Research

RESEARCH

Research Philosophy

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An important aspect of my research is that I strongly believe that open science is the way to create a more equitable research community. All deidentified data, syntax/code, and output files for my first-authored projects are available upon request.


All of my first-authored projects are currently in the process of being 

added to the Open Science Framework; the goal is to complete this in 2024.


Research Statement

Wick_Research.pdf

Current Projects

Redefining Wellbeing for Emerging Adults

DISSERTATION  |  Currently in data collection


Development of a new measure for a more comprehensive and holistic understanding of the wellbeing. Exploring the factor structure of multidimensional wellbeing construct, with the goal of developing a new measure that incorporates the unique challenges of the emerging adulthood developmental period.


Materials available via OSF: https://osf.io/rbnpq/  

Belonging Project

MASTER'S THESIS  |  Currently preparing manuscript for publication


Three-sample replication study spanning four years of data collection in two distinct geographical areas of the United States that explores the unique impact of faculty support on university student feelings of belonging and self-efficacy. Exploratory analysis includes the saliency of this effect for students of color.


All materials available upon request; coming to OSF in 2024.

Coping Strategies Through Global Crisis

Currently preparing manuscript for publication


Evaluating university student experiences over the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizes both survey data and personal narratives to explore the different strategies students deployed to cope.


All materials available upon request; coming to OSF in 2024.

Past Projects

APA 2023 (Washington, D.C.)

August 3-5, 2023


Please click here to find the supplemental materials for my two first-authored posters presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. 

Applied Experience

2023 - Present

NEAR Center Statistics and Methodology Consultant

University of Nebraska-Lincoln   |   Lincoln, Nebraska

Advisor: Jim A. Bovaird, Ph.D.   |   Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR) Center

2019 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Nebraska-Lincoln   |   Lincoln, Nebraska

Advisor: Caron A.C. Clark, Ph.D.   |   Brain, Learning, and Behavior Lab

2019 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Nebraska-Lincoln   |   Lincoln, Nebraska

Advisor: Susan M. Swearer, Ph.D., L.P.   |   Nebraska Bullying Prevention & Intervention Lab

2018 - 2019

Undergraduate Research Assistant

California State University, Sacramento   |   Sacramento, California

Advisor: Alexandra B. Morrison, Ph.D.   |   Attention and Memory Lab

Applied Research

21 units of graduate-level applied research courses & doctoral seminars

9 units of undergraduate-level applied research

Relevant Coursework

At the Graduate Level:

Upper-Level Seminars in: Multilevel Models, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Qualitative Research, & Mixed Methods Research


Graduate-Level Courses in: Intermediate Statistics (Experimental Methods/ANOVA), Intermediate Statistics (Correlational Methods), Introduction to Educational Measurement, & Qualitative Approaches in Educational Research


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At the Undergraduate Level:

Upper-Level Course in: Advanced Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research


Courses in: Methods of Psychology, Statistics for Psychology, & Methods and Statistics in Psychological Research

Publications

Manuscripts

2024

[in prep]

Wick, K.M. [in prep]. Development of a multidimensional measure of wellbeing for emerging adults. [Dissertation work in progress; Preregistration can be found here: https://osf.io/rbnpq/]

[in prep]

Wick, K.M., Carney, C., Caddell, K., & Clark, C.A.C. [in preparation for 2024 review]. Coping in a time of global crisis: Exploring student narratives during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

[in prep]

Wick, K.M., Bovaird, J., & Clark, C.A.C. [in preparation for 2024 review]. Embracing connection: A mechanism to elevate self-efficacy among traditionally marginalized students. 

[in prep]

Wick, K.M., & Clark, C.A.C. [in preparation for 2024 review]. The importance of faculty mentors: Examining their role in student belonging across 3 samples.

