Dr. Kristel Gallagher receives Psychology Network award

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Posted: 04/03/2014

Kristel GallagherLa Plume –- Keystone College Assistant Professor Kristel M. Gallagher, Ph.D., received honorable mention in the 2014 Action Teaching Award competition sponsored by the Social Psychology Network. The honor recognized Dr. Gallagher’s excellence in “action teaching” and shares her work with network members.

Dr. Gallagher’s entry, “Taking Social Psychology to the Streets: Humans of Northeast Pennsylvania,” highlighted an assignment from a social psychology course she teaches. As part of the course, students in her class were sent into the local community to find five people or groups of people they considered in some way to be different than themselves. With consent, students took a picture and asked a few questions of their subjects. The assignment continued as part of a Facebook group where students shared photos and commented on posts throughout the semester.

The purpose of the project was to help the college students become aware of the everyday diversity which exists around them and sought to reduce stereotypes toward unfamiliar or misunderstood people.  

“Social psychology lends itself well to action teaching because many of its central themes relate to societal issues,” Dr. Gallagher said. “This assignment helped students experience first hand the power of simple human interactions in fostering a culture of acceptance and understanding.”

Dr. Gallagher received a bachelor’s in psychology from Waynesburg University and a master’s in experimental social and health psychology and a doctorate in experimental social and health psychology from Kent State University