Looking back at 2017: A Year In Review from the Psych Learning Curve.

2017 was a great year for the blog. We highlighted psychologists doing great work, a series on how to get into graduate school and featured many articles on the application of psychology in schools.

As a wrap up to 2017, I’d like to share with you our most popular posts and articles for the year. We look forward to bringing you more great stories from psychology and education in 2018. Thank you for all your support and feedback in our second year!


A Day In The Life Of An Industrial Organizational Psychologist

On my annual family camping trip, I was out on the lake fishing with two of my brothers. We were making small talk as we were getting our lines ready to throw in the water. Then my brother asked a question that seemed almost comical, “Amanda, what do you do, anyway?”

By Amanda H. Woller, MA, PHR, SHRM-CP



10 Ways Schools And Parents Can Help Students With ADHD

Kevin, a bright, enthusiastic second-grader, has tremendous difficulties in school. He can’t seem to pay attention to his teacher’s instruction, gets distracted easily by activities around him, has trouble staying still in his seat, and often bothers his classmates by talking to them during work time or calling out without permission.

By George J. DuPaul, PhD



Learning Myths Vs. Learning Facts


Unless you’ve been under a rock, avoiding the most infamous jargon of education, you’ve heard the term ‘learning styles’. It has become quite the buzzword in the last decade or so and is almost said with a cringe today.

By Blake Harvard



I-O Psychology: From Early Origins To Current Trends

 Industrial-organizational psychologists research and apply principles of psychology to the world of work. Their mission is to identify and apply techniques that benefit not only employers, but also employees.

By Gary F. Coulton, PhD



Just Say No

(To Providing Class Slides)?

“Please Sir, May I have some More?” Oliver Twist’s request for more porridge was denied with vehemence. Sometimes students’ requests for instructor lecture slides are treated similarly. Should teachers give students their slides before or even after class?

Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD



How Do College Freshmen View The Academic Differences Between High School And College?

Psychology teachers can serve an important role as mentors to their students in ways that can help students make a successful transition to college. By sharing information about the differences between the high school and college experiences, teachers can help students understand they will be adjusting to many changes, particularly in terms of expectations.

By Drew C. Appleby, PhD



How Do I Discover My Dream Job In Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology?

Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists use theories and principles from psychology to scientifically study working populations and improve the effectiveness of organizations. However, for aspiring I-O psychologists, it may not be clear what path to follow to land their dream job.

By Tori L. Crain, PhD and Kelly M. Reed, PhD



Social Emotional Learning: A Process, Not A Product

Social and emotional learning as a field of inquiry has gained tremendous momentum in academic research over the past decade.  School leaders, looking for theoretical constructs to build successful school communities, find the pro-social data that supports social and emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom hard to ignore.

By Molly A. Gosline, Ed.M., M.A.


What Students Should Know About Forensic Psychology From A Specialist In The Field

With a surge of awareness from many mainstream media outlets and a newfound push to teach the importance of mental health, psychology has never been more popular and readily accessible to the public. Although there has been an increase in awareness, there are still many fields and subjects of psychology that are not as commonly popular or are simply unknown.

By Isabelle Orozco



Teaching (And Learning) Psychology Statistics In An Age Of Math Anxiety

Every semester, psychology students around the country anxiously file into their required, introductory statistics classes. Although some love it, statistics tends to be difficult and anxiety-producing for psychology students (who sometimes refer to it as Sadistics 101).

By Thomas P. Carpenter, PhD



About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time, Amanda loves pyrography and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.