Psychology Community Webinar: "Ready or Not: Supporting Underprepared Students in Psychology" Featuring Deborah M. Licht and Misty G. Hull

Created by Morgan Ratner Employee on Mar 22, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at

Starts at 3:30 PM · Ends at 4:30 PM, EST (America/New_York)


Deborah Licht and Misty Hull




Do you ever feel that you’re not just teaching psychology, but also grammar, mathematics, reading, writing, and technology?  Many of today’s students are academically underprepared. Some feel simply overwhelmed—not only by their academic responsibilities but also by obligations outside of class. Most of these students want to succeed in their classes, and many seem surprised when they are failing and unable to explain why. How do you help these individuals?  You can encourage students to utilize the many campus resources available to them, but there are also steps you can take as an instructor to help them cultivate basic skills and stay engaged in their studies.


This workshop explores current trends in student preparedness and approaches offered by colleges and universities to address these issues (e.g., testing, developmental and remedial courses, college success classes, tutors, learning assistance centers). We also present methods to support students struggling in psychology classes because of reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics deficiencies. We discuss ways to engage students in the material, make content relevant to their lives, build relationships within the classroom, and support online learners. Participants will describe their experiences with underprepared students in the classroom, share lessons they have learned, brainstorm about how they can use psychological principles to help these students, and offer ideas on classroom best practices.


Learning Objectives:

  • Present methods to support students struggling with critical thinking, mathematics, and writing skills
  • Provide effective strategies for  identifying and helping students who may struggle because they are not prepared for college level discussions, reading, or writing.


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Deborah Licht is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has had over two decades of teaching and research experience in a variety of settings, ranging from a small private university in the Midwest to a large public university in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has taught introductory psychology, psychology of the workplace, abnormal psychology, the history of psychology, child development, and elementary statistics in a variety of formats (traditional, online, and hybrid courses). Deborah received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wright State University, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton, and a PhD in Psychology (Experimental Psychopathology) from Harvard University in 2001. Her dissertation examined expressed emotion and the causal beliefs of relatives of patients with schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. While at Harvard, Deborah pursued a secondary line of research in the History of Science Department, focusing on the history of psychiatry and neurology, which provided her with a vastly different perspective on the field of psychology. She is greatly inspired by first-generation college students who turn to community colleges to pursue their education, and continues to be interested in research on causal beliefs and their influence on behavior, particularly in relation to how college students think about their successes and failures as they pursue their degrees. Deborah was honored by her inclusion in the Colorado Community College System’s Portfolio of Faculty of Excellence in 2010. She is a co-author of Scientific American: Presenting Psychology (2016), and is currently working with Misty Hull and Coco Ballantyne on the second edition of Scientific American: Psychology (through a partnership between Worth Publishers and Scientific American).


Misty Hull is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has taught a range of psychology courses at Pikes Peak Community College, including introductory psychology, human sexuality, and social psychology in a variety of delivery formats (traditional, online, and hybrid). Her love of teaching comes through in her dedication to mentoring new and part-time psychology faculty. Misty received her Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, and her Master’s in Professional Counseling at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO. She has held a variety of administrative roles at Pikes Peak Community College, including interim Associate Dean and Coordinator of the Student Crisis Counseling Office. From 2002-2010, Misty served as the psychology discipline chair for the Colorado Community College System, helping develop the state system’s approach to teaching psychology. One of her many professional interests is investigating the impact of student persistence in higher education. Misty is a co-author of Scientific American: Psychology (2014) and Scientific American: Presenting Psychology (2016) with Deborah Licht and Coco Ballantyne.