UNM Educational Psychology

UNM Educational Psychology

Psychology asks 'why.'
Ed. Psych applies that to the acquisition of knowledge. learn better. teach better. teach people how to teach better. be better.


So this is what assimilation and accommodation actually look like?!?!?!?!?!?

Swiss psychologist and genetic epistemologist Jean Piaget sitting in his home office, 1979.

Credited as a pioneer of the constructivist theory, which suggests that people actively construct their knowledge of the world based on the interactions between their ideas and their experiences.


UNM EDPY has some amazing alumni! Recent grad Dr Krystal Ward was featured in a celebration of Women’s history month. Check out her story below & let us know what you have been up to lately.

Timeline photos 02/11/2021

Calling all teachers! If you're looking to advance your teaching license, join us next week for a virtual session on our Masters programs! Click the link to register: https://forms.office.com/r/puVBjbRUkN


We had the pleasure and honor of a visit from him in SImpson Hall some years ago. Very sorry to hear that he as passed.

We are sorry to announce that on October 20th, 2021 Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has died at the age of 87. He spent his last days at home, surrounded by his family.


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was born in Fiume, Italy on September 29, 1934, the son of Hungarian diplomat Alfred Csikszentmihalyi (né Hausenblasz) and Edith Jankovich de Jeszenicze. As a refugee in postwar Rome, he attended the Classical Gymnasium “Torquato Tasso,” and later developed an interest in psychology. He moved to the United States in 1956 to pursue that interest, attending the University of Chicago where he wrote a Ph.D on artistic creativity with Jacob W. Getzels. After spending six years teaching at Lake Forest College, he returned to Chicago to join the faculty in 1971. He remained there for three decades before moving to Claremont Graduate University where founded the Quality of Life Research Center in 2000 and taught until his retirement.

Csikszentmihalyi is best known for his work on the concept of “Flow,” used to describe a state of optimal experience where one’s skills match the challenges of a situation, and also for his role as a founder of the subfield of positive psychology. Underlying this work was his groundbreaking use of pagers and questionnaires to produce a database based on people’s self-reports of their ordinary experience. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience became a bestseller in 1990, introducing conclusions based on his experiential database using warm, humanistic prose. The Evolving Self (1993), Creativity (1996), and Good Business (2003) expanded his theories in a variety of directions. Because his method generated a cross-section of daily experience, his psychology paid more attention to positive states like enjoyment and creativity than many of his predecessors, and formed the theoretical background of his collaboration with Martin Seligman on their influential 2000 article in American Psychologist that introduced positive psychology. This work was recognized by appointment as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his receipt of the 2009 Clifton Strengths Prize and the 2011 Széchenyi Prize.

In Chicago, Mihaly met Isabella Selega, a graduate student in Russian history, and they were married in 1961 at Saint Hyacinth’s. She was at her husband’s side when he passed away sixty years later. Their two children, Mark and Christopher, followed him into academics, and currently teach at UC-Berkeley and Cornell University. Mihaly was a loving father-in-law to their respective partners Annie Hope and Gemma Rodrigues, and a caring grandfather to Emily Isabella, Henry Stephen, Kinga Jane, Aschalew, Zofia Rose, and Iris Althea Diana Isabella.

Mihaly had a sharp sense of humor, especially his penchant for making absurd or ironic comments in a deliberately impassive manner. His empathetic nature and low-key style of presentation could also take people by surprise, and were one reason for his popularity and long-lasting friendships with students, colleagues and readers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Center for Biological Diversity (www.biologicaldiversity.org) and Habitat for Humanity.


It’s not too late to sign up!

Check out our exciting line-up for next month's virtual conference ($50 fee/$25 for students) Oct. 12-15
Power & Knowledge: Implications for Our Social World


Have you registered for the the 2021 Scholarly Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education (SCIPIE) conference, yet? The conference is October 12-15 and virtual. As a student, $25 gets you registered as well as two years of membership! As the only professional organization dedicated to Educational Psychology don't miss this opportunity to join! http://scipie.org/2021-conference


Join us on Wednesday, September 22nd at 6:30 for our first social of the semester. We will be gathering at Bosque Brewing (106 Girard Blvd SE, Suite. B) and we hope to see you there!


Congratulations, Dr. Cari Hushman, on achieving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor of Educational Psychology! We're very proud of you and your work.

