Posted: 6/09/16

TAMIU Students Present Research at Chicago PS Conference


Dr. Elizabeth Terrazas
Dr. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo advised the students.  

Two Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) graduate students recently presented their research findings at the Association for Psychological Science 28th Annual Convention in Chicago, Ill.

Jonathan Briseño and Kristine González, graduate students pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP), presented “Testing the ‘Cultural Fit’ Hypothesis: Findings from Southeast Asian Students at a Border Bicultural University.”

Briseño explained their study.

“The purpose of this study is to explore the applicability of the ‘cultural fit’ hypothesis proposed by Ward and Chang (1997) in a sample of Southeast Asian international students attending a university located in a city bordering with México and a predominantly Mexican American population,” he said.

According to Briseño, the ‘cultural fit’ hypothesis proposed by Ward and Chang proposes that psychological adjustment to another culture is affected by personality, life changes and social support.

“We would like to thank and acknowledge the College of Arts and Sciences for funding our expenses for this convention and Dr. Kenneth Tobin for the printing of our poster,” Briseño said.

Dr. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo, TAMIU assistant professor of counseling psychology, served as the duo’s advisor.

“Jonathan spearheaded the project and showed the initiative to formulate the research design, recruit participants, conduct the analysis and present the poster. He has a passion for research, and has won multiple awards for his poster presentations, including this year and last year’s first place Lamar Bruni Vergara Conference, and the first place in the Pathways Conference for the graduate social sciences category. He is one of the MACP’s best students,” Dr. Terrazas-Carrillo said.

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Kristine González and Jonathan Briseño presented their research in Chicago.