8 New Professors Join New College’s Faculty This Fall

12 August 2022

of Arizona State University New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and SciencesBased on ASU’s West Campus, it is home to over 170 faculty members who are renowned in their fields for their innovative research.

This Semester, Welcomes the New College Eight The new professors who will teach and conduct research in three of the college’s schools – School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studiesthe School of Social and Behavioral Sciences And this School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences,

“We are delighted to welcome this group of talented scholars to New College,” said todd sandrine, Dean of New College and Vice Provost of West Campus. “All of these renowned scholars have exceptional records of excellence in both research and education that will allow them to transform the lives of our students, both within and outside the classroom. I look forward to seeing the many ways in which I know that they The New College here will contribute to the development taking place and our campus will have a positive impact on the West Valley and beyond.”

Meet the faculty members joining New College this fall:

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Jessica Wicks-Allen, Assistant Professor

Wicks-Allen is an expert in 19th-century African American history, with a special interest in black women, slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. In her scholarship, she attempts to bring black women from the margins to the center of historical narratives, narrate the history of their emancipation from their vantage point, and reconstruct the gender world in which they lived and worked.

She is working on a book project that explores how motherhood, motherhood, and the ability to bear children shaped black women’s transition from slavery to freedom in the American South.

His work has been supported by the American Philosophical Society and the Society of Civil War Historians. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, his master’s degree from Howard University, and his PhD from the University of Maryland.

School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Anthony Barley, Assistant Professor

Barley’s research focuses on solving the evolutionary mechanisms that generate and maintain genetic and phenotypic diversity in natural populations and through time. He integrates data from genomic, field and natural history collection-based studies, and statistical approaches from the fields of population genomics and phylogomics, to address fundamental questions about the origin and maintenance of biodiversity.

He has worked, studied, and researched at many universities and organizations, including the University of Kansas, the University of Hawaii, the University of California, Davis, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the US Forest Service. As a postdoctoral student at the University of Hawaii from 2014-21, he received a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to study the fit of evolutionary models to genetic data sets.

Their work studying the evolution of hybridization and hermaphrodite in North American whiptail lizards has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from California State University Sacramento and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

8 new professors join New College's faculty this fall

John Coffey, Associate Professor

Coffey’s research focused on how positive and negative emotions and relationships from childhood to adulthood are associated with happiness, flourishing, resilience, mental health, and physical health. Their goal is to enable all individuals, regardless of their background, to overcome adversity and move forward in their lifetimes.

His research has been covered by various media outlets and published in journals including Current Psychology, Emotion, Positive Psychology, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Happiness Studies and Attachment and Human Development. They have partnered with schools and organizations to create online and in-person interventions to promote the well-being of children, parents and adults. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Yale Child Study Center. He has held positions at California State University, Fullerton, University of California, Riverside and Sewanee: The University of the South.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, as well as a master’s degree and PhD in positive developmental psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

8 new professors join New College's faculty this fall

Max Gil, Associate Professor

Gille’s research attempts to understand the psychological processes that guide decision-making during criminal investigations, with the goal of suggesting police strategies that help convict guilty and protect the innocent. His work on police interrogation demonstrates how false confessions can result in a range of tactics from standard responses to forced interrogation.

He is developing a program of research focused on evaluating forensic science techniques and working closely with forensic examiners to maximize procedural validity and thereby strengthen forensic testimony.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah, as well as a master’s degree and PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.

8 new professors join New College's faculty this fall

Rufan Luo, assistant professor

Luo’s research focuses on the socio-cultural and ecological impacts of language and cognitive development, parent-language interactions, learning environments in the home and classroom, and early childhood development.

She works with young children, families and teachers from culturally, linguistically and socio-economically diverse backgrounds. She also does practical work by developing community-based, early language intervention and language assessment tools.

Prior to joining ASU, she was an assistant professor at Rutgers University, Camden. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Child Development, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Reading Research Quarterly, Infancy, Early Education and Development, and Frontiers in Psychology. His research has been supported by the William Penn Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Peking University, a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Peking University, and a PhD in applied psychology from New York University.

8 new professors join New College's faculty this fall

Stephanie Maddon, Professor

Maddon’s research aims to advance understanding of the ways social influence processes and psychological biases change people’s judgment and behavior. She is particularly interested in the way that expectations influence the decisions of forensic examiners and other actors in the criminal justice system, and the psychological vulnerabilities that put innocent suspects at risk of false confessions during custodial interrogation.

She has given over 100 conference, workshop and invited presentations and published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His work has garnered numerous research, teaching and mentoring awards. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She holds fellow status in major psychological associations including the American Psychological Association, American Psychology-Law Society, Association for Psychological Science, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Douglas Residential College and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Utah, as well as a master’s degree and PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University.

8 new professors join New College's faculty this fall

Katherine Nelson-Coffee, Associate Professor

Nelson-Coffee’s research combines developmental, social and positive psychology to investigate how and why close relationships are related to happiness and well-being. She investigates how specific relationship-promoting behaviors, such as gratitude and kindness, increase happiness. In addition, she explores how and why becoming a parent is related to changes in well-being.

Prior to joining ASU, she was an adjunct and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of the South and the Arnold Gesell Visiting Scholar in Parenting and Child Development and an assistant professorship at the Yale University Center for Child Studies. In 2021, she was named a rising star by the Association for Psychological Science for her research. His research has been published in Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, Emotion, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychoneuroendocrinology and other journals, and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Shape Magazine, Pacific Standard and more Are included.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Mary Washington and a PhD in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside.

8 new professors join New College's faculty this fall

Kerry O’Hara, Assistant Professor

O’Hara’s research is at the intersection of family law, prevention science, and child mental health. She researches risk and protective factors that affect how youth and families adjust after stressful events, including family, juvenile or criminal court systems, such as parental divorce and parental incarceration. Contact is included.

He completed a clinical internship at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University and a National Institutes of Health-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship at ASU’s REACH Institute. She has been published in scientific journals such as Clinical Psychological Science, Journal of Family Psychology and Child Development. His work is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health’s Career Development Award.

He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona, his master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of North Dakota, and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona.

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