Department of Psychology

Research Interests

The SoTLP Lab

Research in the Lab for SoTL in Psychology involves issues of psychology pedagogy (broadly defined), but also involves varied projects surrounding cultural diversity (broadly defined) as well as psychotherapy process and outcome.

Recent publications out of the lab:

Kaiser, D. J., & Prieto, L. (under review for publication). Trainee estimates of working alliance with high and low social class clients.

Florer, K. J., & Prieto, L. (under review for publication). College students' likelihood of 'no-showing' for a counseling appointment.

Prieto, L. (under review for publication). Psychology doctoral trainees’ attitudes toward male rape victims.

Prieto, L. (under review for publication). Psychology instructor concerns about teaching culturally diverse students.

Prieto, L., & Florer, K. J. (under review for publication). College professors' concerns about teaching culturally diverse students.

Prieto, L. R. (2011). Engaging students: Issues of cultural privilege. In R. Miller & B. Rycek (Eds). Promoting Student Engagement, Vol. #1 (pp. 230-237). Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Publisher.

Bernstein, D., Addison, W., Altman, C., Hollister, D., Meera K., Prieto, L. R., Rocheleau, C. A., & Shore, C. (2010). Toward a scientist-educator model of teaching psychology. In D. Halpern (Ed.), Undergraduate education in psychology: A blueprint for the future of the discipline. (pp. 29-45). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.

Prieto, L. R., Whittlesey, V., Herbert, D., Ocampo, C., Schomburg, A., & So, D. (2009). Dealing with diversity issues in the classroom: A survey of the STP membership. Teaching of Psychology, 36, 77-83.

Buskist, W., Carlson, J., Christopher, A., Prieto, L. R., & Smith, R. (2008). Models and exemplars of scholarship in the teaching of psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 35, 267-277.

Prieto, L. R., & Scheel, K. R. (2008). Teaching assistant training in counseling psychology. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 21, 49-59.

Recent posters & presentations out of the lab:

Rivas, J., & Prieto, L. (2016, September). Belongingness, Intellectual Safety, and Academic Persistence Among Latino/a College Students. Poster presented at the Bi-Annual Convention of the National Latina/o Psychological Association, Orlando, Florida.

Prieto, L. R. (2015, October). Psychology Trainees' Attitudes Toward Male Rape Victims’. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Prieto, L. R. (2015, August). Initial validation of the 'Concerns About Teaching Culturally Diverse Students Inventory’. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Prieto, L. (2015, May). SoTL in psychology: What can we learn from the history of research on psychotherapy? Paper delivered at the Teaching Institute of the American Psychological Society. New York, NY.

Prieto, L. R., Buduris, A. & Rivas, J. (2015, April). Undocumented Latino/a 'Dreamers' in the US and higher education. Presentation delivered at the Annual Iowa State University Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Ames, IA.

Kaiser, D.J., Stogdill, C., Prieto, L.R., (2014, March). The influence of socio-economic status on the educational experiences of racially diverse persons. Symposium presented at the 2014 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Ames, IA.

Current doctoral student thesis & dissertation projects:

Engel, K. (in development). The moderating role of acculturation and enculturation on the relation between Latino/a students' sense of belongingness, burdensomness and suicidal behavior.

Burke, K. (in development). Psychology students' self-efficacy for statistics as a moderator of the relation between past performance experiences and their perceived ability to utilize research and statistical skills in a professional job role.

Florer, K. (2016; Dissertation proposal). Intent to engage in therapeutic lifestyle changes: Impact of an intervention, self-efficacy, and locus of control.

Buduris, A. 2016; (Thesis in data collection phase). The moderating effect of relationship contingent self esteem on the relation between attachment style and threat of relationship dissolution.

Rivas, J. (2016 Thesis defended). Intellectual safety as a moderator of the relation between Latino/a college students' sense of belongingness on campus and academic persistence.

Kaiser, D. 2016; Thesis defended). The moderating effect of perceived therapist-client social class similarity on therapist social class bias and estimated ability to form rapport in psychotherapy.

Florer, K. (2015; Thesis defended). Self-efficacy for therapy tasks as a mediator of mental health stigma and clients’ intent to “no-show” for a mental health counseling appointment.

Additional research projects in the lab:

Hassebroek, M., Florer, K. J., & Prieto, L. (data collection). Student attitudes toward ETOH intake while taking prescription antibiotics.

Heath, P., & Prieto, L. (data collection). Latino masculinity, relationship investment, and help-seeking behavior.

Buduris, A., Burke, K., Engel, K., Florer, K., Kaiser, D., Rivas, J., & Prieto, L. (in development). Attitudes and experiences of higher education faculty concerning student-perpetrated violence against the professoriate.

Siegel, Z., & Prieto, L., Kaiser, D., & Engel, K. (in development). One fish, two fish... is that a red or blue fish?.