Michele Ramirez

Professor, Psychology
Haldan Hall 114
617-731-7561
ramirezm@pmc.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1993
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Boston College, 1985
  • B.A., Behavioral Science, SUNY Plattsburgh, 1982

Experience

  • Professor, Pine Manor College, 1993-present
    Courses taught: Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development, Children's Language and Thinking, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling and Interviewing, Cross-Cultural Psychology, First-Year Seminar, Introduction to Psychology, Principles of Research Design and Research Practicum, Psychology of Adolescence, Psychology of the Family: Theory and Practice, Senior Internship Seminar, and Social Psychology.
    Additional responsibilities include academic advising, mentoring, and program development.
  • Psychology BA Coordinator, Pine Manor College, 2000-2005
  • Adjunct Faculty, Quisigamond Community College, 1993
    Courses taught: Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Counseling
  • Referral Coordinator, University of Connecticut's Program for Students with Learning Disabilities, 1992-1993
    Interviewed, assessed, and provided recommendations to students suspected of having a learning disability.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Fisher College, 1992
    Course taught: Introduction to Psychology
    Additional responsibilities included collaborating with colleagues in the development of psychology courses.
  • Learning Specialist and Research Assistant, University of Connecticut's Program for Students with Learning Disabilities, 1990-1992
    Assisted college students in developing learning strategies, advocating for accommodations, and utilizing campus resources. Prepared detailed logs, monthly summaries, and semester reports. Analyzed program objectives and goals as part of an on-going research project.
  • Lecturer/Reader, University of Connecticut, Educational Psychology, 1990 and Summer 1991
    Developed and presented lectures and examinations for a graduate course in learning
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Connecticut's Special Education Center, 1990
    Collated and analyzed date for research projects that involved assessment and documentation of students with learning disabilities.
  • Consultant, Enrichment and Academic Readiness for Local Youth (E.A.R.L.Y.) Program, Salem High School, 1989-1990
    Designed and conducted workshops to enhance awareness of college requirements and opportunities.
  • Tutor, University of Connecticut's Center for Academic Programs, 1989
    Tutored and documented progress of students in Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology
  • Coordinator of Counseling, Salem State College's Learning Center, 1985-1989
    Supervised professional and paraprofessional Learning Center counseling staff. Provided academic, career, financial, socio-cultural, and personal counseling for minority, low-income, first generation, and physically challenged college students, individually and in groups. Designed and implemented workshops, activities, and the Summer Institute. Led communication skills groups. Taught General Psychology and support classes.
  • Counseling Intern, Massachusetts Bay Community College, 1984-1985
    Provided academic, career, and personal counseling. Developed and initiated outreach programs, workshops, and seminars.
  • Graduate Assistant, Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy, Boston College, 1984-1985
    Administered exams, analyzed and scored various tests. Assisted in the design and execution of a telemarketing survey.
  • Teacher's Aide, Les Petits Nursery School, 1983-1984
    Supervised nursery school children and assisted the instructors int he development and implementation of educational programs.
  • Director of Teen Programs and Youth Service Specialist, John Collins Youth Center, 1982-1983
    Supervised fieldwork students and the teen counselor. Developed and organized educational, recreational, and cultural activities for low-income, disadvantaged children, ages 4 to 18.

Publications

  • Ramirez, M. O. and Shea, R. (December 2002). "The Infusion of Community-Based Research into Undergraduate Research Courses," The American Psychological Association Online.
  • McGuire, J. M., Madaus, J. W., Litt, A. V., and Ramirez, M. O. (1996). An investigation of documentation submitted by university students to verify their learning disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29, 297-304.

