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June 17, 2013

Recent Flagler College graduate Frankie Lawton was named the winner of Embry-Riddle’s Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award during their Human Factors and Applied Psychology conference recently.

Lawton, who graduated with a double major in psychology and public relations, won the award based on his paper “Preferences in Leadership related to the Five Factor Model and Gender,” co-authored by Flagler adjunct Tracy Litzinger and assistant professor Dr. Jeremy Krause. The paper focuses on identifying the personality types of political leaders in the United States and how these types affect their public perception.

Lawton hypothesized that there would be a correlation between a participant’s opinions of a given leader based not only on their personality similarities, but also on gender correlation. He also researched and reported on the importance of understanding how even negative traits such as neuroticism play a role in public opinion of leaders.

Lawton is currently applying for his PhD in Psychology and interning with St. Augustine Youth Services.


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