Megan Meyer, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
- Influences on preferred body type; changes in body image, self-esteem, and self-efficacy in females as a function of strength training
- Sensation and perception
How I Make a Difference in Teaching:
There is much more happening in a classroom than simply the transmission of knowledge. A goal that I set for myself is to focus on “connections over content.” Learning is enhanced when students can connect to material and appreciate how it relates to content from other courses as well as to their own lives. I seek to maintain a supportive learning environment in which I encourage students to test their abilities and to stretch their limits. I try to impart the idea that making mistakes, or even initially failing at mastery, is acceptable as long as something is gained from the experience and that the knowledge is later applied. My teaching philosophy is based on three primary objectives that serve as the foundation for my courses:
- Create an engaging and respectful environment
- Challenge my students to strive for excellence
- Cultivate enthusiasm for learning
My own interest in psychology was the product of a group of enthusiastic and engaging college professors. Through teaching, I wish to inspire a curiosity about the study of psychology that transcends the classroom.
Megan L. Meyer, PhD, is a member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences teaching faculty. Professor Meyer completed her BA in Psychology at The College of New Jersey. She earned her MA and PhD in Experimental Psychology from Temple University. Her masters and doctoral research was in the area of sensation and perception with a focus in visual perception. She teaches undergraduate psychology courses including Statistics, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods and Sensation and Perception. For the last 12 years, Professor Meyer has been involved with community-based service with undergraduate students in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.