The following were conducted by doctoral students from St. John’s University, supervised by:
Dr. Mark Terjesen, Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University:
- American Psychological Association Fellow (Divisions 1, 2, 16, 52)
- Past President (2015), Division of International Psychology (Division 52), American Psychological Association
- Treasurer (2014-2016), School Psychology Division (Division 16), American Psychological Association
Integrating Technology to Treat Anxiety among Youth
By Mayra Reyes & Michelle Thirkield (doctoral students from St. John’s University)
- The OST program was delivered over an 8-week period for 45-minute sessions
- There were 8 participants who received all 8 weeks of the OST program.
- A repeated-measures t test was conducted to determine whether participation in the intervention decreased total self-reported anxiety scores from pre-intervention (M = 58.50; SD = 8.7) to post-intervention (M = 53.38; SD = 8.035). Results indicated a nonsignificant decrease in self-reported total anxiety scores, t(7) = 1.786, p = .117. However, several significant decreases were indicated for the following subscales: separation anxiety/phobia, t(7) = 3.374, p = .012; social anxiety, t(7) = 2.597, p = .036; humiliation/rejection, t(7) = 3.087, p = .018; physical symptoms, t(7) = 2.906, p = .023, and tense/restlessness, t(7) = 4.468, p =.003.
- A repeated-measures t test was conducted to determine whether child participation in the intervention decreased total anxiety scores on parent report from pre-intervention (M = 68.71; SD = 8.597) to post-intervention (M=55.71; SD = 10.981). Results indicated a significant difference in total anxiety scores following participation in the intervention, t(6) = 3.036, p = .023. Significant decreases were indicated for the following subscales: parent reported separation and phobias, t(6) = 9.413, p = .000, and Generalized Anxiety, t(6) = 3.278, p = .017
An evaluation of the On Second Thought: From Iffy to Witty Thoughts (OST)) delivered via SMART technology for students experiencing anger-related difficulties
Delivered by: Vanessa Rumie and Aimee Baez (doctoral students from St. John’s University)
- Number of weeks: 8
- Sample size: N = 4
- Demographics: 50% male, 50% female
- Mean age: 9.25
- Anger was measured by the Anger Regulation and Expression Scales(ARES) self-report total scores
- A repeated-measures t-test was conducted to determine whether the OST intervention significantly decreased participants total anger prior to the program (M = 46.00; SD = 8.83) to 8 weeks after the program had ended (M = 31.25; SD = 3.50).
- Results indicated a statistically significant reduction in total anger after the program had ended, t (3) = 4.005, p < .028 (2-tailed).
- There was a 32% drop in anger pre to post
- There was a 20% reduction in anger pre to follow up
- Participants 1, 2, and 3 all showed a statistically significant change from pre to post-treatment on the ARES self-report total score; and all 4 participants demonstrated a statistically significant change from pre to follow up, and post to follow up treatment on the ARES self-report total score.