Research for Hospitals and
Knowledge for our Community
research at UW-Stevens Point helps students develop advanced learning skills and
provides many with their first real world experience.
Lowery, in the Department of Psychology, is mentoring students participating in
bariatric research. Bariatrics is a
branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention and treatment of
obesity. Brittany Iczkowski, Alissa
Nicolaison, Shirley Smith and Ashley LaFond collaborated with Lowery on
“Evaluation of a Decision Aid for Bariatric Surgery,” a study that asked participants
to make a treatment decision as if they were a patient considering bariatric
surgery using either a decision aid or a comparison pamphlet. The results of
the study demonstrated that decision aids significantly decrease decisional
conflict and increase decision satisfaction and knowledge of bariatric surgery.
students worked closely with local bariatric teams in creating the decision
aid. Their hope is to make a positive impact on the community by providing
local hospitals with a final decision aid that provides assistance for
bariatric surgery patients.
“We want to
benefit people working on bariatric teams so they have a product to give
patients, “Lowery said. “The research is ongoing; we are still collecting data
before we send the decision aid to bariatric administrations.” Additional
research will focus on personal characteristics that will be most influenced by
the decision aid.
worked with students Ashley Majewski and Lauren Golla on “Religiosity and
Eating Behavior,” a study that examined if the presence or absence of religious
beliefs and practices influenced eating behaviors by collecting survey
responses from UW-Stevens Point students. The study found those who believe in
God reported significantly less frequent vomiting and less consumption of
dieting pills than those who did not believe in God.
got experience creating a study, collecting data and administering
questionnaires,” Lowery said. “The student who conducted the study is now in
was initially presented to Lowery by Golla, who after taking a religion class
at UW-Stevens Point began to wonder if there was a relationship between eating
disorders and religious beliefs. Golla couldn’t find any previous studies done
on religiosity and eating behaviors so she took the initiative to start her own
study with Lowery and fellow psychology students.
These studies are just a sampling of over 100
presentations featured at the COLS Undergraduate Research Symposium last
spring. The community is invited April
26, 2013 to meet students and faculty as they present their research at the
next COLS Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Visit www.uwsp.edu/cols for more information.
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