As of June 2, 2014, CSR is pleased and excited to welcome Laura Luchies, PhD to our team as our new Assistant Director. A 2002 Calvin College graduate in psychology, Dr. Luchies has worked in business, earned a PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University, and taught psychology for three years at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario and at Daemen College in Amherst, New York.
Dr. Luchies has an extensive record of presentations and publications focused on the study of romantic relationships. She is the lead author of the article, “Trust and biased memory of transgressions in romantic relationships” in a 2013 volume of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The project involved just the kind of precise, technically complex research design, data management and analysis that CSR seeks to bring to our clients.
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This summer, CSR had to say goodbye to many staff and student researchers as they move onto exciting and new adventures. We are so sad to see them go, but so excited for them and the new journeys they’re embarking on. A big thanks to each and every one of you!
Kristen started at CSR as a student Research Assistant. After graduating from Calvin with a double major in Social Work and Spanish, Kristen worked at CSR as a Research Specialist for another two years. She recently accepted a job and is now working in Grand Rapids for Salvation Army Services as the Data and Evaluation Coordinator.
Beginning as a student research assistant, Traci came to CSR in June 2011. After graduating from Calvin, she worked as a Research Specialist for one year and a Research Associate for her last year. A degree in Mathematics and Geography in hand, Traci is now working in Walker, MI as a Consumer Insights Coordinator for Meijer.
Together with partner scholars Dr. Janel Curry of Gordon College and Dr. Amy Reynolds of Wheaton College, Calvin College is conducting the Women in Leadership National Study through the Center for Social Research. Dr. Reynolds has previewed the results on the “Black, White and Gray” blog at Patheos.com, which triggered later coverage by Christianity Today.
As part of the study, CSR student research assistants have collected data on over 1,700 evangelical organizations selected from the membership of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Accord Network of antipoverty organizations (formerly AERDO). Data sources are public records such as IRS forms 990 and ECFA public profiles, along with research assistants’ best estimates of the gender and race of each employee and board member listed on each organization’s 2010 form 990.
The interactive Tableau visualizations below present the results as of spring 2014.
We are looking forward to a presentation by Dr. Nathan Medeiros-Ward on Monday, April 7, as the Psychology Department of Calvin College hosts his talk entitled: “An Investigation of Multitasking and Driver Distraction.”
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Dr. Medeiros-Ward served as CSR’s first Research Associate, setting a powerful precedent with his problem-solving skills and energetic, collegial management of students and projects. He was a great team leader for the Kent County Congregations Study (KCCS) project, coordinating a team of 13 student field interviewers and 8 student research assistants in the summer of 2007. Upon his graduation from Calvin College with a B.A. in Psychology and Classics, Nathan moved on to the University of Utah, earning his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2013. While in graduate school, he worked closely with David Lee Strayer, one of the original researchers exploring the impact of cell phone use while driving.
Dr. Medeiros-Ward is now a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he is studying attention and multitasking. Nathan’s research interests focus on the component processes of multitasking using a multifaceted approach that involves traditional behavioral methods, driving simulation, neuroimaging, and training/transfer regimens. He is interested in knowing how shifting and dividing attention are similar and different in various laboratory and real-world contexts, as well as whether or not these abilities can be trained.
One important position that CSR offers is that of Research Associate. The Research Associate assists in the management of ongoing campus and community projects. As part of this project management, the Research Associate supervises, trains, and supports the student research team. The person in this position is responsible for assigning project work, making and meeting deadlines, preparing data, conducting data analysis, and working alongside the other CSR staff to meet project goals. One of our recent CSR Research Associates, Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden, offers the following comments about her experiences at the Center.
Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden
Research Associate from May 2009 - July 2011
Current Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology with an Emphasis in Development
It has been a few years now since I worked as the Research Associate at Calvin’s Center for Social Research (CSR), but nearly every day I am grateful for the investment that each member of the CSR made in me during my time there. I worked at the CSR for two years under Neil Carlson’s and Jim Penning’s leadership and under the steadfast care of Kathy Bardolph. As a Research Associate, I had the opportunity to work with an evolving team of research assistants and technicians while learning about the Center’s many software tools and projects. While I learned countless things, ranging from current topics in Political Science to the language of the Bynars from Star Trek’s Next Generation, I also learned key skills that have helped me as a graduate student today. Two key areas come to mind when I think about how the CSR has impacted my day-to-day thinking: the ability to work efficiently with data, and the desire to tell others about the findings and outcomes of my research.