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Kevin Trewartha

2012, PhD Psychology (Research Training Option) (Supervisors: Karen Li and Virginia Penhune)
2007, MA Psychology

Assistant Professor (Department of Cognitive & Learning Sciences and Department of Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University)
Kevin Trewartha

1.     How are you applying your degree in Psychology from Concordia?

My degrees provided me with a solid foundation in experimental design, statistical analysis, and effective communication that has allowed me to excel as a scholar and educator. These research and teaching skills, in addition to the disciplinary knowledge I acquired, are key to my continued success as an academic.

2.     What do you value most from your experience in the Psychology program?

The opportunity to explore interdisciplinary research. Academic discourse, in general, is moving beyond traditional disciplinary silos. Now, there is an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the world, and both research and teaching is becoming increasingly reliant on the integration of multiple perspectives. I was fortunate to develop my interdisciplinary research program at the Laboratory for Adult Development & Cognitive Aging and the Penhune Laboratory, while also broadening my skill set at the Cognition, Aging, and Psychophysiology (CAP) Lab.

3.     Is there a particular memory that stands out from your time at Concordia?

The sense of community, particularly in the Psychology Department. From the moment I arrived as a new graduate student, I was accepted and valued by faculty members, staff and other students. I remain in contact with many of my friends and colleagues from Concordia.

4.     What advice would you give to someone considering graduate studies in a Psychology program?

Seek opportunities to get involved in research beyond your own thesis work. Broadening your perspective to approach problems with an interdisciplinary mindset is important regardless of whether you want to pursue an academic, industry or clinical career. Also, take the time to explore various career options. The academic job market is incredibly competitive, so it is important to understand what other opportunities are available to you. Fortunately, the skills you acquire with a Psychology degree are desirable in many industries; you just have to know where to look!

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