Hi, I’m Annette Ponnock, Dr. Ponnock, Professor Ponnock, or Mommy to some. I am an educational psychologist, research & statistical consultant, and writing coach. My research focuses on students’ and teachers’ motivation for science education. In particular, I like to study beliefs, how they form, change, and influence (or motivate) our actions. I primarily use quantitative methodology to answer my research questions and I love to help other people answer theirs and translate their ideas and research into written products.
I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Maryland's Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology working under Allan Wigfield, Ph.D. Our current study focuses on urban high school students' grit and motivation for math and science courses.
I received my PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University in 2017 where I studied under Avi Kaplan, PhD. My dissertation, entitled Secondary Science Teachers' Epistemic Cognition in Instructional Decision-Making, examined science teachers' beliefs about the nature of knowledge in science and how it impacts their teaching practices.
I earned my M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2010 where I studied with Ron and Mary Hulnick, Ph.D. At USM I studied gestalt therapy, neurolinguistic programming, psychosynthesis, and rational behavior therapy, with primary foci on human development and interpersonal communication. My capstone project focused on productivity, creativity, and self-expression.
I earned my B.A. from the University of Miami in 2007 in Political Science, History, and Spanish.
I currently reside in Philadelphia, PA with my daughter, husband, and cat. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my daughter, going to concerts and the theater, yoga and meditation, and reading.
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Meet Annette Ponnock
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY | PHILADELPHIA, PA
PhD, Educational Psychology
UNIVERSITY OF SANTA MONICA | SANTA MONICA, CA
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI | CORAL GARDENS, FL
B.A., Political Science
My research interests include teacher motivation, epistemic cognition, and science education. My current research focuses on urban high school students’ grit in STEM classes.
Honors & Awards
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Datanauts Class of 2016
- Doctoral Student Seminar Selected Applicant, APA Division 15, 2015
- Summer School on Motivation & Emotion Selected Applicant, ICM, 2014