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Jessica Murfin, MA

Jessica Murfin, MA

Instructor, Psychological Sciences, Behavioral Sciences Division

503-838-8374 | murfinj@wou.edu | Todd Hall 304

Education

M.A., Positive Organizational Psychology & Evaluation, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2016-2018

Graduate Certificate, Creativity & Change Leadership, Buffalo State College, State University of New York, Buffalo, 2017-2018

B.A. with Honors, Psychology, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR, 2015-2016

B.A. with Honors, Theatre & Dance, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2000-2004

Education in Progress

M.S. Creative Studies, Buffalo State College, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 2017-2019

Graduate Certificate, College Teaching, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2017-2019

 

 

Research Focus Areas

Positive psychology, positive organizational psychology, organizational behavior, leadership, creativity, organizational creativity, well-being

 

Professional Experience

 

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Instructor – General Psychology, Fall 2018

Designed and delivered course material for an undergraduate general psychology sequence with a focus on creativity, intelligence, personality, motivation, emotions, stress and coping, varieties of consciousness, psychological disorders and treatment, and social psychology.

 

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Teaching Assistant – Psychology of Creativity, Dr. David Foster, September 2015 – June 2016

Consulted on design of content and structure for newly offered undergraduate and graduate courses. Co-taught lectures and facilitated group project dynamics through class activities, team check-ins, and office hours.

 

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Teaching Assistant – Positive Psychology, Dr. Ethan McMahan, Winter 2016

Created and facilitated a full class-length lecture on Positive Organizational Psychology. Maintained office hours to assist students in deepening their knowledge of course material. Graded assignments and exams, recording sensitive information into a learning management system (Moodle).

 

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Teaching Assistant – Social Psychology, Dr. Jaime Cloud, Spring 2016

Led engaging and highly participatory review sessions to prepare students for exams. Provided thought-provoking feedback on assignments, challenging students to think critically about the subject matter.

 

Chapman University, Orange, CA

Teaching Assistant – Sociology, Dr. Bernard McGrane, January 2001 – December 2003

Conducted office hours, graded short reflection assignments, and helped students to improve the quality of their writing and deepen their understanding of course content.

 

 

Professional Memberships

Association for Talent Development, National Chapter

Association for Talent Development, Cascadia Chapter

Psi Chi, International Honors Society in Psychology

 

 

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Graduate, Western Oregon University Behavioral Sciences Division 2016

Sidney J. Parnes & Ruth B. Noller Creativity Award, Buffalo State College, International Center for Studies in Creativity, 2018

 

 

Current Research


Western Oregon University
, Monmouth, OR

Lab Director – Creativity Research Lab, under Dr. David Foster, September 2018-Present

Lab Director – Group Decision Making Lab, under Dr. David Foster, September 2018-Present

Oversee research assistants conducting multiple research projects, as well as conducting continued research on a Creative Behavior Scale validation project. Point of contact for questions, best practices, and daily operation duties and concerns. Support student development regarding presentations, academic conference attendance, research experience, and other pertinent opportunities.

 

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Research Assistant – Creativity Lab, Dr. David Foster, June 2015 – Present

Actively participating in research projects focused on further investigating the field of creativity as it pertains to team dynamics, leadership, and creative process behaviors. Presented findings of various research projects at the inaugural Southern Oregon University Creativity Conference in 2018, as well as the Oregon Academy of Sciences, Western Psychological Association, Western Oregon University’s Academic Excellence Showcase, and Western Oregon University’s Focus on Leadership conferences in 2016.

 

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Research Assistant – Positive Psychology Lab, Dr. Ethan McMahan, September 2015 – June 2016

Selected to co-lead a year-long research project exploring the effects of virtual reality on psychological functioning and well-being. Actively recruited student participants from undergraduate psychology courses. Maintained a Qualtrics database of survey respondents as part of the pre-test portion of the study. Consistently maintained and updated a confidential scheduling system to facilitate subject lab participation. Co-presented research findings at Oregon Academy of Sciences, Western Psychological Association, and Western Oregon University’s Academic Excellence Showcase conferences.

 

 

Recent Publications/Presentations

 

McMahan, E. A., Estes, D., Murfin, J. S., & Bryan, C. (2018). Nature connectedness moderates the effect of nature exposure on explicit and implicit measures of emotion. Journal of Positive Psychology and Well-Being, 1-21

 

Murfin, J. S. (2017, March). Creative self-efficacy: Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. Talent Science Lab, Claremont Graduate University. Access: http://talentscience.org/blog/2017/3/7/creative-self-efficacy?rq=Jessica%20Murfin

 

Presentations

 

Foster, D. A., Murfin, J. S., Savicki, V. (2018, August). A self-report measure of creative process behaviors. Poster presented at the inaugural Southern Oregon University Creativity Conference, Ashland, Oregon.

Murfin, J. S., & Foster, D. A. (2016, May). Talk this way: Group language usage as an indicator of group creativity. Presentation at the Western Oregon University Academic Excellence Showcase, Monmouth, Oregon.

Murfin, J. S., & Bryan, C. (2016, May). Effects of immersive natural environmental simulations on affect and meaning. Poster presented at the Western Oregon University Academic Excellence Showcase, Monmouth, Oregon.

Murfin, J. S., Foster, D. A., & Savicki, V. (2016, April). The language of creativity. Poster presented at the Ninety-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, California.

Murfin, J. S., Bryan, C., & McMahan, E. A. (2016, April). Effects of immersive natural environmental simulations on affect and meaning. Poster presented at the Ninety-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, California.

Murfin, J. S., & Foster, D. A. (2016, April). Leading for creativity and innovation. Presentation at the Western Oregon University Focus on Leadership Conference, Monmouth, Oregon.

Murfin, J. S., Foster, D. A., & Savicki, V. (2016, February). Creatively speaking: Language usage patterns associated with creative behaviors. Presented at the proceedings of the Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Oregon Academy of Science, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Bryan, C., Murfin, J. S., & McMahan, E. A. (2016, February). Effects of immersive nature simulations on affective well-being. Presented at the proceedings of the Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Oregon Academy of Science, Forest Grove, Oregon.