Kelsey Irvin Selected for MU Distinguished Thesis Award
Kelsey Irvin was selected for the MU Distinguished Thesis Award for "Association between Positive Affect Regulation and the Reward Positivity." Her research, mentored by Dr. Debi Bell and Dr. Bruce Bartholow suggests that positive affect regulation may be an important factor to consider when examining the nature of the relationship between psychophysiological reward processing and adjustment indicators, that interventions focusing on increasing savoring may positively impact self-reported adjustment, and that savoring may be a particularly useful affect regulation strategy for individuals with a low sensitivity to rewards.
Ms. Irvin has presented her research at national scientific meetings (e.g., Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Atlanta and Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in San Diego) and is a member of professional societies including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has served as a Staff Clinician in our department’s Psychological Services Center and she is currently conducting individual psychotherapy with youths.