Teaching

Teaching has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my graduate studies. I look forward to teaching new courses and helping students develop new interests and skills. I generally use a combination of didactic lectures, interactive discussions, experiential exercises, and applied projects. 

Introduction to Psychology
(PSYC-001)
(Last offered: Summer 2010)
Course Description: Psychology is the scientific study of human (and animal) mental processes and behavior. In this course, we will survey some of the main questions and findings that have marked the history of the field of psychology. In doing so, we will also explore how psychologists attempt to scientifically answer these questions. We will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of various approaches to conducting research, and we will also talk about some of the exciting questions that psychologists of the future (maybe you?!) will perhaps try to answer. This course will include a mix of lectures, discussions, and in-class activities.

Imagination and Creativity in Psychology: An Applied Course and Research Study (PSYC-466)
(Last Offered: Spring 2013)
Course Description: By forming mental representations of things not immediately present to the senses (imagination), and/or simulating possible futures (prospection), humans can generate novel ideas (creativity) that contribute to human progress and flourishing. This course will specifically focus on imagination and creativity within the field of psychology. Students will learn about the cognitive, motivational, and social processes that shaped important creative insights (or “Big Moments”) in the history of the discipline. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the course by designing their own original creative research proposal as the final project for the course.

I have also been fortunate to serve as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Jonathan Baron (Judgments & Decisions, Fall 2009) and Dr. Angela Duckworth (Positive Psychology, Spring 2010), as well as to supervise several undergraduate students conducting independent study projects. Finally, I have had the opportunity to deliver numerous guest lectures on the following topics (among others):
  • The Psychology of Creativity 
  • The Psychology of Interest, Talent, Flow, and Creativity
  • Creativity and Well-Being
  • Positive Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Positive Psychology in the Workplace
  • The Role of Risk Perception in Anxiety Disorders
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