Professors at the University of Richmond are not only experts in their fields, they are also leaders dedicated to ensuring our students realize their potential.

A recent example comes out of Maryland Hall, where associate professor of psychology Laura Knouse just won a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for her work to broaden the group of students that pursue clinical psychology. Her project will develop teaching techniques to increase student diversity, including underrepresented groups, in the field.

She’s learned that students who experience less anxiety and perform better in statistics and methodology courses are more likely to pursue higher levels of education in clinical psychology. With that in mind, she wants to develop tools and learning strategies to more effectively teach clinical courses. What does this mean for a student who may be struggling? Knouse wants to reduce students’ anxiety, enhance their skills and increase their self-efficacy so that students are more likely to seek graduate training.

“Our proposed approach addresses not just the cognitive aspects of learning, but the crucial role of the expectations, emotions and beliefs that students bring to the classroom,” Knouse said. “Making a positive impact on students’ beliefs about their own capabilities, as they see those capabilities grow throughout the semester, is not just a nice thing that helps people feel good. We think it’s essential to effectively teach all students who enter our classrooms — not just those who arrive already confident in their abilities.”

We know our students are in good hands. Thank you for your hard work, Dr. Knouse!

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