The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


2012 Innovative Teaching Award Honorable Mention





Dr. Stefanie Sinno, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Muhlenberg College

Dr. Sinno is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses on Child Development, Adolescent Development, Development of Inclusion and Exclusion, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, and Advanced Developmental Methods Lab. Her research training and expertise isin the area of social and moral development, with a focus on children and adolescents' social reasoning in everyday contexts. Her research has focused onhow children and adolescents reason about exclusion in various social contexts and howtheir reasoning is influenced by social norms and stereotypes of groups.Her current projects examine issues ofdistributive justice based on socioeconomic status, gender roles within theparenting context, and family engagement norms within a diverse urbancommunity. Within each of these projects, Dr. Sinno is focused on the need to not only examine children andadolescents' understanding of these social issues but to also increase recognitionof the importance of listening to the voice of youth. Within the classroom and in collaboration with student researchers, she is intent on raising her students' awareness of this call toaction by engaging her students within the community to use their power toimpact local change.

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin