Wesley College Assistant Professor of Psychology Albee Mendoza presented at the Mid-Atlantic Teachers of Psychology Conference on Sept. 28 at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland.

The MATOP conference brings together teachers of psychology from high schools, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities to share ideas, strategies, and techniques. This year’s MATOP conference focused on trends in teaching psychology.

Mendoza prepared two presentations: “Following the Trend of Open Science in Psychology” and “Lessons Learned Completing a First-Year Seminar.”

The first presentation considered the need for replication and transparency of research. She utilized her own experience working with a student whose capstone project developed into a publication for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research featuring open practice badges.

The second presentation centered on developing a psychology-related first-year seminar. Discussions included strategies about how to balance skill-building and content, how to deal with challenges in motivation, how to incorporate service learning activities, and how to manage classroom behaviors.

Conference travel costs were provided by the Delaware INBRE program, supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences — NIGMS (P20 GM103446) from the National Institutes of Health and the State of Delaware.