Science Outreach in Local Park


Graduate students Callie De La Cerda and Aleyda Arreola participated in the “Party in the Park” at Dunbar Park in San Marcos last Friday along with members of Dr. Jenn Clegg-Petz’s research team. Callie and Aleyda met with local families and kids got to color in pictures of brains, play with blocks, and learn about psychology. The SCAD Lab has so much fun meeting local kids and parents and we can’t wait for the next Park Party!

International Poster Presentation

Dr. Katherine Rice Warnell presented a poster entitled “Relations between Spontaneous and Explicit Mentalizing in Autism and Typical Development” at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Autism Research in Rotterdam. Co-authors on the poster included SCAD lab grads Kasie Ifesinachukwu, Safia Menssor, and Kierstyn Schaefer, as well as collaborators at the University of Maryland. The poster was about how neurotypical adults and adults with autism think about social situations differently. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the latest research on autism and connect with other autism researchers.


Graduate student awarded scholarship

The SCAD Lab is proud to announce, Callie De la Cerda as the 2018 recipient of The Graduate College Scholarship.

The Graduate College scholarships encourage students with intellectual, creative, and leadership promise to complete a master’s or doctoral degree at Texas State University. These scholarships are available for newly admitted and continuing students and are offered annually.


Congratulations to Paul and Callie!

Paul Pluymen and Callie De La Cerda received awards at Psychology Day 2018.

Paul won Runner-Up along with co-author Hailey Thomas, in the Undergraduate Division for their study: Why we Socialize: Quantifying Social Motivation in Typical Adults”, while Callie and co-author Ashley Frost, won Best Poster in the Graduate Division for their study: “Individual Differences in Empathy, but not Mentalizing, Predict Visual Attention to Naturalistic Social Stimuli”.


SCAD Lab Presents Poster in Boston!


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Master’s student, Callie De La Cerda, and Ashley Frost presented a poster entitled “Individual differences in empathy, but not mentalizing, predict visual attention to naturalistic social stimuli” at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston, Massachusetts. The poster was about how eye-looking … Continue reading

SCAD Lab Undergrads Awarded with Fellowships!

Congratulations to Sneha Pradhan and Paul Pluymen for receiving Undergraduate Research Fellowship awards!

Undergraduate Research Fellowships (URF) support undergraduate research and creative projects at Texas State University.  Every semester the URF committee awards between 5 and 10 competitive scholarships of up to $1000 to students seeking funding for their projects.

Sneha’s study is titled: Measuring Dyadic Mind-Mindedness Reciprocity and Self-Reported Intimacy, while Paul’s study is titled: Why We Socialize: Quantifying Social Motivation in Typical Adults


The SCAD Lab’s own Outstanding Senior!

The SCAD Lab is proud to announce that our very own Ashley Frost, has been presented with the Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award for 2018!

Each year an outstanding senior in psychology receives special recognition. The student is chosen by a committee of psychology faculty based on his or her scholarship and service to the field.

She is also currently nominated for the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award and has received the Rising Scholarly Travel Activity and Research (S.T.A.R) grant for 2017 and 2018.

Congratulations Ashley on your success!

Ashley Frost Bio Photo


Poster Presented in Portland!

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