Emily Cronk (she/her) is a senior Psychological Science major at Ball State University with minors in Interpersonal Relations, Psychology of Human Development, and Women’s & Gender Studies. She is also a member of the Clavia Chapter of Mortar Board Society at Ball State University, an honor society that recognizes achievement in leadership and service in senior undergraduates. This is her first semester working in the Personality and Psychopathology (P2) Lab and she is excited to be working on projects conducted in collaboration with Muncie’s Youth Opportunity Center. In addition to working with the P2 lab, Emily is in her second year working as a research assistant in Dr. Holtgraves’s Communication and Experimental Pragmatics Lab. In Dr. Holtgraves’s lab, she presented a study at the Ball State 2022 Student Symposium that used Twitter data to investigate how people react to miscommunication. Emily has previously been a teaching assistant for a Social Psychology class (PSYS 316) and is currently assisting Dr. James Rohrer in his Introduction to Psychological Science class (PSYS 100), where she is gaining experience in developing instructional materials and helping students that need additional academic support.

Emily also recently completed her sixth consecutive summer being an Information Technology (IT) intern for Anderson Community Schools where she managed and repaired corporation technology. This past work experience greatly assisted Emily in the Communication and Experimental Pragmatics lab where she used software such as RStudio and Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) to collect and analyze psychological data. She plans to incorporate this experience into her research interests of adolescent/adult psychology and ethical technology-delivered mental health treatment. After graduation, Emily hopes to use her experience and knowledge acquired being an IT intern, a teaching assistant, and her time in both the P2 lab and the Communication and Experimental Pragmatics lab to continue her education in a Clinical Psychology Master’s Program.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys playing video games (especially the Legend of Zelda series), making jewelry, creating art, reading webcomics, and spending time with friends and family.