Social Development Lab
Tarja Raag, Associate Professor of Psychology
I received my B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College in 1986, and my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Major area of study in Developmental Psychology) from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1992. I served as a Post Doctorate Student at the University of Miami, Florida for 2 years, following which I was a faculty member at Kenyon College from 1993 to 1995. I joined the faculty at Colby College in the fall of 1995 and have been here ever since. My regular teaching load includes the Developmental and Intelligence sections of our team-taught Introductory Psychology (PS111) course as well as Child Development (PS255), Adolescent and Adult Development (PS256), Psychology of Sex and Gender (PS352), and Developmental Seminar (PS335).
My research interests are in areas relevant to social development, with special interest in emerging adult identity (including racial/ethnic identity) and well-being in college populations (with specific focus on acceptance of life events, positive and negative). I also value applied work and civic engagement in my teaching and support students’ engagement in the important work done by our local Hospice and Family Violence Project nonprofit organizations. I would welcome chances to talk about research and community activism. You may contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 859-5558.
Abby Cooper, ’14
I am a rising senior from Austin, TX and will be double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. I am definitely a people person, but also enjoy traveling, hiking, and yoga…and experimenting with new recipes. Psychology is what gets me excited—I love learning about human development, memory, and the array of disorders. I love thinking about how all topics in Psychology fit together and affect an individual’s behaviors, thoughts, perceptions, etc. Sophomore summer I worked as a marketing intern for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and this past Spring semester/summer I spent a beautiful 6 months in Buenos Aires, Argentina (I HIGHLY encourage all to take the opportunity to study abroad)! Here at Colby I am a tutor for Intro to Psych students, a teachers assistant for Tarja, a research assistant, and member of the Outing Club. Psychology allows me to interact with, help, and better understand all kinds of people, which is what I hope to do in the future.
Rebecca Stoutamyer, ’15
I am a Junior Psychology major and Elementary Education certification minor from Skowhegan, Maine. I was fortunate enough to do be in the Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences, which allows to do research during the summers. Because of this program I had the courage to walk into Tarja’s office to ask for a job my freshman year, so here I am! I
love working with kids and I hope to do so in any capacity whether that means being a social worker or a teacher. In my spare time I love to cook and bake with my friends, work for the Family Violence Project helpline, meet with my mentee named Rebecca (so cool we have the same name!!!), laugh and dance every chance I get, and spend time with my
family, friends, troop of poodles and rottweilers, and fabulous cat named Diva.