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    My name is Ashley Nienhuis I am a senior at Eastern Washington University. Having enjoyed psychology-related activities in both the academic and community settings, it is with enthusiasm that I pursue a degree in experimental/social psychology. An important part of this pursuit is attending graduate school in order to obtain the necessary knowledge and to define my areas of interest. I graduated from Spokane Community college with an Associates of Arts degree in Fall of 2013 with honors. My current research has been focusing on the Dark Triad of personality (Psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism). My main research interests are in psychophysiology with an emphasis on personality disorders and emotion regulation. My other interest areas include, white collar crime and the psychology of violence and psychological explanations of the criminal justice system. I am currently involved in research projects with Dr. Stellwagen and Dr. Williams investigating dark personalities.

    Aside from conducting research I have had the opportunity to experience several community service activities closely related to my academic studies. I believe that through my experiences I have become a well rounded person while building a strong foundation for graduate study. Not only do I feel confident about my preparation in psychology but I have gained numerous skills through the mentorship process in psychological research and college instruction. Therefore, upon receiving my doctorate in psychology my goal is to obtain a position that will allow me to serve my interests in both research and education. I feel that I will be most successful in completing a doctoral program that emphasizes research involvement and fosters the development of quality teaching and research/communication skills. I realize that these are areas that have developed from the work I have done thus far and that as I continue my education my interests will evolve. I feel that earning this degree will enable me to educate and inspire others as well as contribute research to the vast field of psychology.

    I am continuously grateful to my mentors gratitude will open your eyes, your mind and your spirit to the value that exists in every situation. When you're genuinely thankful for what you have, no matter what it may be, you can make meaningful, effective and positive use of it. I believe that the achievements you seek to create are one hundred percent your responsibility and that knowledge is freedom.


    Dr. William Williams, Professor, Department of Psychology

    Conference Presentations:__________________________________________________________________

    Credibility of Contextual Primes as Graphic Image Descriptors, EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Oral Presentation (2013)

     Moral Reasoning Distinguishes between Primary Psychopathy and Machiavellianism, EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Oral Presentation (2013)

    Gratuitous Justice Survey, McNair Summer Research Symposium at Eastern Washington University, Oral Presentation (2013)

    Honors and Awards:_______________________________________________________________________

    Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholar, Selected based on assessment of motivation, academic work and potential to succeed in a PhD program. (2013)

    Student Support TRiO Scholarship, Selected by staff to receive a $1,000 academic award for commitment to learning and the ability to make the most out of opportunities given. (2013)

    Psi Chi Scholarship, Selected recipient of highly competitive scholarship for being an individual that has demonstrated excellence in the Psychology field. Benefit of Psi Chi Members. (2012)

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    Eastern Washington University
    526 5th Street
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)

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