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Amy A. Hackney, PhD
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1. From where did you earn your degree?

I got my bachelors degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, I got my masters and PhD. In psychology at St. Louis University.


2. What is your degree(including grad school)?

I came to GSU in the fall of 2004 right after I got my PhD. And I came here because I interviewed with them and I liked the fact that GSU has a fairly diverse campus compared to a lot of other schools.


4. Have you taught at other universities and colleges and if so what subjects did you teach?

I taught as a graduate student but this is my first job since receiving my PhD.




5. What courses have you taught at GSU or currently teaching; how arethey different from other universities?

I'm currently teaching social psychology, senior research, a graduate course-research and I also teach psychology of gender and psychology of law. I think the difference in our departments is that we teach our more research methods than other departments and we have a fairly heavy research infasis, which I think is a good thing especially for students who want to go on to graduate school. So I think our students get more exposure to different types of research methods and I think its also unusual that our students actually carry out research projects especially in the three different classes.



6. What was the teacher to student ratio when you arrived here?

Im not sure but in most of my classes I have about 35 students per class.





7. What classes were offered when you started at GSU and how has that changed from when you started?

Its been pretty flexible when I first got here psychology of law wasn't on the books and I asked if I could develop that course, so that was something that I was able to add. The other courses social psychology, psychology of gender and all of the research methods courses were already offered when I got here.





8. What were student's attitudes toward psychology when you started and how have they changed over the years?

To what do you attribute these changes if any? I haven't seen much difference since I've been here...its just been since 2003 so I'm only in my 3rd year and my students have had a very positive attitude towards psychology and have been pretty motivated and have been really good students, so since I've been here since 2003 students have been very interested.



11. What is your favorite course to teach?

My favorite course to teach is social psychology.

12. From what you can tell, what are student's favorite courses?

Probably social psychology.



13. Do you see a correlation in classes that you or students find favorable and high grades?

There probably is some truth to that in that the more a student likes a class the more they are going to attend that class and I know in my classes I tend to find a correlation between class attendance and exam scores, so if a student comes to class because they enjoy it then that would relate to their exam scores.



14. What types of research have you been, or are currently involved in?

I'm doing a couple of research projects. My main area of interest is stereotypes and prejudices and I'm interested in how stereotypes and prejudices affect legal systems such as how jurors may use stereotypes in making a decision that's one area of research I'm working on and I'm developing a new study with another student that basically looks at things like racial profiling and whether majority members may take advantage of the discrimination of minority members.



15. Have you, or do you have a private practice? If so, what kinds of patients did you or do you see?

I don't have a private practice.




16. What are some things that you hope to see happen in the Psychology department in the future(5/10 years)? In addition, is there a psychology course not offered at GSU that you would like to see offered, or would like to teach?

I hope that our undergraduate program just keeps getting better and that we can continue having closer connections with our graduate students. I would like to see more undergraduates join our psychology coalition and I would love to see more undergraduates take an interest in conducting research on their own or with a faculty member and going to conferences. At the masters level I would really want to work on a better experimental masters program and that's something that I hope we get more applicants for. I would like to develop a psychology of prejudice psychology of oppression course.



17. Do you for see the number of psychology students, or an interest in psychology in general growing at GSU?

I'm not sure if we've reached the cap on it or not it's been good for many years.


18. What is your response to the possibility of the offering of a PsyD program at GSU and how would you see yourself getting involved in the program if the program is commenced?

I think the PsyD program is a good thing for the department, as a whole it will give more attention to our program. It will bring in a higher level of students in addition to what we already have and may even bring us new resources. I hope that I will be apart in teaching PsyD students how to conduct research.


19. What is the best and worst thing of being a psychologist/professor at GSU?

The best thing is getting to know the students and the worst thing is being extremely busy and not having all the time that I want or need.


20. What do you look forward to the most after leaving GSU?

That's going to be sometime from now and I don't know I haven't thought about that yet.



21. Finally, what advice would you give to students interested in pursuing a degree in Psychology?

I would advise students to get to know a faculty member and to visit faculty members office hours or to find a way to get involved with faculty members research in general we really like to work with students.

Contact:
Ben Kellum
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