UMass Amherst Student Selected to Present Research at National Psychology Meeting

AMHERST, Mass. - Stacey Whitbourne, a member of the Class of 2000 at the University of Massachusetts, is one of four students to win this year''s prestigious Psi Chi/American Psychological Association (APA) Research Award, which includes an invitation to make a presentation of undergraduate research at the APA meeting in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Aug. 4-8. Psi Chi is the national collegiate psychology honor society.

A daughter of UMass faculty members Susan K. Whitbourne and Richard D. O''Brien, Whitbourne resides in Amherst. Her award-winning honors research project, "Nonverbal Clues to Detecting Deception," was part of a larger study on lying conducted by UMass psychology professor Robert N. Feldman. On the day of her presentation at the APA meeting, she also will receive a certificate, and a cash award.

While at UMass, Whitbourne received a Senior Leadership Award, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key honor societies. She will continue her studies in graduate school beginning this fall at Brandeis University, where she plans to work toward a doctorate degree in human development with a concentration on the effects of exercise on aging. Whitbourne is spending the summer teaching aerobics, gardening, and traveling.