Faculty Positions - College of Education & Human Development 23/07/2021

The Department of Educational Policy Studies (EPS) at Georgia State University invites applications for the tenure-track position of assistant professor starting August 2022. Candidates must have an earned doctorate with an emphasis on quantitative methodology and evidence of previous application of these methods to relevant issues in education. https://education.gsu.edu/about-the-college-of-education/faculty-positions/ -log23-002

Faculty Positions - College of Education & Human Development Open faculty positions at the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. Learn how to apply for our positions.


Refresh with Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico.

Summer, and especially this summer, is a great time for refreshing. We refill our spirits, reinspire our minds, and reinvigorate our bodies. WASH NM has reflected on our work since June, 2020. We’ve selected some of our favorite pieces from the WASH’s first year to share with you now. Their relevance yet seems fresh while their content feels timeless. Refresh at https://coe.unm.edu/departments-programs/ifce/wash-nm.html.

3 Questions 10/06/2021

There's Kat Keener, a recent EDPY Alum, throwing a frisbee in the Santa Fe Reporter!

3 Questions With Santa Fe Ultimate Summer League Representative Kat Keener


Explore and try something new this month with Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico.

Summer is free of the molding and constraints of schools for kids. It also relaxes constraints on adults. And that’s when we’re not emerging from a fifteen-month-long pandemic! Summer is an awesome time to consider who we are, to try new things, to try new parts of who we are. To explore. Whether that’s Pride Month in June, or pent-up vacation travel, or redefining “normal”, explore this summer at https://coe.unm.edu/departments-programs/ifce/wash-nm.html.


We're delighted to announce two Keynote Speakers for Dr. Clark Chinn & Dr. Thomas Teo


Also, don't forget to check out the theme for this year's SCIPIE conference!

If you haven't yet, check out the theme for this fall's SCIPIE conference. "Power and Knowledge: Implications for Our Social World"



Check out the keynote speakers for the SCIPIE conference....

We're delighted to announce two Keynote Speakers for Dr. Thomas Teo & Dr. Clark Chinn


Caregivers get some attention for themselves this month at Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico.

We’re mindful of how difficult the pandemic has been on caregivers. Those taking care of children or parents; those taking care of the ill or elderly. We’re mindful of the toll the pandemic has taken on women and minorities especially. Caregiving comes at considerable cost, although it affords many benefits as well.

Give the caregivers some attention at https://coe.unm.edu/departments-programs/ifce/wash-nm.html


Congratulations to our own Dr. Martin Jones....the most recent UNM Fulbright Fellow!

Dr. Jones received a Fulbright scholar award, which involved both teaching and researching at the University College Dublin for spring, 2022 semester. Dr. Jones will work alongside colleagues at University College Dublin to implement social network analyses in the Children’s School Lives Study. Results will help demonstrate how peer relationships impact children’s wellbeing for both migrant children and children with special educational needs in Ireland. Data will also help identify school, family, and student factors that can help support social inclusion in Irish schools. Findings may then be applied to the students of New Mexico to find better ways of educating all New Mexico children.

Dr. Jones will also be teaching multiple graduate level courses at the University College Dublin in the spring of 2022.

2021 Conference — SCIPIE 04/05/2021

Don't forget to send a proposal to the SCIPIE conference! Find out more at http://scipie.org/2021-conference

2021 Conference — SCIPIE We are proud to invite you to join us for the 9th biennial conference of the Scholarly Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education (SCIPIE). SCIPIE conferences traditionally focus on complex problems found at the intersection of education and psychology. A description of the 2021 conference th...


School’s In at Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico.

Schooling as we knew it has changed forever. What have teachers and kids lost? What have they gained? How do kids, parents, teachers, schools go forward from here, attending not just to learning but to all aspects of the benefits of schooling?

Come back into schools with us at https://coe.unm.edu/departments-programs/ifce/wash-nm.html .


Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico is thinking about anniversaries.

Anniversaries can be joyous, like a wedding anniversary or Independence Day; they can be bittersweet, like a loved one’s birthday after they’ve passed away; or they can be grim, like the date of a car accident or 9/11. As we mark one year since COVID-19 changed so much for us and around us, we consider what kind of anniversary that is. More broadly, we also consider how we can mark any anniversary so it contributes to our wellbeing.

Mark anniversaries with us at https://coe.unm.edu/departments-programs/ifce/wash-nm.html.

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