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Mary Beth LeibhamMary Beth Leibham

Degree: Ph.D. Indiana University
Area: Educational Psychology
Position: Associate Professor
Office: HHH 259
Phone: (715) 836-4536
Email: leibhame@uwec.edu

 

 

Teaching Interests

I consider teaching a privilege and I aim to encourage my students to become active participants in the learning process. Further, I believe that teaching and learning is a reciprocal process involving both the teacher and the student and I hope to learn as much from my students as they learn from me. As an educational and developmental psychologist, I am passionate about teaching the following courses:

PSYC 260: Educational Psychology

PSYC 331: Child Psychology

PSYC 332: Adolescent Development

PSYC 334: Psychology of the Exceptional Child

PSYC 425/625: Advanced Educational Psychology

Research Interests

My early research interests focused on children's cognitive development, particularly the development of females' science interests, and how these interests relate to their subsequent science academic motivation and achievement. More recently, my research interests have evolved into college students' cognitive and socioemotional development, specifically academic motivation, perfectionism, and self-compassion. In addition to my interests in college students' cognitive and socioemotional development, I am also interested in campus climate issues surrounding disability awareness, particularly college students' attitudes towards their peers with disabilities.

Student Engagement

I enjoy working with undergraduate research assistants and typically have 4 to 7 research assistants working with me each semester. These students gain experience conceptualizing research interests, conducting literature searches, reading empirical research, formulating research questions, designing study methodology, and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data and findings. I encourage students who have interests in one of my two areas of research (college student academic motivation or disability awareness) to contact me if they would like to learn more about my work with undergraduate research assistants.

In addition to working with undergraduate research assistants, I also enjoy working with graduate students in our School Psychology program. I have been involved in many graduate students' thesis projects, either as a thesis advisor or as a committee member. While many of the graduate students I have worked with have had interests in academic motivation or disability-related topics, I encourage all graduate students with general interests in educational and/or developmental psychology to contact me if you would like to learn more about my involvement with the School Psychology program.

Selected Publications

Alexander, J. M., Johnson, K. E., & Leibham, M. E. (2015). Emerging individual interests related to science in young children. In K.A. Renninger, M. Nieswandt, &S. Hidi (Eds.), Interest in math and science learning (pp. 261 -279). Washington, D. C.: AERA.

Leibham , M. B ., Alexander, J. M., & Johnson, K. E., (2013). Science interests in preschool boys and girls: Relations to later self-concept and science achievement. Science Education, 97, 574-593.

Larson, J., Young, A., & Leibham, M. B. (2011). Reading to learn: Engaging university students in meaningful reading and discussion. Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, 1, 21-31.

Alexander, J. M.,  Johnson, K. E., Leibham, M. B., & Kelley, K. (2008).The development of conceptual interests in young children. Cognitive Development, 23, 324-334.

Leibham, M. B., Alexander, J. M., & Johnson, K. E. (2005). Parenting behaviors associated with the maintenance of preschoolers' interests: A prospective longitudinal study . Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology , 26, 397-414.

Johnson, K. E., Alexander, J. M., Spencer, S., Leibham , M. B ., & Neitzel, C. (2004). Factors associated with the early emergence of intense  interests within conceptual domains. Cognitive Development, 19, 325-343.

Alexander, J. M., Johnson, K. E., Leibham , M. B ., & Kendrick, C. M. (2004). Constructing domain-specific knowledge in kindergarten: Relations among knowledge, intelligence, and strategic performance. Learning and Individual Differences, 15, 35-52 .

Selected Presentations (representing my work with student research assistants):

Beck, K., Marx, A., Niquette, M., Prahl, A., Risberg, K., & Leibham, M. B. (2015, April). Exploring the campus climate surrounding disabilities. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Geis, H., & Leibham, M. B. (2015, April). Perfectionism, self-handicapping, and academic boredom: Honors vs. non-honors students. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Beck, K., Risberg, K., & Leibham, M. B. (2014, May). Exploring college students' perceptions of their peers with disabilities. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Geis, H., Hughes, K., & Leibham, M. B. (2014, May). Exploring honors students' levels of academic motivation, perfectionism, and test anxiety. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Hughes, K., Geis, H., & Leibham, M. B. (2014, May). GPA satisfaction: Do perfectionism, academic major, and honors enrollment matter? Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Bieno, G. A., & Leibham, M. B. (2013, May). The effectiveness of a post-secondary readiness intervention in increasing students' academic preparation knowledge: Self-efficacy as a mediating factor. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Geis, H. R., Weber, B. A., & Leibham, M. B. (2013, May). Exploring the relationships among college students' goal orientations, perfectionism, and academic self-efficacy. Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Kluegel, K. M., Tomfohrde, O. J., & Leibham, M. B. (2013, May). College students' attitudes toward and knowledge of disabilities: Does religiosity matter? Poster session presented at the Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Awards/Honors

UWEC Services for Students with Disabilities Recognition Award, 2013

UWEC Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Fellow, 2012-2013

UW Office of Professional and Instructional Development, Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, 2010-2011