Amanda Berhenke

Department:Psychology & Education
Title:Assistant Professor
Background:M.S., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Office:Weldon Hall, Room 204
Phone:(203) 672-6778

PY 111 Introduction to Psychology (Day and Evening)
PY 132 The Development of Play (Day)
PY 325 & 325W Experimental Methods and Research Design (Day and Evening)
PY 330 Child Psychology (Day and Evening)
PY 340 Adolescent Psychology (Day)
PY 550 Special Topics: Lifespan Development (Evening)
ED 251 Special Topics: Field Experience in Early Childhood Classrooms (Day)

Before my career in academia, I worked as a junior high school alternative education teacher, a third grade inclusion teacher, and a PK-8th grade special areas teacher. My teaching experiences led me to believe that earlier interventions (such as those in preschool and kindergarten) would be more helpful for children's academic trajectories, motivation for learning, and self-regulatory skills than those interventions issued in adolescence when students had already been struggling for so many years. At Michigan, I pursued a combined doctorate in both Education and Psychology and researched how key aspects of educational settings and instruction could improve children's development of both motivation and self-regulation skills, and how these skills, in turn, related to greater learning in the early years of school. At Albertus, I teach classes in Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood Education, and Research Methods and Design, all of which relate to my passion for using science to improve children's lives.

Publications & Awards

Berhenke, A., Miller, A., Brown, E., Seifer, R., & Dickstein, S. (2011). Observed emotional and behavioral indicators of motivation predict school readiness in Head Start graduates. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26, 430-441. Awards: - Rackham Regents' Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2006-2009 - Barbara Oleshansky Award, University of Michigan, 2009 - Barbara Perry Roberson Research Scholarship, University of Michigan, 2009 - Susan Lipschutz Award, University of Michigan, 2011 - Office of the Vice President for Research Research Grant (with Elisabeth De Groot), University of Michigan, 2011 - Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of Michigan School of Education, 2012 - Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2012

Professional Affiliations:

I work with the Connecticut chapter of Teach For America to support the development of Corps members' teaching skills during their two-year commitment and beyond.


Amanda Berhenke