Hi, I’m Annette Ponnock, Dr. Ponnock, Professor Ponnock, or Mommy to some. I am an educational psychologist, researcher, writer, and speaker. My research focuses on motivation and emotions with an applied focus on teachers. In particular I study how and why motivation and emotions develop and their impact on decision making. I primarily use quantitative and mixed methods in my research.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where I am studying educators’ motivation and well-being.
I completed additional postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology where I worked with Allan Wigfield, PhD and Ji Seung Yang, PhD on a longitudinal study of grit in urban high school students.
I received my PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University 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 trained in 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 split my time between Philadelphia, PA and New Haven, CT. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my daughter, going to concerts and the theater, yoga and meditation, and reading.
Below is my full CV of presentations and publications.
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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 GABLES, 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
University of Maryland Postdoctoral Conference Support Award, 2018
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Datanauts Class of 2016
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference Motivation SIG Graduate Student Travel Award, 2016
American Psychological Association (APA) Division 15 Doctoral Student Seminar Selected Applicant, 2015
International Conference on Motivation (ICM) Summer School Selected Applicant, 2014