Assistant Professor of Psychology
What is your background in Psychology?
My training is in Experimental Psychology with an Emphasis in Social Psychology and a minor in Quantitative Methods. I matriculated through a graduate Lifespan Developmental Program, so I also have extensive background in Developmental Psychology. My connection to Counseling Psychology comes in the form of research. My research focus is self-regulation, more specifically goal pursuit. This focus can be applied to Counseling Psychology in many ways. For example, research could examine client goals while in therapy, the congruence of client goals with the chosen therapy, or treatment planning.
Please Describe Your Current Research Program.
My research has three focus areas that include goal pursuit, student motivation/performance, and diversity. The focus areas make up the acronym for my lab, which I refer to as the GSD Lab (Goal pursuit, Student motivation/performance, and Diversity). My current focus is on goal commitment and student performance as well as goal pursuit in diverse populations. One of my major projects right now focuses on teaching goal pursuit strategies and methods to under-prepared students. Another project that I am working on focuses on academic goal commitment in STEM courses.
Are You Accepting Any New Students into Your Lab/Workgroups?
Yes, I am accepting motivated, organized, and curious undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in joining the GSD Lab, please complete and return a GSD Lab application to Dr. Darshon Anderson, Mashburn Hall 257, or email your completed application to me.