Visiting Scholars

Fall 2015

Christian Chan, PhD studies community psychology and political psychology, and their intersection. My students and I explore issues pertinent to the wellbeing--broadly defined--of our city and its residents. We strive to make life easier and better for as many people as possible, with as little resources as possible. Currently, my students and I are investigating the psychological aspects of intergroup forgiveness, the impact of spirituality on death anxiety and positive youth development, and the use of smartphone apps to improve psychotherapy and parent-child play. Quite often our work leads us to unfamiliar territories, both physical (e.g., Tacloban) and intellectual. We employ a wide range of research methodologies, including online and lab experiments, longitudinal questionnaires, randomized trials, as well as qualitative interviews. 

Dr. Chan will be presenting at a colloquium on Wednesday, September 16th, from 12-1:30pm in Kimball Hall Lounge. 

Te-Sheng Chang, PhD, is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar under the supervision of Professor Arnold Grossman in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU. Te-Sheng received his PhD from the University of North Texas; and since then, he has been a teacher educator at Hua-Shih College of Education, National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. His research interests include teacher education, multicultural education, and gender education. He comes to NYU to gain a deeper knowledge of programs and studies which help prepare service providers to work with LGBT individuals and to work on LGBT issues in educational, health, research, counseling, and community-based settings. Dr. Chang is particularly interested in learning about the protective factors in the lives of LGBQ youth in Dr. Grossman's "SOGI-Q Study" ("Risk and Protective Factors of Suicide Among Sexual Minority Youth", an NIMH-funded study) that lead to better mental health and well-being. The research issues which Te-Sheng hopes to study while at NYU include: “(1) exploring the different types of challenges encountered by LGBT youth such as stigmatization in a heterosexual society in the U.S., and a cross-cultural analysis of the situation in Taiwan; (2) analyzing the techniques and models that can help mental health practitioners provide a safe and supportive environment, working against prejudice, stigmatization, and oppression of the LGBT youth in the U.S., and their applicability in Taiwan; and (3) presenting the NYU experiences to Taiwan’s campus and community to bring about discussions around the issues, so that he can develop and propose a culturally sensitive model of working with LGBT youth for the school campus and the community in Taiwan.” Te-Sheng is very thankful to NYU for offering this great opportunity to explore his research issues and questions. “People here are so willing to share their knowledge and experiences," he said. "I am so excited to be a visiting scholar at NYU.”

I teach psychology and philosophy of social science, and supervise student theses. My research focuses on fundamental assumptions in development, learning, and psychological growth, important for many areas, such as public health, education, social work, and different psychotherapies. For example, questions concerning the integration of immigrants, social and physical disabilities, and coping strategies. More specifically, my research has focused on conceptual and theoretical questions in psychology, particularly learning and cognition. In these areas, I am the author of several books: Towards Discursive Education. Philosophy, Technology and Modern Education (2010), Cambridge University Press; Understanding Language Acquisition: The Framework of Learning (1993), State University of New York Press and co-editor of two books on cognitive science: The Mind as a Scientific Object: Between Brain and Culture (2005), Oxford University press and The Future of the Cognitive Revolution (1997), Oxford University Press. I have also published a number of articles in international journals on topics related to my books. I have organized a number of International conferences as well as international graduate summer schools and have been a visiting Professor at York University and University of Toronto, Canada for several years. Currently, I am working on a four-year research project investigating conceptual issues in evolutionary psychology and education: Evolutionary educational psychology: a biologising of education? Supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden. In April 2011, my book Towards Discursive Education was nominated by Cambridge University Press for the Grawemeyer Education Award, which is an internationally prestigious award. In November 2013, I was elected a Fellow of World Academy of Art and Science, WAAS.

Tamarie Macon earned a PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan in August 2015. She obtained a master's degree in psychology at the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in public health with a minor in English from Rutgers University. Tamarie's research interests focus on parenting (particularly by fathers) and young children's development of social-emotional competence. Her publications include an examination of the ways that parents socialize adaptive coping of their children, specifically in the context of school-based discrimination (Richardson, Macon, Mustafaa, Bogan, Cole-Lewis, & Chavous, 2014). Her earlier work in public health concerned the experiences of families with children with special health care needs regarding their insurance coverage (Macon, Miller, Gaboda, Simpson, & Cantor, 2007; Miller, Macon, Gaboda, & Cantor, 2011). Tamarie is a two-time recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation for predoctoral work (2011-2014) and dissertation research (2014-2015). She also is a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan (2010-2015). In 2014, she was selected to serve as a teaching consultant at the University's renowned Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Tamarie worked for three years as a legislative aide in the United States Senate before beginning her doctoral studies and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2007.  View Dr. Macon's faculty profile.

Dr. Macon will be presenting at a colloquium on Wednesday, Septemeber 23rd, from 12-1:30pm in Kimball Hall Lounge.