Presentations

  • Ramirez, M. O. (2007, June). Facilitator, Promoting SoTL Projects at the Middlesex Carnegie Summer Institute, Lowell, MA.
  • Ramirez, M. O. (2005, June). Multilayered Service Learning: Building a Sustainable College-Community Partnership, presented at the Middlesex Carnegie Summer Institute, Lowell, MA.
  • Ramirez, M. O., Shea, R., Soares-Pena, T., and Byrne, K. (2005, June). Community-Based Research: A Transformative Process, presented at the New England Regional Campus Compact Conference on "Creative Tensions in Building the Engaged Campus."
  • Shea, R. and Ramirez, M. O. (2004, June). Community-Based Research, presented at the Middlesex Carnegie Summer Institute, Lowell, MA.
  • Shea, R. and Ramirez, M. O. (2003, June). Leaving the Ivory Tower: Involving Undergraduates in Community-Based Research, presented at "Crossroad: Critical Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships", hosted by the Institute for Community Research, Hartford, CT.
  • Ramirez, M. O. and Shea, R. (2003, November). Community-Based Research: An Alternative Approach to the Traditional Research Course, presented at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP), Salem, MA.
  • Shea, R. and Ramirez, M. O. (2003, April). Community-Based Research in Undergraduate Research Courses. Poster session presented at the New England Regional Campus Compact Conference, Worcester, MA.
  • Shea, R. and Ramirez, M. O. (2002, April). Panel Discussion on the Benefits, Perils, and Pitfalls of Community Service at the Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Ramirez, M. O., Debarros, M., Miranda, D., and Andrade, L. (1999, October). The Influence of Racial and Ethnic Identity on the Academic and Psychological Well-Being of Cape Verdean Americans, presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the New England Psychological Association, Hartford, CT.
  • Ramirez, M. O. (1998, April). Promoting Leadership and Community Responsibility through a Student-Alumna-Faculty Team: Ethnic Identity in Cape Verdean High School Students, presented at the Fourth Annual Conference of New Ways of Learning and Leading in the Classroom, the Workplace, and the Community, Chestnut Hill, MA.
  • Ramirez, M. O. and Lares, M. (1997, May). The Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning Regardless of Cognitive Style, poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.
  • Ponder, M., Ramirez, M. O. and Beams, M. (1997, April). Creating Effective Faculty Pedagogy Seminars, presented at the Third Annual Conference on New Ways of Learning and Leading in the Classroom, the Workplace, and the Community, Chestnut Hill, MA.
  • McGuire, J. M., Litt, A. V. and Ramirez, M. O. (1993, October). A Follow-up Investigation of the Instructional Needs of College Students with Learning Disabilities, poster presented at the Council for Learning Disabilities Conference, Kansas, MO.
  • Ramirez, M. O. (1992, October). The Effects of Classroom Structure and Social Orientation on Learning, proposal presented at Northeastern Educational Research Association Conference, Ellenville, NY.
  • McGuire, J. M., Hall, D., Ramirez, M. O. and Cullen, J. (1992, October). Documentation Submitted to Validate Learning Disabilities in a College Sample, poster presented at the Council for Learning Disabilities Conference, Kansas, MO.
  • Ramirez, M. O. and Owen, S. V., (1991, April). Scale Revision of the Study Skills Self-Efficacy Instrument, presented at the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO), Portsmouth, NH.
  • Owen, S. V. and Ramirez, M. O. (1991, February). Factorial Validation of the Study Skills Self-Efficacy Scale, presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Smith, A. L., Owen, S. V., Reid, B. and Ramirez, M. O. (1990, May). Measurement of Study Skills Self-Efficacy, presented at NEERO, Rockport, ME.

Recent Research Projects

  • Project Director, Community-based research project conducted with Pine Manor College students and Transition House-Dating Violence Intervention Program (Cambridge, MA), 2007-2008. Research team is evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention workshop at Cambridge Ridge and Latin School.
  • Project Director, Community-based research project conducted with Pine Manor College students and Sportsmen's Tennis Club (Dorchester, MA), 2007-2008. Research team is evaluating the effectiveness of their H.E.Y. Sisters program for adolescent girls ages 11-17 years old.
  • Project Director, Community-based research project conducted with Pine Manor College students and Sportsmen's Tennis Club (Dorchester, MA), 2005-2007. Research team is evaluating the effectiveness of their Literacy Program for children 5-7 years old.
  • Project Director, Community-based research project conducted with Pine Manor College students and Dearborn Middle School (Roxbury, MA), 2002-2007. Research team examined factors and means for improving parental involvement and academic achievement.
  • Project Director, Community-based research project conducted with Pine Manor College students and Partners Hospice (Waltham, MA), 2001-2007. Research team analyzed factors correlated with hospice utilization.
  • Project Director, Community-based research project conducted with Pine Manor College students and Cape Verdean Mentoring Program (Roxbury, MA), 2002-2003. Pilot study to evaluate the success of the program.
  • Project Director, Community-based research project conducted with Pine Manor College students and Germaine Lawrence School (Arlington, MA), 2001-2002. Follow-up pilot study to assess the success of adolescent girls who have left the program.

Committees

  • Member, Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee of the Planning Committee, Pine Manor College, Present
  • Member, Advisory Committee for the Center of Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility, Pine Manor College, Present
  • Member, Academic Subcommittee of the Planning Committee, Pine Manor College, 2005-2007
  • Co-Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, Pine Manor College, 2003-2005
  • Member, Committee on Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion, Pine Manor College, 2002-2003
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee, Pine Manor College, 2002-2003
  • Member, Library Advisory Committee, Pine Manor College, 2002-2003
  • Member, Academic Subcommittee of the Planning Committee, Pine Manor College, 1999-2002
  • Member, Assessment Committee, Pine Manor College, 1999-2001
  • Member, Admissions Advisory Committee, Pine Manor College, 1999-2001
  • Member and Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, Pine Manor College, 1993-2002
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, Pine Manor College, 1994-1998
  • Member and Former Chair, Committee on Faculty Concerns, Pine Manor College, 1995-1996
  • Member, TEAM '94, Pine Manor College, 1994-1995
    A committee charged to access enrollment and retention concerns at the college
  • Member, TEAM II, Pine Manor College, 1994
    A committee formed by the Board of Trustees to work on building a sense of community at the college.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Member, New England Psychological Association, 2000-present
  • Member, American Psychological Association, 1993-present
  • Member, America Psychological Society, 1993-present
  • Judge, Greater Boston Undergraduate Psychology Research Paper Conferences, 2000-2001
  • Senator, Graduate Student Senate, University of Connecticut, 1992-1993

Awards

  • Recipient, Ruth Allinger Gibson Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching, Pine Manor College, 2004
  • Recipient, Ruth Allinger Gibson Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching, Pine Manor College, 2002
  • Recipient, Lindsey Professorship for Outstanding Academic Performance and Scholarly Promise, Pine Manor College, 1996
  • Predoctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut, 1992-1993
  • Nominee, Pi Lamda Theta Education Honor Society, University of Connecticut, 1992