Cronin and Ulrich Team Up to Present at National Psychology Convention

Dr. Sarah Cronin and Madison Ulrich
Dr. Sarah Cronin and Madison Ulrich

Bemidji State University’s Dr. Sarah Cronin, assistant professor of psychology, and student Madison Ulrich, a senior majoring in psychology from Clearbrook, Minn., presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention Aug. 8-11 in Chicago, Illinois.

Their presentation, titled “Institutions of Oppression or Opportunity: Does Student Counseling Support All Students?,” discussed Cronin’s research and evaluation conducted with student researchers in collaboration with Bemidji State’s Student Center for Health and Counseling.

Cronin and Ulrich shared barriers that students experience when seeking counseling. They also discussed the upcoming Healthy Minds Survey that aims to gather more information about how mental health factors are related to student retention rates.

“Presenting at the National APA conference was one of best experiences I’ve ever had,” Ulrich said. “It was exciting to meet others who are also very passionate about the field of psychology. I learned a lot while I was there, and also became very inspired. I’m really grateful that BSU and the professors make these kinds of opportunities available for students.”

This was Cronin’s first time presenting with an undergraduate student. She hopes to continue presenting with students at conferences to give them beneficial professional and educational experiences.

“It was fun and fulfilling to see Madison learn what APA is all about,” Cronin said. “She seemed to connect that the theories and research she is learning in classes have real people behind them. She saw famous psychologists and learned about graduate programs that interest her. What a rewarding thing to give an aspiring professional psychologist.”


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