CAROLINE GEE 
   |     Department of Psychology



    

Social & Behavioral Sciences Division


 
   

 

About Me


 


I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from UC San Diego in 2009. Although I find all of psychology to be fascinating, my research is primarily focused in two areas: children's social cognitive development, and the psychology of teaching. My research with preschool children has examined their reasoning about sources: who do they believe and when are they more skeptical of new information? Interestingly, these research questions also apply to my research with the psychology of teaching: when do students learn new information and how can we train students (elementary and college students alike) to be critical thinkers?

I started teaching at Saddleback College in 2008. I teach a number of different classes including Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Biological Psychology, Human Sexuality, Developmental Psychology, and Cross-Cultural Psychology. I am so happy that I get to teach a subject that I love to learn about! The main goal of all of my classes is to help students understand how to think like a psychologist: to evaluate new theories and research done in the field. What makes psychology interesting, though, is that it helps to explain many of our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Thus, whenever possible, I try to make connections between psychological research and our everyday lives.

Outside of class, I enjoy photography and cooking, and especially like taking photos of and cooking for my family and friends. I can also be found trying to teach my 8- and 5-year-old children about neurons and the brain (they love the pictures in the Intro Psych textbook!). Other days, I use my expert psychology skills to try to teach my kids to not drink the bath water. Again.

Education:

Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2009

M.A. Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2004

B.S. Psychology and Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2001

Publications:

Sweet, M.A., Heyman, G.D., & Gee, C.L. (under review). Taking others' opinions into account: Do preschoolers consider gender stereotypes?

Gee, C.L. & Heyman, G.D.(2007). Children’s evaluations of other people’s self-descriptions. Social Development, 16, 800-818.

Heyman, G.D., Gee, C. L., & Giles, J.W. (2003). Preschool children's reasoning about ability. Child Development, 74, 516-534.

Contact Information

E-mail: cgee@saddleback.edu

Phone: 949-582-4595

Office: BGS 307