Department of Psychology
Current Research Projects
TEACHER EDUCATION RESEARCH: These research studies aim to address questions that focus on the examination of teacher quality, how it develops during teacher education and beyond, and the role the field of educational psychology plays in preparing future teachers. A key factor within this research program is focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) content areas and teacher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
ATTENTIONAL CONTROL RESEARCH: In this study, we are trying to address the overarching question of: Why do students with PTSD perform worse in school than their non-affected peers? Therefore, we designed a lab-based experimental study to investigate how trauma and motivation affect attentional control in college students and their subsequent performance on cognitively demanding tasks.
SELF-REGULATION RESEARCH: This research program is in collaboration with Dr. Wininger's Motivation Lab as we seek to develop classroom interventions for motivation and learning situated within the Essential Self-Regulation Model.
PROCRASTINATION RESEARCH: In this study, we are in the planning stage in the hopes of developing an experimental lab-based study to test the effects of self-efficacy and self-regulation on procrastination.