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(Main image: Dr. Holly Chalk (center) and her students at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting in Boston on March 15-16, 2014.)

Dr. Holly Chalk

Dr. Holly Chalk (center) and her students at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting in Boston on March 15-16, 2014.

Research Interests

I am a counseling psychologist, and my research interests focus broadly on adjustment to major life transitions and the effect those transitions have on mental health outcomes. In recent years, students in my research lab have explored a variety of questions about how undergraduate students adjust to college. Previous projects have examined relationships between body image, alcohol use, and exercise. Other students have studied predictors of college adjustment in first-generation college students, inquiring how academic motivation and family income predict success in college.

Every year, my research students collaborate with me to devise a project within my broad areas of interest. Please contact me if you're interested in participating in my lab.

Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Writing in Psychology
  • Capstone: Inside Mental Illness

I teach a variety of courses in the areas of clinical and counseling psychology. Abnormal Psychology addresses symptoms, diagnosis, theories, and treatments of psychological disorders in adults. Counseling Psychology provides an in-depth analysis of counseling theories and their application to clinical cases. Writing in Psychology prepares students to write in the various forms required in the field of psychology; including abstracts, posters, presentations, and literature reviews. My capstone course, Inside Mental Illness, examines the relationship between first-hand accounts of mental illness and the psychological literature on symptoms, theories, and treatment of psychopathology.

Recent Presentations

* denotes McDaniel student author

  • *Deegan, M., Beck, K., & Chalk, H. M. (2014). First in the family: Effects of academic motivation in first generation college students. Poster presented at the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Meeting.
  • *Shreeves, A., *McCabe, K., & Chalk, H. M. (2014). Price of success: Differential predictors of college adjustment based on family income. Poster presented at the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Meeting.
  • Sanders, E.K., & Chalk, H. M. (2014). Predictors of psychological outcomes in sexual minorities. Poster Presented at the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Meeting.
  • Chalk, H. M. (2013). Expanding learning beyond the classroom: Academic and social benefits of service learning. Paper presented at the 2013 Eastern Psychological Association Meeting.
  • *Miley, B., *Hubble, L., *Mason, W., & Chalk, H. M. (2013). Fitting the mold: Alcohol use and body image disturbance in Greek and athletics affiliated undergraduates. Poster presented at the 2013 Eastern Psychological Association Convention.
  • *Schultheis, K., *Hagelgans, P., & Chalk, H. M. (2013). Interaction of body image and alcohol use as predictors of obligatory exercise in undergraduates. Poster presented at the 2013 Eastern Psychological Association Convention.
  • Chalk, H. M. (2011). Psychology Writing Fellows: Benefits of Peer Support for Undergraduate Writing in Psychology. Paper presented at the Thirteenth Annual Mid-Atlantic Teaching of Psychology Conference. 
  • *Schultheis, K., *Roach, M., *Miller, S., & Chalk, H. M. (2010). Body image and alcohol use as predictors of obligatory exercise in undergraduates. Poster presented at the 2010 Eastern Psychological Association Convention.
  • Chalk, H. M. (2009). Personality as a protective factor for multiple sclerosis caregivers and patients. Poster presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.
  • *Maloney, K. M., & Chalk, H. M. (2009). College students' willingness to seek help: Social support, perceived public stigma, and the mediating role of personal attitudes toward counseling. Poster presentation at the 2009 Eastern Psychological Association Convention.
  • Chalk, H. M., *Grove, B., *Hild, L., & *Morley, C. (2009). Easing the transition: Protective effects of self esteem and group cohesion on psychological adjustment to college.
  • Bailey, T., Taylor, A., Chalk, H., Peck, A., & Bramante, A. (2009). Introductory psychology courses: Gateway, survey, or both? Panel presentation at the 2009 Eastern Psychological Association Convention.
  • *Eyler, B., & Chalk, H. M. (2008). The effects of trust and comfort on self-disclosure and client satisfaction. Poster presentation at the 22nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research.   
  • *Gaskins, E., & Chalk, H. M. (2008). College counseling center outcomes research. Poster presentation at the 22nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Publications

* denotes McDaniel student author

  • Chalk, H. M., *Miller, S. E., *Roach, M. E., *Schultheis, K. S. (2013). Predictors of obligatory exercise among undergraduates: Differential implications for counseling college men and women. Journal of College Counseling, 16(2).
  • *Eyler, B. R., *Gaskins, E. M., & Chalk, H. M. (2009). Effects of presenting concern and therapeutic relationship on college counseling outcomes. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.
  • Chalk, H. M. (2007). Mind over matter: Cognitive-behavioral determinants of emotional distress in multiple sclerosis patients. Psychology, Health, & Medicine, 12, 556-566.
  • Dagenbach, D., Carr, T.H., Menzer, D., Chalk, H.M., Duquette, P.J., Rupard, M., & Hurley, R.S.E. (2007). Adventures in inhibition: Plausibly, but not certifiably, inhibitory processes. In C.M. MacLeod and D.S. Gorfein (Eds.) The Place of Inhibition in Cognition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.