Lucas Surrency

Lucas Surrency

Psychology

To say that Lucas has been involved in the department is an understatement. Throughout his time at Stetson, he was a research assistant in both Dr. Michael Eskenazi’s Reading Eye-Tracking and Individual Differences Lab and Dr. Sarah Garcia-Beaumier’s Clinical Neuropsychology Lab, while also serving as a teaching assistant for two courses, Psychopathology and Research Methods and Proposal. One professor noted that Lucas was “the best TA I have ever had.” Outside of the department, Lucas interned at the Florida OCD, Autism, and Anxiety Treatment (FLOAAT) Center in Gainesville, where he helped clinicians facilitate evidence-based treatment and assessments for patients. He is also a talented pianist with a minor in music.

For his senior research project, Lucas designed an innovative and ambitious project to examine the convergent and criterion validity of an instrument used in the field to evaluate the interpersonal dimensions of personality and psychopathology. Dr. Lindner and Lucas plan to continue collecting data next fall and prepare a manuscript for publication. He extends a thank you “to all my family, friends, and especially the numerous professors who have mentored and shaped me through this journey.”

His achievements as an undergraduate have earned him acceptance to several research-oriented master’s degree programs in psychology, including Fordham University. He is still deciding which one to accept. After earning his master’s degree, he plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.