May 5, 2023

Prechter Program Research Assistant Receives University of Michigan Psychology Research Award

Victoria Murphy, Prechter Program and EmoTe Lab Research Assistant was awarded the Louis Bernstein Psychology Research Award to support her honor’s thesis.

Victoria Murphy

Victoria Murphy, an undergraduate research assistant, was recently awarded the University of Michigan Louis Bernstein Psychology Research Award to support her honor’s thesis, “The effect of sleep and circadian dysfunction on emotion-based impulsivity in bipolar disorder.”

Victoria joined the EmoTe Lab and Prechter Program as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program in 2021 under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Sperry. Her work in the lab has focused on sleep and circadian dysfunction in bipolar disorder, having contributed to the Sleep Across the Seasons Study and BRSCr projects on chronotype variability. Last fall she won the University of Michigan Library Undergraduate Mini-Grant to collect data on an online research platform, Prolific, to examine relationships between sleep, chronotype, and emotion regulation. She will expand upon this work and collect passive sleep and activity data to examine both trait and state relationships between sleep, chronotype, and emotion-based impulsivity in bipolar disorder as part of her honor’s thesis.

Read more about the 2023 Department of Psychology Undergraduate Award Winners here.