Former Valpo Professor Advises Police of Trauma to Children of Arrestees

When a child witnesses a parent's arrest, it makes a deep and lasting impression, says Amanda Zelechoski, a former Valparaiso University professor of psychology who also holds a law degree and researches the intersections of law and psychology. Despite the considerable potential for trauma to children, few police departments provide officers with training or even instructions about what to do when arresting people — especially parents — in the presence of children. Thanks in part to former Professor Zelechoski, that's changing in Pennsylvania. Professor Zelechoski is a consultant to the City of Philadelphia's police department in the development of guidelines and training protocols to help minimize trauma to children whose parents or guardians are arrested. The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a bill that would require municipalities to promulgate such guidelines. Professor Zelechoski, who participated in a two-day conference in Philadelphia at which experts discussed the problem, was quoted in a recent story in…

Celebrating Student Research

Many students presented posters at Valpo's Celebration of Undergraduate Research. Our department was well-represented, and three of the posters won awards! The students' posters are on display in the department lobby — stop by to see them if you missed them at the CUR. Several students also traveled to Butler University with Professor Winquist and represented Valpo well at the Butler Conference for Undergraduate Research. Last but not least, several students traveled to Chicago to present papers at the Midwestern Psychological Association convention. The names and titles of all of these projects are listed below — quite an impressive list of very interesting studies! Congrats to all student authors for their hard work — you make us proud! ~Celebration of Undergraduate Research~ Katie Hennessey ’11, Digging for Buried Treasure: Searching for Learning Cues in the Sand (Sponsor: Professor Vernon). Gerald Hughes ’10, Assessing College Student’s Attitudes toward Science (Sponsor: Professor…