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McNair Scholar 2014Amanda E. Geldert

Amanda E. Geldert is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in child psychology. Her research interests revolve around understanding how to help children improve their lively-hood and meet their goals. Ms. Geldert plans on obtaining her Master of Social Work, here in the Twin Cities.

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My dream is to receive my Master of Social work and to help empower children who are of underrepresented groups to increase their lively-hood. I want to one day take my skill set and knowledge back to my reservation on Pine Ridge, and help the children enhance their lives on the reservation.

Research project

Family Reminiscence Across Generations

Abstract: Based partially on previous studies that demonstrate the benefits of reminiscence within families, the hypothesis of this study is that different generations will be similar when reminiscing with one another, and these similarities and differences will show from grandmother to mother to daughter. We believe that the more elaborative a grandmother and mother are when they reminisce, the more elaborative a mother and daughter will be. We also believe that there will be similar elaborative styles between the grandmother and the grandchild when reminiscing. It is apparent in daily activities and when children are exposed to parent-guided reminiscing, they are learning the forms and functions of speaking about their personal past. By focusing on more than one generation of women we are able to follow how mothers have instilled the importance of autobiographical memory, especially since women tend to be richer and they are able to recall memories from an earlier age (Reese & Fivush, 1996). Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Professor Steven Yussen is currently a professor of child psychology at the University of Minnesota. Professor Yussen attended Swathmore where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and the University of Minnesota where he received his Ph.D. in Child Psychology. His research interests focus on memory, reading, thinking, and instructional psychology of children. Professor Yussen has been published over 70 times, has helped edit five editions of a book on child psychology, has edited four books on memory, reading and metamemory, and has presented his work at conferences nationwide.

Dr. Theodore Waters completed graduate training in Cognition and Development at Emory University in 2013, with a focus on memory development and autobiographical narrative. He received a 3-year National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to conduct research on the development of narrative representations of attachment as a post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Waters is currently conducting this research with Dr. Glenn Roisman in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.