Our Smartphone Addiction & Mental Health Study Covered in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette!

This study was completed with my colleague, Dr. Maria Kalpidou, and two of my graduate research assistants, Colleen Popores and Mark Joyce.  Our findings were presented at the New England Psychological Association in October 2016 and the Eastern Psychological Association in March 2017.  We plan to submit for publication in a peer-reviewed journal by the end of the summer.  (See link below)


Newest Publication Has Gone Live!

School Violence Prevention: Teachers Establishing Relationships With Students Using Counseling Strategies


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Two Presentations with My Research Assistants at the ‘Eastern Psychological Association’ (EPA) on 3/17 & 3/18/17

College Smartphone Dependency: Relationships Between Social-Emotional Well-Being and Personality

Volungis, A. M., Kalpidou, M., Popores, C., & Joyce, M. (2017, March). College student smartphone dependency: Relationships between social-emotional well-being and personality. Paper presented at the 88th annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

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Presentation @ the Eastern Psychological Association {March, 2017}

{Colleen Popores & Mark Joyce}


Suicide Prevention in Adolescents: Implementation of a High School-Based Psychoeducation Program.

Volungis, A. M., Knight, B., Joyce, M., & Popores, C. (2017, March). Suicide prevention in adolescents: Implementation of a high school-based psychoeducation program. Poster presented at the 88th annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

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Presentation @ the Eastern Psychological Association {March, 2017}

{Brenden Knight}

Baby Boy!

Baby Kai

Baby Kai & Mom

Presentation with My Research Assistants at the ‘Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies’ (ABCT) on 10/29/16 in New York, NY

Creating a Comprehensive Website for CBT Resources: What’s Working, What Isn’t… and Looking for Feedback

Website under construction: www.cognitivebehavioralresources.com

*We forgot to have someone take a picture during our presentation, so we later had someone take our photo in front of poster board – we’re still excited!


Presentation @ the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies            {October, 2016}

{left to right: Mark Joyce, Colleen Popores, & Dr. V}

Presentation with My Research Assistants at the ‘New England Psychological Association’ (NEPA) on 10/15/16 @ Assumption College

College Smartphone Dependency, Mental Health, and Personality

This study examined the relationship between smartphone dependency, social-emotional well-being (e.g., sleep quality, loneliness, psychological distress), and personality traits in college students.  Recent research appears to indicate that the frequency and dependency on smartphones show cognitive and behavioral patterns similar to other addictive disorders.  Logistic analyses supported the predictive nature of smartphone dependency on multiple social-emotional well-being variables.  Moderator analyses also showed that personality traits (e.g., neuroticism, conscientiousness) either enhanced or diminished these relationships.  Overall, these findings have the potential to inform interventions targeted at reducing/modifying smartphone use and improving college student mental health.

Presentation with My Research Assistants at the ‘American Psychological Association’ (APA) on 8/16/16 in Denver, CO

Volungis, A. M., Kalpidou, M., Popores-LaFleur, C., Raziuddin, A., Joyce, M., & Avolese, P. (2016,August). Childhood adversity and college mental health moderated by coping style. Poster presented at the 124th annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

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APA 2016

Presentation @ the American Psychological Association {August, 2016}               {left to right: Colleen Popores-LaFleur, Almaas Raziuddin, Mark Joyce, & Dr. V}

Newest Publication Has Gone Live!

*Click on hyperlink below for pdf version*

Volungis, A. M. (2016). School size & youth violence: The mediating role of school connectedness. North American Journal of Psychology, 18, 123-146.

Presentation with My Research Assistants at the ‘New England Psychological Association’ (NEPA) on 10/10/15

Volungis, A. M., Popores, C., Raziuddin, A., & Avolese, P. (2015, October). Enhancing cognitive behavioral therapy with technology. Poster presented at the 55th annual conference of the New England Psychological Association, Fitchburg, MA.

Integrating technology into Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) appears to be a “good fit” due to its tracking and empirical nature (e.g., Berry & Lai, 2014; Kelly et al., 2013; Singer et al., 2015). This poster will highlight a variety of modes of technology that are commonly used by CBT therapists, including examples of actual therapeutic assessment and interventions by the first author. Specific examples will include: smartphone and tablet applications, video recordings (by client), audio recordings (by client), Internet videos and pictures (observed by client), and virtual reality. Examples of CBT related techniques used with these technologies will include: psychoeducation, self-monitoring and tracking of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; meditation and other relaxation techniques; challenging automatic thoughts; and exposure techniques.

NEPA Team Photo - 10-10-15

Presentation @ the New England Psychological Association {October, 2015}   {left to right: Paul Avolese, Dr. V, Colleen Popores, Almaas Raziuddin}

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