Partner Interdependence Model and proposed it for data analysis

·        Created surveys, participant logs, and applied for $1,000.00 to pay participants

Researcher, Mount Holyoke College, MA, Advisor: Francine Deutsch (Aug. 2016 – Present)

·        Recruited six stay-at-home fathers to investigate how primary caregiving influenced career goals

·        Conducted six in-depth interviews to collect qualitative data for my research group

·        Analyzed 20 hours of interview data on NVivo, a coding software for qualitative data

Research Assistant, Arizona State University, AZ, Advisor: Tess Neal (June 2016)

·        Researched a phenomena known as the Bias Blind Spot by gathering prior research in an array of disciplines

·        Wrote a summative piece on the Bias Blind Spot and its potential to be studied in a forensic setting

·        Collected contact information of 70 clinical forensic psychologists in 7 different states

         Research Assistant, University of Arizona, AZ, Advisors: Connie Beck and Ryan Davidson (June 2016 – Aug. 2016)

·        Studied reunified and reactivated dependency cases and their differences at the Juvenile Courts in Tucson, AZ

·        Created detailed excel sheets for data input and ran SPSS on trial data

·        Designed an 80-page training manual for collecting data and a step-by-step coding manual for 38 documents

Researcher, Mount Holyoke College, MA, Advisor: Ana Soltero-Lopez (Jan. 2016 – May 2016)

·        Assessed the needs of translation services and job employment in the Holyoke community

·        Created protocols such as survey, interview questions, and letters for the community

·        Managed the collection of data from agencies and training facilities in the Holyoke community

Researcher, Mount Holyoke College, MA, Advisor: Leah Dickens (Jan. 2016 – May 2016)

·        Researched pride and sadness as emotional states and their effects on conformity

·        Managed experiment times with participants through online recruitment

·        Participated in the study through being an experimenter and a confederate

Research Assistant, Mount Holyoke College, MA, Advisor: Leah Dickens (Sept. 2015 – Feb. 2016)

·        Studied neutral and pride emotional states and how they affect mimicked body language

·        Coded qualitative data as a check on the induced emotional states

·        Recorded through JWatcher the duration of mimicked foot shaking of participants

Researcher, Mount Holyoke College, MA, Advisors: Kathy Binder and Nicole-Gilbert Cote (Aug. 2015 – Dec. 2015)

·        Designed an experiment about verbal and nonverbal communication and their effect on voting behavior

·        Managed and ran a pilot study before expanding the final study to include nonverbal communication

·        Conducted data analysis using SPSS on pilot and final study

PRESENTATIONS

·        Cubillo, M., Irgens, M., Hernandez, A. (2016) Translation in Holyoke MA. Presentation given to Holyoke Community members at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

·        Botero, V., Irgens, M., Levkowicz, R., & Dickens, L. (2016). Too proud to budge: How pride influences conforming behavior. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting, Worcester, Massachusetts.

·        Irgens, M. (2016) Psychology, Policy, and Law. Leap Symposium, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

PUBLICATION

·        Dickens, L., Botero, V., Irgens, M., & Levkowicz, R. (In Prep). Too proud to budge: How Pride Protects Against Conformity.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

·        Member, Association for Psychological Science, 2016

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

·        Co-Teacher, Mount Holyoke College, Scholarly Pathways: Research, College Achievement and Post Baccalaureate, 2016 –  Present

WORK EXPERIENCE  

Professorial Assistant, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (Sept 2016 – Present)

·        Assist in organizing and maintaining the professor’s courses and materials for class

·        Track attendance, assignments submitted for grading, and upcoming readings for the class

·        Maintain communication through emails from various students

Head Scheduling SAW Center Receptionist, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (Jan 2016 – Present)

·        Regulate the Center’s daily schedule by making and correcting appointments for students

·        Document and track all sub-requests from mentors throughout the week

·        Adjust calendars, appointments, and specific dates for mentors, course mentors, and students

Customer Service Representative, Tailgate Picnic, South Hadley, MA (Aug 2015 – Present)

·        Maintain a clean and reputable sales floor

·        Prepare products needed to open the store for the following day

·        Generate revenue through excellent customer service

EXTRA AREAS OF INVOLVEMENT

Member, Student Search Committee for faculty hiring, Mount Holyoke College, Psychology Department, 2016

Member, Student Search Committee for faculty hiring, Mount Holyoke College, Sociology Department, 2016

Community Mentor, Community-Based Learning, Mount Holyoke College, Latino Studies Department, 2016

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Member, Psychology Club (Aug 2015 – Present)

Member, Mount Holyoke Intervarsity (Aug 2014 – Aug 2016)

Varsity Soccer Team Member, Mt. Holyoke College (Aug 2014 – May 2015)

SKILLS

Computer: Excel, Power Point, SPSS, R, NVivo, JWatcher

Certification: CPR, eTips Off Premise 2.0, Fleet Van Driver, American Sports Education Coaching Certificate                                 CITI Training: Native American Research, Human Research, and Responsible Conduct of Research

Languages: English (Fluent) and Spanish (Novice)