SJC Students Receive Student Research Award

August 14, 2013

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. AUGUST 15, 2013 St. Josephs College (SJC) is pleased to announce that its undergraduate psychology students, Kelly Laliberty 14 and Nina Franza 14, were selected as recipients of this years Division 36 Student Research Award, presented by the American Psychological Association.

Division 36, Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, is a Division of the American Psychological Association. Ms. Laliberty and Ms. Franza were awarded $700 for their research project, "Loving vs. Punitive God: Empathetic Reactions to Others.  Division 36 awards six research awards per year to support and stimulate research by graduate and undergraduate students on the psychology of religion and spirituality.

"I am very excited for Kelly and Nina to have received this research award, said Dominique Treboux, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at SJC. "This award is usually given to graduate students, however, Kelly and Nina are underclassmen and I think that this award speaks to their intellectual abilities and the unique opportunities SJC offers to its students. I am looking forward to working with these very talented students in the upcoming year.

In addition, Ms. Franza traveled to Oxford, England this summer with SJCs Psychology, Religion and the Quest for Meaning study abroad program, led by Christopher Frost, Ph.D., academic dean of the Long Island Campus.

The intensive three-week study in residence at Oxford University offered courses that were connected, integrated, experiential, and team-taught, and involved students and faculty from three different university honors programs.

For more information about the psychology program at SJC, call Susan Belonzi at 631.687.4576 or visit