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Bob Bodily explores the effects of student engagement visualizations on student and instructor behavior.
[21 May 2015 | Comments Off ]
McKay School PhD Student Receives $15,000 Research Award

Bob Bodily, a PhD candidate from the McKay School of Education, was recently awarded a $15,000 BYU Graduate Research Fellowship. Over 100 applications were submitted across campus and Bodily’s proposal was one of about 30 chosen.
“My idea originated from an interest in learning analytics and improving education using data,” said Bodily. “I am interested in seeing if students’ behavior changes when they see how they compare to others and how …

McKay School Alumna Ali Parrish describes her new career and offers advice to alumni and future educators.
[13 May 2015 | Comments Off ]
From the Classroom to Instructional Design: Adapting to Life’s “Other Plans”

Life doesn’t always go as planned, but differences can bring positive change. McKay School graduate Alexandra Parrish recently spoke to students about her experiences and her career: how she ended up becoming an instructional designer for the LDS Church, what she does in this endeavor, and how students can use their education degree beyond the classroom.
Her Career Path
After a period of wanting to be the tooth fairy, Parrish has been …

The APA Division 36 Midyear Conference presented research and suggestions for professional practice integrating religion/spirituality into psychology.
[6 May 2015 | Comments Off ]
Conference on Religious and Spiritual Psychology Focuses on Variety of Beliefs and Practices

When Allen Bergin first published his innovative research recognizing the importance of religious and spiritual concerns in psychotherapy, he received over 1,000 responses and requests for reprints—an incredibly high demand for a pre-Internet publication.
Now, 35 years later, a division of the American Psychological Association is devoted exclusively to religious and spiritual issues in the field of psychology. Bergin, an emeritus BYU professor, reflected on his experiences pioneering this     …

Eliza Cortes is working on her master’s in counseling psychology so she can work one-on-on with individuals needing help.
[1 May 2015 | Comments Off ]
Minority Scholarship Helps Student Pursue Her Dream of Helping the One

It may seem impossible to have one-on-one teacher-student interactions in a classroom of 50, but when Eliza Cortes saw a teacher with the ability to do this she felt inspired to do the same. Her desire to influence individuals inspired her to enter the McKay School’s Counseling Psychology Program.
Cortes has received the 2015 Minority Scholarship from the Utah Association of School Psychology. Each year the organization issues one scholarship to …

Alan J. Daly, professor at UC San Diego, presented research on culture and trust.
[22 Apr 2015 | Comments Off ]
Annual Cluff Lecture Focuses on Creating Networks and Relationships Among Educators

“Leading, Learning, and Leveraging Educational Change: The Role of Social Capital” was the title of the 2015 annual Benjamin Cluff Jr. Lecture. Alan J. Daly, professor of education studies at the University of California, San Diego, presented research that focused on the importance of interdependence and interconnectivity among educators.
“Our challenge in education is being greater than ourselves,” Daly said. He went on to discuss how Benjamin Cluff Jr. exemplified this …