Under Dr. Morgen’s supervision the student spends one academic year studying the substance abuse through coursework (PSY3018 – Substance Abuse & Dependence) and individual meetings. In addition, the student learns about:

  • Professional practice of conducting research that includes research ethics
  • Research question generation
  • Research literature review
  • Statistical analysis and research design
  • Scientific writing
  • Research presentation skills

Unlike other studies typically conducted by undergraduates using a small number of participants found on a college campus, the UStART student can create a study and conduct statistical analyses of data focused on up to thousands of substance abuse treatment clients.

This experience is valuable for any student with an interest in graduate school because independent research experience is consistently discussed as a critical component of a successful graduate school application (especially at the doctoral level).

The UStART students have been quite successful in their research efforts. The list below contains the UStART projects presented at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) Conference over the past few years.

Student Presentation Listings

Please note: the * next to a name indicates that this is the undergraduate student participating in the study.

2017 Presentations

*Brouard, C., & Morgen, K. (2017, March).  Co-occurring psychiatric history and TC treatment: Discharge data.  Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

*Smith, J., *Poltricitsky, A., & Morgen, K. (2017, March).  Decisional balance and collegiate marijuana use.  Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

*Voelkner, A., *Thompson, R., Gunanwan, K., & Morgen, K. (2017, March).  Coping strategies in older adult prisoners.  Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

*Madonna, A., & Morgen, K. (2017, March).  The effects of speech/hearing impairment on substance use disorders treatment.  Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

*Coates, B., & Morgen, K. (2017, March).  Changes in treatment motivation, readiness, and engagement in a TC population.  Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

*Dinapoli, S., Gannon, K., Nardone, S., & Morgen, K.  (2017, March).  Comparisons between SUD treatment programs offering/not offering LGBT/older adult services.  Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

2016 Presentations

Morgen, K., Maschi, T., *Brouard, C., *Dinapoli, S., *Gannon, K., *Nardone, S., & *Smith, J.  (2016, November).  National substance use disorder treatment landscape for LGBT older adults: N-SSATS 2014 data.  Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Maschi, T., Morgen, K., *Dinapoli, S., *Gannon, K., & *Nardone, S.  (2016, November).  U.S. compassionate and geriatric release laws: A human rights approach to aging prisoners.  Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Maschi, T., Morgen, K., *Brouard, C., & *Smith, J.  (2016, November).  Coming out of prison: The prison and re-entry experiences of LGBT elders.  Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Morgen, K. & Maschi, T.  (2016, March).  Ethics in the publication process.  Paper presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

*DiNapoli, S, *Gannon, K., *Nardone, S., & Morgen, K. (2016, March).  Sub-syndromal experiences in substance use disorder treatment clients not designated as co-occurring.  Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

*Anderson, K., *Smith, J., & Morgen, K.  (2016, March).  Healthcare insurance and accreditation status in SUD programs prior to ACA implementation.  Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

*Voelkner, A, *Brouard, C., & Morgen, K.  (2016, March).  Organizational structure in co-occurring SUD treatment facilities.  Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

*Denison-Vesel, K., *Brouard, C., & Morgen, K.  (2016, March).  Pregnant women and substance use disorder treatment: TEDS findings 2013.  Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

2015 Presentations

*Mortola, S. & Morgen, K. (2015, March). Veterans and non-veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in state prisons. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

2014 Presentations

*Denison-Vesel, K.M., & Morgen, K. (2014, March). In-prison
religious and mental health services access: Physical and mental health influences
. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

*O’Neill, S. & Morgen, K. (2014, March). Violent offense history and trauma in older offenders. Poster presented at the EasternPsychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

*Voelkner, A., & Morgen, K. (2014, March). Older adult offenders and mental well-being: Family issues. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

*Yeager, L., & Morgen, K. (2014, March). Coping resources in older adult offenders. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

2013 Presentations

*Brusberg, B., & Morgen, K. (2013, March). The SUD counseling relationship: The influence of mandated status. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

*O’Neill, S., *Bach, J., & Morgen, K. (2013, March). Auto-regressive nature of treatment engagement in SUD treatment: Exploratory analyses. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

*Yevchak, R., & Morgen, K. (2013, March). Reconsidering SUD outcome studies: Using treatment day 90 as the initial predictor. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

2012 Presentations

*Venezia, B. & Morgen, K. (2012, March). Substance use disorder, trauma history, and mental/physical health: An older offender analysis. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

*Endrikat, E. & Morgen, K. (2012, March). Older offenders and satisfaction with in-prison substance use disorders treatment. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

*Overland, B. & Morgen, K. (2012, March). The interface between substance use disorder and trauma within older offenders. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

*Perch, A. & Morgen, K. (2012, March). Prisoner self-report of physical and mental health quality. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

2011 Presentations

*Endrikat, E., *Venezia, B., & Morgen, K. (2011, March). The influence of co-occurring substance use disorder and PTSD on treatment satisfaction. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambidge, MA.

*Mullady, G. & Morgen, K. (2011, March). Children, gender, and TC treatment: Analysis between residential and outpatient modalities. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambidge, MA.

*Ziemba, A. & Morgen, K. (2011, March). Comparison of specific PTSD symptoms: A substance abuse treatment investigation. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambidge, MA.

*Hardcastle, J. & Morgen, K. (2011, March). Physical and mental health issues within co-occurring PTSD and SUD. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambidge, MA.

*McAllister, J. & Morgen, K. (2011, March). Tobacco dependence within residential substance abuse treatment clients. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Cambidge, MA.

2010 Presentations

*LaBrutto, J. & Morgen, K. (2010, March). The Brief Symptom Inventory: Reconsidering the norms for a substance abuse treatment population. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Brooklyn, NY.

*Gajary, M. & Morgen, K. (2010, March). The longitudinal relationship between drug craving, psychopathology, and gender. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Brooklyn, NY.

*Kimble, A. & Morgen, K. (2010, March). Comparing changes in drug craving over time between three different substances. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Brooklyn, NY.

*Mullady, G. & Morgen, K. (2010, March). Change in environmental cue-based drug craving: Comparing residential and outpatient clients. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Brooklyn, NY.

*Ziemba, A. & Morgen, K. (2010, March). A comparison of residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment clients. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Brooklyn, NY.

*Lass, A. & Morgen, K. (2010, March). Applicability of the Cocaine Craving Questionnaire to other substances. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Brooklyn, NY.

Publications

Maschi, T., Morgen, K., *Brouard, C., & *Smith, J.  (in-press).  Medical, mental health, and addiction care in the criminal justice system.  In J. Heyman & E. Congress (Eds.) Health care and social work:  Practice, policy and research. New York: Springer.

Morgen, K., *Denison-Vesel, K., *Voelkner, A., *Brouard, C., *Smith, J., & *Nowak, A. (in-press). Substance use and mental health disorders: Systems issues for those in jail, prison, and on parole. In T. Maschi & G. Leibowitz (Eds.), Forensic practice: Psychosocial and legal issues across diverse populations and settings (2nded.). New York: Springer.

Morgen, K., *Denison-Vesel, K., *Kobylarz, A., & *Voelkner, A. (2015). Prevalence of substance use disorder treatment facilities specializing in older adult and trauma care: N-SSATS data 2009 to 2011.  Traumatology, 21(3), 153-160.