2020

Wick, K.M. (2020). The role of faculty in fostering psychosocial wellbeing among university students. [Unpublished thesis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln], UNL Digital Commons, https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cehsdiss/387/ 

Invited Presentations

2023

Wick, K.M., & Clark, C.A.C. (2023). Student belonging in the era of COVID-19 and the impact of participation in student organizations. Invited presentation for Dr. Laurie Bellows, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, as well as 30 members of the Student Affairs executive team. Additional statistical analysis and results included for this longer presentation. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.

2022

Wick, K.M., & Clark, C.A.C. (2022). Student belonging in the era of COVID-19. Invited presentation for Dr. Laurie Bellows, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2020

Solesbee, C., & Wick, K. M. (2020). The importance of resilience in graduate school. Invited presentation for engineering undergraduates at University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Conference Proceedings

2023

Wick, K.M., Carney, C., Alcaraz-Bigelow, J., Caddell, K., & Clark, C.A.C. (2023). Coping in a time of global crisis: Exploring student narratives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C. 

Wick, K.M., Carney, C., Alcaraz-Bigelow, J., Caddell, K., & Clark, C.A.C. (2023). Coping in a time of global crisis: Exploring student narratives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C. 

Wick, K.M., & Clark, C.A.C. (2023). Resilience in a global pandemic: Exploring students’ coping strategies during COVID-19. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, San Diego, CA.

2021

Wick, K.M., Caddell, K., Coore, J.A., Morris, T.I., Swearer, S.M., & Clark, C.A.C. (2021). Wellbeing in the time of coronavirus: A thematic analysis. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Wick, K.M., Kesselring, S.A., Torres, C.A., Clark, A.C., Ph.D., & Swearer, S.M. (2021) Psychosocial wellbeing for students of color: The role of faculty. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

2020

Wick, K.M., Ramm, E., Stevenson, T., Kesselring, S., Swanson, L., Swearer, S., & Clark, C. (2020). The role of faculty in students’ wellbeing in higher education. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Wick, K. M., Stevenson, T.L., Ramm, E., Meyers, L. S., Swearer, S., & Clark, C. (2020). Fostering connection: Predicting sense of belonging on college campuses. Poster presented at the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Diego, CA.

Ee, B., Jack, C., Waite, D., Wick, K.M., Caddell, K., Coore, J., Clark, C.A.C. (2020). Relation of heart rate variability to self-regulation in young children. Poster presented at the Great Plain Psychology Conference, St. Joseph, Missouri.

2019

Wick, K. M., Stevenson, T.L., Ramm, E., & Meyers, L. S. (2019). Building connection: Predicting sense of belonging from resilience with self-efficacy and subjective happiness as mediators. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA. 

Vallejo, E. A., Wick, K. M., Thornton, S. R., & Morrison, A.B. (2019). Helpful or harmful?: The influence of music on attention & mind-wandering. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.

Hirota, C., Datko, K., Thornton, S. R., Vallejo, E. A., Wick, K. M., Morrison, A.B., & McTernan, M. (2019). Creating reproducible research with R and RMarkdown: A data pipeline project using data from a cognitive task. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.

Vallejo, E. A., Wick, K. M., Thornton, S. R., Schreib, F., Garrett, K., & Morrison, A.B. (2019). Helpful or harmful?: The influence of music on attention & mind-wandering. Poster presented at Sacramento Valley Psychological Association Conference, Sacramento, CA

2018

Vallejo, E. A., Wick, K. M., Thornton, S. R., Schreib, F., Garrett, K., & Morrison, A.B. (2018). Helpful or harmful?: The influence of music on attention & mind-wandering. Poster presented at Psychology Department’s Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Future Research


I am a passionate teacher and mentor, and hope to share my love of mixed methodology and equity-centered research with my students and future lab members. 


A crucial component of my research is to analyze with diversity and equity woven into all steps of the process. Understanding how our multiple identities shape who we are is paramount; we cannot just choose one aspect of ourselves to explain our experiences, but instead use a holistic, 'whole person', comprehensive approach.