Teaching & Mentoring
Stemming from my undergraduate experience at a small, liberal arts institution, I highly value individualized and hands-on approaches to teaching and mentoring. As both a teacher and a mentor, I seek to promote students’ appreciation of active, collaborative social science research. More specifically, I strive to 1) generate enthusiasm for course material by applying psychological concepts to real-world phenomena, 2) foster critical thinking by emboldening students to question lay assumptions about human behavior, and 3) create inclusive learning environments that incorporate and value diverse viewpoints.
I have taught my own Introductory Psychology course and TA-ed for Developmental Psychology, Adolescent Development, and Psychology Research Methods. Through these opportunities at UCLA, I have gained experience teaching to lecture halls of 150+ students as well as leading discussion sections for under 20 students. Additionally, I have created and presented a number of statistical and professional development workshops for undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as graduate school application preparation and multilevel modeling.
I also highly value opportunities to collaborate with and provide mentorship to students. I have mentored undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and graduate students at UCLA and USC with interests ranging from adolescents’ cross-ethnic friendships to young adults’ romantic conflicts. As a mentor, I am committed to providing students with scaffolding to develop research questions, acquire statistical skills, and identify/pursue future career opportunities of interest. My collaborations with mentees have resulted in a number of conference presentations as well as publications, and many of my prior mentees have gone on to join graduate programs in psychology or related fields.