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Student Spotlight: Emily Finney


Educational Psychology Student Emily Finney


Emily Finney


Muskogee, Oklahoma


Ph.D. in Educational Psychology



Expected Graduation Date: 

May 2019

What type of research you are doing within your doctoral program?

My dissertation research will examine the relationships between teacher sense of efficacy, teacher sense of responsibility, classroom management attitude and teacher burnout. It will also explore differences in these constructs between traditionally and alternatively certified teachers.

You were recently selected to participate in the APA Division 15 Claire Ellen Weinstein Annual Graduate Student Seminar in San Francisco this August. Tell us a little more about this highly competitive selection.

It is an honor to be selected to participate in the seminar! I’m excited to meet fellow educational psychology graduate students and make connections with experts in the field. I know one component of the seminar is working with a mentor to develop my professional identity, and I’m so grateful to have that experience as I begin my job search.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I’m the current president of the Educational Psychology Student Society, a Graduate Research Associate for Dr. Mike Yough and a Graduate Teaching Associate for the educational psychology department.

What are you most passionate about?

I’m passionate about using the knowledge I’ve gained in the educational psychology program to give back to the K-12 community. I had the pleasure of working with two of my peers last semester on a multicultural service learning grant that allowed the educational psychology program to collaborate with the English Language Learner and Indian Education programs at Stillwater Public Schools. Additionally, I’m the educational director for a youth theatre camp in Muskogee over the summer. We are putting together a production of Shrek this year and I’m so excited!

How has the OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation impacted you thus far?

First, the EHA is incredibly collaborative! I love the environment and sense of community within the college. That sense of community and collaboration inspired the current vision for the Educational Psychology Student Society, which has had a tremendous impact on my time here. Second, there is never a lack of opportunity within the college. There is always an event to attend, an award to apply for and research to participate in. The College of Education, Health and Aviation has positively impacted my professional growth in research, teaching and service.

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