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GRAD 980

 

GRAD 980 Preparing to Teach a Psychology Course
GRAD 980 Alumni

 

GRAD 980's success is based on not only having an outstanding cadre of faculty who teach the course, but also on having excellent students. Our students come from across the United States as well as other countries. Most are just beginning their academic careers; some are experienced teachers of psychology. Below are photographs and brief bios on just some of these excellent students.

 

Amy Cook Amy Cook is a postgraduate researcher in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham (UK). She was one of eight graduate students from UK universities who completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006. Kelley Eltzroth Kelley Eltzroth is a full-time psychology instructor at Mid Michigan Community College. She teaches Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Abnormal Psychology. Kelley has a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University. She completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Katie Gaffey Katie Gaffey is in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Miami University. She has taught undergraduate statistics courses and has had considerable clinical experience. Katie completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Isabelle Gernet
Dr. Isabelle Gernet earned her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Paris 5. She has recently begun a faculty position (Maitre de Conférence) at the University of Lille 3. She works in the Department of Psychology, psychopathology section. Isabelle completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Naisa Gormaz
Naisa Gormaz is working on her doctoral dissertation in the Programa de Doctorado en Psicologia at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She is a Profesora Escuela de Psicología at the Universidad Diego Portales. In addition to completing her doctoral studies, she teaches a regular course load.  Naisa completed GRAD 980 in summer of 2006
Nicola Green
Nicola Green is a PhD student at the University of Greenwich (UK), specializing in the development of aggression in nursery-aged children. She has been a teaching assistant for the psychology Year 1 Research Methods course at Greenwich. She serves as the South East Regional Coordinator for The Postgraduates who Teach (PGwT) Network in collaboration with The UK Higher Education Academy Psychology Network. Nicola completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Andrew Holliman
Andrew Holliman is PhD student investigating children's reading development at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England. He is also a part-time lecturer at Coventry University where he has taught a research methods module (course) and the biological psychology component of the Introduction to Psychology module. His future goal is secure as position as a full-time faculty member in Psychology or as a researcher in children's reading development. Andrew completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Jeremy Houska
Jeremy Ashton Houska is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His primary research interests are in the area of social cognition. Jeremy is the resident of the UNLV Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). His teaching has been recognized at UNLV and California State University, San Bernardino (where he earned a MA in psychology). Jeremy completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Jessica Irons completed GRAD 980 in Summer 2005 while attending Auburn University. She earned a PhD in xperimental Psychology in 2007.Jessica was awarded the 2007 Wilbert J. McKeachie Early Career Award by the Society for Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2). She is currently an Assistant Professor of psychology at James Madison University.
Tracy Lambert
Tracy Lambert earned her PhD, with a specialty in Industrial-Organization Psychology, at the University of Georgia in spring 2006. She is now as an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Accounting at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. She teaches Human Resource Management, Applied Research Methods, and Foundations of Management. Tracy completed GRAD 980 in summer 2004.
Melissa Lea
Dr. Melissa Lea completed her PhD from Miami University and is now assistant professor at Millsaps College. She specializes in cognitive psychology with a focus on face perception, recognition, and recall. Her teaching interests include research methods, statistics, and memory and thinking. She was one of the students who completed the first offering of GRAD 980 in 2002.
Anna K. Lee
Anna K. Lee is currently assistant professor of psychology at Winston Salem State University. She teaches General Psychology, Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, and Personality Psychology. She earned her PhD at Howard University in spring 2005. Anna Completed GRAD 980 in 2004.
Laura Luchies
Laura Luchies is a social psychology graduate student at Northwestern University. She studies close relationships and is particularly interested in romantic relationship formation and forgiveness and reconciliation following a transgression. She has served as a teaching assistant and is looking forward to teaching her own courses in the future. Laura completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Orla McBride
Orla Mc Bride is doctoral student in the School of Psychology at the University of Ulster. Her research focuses on the categorisation of alcohol use disorders at a population level, using data from a large Amercian house-hold survey (NESARC). After earning her PhD, she plans to pursue an academic career, becoming involved in research and teaching. Orla completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Temika M. Michael
Temika M. Michael is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Psychology program at Howard University, with an expected graduation in spring of 2008.  Temika was a Summer Doctoral Fellow at Washington State University in 2007. She is a 2007-08 Pre-Faculty Intern at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Temika completed GRAD 980 in the summer of 2005.
