A licensed clinical professional counselor who wants students to use psychology every day.
According to Kristina Wright, people encounter psychology concepts everywhere — and learning the patterns behind behavior can help us look into the human mind with compassion. She brings her decade of experience as a licensed clinical professional counselor into the classroom, and she hopes that her students get excited about studying Psychology. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Clemson University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Towson University.
What do you find most fascinating about Psychology?
I may be biased here, but there are so many interesting facts and elements to it. Seeing how people operate has always fascinated me — studying people as a whole, learning why people do the things they do and behave in different ways. When I was a student, I didn’t realize that some of my interactions were the budding version of me going into the field of psychology. I especially like to see how different cultures influence both human behavior and how we study it.
How do you encourage your students to feel just as fascinated?
A lot of students, especially with social media, come across people sharing claims about human behavior. I like to give them the education and evidence to vet those claims, since Psychology is one of those few subjects where you learn human behavior. I try to make connections to the things they’re already talking about with friends and commenting on with social media, to show them it’s already been studied in detail.
How does your experience as a therapist influence your teaching?
I used to work in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and I’ve worked with people of all different backgrounds. The youngest I’ve worked with was 5 and the oldest was 75. I’ve learned what works with different populations and what doesn’t work, and I’ve found that generalizations about people are usually wrong. I bring this diverse experience to undergraduate students, so they can have this perspective right off the bat as opposed to waiting until they face it themselves.