F.I.R.E.S. Meeting held March 18

Students and faculty shared posters and presentations at the March 18, 2008 (12:00 PM in the MultiMedia Room) Forest Institute Research Education Seminar (FIRES) meeting. Dr. Chris Neumann shared a draft of the poster that he will present at this year's Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting. Dr. Neumann and his co-authors found that the expereince of cultural discrimination had an influence on drinking behavior in a Hispanic adolescent population.
Next, Marguerite Langille-Hoppe and Stephanie Terrel presented a process discussion of what it has been like for them to be involved in the planning and initiation of a qualitative study on poverty ("'What makes you think I am poor?' Perceptions of poverty in the Ozarks"). Monique Maxey and Dr. Judith Gonzalez also contributed to this presentation, but were not able to attend the presentation.  This presentation not only gave the audience a clearer understanding of qualitative research, but also resulted in some personal reflection regarding how one might think about poverty.
Finally, Lea Schmidt shared a draft of a poster that will be presented at the upcoming annual Southwestern Psychological Association conference.  Ms. Schmidt and her co-author evaluated the responses of pain patients seeking workers compensation benefits to questions about their expereince of pain, mental health concerns, and global functioning. When compared to other pain patients (i.e., not seeking workers comp), the respondents in this study were much less defensive and reported a greater level of problems in every measured domain.
As one of the purposes of the monthly FIRES meetings is to allow students and faculty to present their research work, all members of the Forest community are invited to contact a member of the FIRES leadership team (Drs. Jaberg, Spray, Neumann, or Leftwich) if they have a presentation that they would like to practice and/or share with the Forest community. Students who have already had the chance to present indicate that they appreciated the opportunity.