- Research Program Mentor
PhD at University of North Texas
psychology, education, counseling, mental health, radical acceleration, intelligence, giftedness, mental illness, therapy, mental health treatment, counseling
BioI'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.
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.