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Elizabeth Davila

Attending: Texas Tech University, Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies

Acknowledgement to Mentor: I want to thank my mentor, Dr. Mahlon Dalley, for helping me get to where I am today. Before I became a McNair scholar, he had invited me to work with him in his research lab to gain research experience. Thanks to him I went to my first conference to present research we had been working on all quarter. Also, with his help I was able to become a McNair scholar and conduct research in the summer. He was very busy in the summer, but he made time to meet with me and help me out in my research project. I want to thank him for always making time to meet with me and mentoring me throughout these past two years.



Elizabeth Davila was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Kent, Washington. She graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in 2008. Elizabeth is a first-generation college student and is priveleged to be an Achievers Scholar as well as a McNair Scholar. She is majoring in Psychology, with a triple minor in Criminal Justice, Sociology and Spanish. Elizabeth has been on the Dean's List for six quarters, and was working with faculty research mentor, Dr. Dalley, as part of his research team.

Elizabeth's long-term goal after earning a Ph.D. is to work in a prison, hospital or university. Someday she hopes to also have her own private practice, conduct research and raise a family.



Dr. Mahlon Dalley, Professor, Department of Psychology, EWU


TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________

Views of Torture: Military vs. Non-Military (2012)

This research analyzes the views of torture of participants in a survey. Students were asked to take the Personal and Institutional Rights to Aggression and Peace Survey (PAIRTAPS). The sample size included 278 students from Eastern Washington University. A specific category I am focusing on is whether the participants of the survey had family in the military or not. I also examined the ratio between males and females with or without family in the military. This sample size consists of 180 females and 95 males with a ratio of 66:34. The ratio between females and males is more favorable towards females. I focused on four specific questions in the survey. For example, the students were asked to define torture. Definitions were coded into three different groups, the first group being physical torture, the second psychological/ emotional torture and the third being defined as both. This will help me run a quantitative analysis to find correlations between the groups being tested.  I expected the participants without family in the military will be more sensitive to torture as compared to the people with family in the military. I feel the military desensitizes its troops to not feel pain for others or themselves. People that have military training may come back to their families and share their views, in a way desensitizing their family as well.  I also expect to find women more sensitive to the idea of torture than men. Women are more nurturing and caring by nature and so more sensitive to torture. My ultimate goal is to prove how the military affects not only the men and women that participate in war but how their families are affected as well. 


Conference Presentations:_________________________________________________________________

Views of Torture between People with and without Family in the Military,

  • 16th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium (2013)
  • 21st Annual National Ronald E. McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair. Lake Geneva, Wis. (2012)

Attitudes of Peace and Reconciliation from Botswana and U.S. students,

  • Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Convention. Reno, Nev. (2012)

Views of Torture: Military vs. Non-Military,

  • 1st Annual National Ronald E. McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair (2012)


Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________

  • Dean's List, Students achieve honor roll if they maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and complete at least 12 credits each quarter (Fall 2012, Winter 2013)
  • College Success Foundation Scholar
  • Ronald E. McNair PostBaccalaureate Achievement Program, Federally-funded research-oriented undergraduate program with the goal of increasing the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society (2012)


Graduate School Acceptances:______________________________________________________________

Texas Tech University, Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies

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