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Tanya M

- Research Program Mentor

MA Master of Arts


Digital Mental Health, Tech Product, Conversation Design, Psychology, Mental Health, Social Research, Women and Gender Studies, Feminist Psychology, Social Science, Culture

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.


Are you interested in why people behave the way they do? Do you want to know what makes them tick? Or perhaps do you want to see how they react to different circumstances you set for them? Psychology is a beautiful field to help explore these within. We can incorporate other subjects and create projects curated to your interests. Identify a problem you want to fix- together we will uncover the possible solutions.


Is there a certain culture you feel kinship with and want to know more about? Do you want to learn about the history of who we are as a people, and use that to inform where you want to go? With exploration projects we access a large group of opinions and highlight avenues for improvement. For example, we could look at the average high schooler’s anxiety rates, what do only-children have in common, or if people choose their own groups end up in them. We will spend some time going over options in general, then invest in some reading and learning, followed by exploring the society around you, and ending with an exhibition of your findings.


What changes do you want to see happen around you? Who is in-charge of those changes? Will public support create change or do authorities need to intervene? With policy you use your insight as the youngest generation and create a platform of learnings that need to be organized. End results may look like a social media-campaign, organizing a day of seminars or reaching out to authorities. You will learn how to read the literature, write your policy outline, organize events, and/or present empirical data.


Identify a problem, create a solution, provide that solution, and measure how impactful it was. Will keeping a journal for a week help your body positivity; does walking 10,000 steps a day help you study better; will cleaning up your street make your neighbors cleanout their closets? With interventions we spend time observing behaviors, learning about studies that have already been conducted, design a program, and see if it achieves the behavioral change you’re looking for.

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