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Lijia W

- Research Program Mentor

EdM Master of Education


School psychology, general psychology, creative writing

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.

Applied Psychology Practice

Contrary to popular opinion, psychologists don't spend most of their days psychoanalyzing peoples' dreams and telling them they have Oedipus complexes (most of us don't trust Freud). However, we do a fair amount of interviewing, counseling, standardized assessments to gather data, progress monitoring, data analysis, designing personalized intervention plans, psychoeducation, consultation, report writing, and educating ourselves on the latest research. If you're curious about trying any of these things, let's talk!

Community/Applied Psychology Research

"Don't find fault, find a remedy"- Henry Ford Do you see a problem in the real world affecting the people around you? Many of these problems can be tackled through applied psychology research. It all starts with an identified problem and leads to problem analysis, analysis of potential solutions, implementation of solutions, progress monitoring, evaluation of results (and maybe going back to the drawing board if it didn't work). We can at least start to tackle issues as narrow as an individual's paralyzing anxiety whenever they leave their home or parents struggling to control their rambunctious child, to major issues like systemic racism in schools and high teen suicide rates.

Theoretical Psychology Research

How does your biology and environment shape your brain, which affects your behavior, which then influences your environment? How can you manipulate these influences to interrupt that cycle and take control? A lot of theoretical psychology research delves into why we are the way we are and potentially, how to change that. Once you have a question, the next step is always to read more to learn what people have figured out already, and sometimes that's all you need to write a beautiful literature review with all the answers. If you still have questions, we narrow that question into a testable hypothesis that you can then, wait for it... test! Like all sciences, we use the scientific method to gather data that either provide evidence for or against our hypotheses and then write up results in a paper to share your findings with the rest of the world (hopefully)!

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