Matthew R. Jamnik | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Matthew R. Jamnik

Doctoral Student, Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Matthew R. Jamnik


Crystal Lake, IL

Undergraduate Institution and Degree:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.A. in Psychology

Current Program/Degree Pursued:

Brain & Cognitive Sciences, PhD.

Year of Matriculation:


Awards Received:

  • Midwestern Psychological Association – Best Graduate Student Paper Award (2018)
  • Psi Chi - Graduate Research Travel Grant (2015/2017)
  • Robert C. Radtke Leadership Award (2014)
  • Illinois Community College Scholarship (2012/2013)

Research Interests/Publications/Presentations:


·Children’s Health & Wellbeing (Physical and Mental) Across Development; Ecopsychology


  • Jamnik, M.R. & DiLalla, L.F. (2018). A multimethodological study of preschoolers’ preferences for aggressive television and video games. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 179(3), 156-169.
  • Jamnik, M.R. & Lane, D.J. (2017). The use of reddit as an inexpensive source for high-quality data. Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, 22(5), 1-10.
  • Mathes, E.W., Lane, D.J., Helmers, B.R., Jamnik, M.R., Hendrickson, M., & Aleshire, B. (2017). The dark side of self-control: High self-control leads to better outcomes when engaging in bad behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 105, 326-329.

(Recent Selected) Paper Presentations:

  • Jamnik, M.R., & Hammersley, J. (2018, April). Caffeine use and anxiety: The role of exercise frequency. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Jamnik, M.R., & DiLalla, L.F (2018, April). Investigating genetic and family environmental influences on preschoolers’ internalizing problems. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Jamnik, M.R., Heap, C., & DiLalla, L.F. (2017, April). The relationship between childhood internalizing symptoms and adolescent health outcomes. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL
  • Jamnik, M.R., & Lane, D.J. (2015, March). Making life matter: A psychological investigation of meaning. Presented at the Western Illinois Graduate Conference, Macomb, IL.

What Attracted Me to SIU:

The research/teaching opportunities, friendly department, and all of Southern IL’s stunning nature.

Anything else you would like to add:

If you see me around, feel free to say hello!