Dr. Laura Stull, assistant professor of psychology at Anderson University, conducted research in the field of stigma and severe mental illness for her dissertation. An article based on her research, "Implicit and Explicit Stigma of Mental Illness: Attitudes in an evidence-based practice," has been accepted by The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
"This article is on a topic that I’m very passionate about. I am very proud of it," said Stull, a 2006 graduate of Anderson University. This is Stull's ninth publication, with two others scheduled for publication this year in different journals.
Not only does Stull have a passion for research, but also for her students. "It is becoming increasingly important for students going to grad school to have research experience," said Stull. "I value research and encourage students in their own research."
Her article has set an example for her students. "It shows us that, with enough hard work and persistence, we can get published, and it also proves that researchers are actual people that we interact with and not just some name in a journal," said psychology major Haley Beer.
According to Beer, Stull's classes provide a fun and interesting learning environment. "Dr. Stull is a very kind and driven teacher. She explains concepts very clearly and in different ways until we understand it. She wants us to really learn and not just to memorize for a test," said Beer.
Beer said Stull's expertise in her field is reinforced by her care for students. "Being a student in the psychology department is such a blessing," said Beer. "Dr. Stull genuinely cares about us as individuals and wants to do whatever she can to help us accomplish our goals, both vocationally and in life."
Dr. Wayne Priest, professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology, also notices Stull's passion for research and teaching. "We in the psychology department are very happy to have Dr. Stull as a colleague. She is bright, motivated, and highly capable in all aspects of her job," said Priest. "Interpersonally, she is assertive, positive, and a joy to be around. We consider ourselves lucky to have such a fine colleague."
Although Stull plans to write more journal pieces in the future, she is not afraid to pause and celebrate her most recent publication. "I began working on this article four years ago for my dissertation," said Stull. "The hope was always that I could publish something from my dissertation, and now that has happened."
— Tiffany Vega is a 2013 graduate of Anderson University, majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Vega is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.