Worcester State University
Psychology Department

 

Colleen Sullivan, PhD
Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Office number: Sullivan 241N
Phone: 508-929-8803
Email: colleen.sullivan@worcester.edu 

Education
Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland
M.A., Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland
B.S., Frostburg State University 

Areas of Specialization/Academic Interests
Educational Context of Development
First-year College Student Experience and Transition
Academic and Social Adjustment of First-year Students
Development of Academic Motivation, Use of Learning Strategies, and Academic Self-regulation
Educational Interventions at All Age Levels 

Bio and/or Professional Highlights

Dr. Sullivan’s primary research interest is in the educational context of developmental psychology. Recent research has focused on student academic motivation, use of learning strategies, and academic self-regulation. She will be starting a new research project in the Fall 2013 semester with undergraduate research assistants integrating these topics with the concept of academic entitlement. Dr. Sullivan is also interested in educational transitional periods ranging from early elementary school to college. She has investigated and evaluated educational practices, interventions, and programs that assist students who struggle academically and/or who are experiencing changes due to academic transitions, such as the first year in college. For example, Dr. Sullivan conducted qualitative research on the WSU first-year student transition experience in connection to the First Year Experience Program.

Throughout her undergraduate and graduate school experience, Dr. Sullivan’s passion for teaching developed through her own interactions with supportive professors and one-on-one research experiences and mentoring. She strives to provide students the same experience that she received at a small state university. Dr. Sullivan and her undergraduate student researchers have presented at local and national conferences, and she hopes to continue this tradition with Worcester State University students.

Publications

Sullivan, C. J. & Baker, L. (in preparation).  First-year students’ transition to college: An evaluation of academic self-regulation, college adjustment, and academic performance during the first semester.

Sullivan, C. J. & Baker, L. (2013). A course to enhance motivation and strategy use. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 17, 43-48. 

Boot, L., Sonnenschein, S., Baker, L., Zhang, D., Gurzick, D., & Sullivan, C. J. (2009).  The fieldtrip project.  Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 1, 79-88.

Sullivan, C. J. & Buckner, C. (2005). The effect of perceived role models on college students’ purchasing intention and behavior. Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Journal, 10, 66-71.

Conference Presentations

* = undergraduate student presenter 

Sullivan, C. J., Eduljee, N., & Pinkham, K.* (2012, October). Motivational beliefs and use of learning strategies during the first year of college: A longitudinal study. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, MA.

Sullivan, C. J. & Eduljee, N. (2012, May). First-year college students’ motivational beliefs, use of learning strategies, work status, and academic performance. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL. 

Sullivan, C. J. & Baker, L. (2012, March). First-year college students’ use of learning strategies and the relation to college adjustment and performance. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Baker, L., Sullivan, C. J. & Garrett, A. J. (2011, March). Increasing the odds of reading at developmentally-appropriate levels in grade 1 through a response to intervention (RTI) approach.  Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

Sullivan, C. J. & Baker, L. (2010, March). College students’ learning strategies: What is the impact of first-year experience courses?  Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Sullivan, C. J., Alam, P.*, & Baker, L. (2010, March). Making the transition to college?: How first generation students compare to their peers.  Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 

Sullivan, C. J., Garrett, A. J., & Baker, L. (2009, April). The effectiveness of early identification for reading intervention in pre-kindergarten through first grade.  Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Baker, L., Sonnenschein, S., Boot, L., Gurzick, D., & Sullivan, C. J. (2009, April).  Engaging adolescents in discussions about their education through an Internet-based multimedia community.  Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO. 

Boot, L., Baker, L., Sonnenschein, S., Gurzick, D., & Sullivan, C. J. (2008, November).  The Fieldtrip Project: Teens’ cellcam films balanced authenticity and expertise to spark online peer discussions to increase engagement in education.  Paper presentation at the Ubiquitous Learning International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Montgomery, J. A., Garrett, A. J., Sullivan, C. J., & Baker, L. (2008, March). Testing the paradigm: Is RTI an effective identification and intervention tool during pre-kindergarten and kindergarten? Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Sullivan, C. J. & Cheah, C. S. L. (2007, April). Adolescent mothers’ future education goals: Self-esteem and the moderating role of academic motivation. Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA. 

Sullivan, C. J. & Cheah, C. S. L. (2006, March). The influence of stress and social support on Canadian young mothers. Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Francisco, CA. 

Sullivan, C. J. & Cheah, C. S. L. (2005, April). The role of ethnicity and self-esteem in the parenting styles of young mothers. Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Bradley, M. E., Wilson, J. H., Markel, K., Warren, M., & Sullivan, C. J. (2004, April). Under pressure: Assessment and treatment of test anxiety in grade school children. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.  

Sullivan, C. J. (2004, April). The effect of perceived role models on college students’ purchasing intention and behavior. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Courses Taught
PS 205 – Research Methods
PS 210 – Developmental Psychology
PS 310 – Development of Exceptional Children and Youth
LC 293 – Peer Mentoring

 
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