Teaching and Learning Lab

Research Areas:

  • Higher ed. teaching and learning
  • Instructor-student relationship
  • Undergraduate research skills development
  • Open education resources (OER)
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) practices

Lab Projects: 

Adapting “Fundamentals of Psychological Disorders” OER textbook for PSY 3010 Abnormal Psychology

Curating inclusive multi-modal introductory psychology OER content: Interviewing historically underrepresented experts (with OpenStax.org)

Involving undergraduate students in summer research: assessing research skill gains in an open pedagogical design

Productive failure: increase undergraduate research skills through ill-structured activities

What does it look like in therapy?: Using symptommedia.com to enhance clinical teaching and training


Student Projects: (Student project leaders)*

Gender hiring decisions (Jai Earhart)*

Impact of "big points" on learning outcomes (Jackson Stringham & Gracie Winder)*

Minority Ethnic Centrality, Affirmation, and Attitudes Toward Mental Health Care (Chandler Peterson & Allyson Barraza)*

Perceptions of Homelessness Within Utah: Does Religiosity Matter? (Gracie Winder)*



Interested in joining the lab? Email: Dr. Xin Zhao


Lab pictures:

Rocky Mountain Psychological Conference 4/13-4/15/2023


Undergraduate Research Fall Symposium, Weber State University, April 10th, 2023


Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), University of Utah, Feb 17th, 2023  




Lab website updated: 03/30/2023