Commission application number 32 submitted by Whitney Finch on 06/06/2020

First Name Whitney
Middle Name/Initial A
Last Name Finch
Voter Unique Identification number 1101667981
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 25-34
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Psychological Research
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78617
What is your occupation? Researcher
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78617
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Jose
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial A
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Robles
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. Strong critical thinking, including having the necessary skills to investigate, research, and solve problems while effectively communicating that process to an audience through presentations, publications, and reports. Highly skilled at working as a team member and enhancing group productivity through active listening, and problem sensitivity. Can creatively problem solve using statistical analysis to make optimal strategic restructuring. Strong skills in inferential and descriptive data analysis to predict effective and science based outcomes.
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Please describe your ability to be impartial. As a research scientist, the ability to be impartial, and unbiased is inherent in my values, training, and experiences. Every project I have been a part of and worked on requires the upmost objectivity to ensure outcomes that are both fair, unprejudiced and just. I am IRB certified in research ethics.
Disclaimer Signature Whitney Alyse Finch
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I moved to Austin in 2004, my senior year of High School. Since then, I have called many areas home, Oak Hill, Circle C, Tanglewood Forest, South 1st, Stassney, Westgate, Oltorf, Riverside, East 2nd, and now Del Valle. I have lived and breathed the diversity that is south and east Austin, while spending time with Family in North Austin. I have also seen the growth, the change, and the restructuring of demographics throughout these areas. I would love nothing more to be a part of how Austin's future is shaped.
Please provide your employment history. Education: M.A., Texas State University, San Marcos 2018 - Present Master of Arts in Psychological Research (MAPR) Thesis: Explicit and implicit memory for music: An investigation of source memory, confidence and the mere exposure effect Committee: Dr. Rebecca Deason, (Advisor), Dr. Logan Trujillo, Dr. William Kelemen, Dr. Kristen Tooley University of Texas, Austin 2014 - 2015 Major: B.S., Neuroscience (Not Complete) B.A., Texas State University, San Marcos Texas 2011 - 2013 Major: Psychology Magna Cum Laude Universidad de Latina, Heredia Costa Rica June 2013 Latin American Cultura y Literatura SOL Study Aboad Program TXST Work Experience Graduate Teaching Assistant 2019 - Current Texas State University-Psychology Department Undergraduate, Introduction to Statistics Lab Instructor of Record Duties: Provide instruction for Introduction to Statistics Lab to 60 undergraduate students. Develop instructional material such as lab assignments, course website and class syllabus. Create and grade projects, quizzes and assignments, record grades, and return graded assignments. Maintain regular office hours to meet with students and to assist students with homework assignment Graduate Instructional Assistant 2018 - 2019 Texas State University-Psychology Department Undergraduate Research Methods Duties: Assist faculty professors in classes by grading assignments, attending and assisting with labs, holding office hours, and efficiently providing feedback to students in Junior/Senior level Research Methods classes. Lectured lab on multiple occasions (6). Graduate Research Assistant 2019 Texas State University-Psychology Department Sponsored Contract: NeuroTrax: Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool Duties: Collecting normative data. Recruitment of young adults and older adults aged 18-90. Administration of the iPad assessment, neuropsychological assessments, including the Montreal Cognitive Assessment MoCA, Coordinate lab schedules. Train and mentor research assistants. Coordinate recruitment events at senior living facilities for older adult participants. 2006-2015 Z-NON Electric Inc. Administrative Assistant Research Experience Research Assistant 2018 - Current Memory and Cognition Lab, Texas State University Principle Investigator: Dr. Rebeecca Deason Duties: Coordinate lab schedules and disseminate research assignments. Train and mentor lab assistants. Conduct behavioral research on memory and learning related to musical mnemonics. Collect, analyze, and interpret statistical data for behavioral research projects related to memory and learning. Assist with administration of electroencephalography (EEG) data collection and analysis. Implementation of psychophysiological measurements, including: Skin Conductance Response, Electrocardiogram, Electromyogram, EEG, Event Related Potentials, Source Localization, Peak Analysis and Time-Frequency Interpretation of EEG data. Research Assistant 2019 Event Related Potential Lab (ERP), Texas State University Principle Investigator: Dr. Reiko Graham Duties: Use of EEG Software NeuroScan and EMSE to clean and create EEG wavelet time-frequency transformation. The study examined event-related potentials (ERPs) to images of alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages using a Go/No-Go paradigm. Potential relationships between behavioral and ERP correlates of cue reactivity and response inhibition and individual differences in state and trait anxiety, alcohol consumption patterns, alcohol-related attitudes and reward sensitivity were also examined. Publications Submitted: Klare, D., Finch, A., Arreola, A., Dailey, S., Howard, K., (Under Review) Examining how sexual identity, psychosocial factors, and organizational differences relate to intent-to-quit in a large-scale, cross-sectional study. