Using Psychology to Teach:  Teaching Tips for Effective Learning

Jeffrey S. Nevid, Ph.D., ABPP
Department of Psychology, St. John’s University (Jamaica, NY)

Co-sponsored by the FAU Department of Psychology and the Center for Teaching and Learning

Date:       Thursday, March 20, 2008
Time:       2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Student Support Services (SU) Conference Room 113

Dr. Nevid is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at St. John's University. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and was a NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mental Health Evaluation Research at Northwestern University. Dr. Nevid holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and has served as Associate Editor of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and as Consulting Editor for the journals Health Psychology and Psychology and Marketing. Dr. Nevid has published more than 50 research articles in leading scientific journals and is the author or coauthor of 11 books, including BT/Behavior Therapy and the textbooks Psychology: Concepts & Applications, Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity, Your Health and Health in the New Millennium. Dr. Nevid teaches graduate courses in the areas of behavior therapy, clinical research methods, and objective personality tests, as well as supervising doctoral students in cognitive behavior therapy. He has extensive research interests in the areas of clinical psychology, health psychology, implicit cognition, and teaching of psychology. His research interests include cognitive-behavioral therapy, smoking cessation, pedagogical research and graphing techniques, virtual reality therapy, math anxiety, investment psychology, and cross-cultural differences in psychopathology and assessment.


Critics contend that the traditional lecture format fails to help students become more active learners capable of doing more than just regurgitating knowledge passively learned. This presentation focuses on how instructors can apply knowledge gained from research on memory and pedagogy to engage students in the learning process and help them become more effective learners. The pedagogical framework of the “Four E’s of Effective Learning” provides a useful heuristic for classroom instructors in helping students become more effective learners. The techniques discussed include signaling techniques, interactive concept mapping, classroom demonstrations, mastery quizzing, storytelling, and use of movie clips as lecture starters.

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