Dr. Katelyn Poelker

Assistant Professor of Psychology
616.395.7726poelker@hope.edu
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Katelyn began her career at Hope in fall 2017. She regularly teaches PSY 230: Lifespan Development in addition to other courses like PSY 390: Advanced Research, PSY 395: Psychology and Culture, and PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology. 

AREAS OF Expertise

Katelyn's research interests are related to adolescents' socio-emotional development and how culture shapes developmental processes. She is particularly interested working with Guatemalan and other Latin American youth, including at-risk children and adolescents. Katelyn is currently evaluating the effectiveness of gratitude interventions to foster well-being among Guatemalan adolescents. In addition, she is also collaborating with a team in Guatemala to investigate adolescent identity development using a mixed-methods approach. Both projects are related to her goal of producing science that can be translated into practice to better the lives of young people around the world. She is also pursuing research related to gender roles and women's empowerment and health in Latin America.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., experimental psychology (developmental psychology), Saint Louis University, 2017
  • M.S., experimental psychology (developmental psychology), Saint Louis University, 2014
  • B.A., psychology, Saint Louis University, 2012

Selected Presentations and awards

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • “Help and empathy: Guatemalan adolescents’ living in diverse socioeconomic conditions,” with J.L. Gibbons, N. Silagi and M. Teuthorn, poster to be presented at the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, August 2018
  • “Adding international and cultural content to the adolescent psychology course,” with J.L. Gibbons and R. Fanjul de Marsicovetere, paper to presented at the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, August 2018
  • “Having the number of children they want: Empowerment of Latin American women,” with J.L. Gibbons and S.R. Hudock, paper to be presented at the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, February 2018
  • “Feeling grateful and hassled: Within-country diversity in Guatemalan adolescents,” with J.L. Gibbons, N. Marsicovetere Fanjul, A, Arens, C. Maxwell and J. Dolan, paper presented at the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Las Vegas, February 2018
  • “Internationalizing the international psychology curriculum,” with J.L. Gibbons and C.P. Zalaquett, paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., August 2017

Awards:

  • Marilyn K. Rigby Award for Outstanding Student in Experimental Psychology, Saint Louis University, April 2017
  • Olson Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Experimental Psychology, Saint Louis University, April 2017 
  • PEO Scholar, Academic Year, 2016–2017
  • John G. Napoli Award for Graduate Student Teaching, Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University, April 2016
  • Saint Louis University Graduate Student Association’s 2016 Graduate Student Teaching Award, April 2016

Published Work

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Selected Books Chapters and Book Reviews:

  • “Teaching adolescent development from an international and cultural perspective,” with J.L. Gibbons, in K. Keith (ed.), Culture across the Curriculum, Cambridge University Press, in press
  • “Introduction to psychology,” with J.L. Gibbons and C.P. Zalaquett, in G. Rich, U.P. Gielen and H. Takooshian (eds.), Internationalizing the Teaching of Psychology, Information Age Publishing, in press
  • “Women in South Africa: Striving for full equality post-apartheid,” with J.L. Gibbons, J. L. and M. Moletsane-Kekae, in C.M. Brown, U.P. Gielen, J.L. Gibbons and J. Kuriansky (eds.), Women’s Evolving Lives: Global and Psychosocial Perspectives, Springer, in press
  • “The status of women: Worldwide trends,” with J.L. Gibbons and N.M. Summers, in C.M. Brown, U.P. Gielen, J.L. Gibbons and J. Kuriansky (eds.),Women’s Evolving Lives: Global and Psychosocial Perspectives, Springer, in press
  • “Women in Iran,” with S. Mortazavi, in C.M. Brown, U.P. Gielen, J.L. Gibbons and J. Kuriansky (eds.), Women’s Evolving Lives: Global and Psychosocial Perspectives, Springer, in press

Outside the College

Outside of the classroom and the research lab, Katelyn loves taking her Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Ruby, for long walks. She also enjoys international travel and treasures the time she can spend with dear friends and collaborators in Guatemala. 

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Dr. Katelyn Poelker

Phone Number616.395.7726

Schaap Science Center 1162 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423
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