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services. In preparation: Finch, A., Stern, M.J, Deason, R.G. (90% in preparation) Music enhances source memory and confidence for novel verbal information. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain. . Stern, M.J., Finch, A., Deason, R., Howard, J.T., Howard, K., (90% in preparation) An investigation of cognitive decline in patients with hypothyroidism. Patient Education and Counseling Presentations Finch, A., Deason, R.G., Can music enhance source memory and confidence for new information in young adults and healthy older adults? Poster presented at: Cognitive Aging Conference, 2020 April 16-19; Atlanta, Georgia Finch, A., Zborowski, A., Oettli, S., Ceballos, N., Graham, R., Trait anxiety modulates event-related potentials to alcohol images in social drinker. Poster presented at: Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2020 March 14-17; Boston, Massachusetts Finch, A., Stern, M.J, Deason, R.G., Music enhances source memory and confidence for novel verbal information. Poster presented at: Texas A&M Armadillo Conference; 2019 October 4-5; San Antonio, Texas Finch, A., Stern, M.J, Deason, R.G., Enhanced memory and confidence for musical stimuli. Poster presented at: Cognition and memory. 31st APS Annual Convention for Association for Psychological Science; 2019 May 23-26; Washington D.C. Stern, M.J, Finch, A., Deason, R.G., Can musical mnemonics enhance source memory? Poster presented at: Cognition and memory. 31st APS Annual Convention for Association for Psychological Science; 2019 May 23-26; Washington D.C. Finch, A., Stern, M.J, Deason, R.G., Enhanced memory and confidence for musical stimuli. Poster presented at: Texas State University, Psychology Day; 2019 May Panel Sessions Finch, A., Deason, R.G Music Enhances source memory and confidence for novel verbal information. Paper presented at: Texas State University; Departmental Brown Bag; 2019 September 27; San Marcos, Texas Finch, A., Deason, R.G Music Enhances source memory and confidence for novel verbal information. Paper presented at: Texas State University; International Research Conference; 2019 November 4-5; San Marcos, Texas Invited Talks Teaching Statistics Across the Campus, Statistics Seminar, Department of Mathematics, Texas State University, October 11, 2019 Experiences in Graduate School, Graduate College Panel, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University, November 14, 2018 Scholarships and Honors Submitted: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program October 24, 2019 TXST Graduate College Liberal Arts Scholarship 2019 - 2020 TXST Department of Psychology MAPR Thesis Support 2019 - 2020 TXST Psychology Day, Best Graduate Poster: Can music enhance source memory and confidence for new information in young adults and healthy older adults? 2020 TXST Psychology Day, Best Graduate Poster: Enhanced memory and confidence for musical stimuli 2019 Texas State University, Graduate Student Spotlight 2019 Graduated with Honors, Magna Cum Laude 2013 Texas State Dean’s List 2011 - 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Honor’s Society Member 2019 Alpha Phi Honor’s Society Member 2019 Golden Key Honor’s Society Member 2009-current Professional Activities and Organizations: Graduate College Council, Student Representative, Texas State University Spring 2020 Student Advisory Board to the Dean, Liberal Arts College, Texas State University 2018-Current College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Expo Presentation Judge 2019 American Psychological Society Member 2018-Present Cognitive Neuroscience Society Member 2019 Statistical & Software Knowledge Statistical Methods (*Indicated proficiency) Descriptive Statistics*, Preliminary Data Analysis*, T-Test (one-sample, independent, paired-samples)*, One-Way AN(C)OVA*, Factorial AN(C)OVA*, Multi-Way AN(C)OVA*, MAN(C)OVA*, Correlation (Pearson, Spearman, & Goodman-Kruskal Gamma)*, Simple Regression*, Multiple Regression*, Logistic Regression*, Repeated Measures design*, Discriminant Analysis, Path Analysis, Factor Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Cronbach Alpha*, General Linear Models, Linear Mixed Models, Generalized Linear Mixed Models, Meta-Analysis, ROC Analysis, Chi-Square*, Peak Analysis Analysis Software: Microsoft Excel*, SPSS*, R*, EMSE*, NeuroScan*, LORETA*, Stata, MATLAB, Onyx, EEGLab Data Collection: E-Prime*, BioSemi ActiView II Volunteer/Extracurricular Keep Austin Beautiful Site Leader and Volunteer, City Wide Clean Up 2018, 2019 Keep Austin Beautiful Resource Give Away Day 2018 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Volunteer, Nature Nights, Nursery 2011-2018 YMCA of Austin, Hays YMCA Little League Coach (Kindergarten – 2nd) 2009-2012 YMCA Breakfast with Santa 2010-2011, 2013, 2014 YMCA Partners of Youth Charity Volunteer 2009-2014 Green Peace Volunteer: Earth Day 2012-2014 MoveOn Volunteer: Elections Voter Registration Canvasing 2012, 2016
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. My main goal in life is to apply my research and data analytic skills to help make a positive difference within society and the community. i feel, the opportunity to be a part of the Commission to help redistrict Austin would be exactly that. Thank you for your time and consideration.
District District 2
Does this application qualify? Yes