In the September issue of the peer-reviewed journal The Behavior Therapist, Associate Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos and her coauthors explore the mutual benefits of faculty-student research.
In their article, “The Undergraduate Researcher: Why, When, and How to Collaborate With Your Students,” Bodenlos, Jerusha B. Detweiler-Bedell of Lewis & Clark College and Dara G. Friedman-Wheeler of Goucher College argue that mentoring undergraduates in research benefits psychology academics “across all career stages (e.g., graduate students, new faculty members, established professors) and from all types of institutions (e.g., small liberal arts colleges, R1 institutions, community colleges).”
They detail the benefits for the undergraduate and the mentor as well as “potential methods of recruiting and organizing undergraduate researchers, and some of the challenges and opportunities that come from these efforts.”
Ultimately, Bodenlos and her coauthors conclude “undergraduate collaborators bring energy and insight as they help [mentors] advance research in the field, and…mentoring will help grow a new generation of thinkers who are positioned extremely well for a future both within and outside of the psychological sciences.”
Bodenlos earned her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, M.A. from Western Carolina University, and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. Before joining the HWS faculty in 2009, she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and then served as an instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Medicine, in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. A licensed New York State psychologist, Bodenlos has received various grants and awards for her research on obesity and obesity-related behaviors and diseases, among other topics. She has presented her work at national and international conferences and has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Appetite, Obesity, and the Journal of American College Health.