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Alli Cipra

Instructor of Psychology













BA: Purdue University: Psychology and Law & Society
MS: Indiana University: Learning and Behavioral Sciences/Educational Psychology, Major: Human Development
Ph.D. (anticipated): Indiana University: Educational Psychology, Major: Human Development

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Myrtle M. Scott award for outstanding research 2010
  • International presentations at SRCD 2009, APA 2010, APS 2010 & 2011

Special interests:
Running, triathlon, and obstacle races, baking, music, most outdoor activities, reading

Teaching philosophy:

“If your actions inspire other to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
- John Quincy Adams
"The above quote embodies the goal I set for each class I teach. As an instructor it is my responsibility to inspire and motivate students to create and achieve their goals. As a developmental psychologist, I consider various contexts of the individual and frame these contexts to help motivate students. I understand that my expectations have the ability to greatly impact the performance of my students. 

As such, I expect my students:

(1) to achieve more than they initially thought possible;

(2) to be open to new ideas and philosophies;

(3) to take responsibility for their own learning in order to become successful professionals; and

(4) to question what they know and to question me. 

I create and foster an authoritative classroom environment which encourages students to think critically and creatively. I stress mastery over performance, embedding the importance of learning over memorization."

Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.