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Eye on Psi Chi: Summer 2018

Diversity Article Winners
Share Their Passion

Magdalyn Fiore, John Hopkins University (MD)
Carolyne Merwin, Immaculata University (PA)
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Every year, Psi Chi recognizes two individuals for publishing the best diversity-related article in Eye on Psi Chi magazine and Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Today, please congratulate the 2017 recipients, each of whom received $600 for their hard work!
Learn more about Psi Chi Diversity Article Awards at (and consider submitting your own diversity-related articles this year!)
Magdalyn Fiore, John Hopkins University (MD)
(formerly Mount St. Mary's University)
What Is Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Why Does It Matter?
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Our variability and uniqueness add an abundance of color and vibrancy to the world. Everyone has their own gifts, challenges, and quirks, and sharing our stories helps create connection and togetherness, even among strangers. Empathy is a natural human tendency that calls us to reach out—to know and understand one another—which is the reason diversity is something to be celebrated. Diversity is about sharing a variety of perspectives to grow in unity and solve problems creatively, and living with disability has taught me to do just that.
In discussing the symptoms, causes, and challenges of my disease through my article on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), I hope to welcome readers into my experience to form stronger community and connection between people with SMA and people unfamiliar with the disease. In a world where our natural “us vs. them” mentality is rampant, efforts toward unity are more important than ever.
Variety and diversity are not meant to draw lines between communities or place individuals into neatly labeled boxes; diversity is meant to bring people together—to help us grow in understanding and problem-solving, which erase divisions between us.
Carolyne Merwin, Immaculata University (PA)
(formerly Salisbury University)
Coauthor: Suzanne L. Osman, PhD
Rape Acknowledgement Status and Recency Since Rape as Correlates of College Women’s Body Shame
Article available at
In our article, Dr. Suzanne Osman and I examined the influence of rape acknowledgment status and recency since rape on body shame in a sample of female rape victims. These are important diversity topics to study given that gender equality does not exist regarding these issues. Women live in a world in which they are more likely than men to be sexually objectified, assaulted, and raped. As a result, women experience more negative rape-related outcomes including body shame and other problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, disordered eating).
Being at higher risk for these experiences, women are also more likely than men to live in fear of rape. Researchers have suggested that many societies embrace cultural norms that trivialize rape. This may contribute to greater prevalence rates and negative impacts, and explanations for why many victims don’t acknowledge their experience as rape.
It is important to highlight these women’s issues by researching and educating about rape so that society can work toward changing these norms. The hope is that all individuals, regardless of their gender, can live feeling safe and free from the fear and experience of rape and sexual assault.

Magdalyn “Maggie” Fiore is the former vice-president of the Mount St. Mary’s University Psi Chi Chapter in Emmitsburg, MD. After earning a bachelor of science in psychology, Maggie is now pursuing her master of arts in science writing at Johns Hopkins University, striving to share the joy of psychology with others through her writing. Maggie is delighted to receive the Psi Chi Diversity Article Award and dedicates the honor to the Mount St. Mary’s Psychology Department and Psi Chi Chapter.

Carolyne Merwin is originally from Washington D.C. and currently resides in West Chester, PA. She graduated from Salisbury University in May 2017 with a BA in psychology and served as the commencement speaker for the Salisbury University Commencement Ceremony. She is currently enrolled in the PsyD program at Immaculata University (PA). She also works as a therapeutic support staff worker with children with cognitive disabilities. Over the course of her academic career, she has presented at several professional conferences including the Eastern Psychological Association Convention in 2016 and 2017, and the Salisbury University Student Research Conference in 2016 and 2017.



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