UAM Professor Receives Arkansas Psychological Association Early Career Psychologist Award

MONTICELLO, AR — Dr. Seungyeon Lee, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been selected to receive the Early Career Psychologist Award from the Arkansas Psychological Association (ArPA).

            The award identifies early career psychologists who have contributed significantly to the field of psychology and show promise of sustained success, according to Dr. Richard Clubb, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

            “I am so humbled to have been chosen for this award knowing that there were many outstanding psychologists,” said Lee. “I thank my students and colleagues here at UAM for continuing to support and encourage higher learning.”

            The award will be given during the 2016 ArPA Conference at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) on October 21-22.

            Founded in 1949, the Arkansas Psychological Association (ArPA) is a statewide, non-for-profit, professional organization whose purpose is to advance psychology as a science, a profession, and a means of promoting human welfare in a challenging and changing world.

           Lee recently presented original research at the annual convention of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) held in Little Rock. The conference brings professionals from various disciplines to share instructional strategies and empirical evidence in the area of prevention, behavioral, and cognitive intervention, and community support related to working with young children (birth to kindergarten) and their families.

            Lee’s presentation was titled Helping Children How to Delay Gratification: The Different Ways of Using a Token Economy as a Means of Time Construct. According to Lee, helping preschool-aged children how to delay gratification can bring many educational benefits in the long run. “The concept, delayed gratification, is closely associated with emotion regulation,” Lee explained. “If properly taught, they are less likely to externalize behavioral problems and show better social-cognitive and emotional coping in later life. Parents and teachers, therefore, need an instructional training of how they can effectively teach their children how to delay their immediate gratification.”

            Lee, who teaches psychology courses that are related to developmental psychology, child development, and adolescence, also has a background in mental health counseling and applied behavior analysis. Prior to joining the UAM faculty, she worked with preschool and kindergarten teachers in the  Lawrence, Kan., School District.      

            For more information, contact the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at (870) 460-1047.


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