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Psychology today is all about connections. Connecting better with ourselves, connecting across continents and even virtual connections. Tree trends to follow in the coming years: Whole person health, global psychology, and telemedicine.

Whole person health: In recent years psychologists have begun to emphasize wellness for the whole person. Recognizing how the mind, body, and soul interact, psychologists now encourage healthy eating, exercise, and faith practices to improve and maintain mental health. We can’t feed our brain Cheetos and expect peak performance. Advances in neuroscience have revealed strong evidence of brain plasticity and even the capacity to forestall age-related cognitive decline. Staying connected to our bodies and souls makes for better minds.

Global psychology: Psychology has experienced a renaissance of sorts around the world. With serious threats to mental health such as human trafficking, terrorism, and widespread poverty, psychologists are now joining forces across the globe in research and applied practice. We are stronger and more effective when we collaborate and create interdisciplinary teams. Not only are psychologists traveling across the globe to work in other cultures, the influx of immigrants, refugees, and international students to the United States means psychologists here must also become culturally sensitive and competent to work outside their culture even in their own neighborhood.

Telemedicine: With increasing reliance on our smartphones, tablets, and computers, psychology has become easily mobile. Terapists can Skype with clients when they travel, or provide necessary mental health intervention to remote parts of the world. Missionaries can have emotional support and therapy while still on the mission field. Shut-ins can receive therapy at home. Being connected has never been easier.



As the nation launches into the new Common Core State Standards and continues to wrestle with the difficult task of preparing our youth for an increasingly intellectual and technological workforce, understanding the intricacies of teaching and learning is more important than ever. Research must position itself to address the questions education requires.

What does effective teaching look like in the 21st century and beyond? How do schools and districts transition from the traditional model of teacher-centered instruction to models of collaborative learning aided by technological tools? How do we ensure students are prepared for industries and jobs that have yet to be created? How do we inculcate the mindsets and skills needed for students to be the creators of those new industries? Jessup’s School of Education seeks to pioneer research that addresses these core issues and many more; issues that speak directly to what the K-12 system of schooling is facing today, to provide tangible answers to these real-world questions.

In the midst of developing best practices and models of teaching and learning for a changing landscape, we want to infuse into that discussion a Christ-centered approach to student development and learning. Core to that discussion are research topics focused on character development, socio-emotional education, identifying at-risk youth, meeting the needs of English Language Learners, and closing the achievement gap, to name a few. Our graduate students take advantage of numerous partnerships with area schools and districts to work on research projects that address these important issues and help our schools and districts to identify and implement best practices in service of our youth. Trough these partnerships and the developing research programs, we are addressing future demands of the K-12 system of schools as well as the educational leaders we serve in our programs.

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