Fiona Paton is a post graduate student at York St John University (UK). She was one of eight graduate students from UK universities who completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006.
Alisha Pollastri
Alisha Pollastri is doctoral student in clinical psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her research interests focus on how societal norms affect the social and emotional functioning of urban, low-income youth. She has a teaching portfolio that can be viewed at http://students.clarku.edu/~apollast
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. After graduation, Alisha hopes to join the faculty at a university that values teaching as well as research in psychology. Alisha completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006.
Dr. David Preiss completed GRAD 980 in Summer 2005. He earned his PhD from Yale University in Fall 2005. He is Assistant Professor in the Escuela de Psicología at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile.
Jon Rees
Jon Rees completed GRAD 980 in summer of 2006. He is now a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Sunderland (UK). He has been a regional coordinator of the Postgraduates who Teach (PGwT) Network in collaboration with The UK Higher Education Academy Psychology Network. His PhD specialty is computational neuroscience. He is also a medical doctor with a degree in molecular biology and psychology
Ricardo Rey
Ricardo Rey was a doctoral student in the Programa de Doctorado en Psicologia at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile when he completed GRAD 980 in summer of 2006. He is now working on the Psychology Faculty at the Universidad de Talca (located in the Maule Region of Chile). In his photo, Ricardo is seen with some of his students at Talca.
Courtney Rocheleau
Courtney Rocheleau is assistant professor of psychology at Appalachian State University. She earned her PhD at the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 2005. Her current research focuses on determinants of people’s willingness to donate organs and tissues and on relations between physical activity and improved mood. Courtney received several awards at the University of Colorado, including the "Best Should Teach Award," presented by the university’s Graduate Teacher Program (2003, 2004). She was one of the students who completed the first offering of GRAD 980 in 2002.
Y. Rosa Rodriguez
Yarimar Rosa Rodriguez earned her PhD in  clinical psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and is a licensed psychologist. She has done private consulting work in research and statistics and currently teaches courses at the University of Phoenix, Puerto Rico Campus. She completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006.
Julia Santomauro
Julia Santomauro is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her research interests focus on sleep paralysis. In addition to her doctoral studies, Julia lectures at King's College, London. She completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006.
Shannon Schmidt is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Akron.  Between the years 2006-2007 she served as Chair of the Graduate Student Teaching Association (Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division 2, American Psychological Association). Shannon completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Elizabeth Schwarz
Elizabeth Schwarz earned a master’s degree in professional communication from Clark University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Springfield College (Springfield, MA). She has over 7 years of professional marketing and research experience and hopes to obtain an adjunct faculty position teaching industrial/organizational psychology. Elizabeth completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Amie Senland
Amie Senland graduated from Saint Joseph College (West Hartford, CT) in 2007. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in applied developmental psychology. She is currently a Professional Writing and Psychology Tutor at Saint Joseph College. Amie completed GRAD 980 in summer 2007.
Deb Smith
Debbie Smith, who completed GRAD 980 in summer 2005, is a PhD student at Kingston University specializing in health psychology. She is a regional coordinator of the Postgraduates who Teach (PGwT) Network in collaboration with The UK Higher Education Academy Psychology Network. Debbie and fellow GRAD 980 student Natasha Coppins wrote an article on their experience in GRAD 980 titled "An International Approach to Improving Postgraduates' Teaching Skills” (See GRAD 980 in the news link).
Gillian Smith
Gillian Smith is a PhD student and research associate at the Psychology Research Institute, the University of Ulster (UK). She was one of eight graduate students from UK universities who completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006.
Jess Stahl
Jessica Stahl is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland. Since completing GRAD 980 in the summer of 2006, she has taught Introduction to Counseling and a course on the Psychology of Women.
Argiro Vatakis is a PhD student in experimental psychology at Oxford University (UK). She completed GRAD 980 in summer 2004.
Kelli Vaughn-Blount
Kelli Vaughn-Blount is earning a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is managing editor of the Journal of Scientific Psychology and the APS Observer Student Notebook Editor. Kelli plans to pursue a doctorate degree in the history and theory of psychology. She completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006.
Kattia Walters-Pacheco
Kattia Walters-Pacheco earned her PhD from the University of Puerto Rico with a specialty in social-community psychology. She is currently working as a consultant and teaching at University of Puerto Rico, Carolina's campus. She completed GRAD 980 in summer 2006.
Judy Wilson earned her master's degree in psychology from California State University, Bakersfield. She has taught a variety of courses at colleges and universities in southern California. Judy completed GRAD 980 in summer 2005. Judy has been hired on a tenure-track line at Palomar College in California.