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Noel J

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at University of North Texas

Expertise

psychology, education, counseling, mental health, radical acceleration, intelligence, giftedness, mental illness, therapy, mental health treatment, counseling

Bio

I'm lucky to say I have a pretty diverse background in research-- both methodology and topics of focus! From content analysis to hierarchical linear modeling to heuristic inquiry, I really enjoy any research that seeks to understand people just a bit better. That's incredibly broad, and as a result I've done research in fields like film, advertising, technology, and literature all while technically staying within my field of psychology. That's part of why I love psychology so much: it's the study of everything! Education research is the closest to my own studies, and I think it's so important to assess best practices for learning and investigate how effective our current learning methods are. High school students are in the perfect position to research the effectiveness of programs they themselves are a part of, and I think researching one's own school and its methods is a fabulous form of self-advocacy.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Examining the effects of digital studying tools on high school exam grades

Flashcards and quizzes offered by test prep websites are increasingly popular with students, but do they offer an advantage over teacher-sanctioned study guides, or are they just another way to reap ad revenue from users? With a control and test sample of high school students, we can determine the value of online study tools and websites compared to traditional textbook review.

Use of counseling and therapy apps in teenagers

Apps and websites offering virtual counseling are popping up everywhere faster than they can be studied for true effectiveness. These technologies may be used most by younger generations who prefer digital services. There are a number of possible methodologies which could be used to understand better who is using these services and why, as well as how effective they are compared to in-person counseling.

Teaching experience

I taught undergraduates during my doctorate and have been teaching students online for about five years.

Credentials

Work experience

Center for Social Succes (2022 - Current)
Counselor

Education

Texas A&M University
BS Bachelor of Science (2015)
Psychology
Texas Tech University-Health Sciences Center
MS Master of Science (2021)
Counseling psychology
University of North Texas
PhD Doctor of Philosophy (2018)
Educational psychology

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