Delaram Heidari

Delaram Heidari is an undergraduate psychology major in her junior year at New Mexico State University. She was born in Georgia but grew up in New Mexico. Delaram is an avid tea drinker, hiker, bicyclist, meme enthusiast and nature lover with interests including gardening, common sense, cooking, language and culture. As a researcher, she is currently exploring the nature of grounding techniques and how aspects of modern-day life may be negatively impacting our overall mental health as a society. One day, Delaram hopes to pursue a career in horticultural and nature therapy in order to help people achieve a better quality of life.


Project Description:

Delaram‘s project will focus on how regular and habitual phone usage may be negatively impacting the mental health of people by causing them to be less grounded and to in turn develop the symptoms related to being ‘de-grounded’, some of which being anxiety and depression. Through the use of screen time apps which limit and regulate phone usage, and counteractive grounding techniques which will be implemented in response to phone usage, the ‘groundedness’ of participants will be measured in relation to phone usage to see how phone usage in modern day society may be harming us.



  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete project
  • Attend a professional conference (without presenting)
  • Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
  • Author or co-author a manuscript submitted for publication
  • Promote #DiscoveryScholars ten times on social media
  • Attend workshop on applying for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program
  • Apply for graduate or professional school


Delaram’s mentor: Dr. Laura Madson:

Laura Madson earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Iowa State University and joined the faculty of the New Mexico State University Psychology Department in August 1996. The NMSU Teaching Academy was one of her first stops upon arrival and it remains her favorite place to be on-campus. She was recognized as a Fellow of the Teaching Academy in 2017 for her frequent contributions to the Academy. In the psychology department, Dr. Madson specializes in teaching Introduction to Psychology using team-based learning. At the other end of the pedagogical continuum, she also teaches a graduate course in the Teaching of Psychology. Her scholarship focuses on helping instructors adopt team-based learning. When she’s not working, she spends time with her husband Keith and sons (Ian age 13 and Erik age 11), or reads, runs, knits, or crochets, often with a nice pint of beer.