Meet Sheryl Reminger, Associate Professor,
- B.A. Psychology, Northwestern University
- M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
- I grew up in Chicago. I moved to Tucson, AZ, for graduate school, and then came back to the Midwest to work here at UIS.
- I love watching old movies, not only for the stories they tell, but because they can teach you so much about the time and culture in which they were made. I love traveling, but don’t travel nearly as much as I would like. I recently presented my research at conferences in Spain and New Zealand, and hope to have many more such opportunities in the future.
- I think learning should be fun and interactive, and I believe that learning is most successful when individuals find a personal connection to the information they are learning. This is one of the reasons I find teaching psychology so rewarding – students can use their personal experience to better understand class material, and then they can apply what they learn to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
- My area of specialization is neuropsychology. Neuropsychologists study how the brain functions to produce certain thoughts and behaviors. Frequently this involves work with individuals who suffer from neurological disorders that impact the brain, such as epilepsy or Alzheimer’s disease, but it also extends to studying how the brain produces typical, ordinary behavior. For instance, I am interested in understanding how emotional factors can influence our everyday thinking and decision-making.
Major project underway:
- I am currently involved in research projects investigating the cognitive and emotional function of individuals diagnosed with cancer, such as breast cancer and head and neck cancer. While cancers such as breast cancer may not directly impact the brain, the treatments that one receives, not to mention the stress that accompanies such a diagnosis, can have a long-term impact on a person’s quality of life. My hope is that my research can help individuals find strategies to overcome the obstacles they face when struggling with serious health conditions.
Advice to prospective students:
- Get involved! Whether it is academics, volunteering, athletics, or extracurricular activities, college is a time to follow your passions and try new things. You should work hard on doing well in your classes, but at the same time, have fun! Take advantage of every opportunity to learn new ideas, make new friends, and contribute to the world around you.
Best thing about UIS:
- The great opportunities that the university provides to participate and be active both on the campus and in the community. The environment at UIS fosters interpersonal connections. The small class sizes allow students to interact and participate fully in class, and that in turn helps the teachers get to know their students better. Teachers can then find more creative ways to encourage students and help them seek out career paths that are best-suited to their own unique skills.