Dean of the Faculty

Julia McQuade
Assistant Professor of Psychology

"My primary goal in teaching is to encourage students to become critical thinkers and active and engaged participants in the classroom and their communities. To accomplish this, I emphasize the synthesis and application of course content to real-world contexts and the communication of ideas in verbal and written formats. Coming from a liberal arts undergraduate education myself, I also strongly value the importance of experiential learning and wanted to teach at a college that would support the active involvement of students in research.  The focus of my research is on the examination of cognitive risk factors of social impairment and emotional adjustment for children with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I have specifically focused on the implications of perceived competence (e.g., how children perceive their ability and impairment) and executive functioning (e.g. cognitive abilities implicated in goal-directed behavior and thinking).  I wanted students to be actively involved in all aspects of my research from assisting me with the conceptualization of new study ideas through the data collection and presentation of results.  I have found supervising and mentoring students in research to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my work, and their insight, enthusiasm, and creativity have substantially enriched my research.  Amherst College was an ideal fit for me because the college strongly values both teaching and research and their mission and liberal arts approach to education closely align with my own values as a teacher."

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