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Psychology Research at SWOSU

The Psychology Department at SWOSU conducts research into the areas of social psychology (prejudice and effects of stereotyping in video games), women’s issues, child literacy, memory and cognition, school counseling, emotional intelligence, issues of child abuse and neglect and health psychology and career counseling.

Faculty Research Interests


FacultyContactAreas of Interest

Dr. Amy Barnett

  • Adoption, Foster Care, At-risk Youth
  • Motivation
  • Role of School Counselors
Dr. Randy Barnett
  • Factors Associated with Juvenile Delinquency
  • Emotional Intelligence
Dr. Melinda Burgess
  • Media
  • Sterotypes
Dr. Stephen Burgess
  • Literacy: Early Reading Development
  • Use of Literacy by Adults
  • Video Games and Other Media
Dr. Jared Edwards
  • Teaching Strategies in Psychology Classes
  • Variables that Effect Career Decisions and Major Choice

Research Team:

  • Psychological and Career Education and Development (P.A.C.E.D.)
Dr. Jorie Edwards
  • Role of Career Development
  • Students in Transition
  • Perceptions of Mental Health
Dr. Michael Wolff
  • Attention
  • Concentration
  • ADHD
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