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Psychology Announces Outstanding Thesis Award

Psychology master's graduate Aidan Flynn '20 MS

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences honored master's graduate Aidan Flynn '20 MS with its Ingeborg and Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award for his work, "Using Semantic Network Structure to Understand Repetitive Negative Thinking", under the direction of Irene Kan, PhD.

"Aidan designed and executed a study that investigated the underlying memory processes that may contribute to repetitive negative thinking, which refers to the perseverative, unproductive pattern of thought that is commonly observed in individuals with depression and anxiety. His findings provide new insight into the relationship between thought processes and psychological disorders and has important implications for their assessment and treatment," said Dr. Kan.

This award recognizes an outstanding thesis project by a graduating master of science student each year. Flynn is currently a research technician with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.