Faculty Scholarship Talk: Jennifer McCabe & Ann Duncan

Join us to hear Goucher faculty discuss their recent scholarship. This event features presentations from two faculty members as well as time for discussion and Q&A. 


Memory and Mindset: Two Intervention Studies  

Jennifer McCabe, Ph.D., Center for Psychology  

During this presentation, I will summarize two intervention studies conducted at Goucher with the aim of improving student success. The first study, taking place in the Introductory Psychology Laboratory course, assessed the outcome of learning-strategy training presented with or without additional behavior-change intervention. The second study, administered as institutional research, involved comparing a growth-mindset intervention with a control intervention in first-year students. Outcomes and implications of both studies will be discussed.  


Sacred Pregnancy: Women’s Reproductive Health and the Female Spiritual  


Ann Duncan, Ph.D., Center for Geographies of Justice  

Paradigms of proper gender expression and marital and family structures often remain unchanged through centuries in ways that elevate motherhood in particular ways but limit it severely in others. Feminist discourse on motherhood continues to struggle with how to affirm the biological and cultural expressions of motherhood while also rejecting patriarchal structures that use these expressions as justifications for marginalization and submission. With these contexts in mind, I will share research on my book project that examines the limitations of religious and feminist paradigms in the twenty-first century with attention to the ways in which women’s reality of mothering in the midst of cultural tensions over pregnancy, birth, infant-feeding, work-life balance and equitable marital relations does not often find expression or support within institutional religion or serious examination within the academy. With focus on the power of pregnancy, birth, and mothering as avenues for spiritual or religious experience, I’ll share research on new spiritual movements and spiritual businesses focused on women’s reproductive health that use ritual and community to elevate paradigms both ancient and new in an attempt to fully honor and provide support for the complexity of contemporary motherhood.  


Dial-In Information


Friday, November 13, 2020 at 1:40pm to 2:55pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Speaker/Lecture/Reading, Discussion


Academic, American Studies, Religion, Psychology



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