Carla M. Strickland-Hughes
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Curriculum Vitae (updated 2021/10/17)
3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211
cstricklandhughes [at] pacific [dot] edu
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I am a social-cognition researcher trained in experimental and intervention methodologies. I joined the Psychology Department at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, USA, in August 2017. My research program aims to enhance memory in adulthood via training and improvement of non-ability factors, such as attitudes and beliefs. For example, my research has demonstrated the power of one's level of confidence in her memory ability. I'm also interested in studying self-regulated learning and metacognition in adulthood, applied to both higher education and aging. Relatedly, because pervasive negative age stereotypes can threaten adults' cognitive performance, my research program aims to improving attitudes and stereotypes about old age and aging that are held by the old and young alike.
I completed my Master of Science (2014) and Doctorate of Philosophy (2017) degrees in psychology, with a gerontology certificate, from the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Robin L. West. I thank her for rigorous training in experimentation and the study of memory, beliefs, and aging. I discovered my passion for psychology of aging as an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University. In Dr. Dana Kotter-Grühn's Psychology of Aging class, I learned that we're getting much better at living longer, but we are only starting to learn about to live longer better. I then discovered my passion for research methods and the science of psychology through research with her and Dr. Thomas M. Hess. I love to share my passions for psychological science and aging with undergraduate and graduate students, and to help them discover their own passions!
When not in the lab or the classroom, I can be found hiking up or skiing down mountains.