Teaching and Mentorship

research assistantsMy research assistants and I presenting a symposium at the Eastern Psychological Association. From left to right: Alex Pelliccione, Kelly Yang, Nadia Chernyak, Bertilia Trieu, Lara Gentilini

Teaching Interests:
I am interested in teaching psychology at the graduate and undergraduate level. I have a particular interest in teaching methods and writing-oriented courses. Teaching interests include:

Developmental Psychology
Research Methods
Cognitive Development
Introduction to Psychology
Moral Psychology
Moral Development
Children’s Learning in Social Contexts
Writing for the Social Sciences
Social Psychology
Free Will and Agency

Teaching Experience:

Lecturer, Children’s Learning in Social Contexts, Cornell University
Designed and taught an upper-level undergraduate course; responsible for all aspects of the course.

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Lecturer, Moral Psychology, Cornell Prison Education Program
Designed and taught an upper-level undergraduate course at the Auburn Correctional facility; responsible for all aspects of the course.

[Syllabus] [Teaching Evaluations]

Teaching Assistant, Cornell University
Conducted weekly discussion sections, met with students during office hours to discuss course material; held additional review sessions; graded assignments, papers, and exams; and assisted with exams, assignments, and syllabus design. Courses:

  • Research Methods in Human Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Introduction to Social Development
  • Research Writing for Freshmen

Writing Tutor, Knight Institute for Writing, Cornell University
Tutored undergraduate and graduate students in basic writing skills; met with students one-on-one for 20 minute-1 hour appointments

Co-Instructor, Graduate Student School Outreach Program  
Co-taught a week-long course titled  “The Illusions We Live By” on psychological and physical illusions to four separate classrooms at local middle school; collaborated with a student in the Applied Physics department to create an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Guest Lectures (courses ranged from ~10-100 students each):

Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Boston College
Introduction to Psychology, Keuka College (twice)
Introduction to Human Development, Cornell University (three times)
Development of Social Behavior, Cornell University

Mentorship Experience:

Graduate Resident FellowHans Bethe House, Cornell University

  • Lived on campus for 3 years as part of a university initiative to connect undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty through informal intellectual talks and discussions
  • Set up and facilitated events and talks (both formal and informal) between undergraduates and faculty
  • Held weekly tutoring hours
  • Mentored group of 30-50 (per year) undergraduates on social and academic adjustment to Cornell
  • Led and advised undergraduate group responsible for fostering community within the house.

Graduate Supervisor, Independent Research for Undergraduates

  • Supervised over 30 (5-10 per semester)  undergraduates in all aspects of research