Past Directors of Undergraduate Research

2016-17 — Victoria Beach

Announcement: August 22, 2016

Thesis-2016_Victoria-BeachVictoria Beach, B.A. Psychology (magna cum laude), has been appointed Director of Undergraduate Research at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics for the 2016-17 academic year.

Victoria is a 2016 graduate of the College of St. Benedict. Her duties during the fall semester include training students in an undergraduate Personality Psychology course in data collection procedures and coordinating group research projects on the personalities of Democratic and Republican vice-presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. In spring 2017 she will be managing a research project on the psychology of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Victoria works part-time as a Mental Health Associate at St. Cloud Hospital prior to starting graduate school in fall 2017.

Update: Effective fall 2017, Victoria has been admitted to the APA-accredited Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.


2017-18 — Meghan Keaveny assisted by Katlin Rice

Announcement: August 28, 2017

USPP_Meghan-KeavenyCollege of St. Benedict senior psychology major Meghan Keaveny has been appointed Director of Undergraduate Research at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics for the 2017-18 academic year.

Her duties include training students in undergraduate Personality Psychology courses in data collection procedures and coordinating group research projects on the personalities of U.S. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un.

Meghan works part-time as an administrative assistant at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. During the 2016-17 academic year, she served as a research assistant for Dr. Ben Faber and Dr. Jan Holtz. In summer 2017, Meghan interned at CORE Professional Services in Sartell, MN, where she assisted with psychosexual assessments, personality testing, and risk assessments; conducted progress notes for individual and couples therapy; assisted clients in individual sessions with assignments provided by therapists; and taught the Healthy Relationships / Sexuality Education curriculum. She also worked part-time as a summer research fellow at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.

March 28, 2018 update: Effective fall 2018, Meghan has been admitted to the APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, with anticipated graduation in 2024.

Announcement: February 2, 2018

Katlin-Rice

College of St. Benedict psychology graduate Katlin Rice has been appointed Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics for the spring 2018 academic semester prior to commencing her graduate study in clinical psychology.

Her role will be to assist the director in data collection procedures and undergraduate group research projects on the personalities of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.

Katlin participated in data collection for studies of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in fall 2017. She currently serves as an intern at the Catholic Charities Hope Community Support Program of the Diocese of St. Cloud, an adult mental health rehabilitation service, while concurrently assisting Dr. Ben Faber in his research lab.