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Psychology News

Date: May 8, 2019

The Psychology Student Research Showcase took place yesterday from 11am to 2pm in the Rockland Banquet Room on our Owings Mills campus. Sponsored by our honor society Psi Chi, we had wonderful presentations from students to share the results of their class and research projects, as well as their internship and field placement experiences. Overall, there were more than 150 posters presented. Clubs such as Active Minds, Psychology Club, R.I.S.E., and Psi Chi also presented.

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Special thanks to Dr. Elliott, Dr. Iannone, Dr. Schurtz, Dr. Metzger, Dr. Setzer, Dr. Syed, Dr. Foy, and Dr. Smith for guiding their students to the successes that they demonstrated yesterday. Thank you to all the students who took on leadership roles in organizing or assisting with this event, including Savanna Angel, Nick Mehiel, Danielle Gershman, Hanne Wilburn, Emma Lichtman, Olivia Webb, Tamera Stanley, and Akera Williams.

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We strongly believe that our showcase has created an opportunity to prepare our students to become more competitive for their future jobs and careers, whether or not they are planning to go to graduate school. Congratulations to the Psychology faculty and students for this successful event!

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By: Tamera Stanley

Dr. Maria Wong is an Associate Professor of Psychology specializing in developmental psychology. She teaches PSY 108 Human Growth and Development, PSY 201 Writing for Psychology, and PSY 136 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her approach to teaching is greatly shaped by her experiences being a Chinese American woman and having a multicultural background.

Dr. Wong’s Background

Dr. Wong was born and raised in Hong Kong but moved to Canada with her family where she completed her last year of high school and college. During her time as an undergraduate student, she volunteered to be a research assistant and became interested in cultural psychology and child development. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to the United States for graduate school. While in grad school, Dr. Wong was given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant and an instructor. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Dr. Wong and her research assistants Stephanie Charney and Kelsey Krupski. They surprised her one day with a trophy that says "The Best Professor, Mentor, Advisor, and Overall Person."

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Dr. Wong’s Teaching and Research

Due to PSY 108 and PSY 201 as required courses for our psychology majors, many students know and love Dr. Wong. I have had the pleasure to be taught by her in PSY 201, work alongside her as a student assistant, and complete a teaching assistantship under her supervision. Her caring and positive personality made me so eager to learn and work with her. I can happily say she made my transition to Stevenson from community college wonderful!

Psychology Major Olivia Webb is currently taking PSY 108 with Dr. Wong. She states that Dr. Wong is full of positivity and great at explaining complicated concepts. In addition, she notes Dr. Wong keeps the class really interesting by including activities that connect the concepts being learned to real life.

Stephanie Charney has been working as one of Dr. Wong’s research assistants for the past year and states that it has been an irreplaceable experience. Dr. Wong has taught her a lot about reviewing literature, thinking critically, analyzing data, and writing effectively for large scale research projects. She offers research assistants the perfect balance of guidance and freedom when giving assignments, which students are always appreciative of.

Sarah Goranson has worked closely with Dr. Wong for all four years she has attended Stevenson. When she was a freshman, she approached Dr. Wong stating she was interested in Developmental Psychology, and Dr. Wong offered her a research assistant position. Sarah has presented a poster with Dr. Wong at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference and is currently revising a manuscript that has been accepted for publication.

In sum, Dr. Wong has shaped students experience as they work towards their undergraduate degree. Her lively approach to teaching is something that grabs her students' attention and makes them very eager to learn. Her caring demeanor is something that does not go unnoticed, and as I’m sure many students can agree, Dr. Wong is an excellent instructor!

By: Makaylah Morton

 
 
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