I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from UC San Diego in 2009. Although I find all of psychology to be fascinating, my research is primarily focused in two areas: children's social cognitive development, and the psychology of teaching. My research with preschool children has examined their reasoning about sources: who do they believe and when are they more skeptical of new information? Interestingly, these research questions also apply to my research with the psychology of teaching: when do students learn new information and how can we train students (elementary and college students alike) to be critical thinkers?
I started teaching at Saddleback College in 2008. I teach a number of different classes including Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Biological Psychology, Human Sexuality, Developmental Psychology, and Cross-Cultural Psychology. I am so happy that I get to teach a subject that I love to learn about! The main goal of all of my classes is to help students understand how to think like a psychologist: to evaluate new theories and research done in the field. What makes psychology interesting, though, is that it helps to explain many of our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Thus, whenever possible, I try to make connections between psychological research and our everyday lives.
Outside of class, I enjoy photography and cooking, and especially like taking photos of and cooking for my family and friends. I can also be found trying to teach my 8- and 5-year-old children about neurons and the brain (they love the pictures in the Intro Psych textbook!). Other days, I use my expert psychology skills to try to teach my kids to not drink the bath water. Again.
Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2009
M.A. Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2004
B.S. Psychology and Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2001
Sweet, M.A., Heyman, G.D., & Gee, C.L. (under review). Taking others' opinions into account: Do preschoolers consider gender stereotypes?
Gee, C.L. & Heyman, G.D.(2007). Children’s evaluations of other people’s self-descriptions. Social Development, 16, 800-818.
Heyman, G.D., Gee, C. L., & Giles, J.W. (2003). Preschool children's reasoning about ability. Child Development, 74, 516-534.
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Office hours for Fall 2012: Tuesday and Thursday 10:15-10:45am, Wednesday 8:45-11:15, and by appointment