Dr. Sonya Munsell

Name: Dr. Sonya Munsell

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-7688

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology & Sociology

Office: Preparatory Hall, Room 203K

Dr. Sonya Munsell

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Dr. Sonya E. Munsell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at Rogers State University. She is an educational psychologist whose research interests include diverse learners, Photovoice, creativity, and instruction.

Sonya has published her research in “Computers and Education”, “The New Educator”, “Educational Research: Theory and Practice”, and “Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth”.

Her research advisees have won multiple awards at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, including Undergraduate Research Showcase awards and Psi Chi awards.

Sonya is actively involved in service. She is a member of PEO, Tulsa Chapter CY, where she serves as corresponding secretary and member of the Projects Committee. Sonya has served as an editor for the “New Educator”, “The Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities”, SWPA, and NRMERA. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and RSU’s Library Committee, where she serves as secretary. She also serves as a faculty advisor for RSU’s Psi Chi organization. Sonya has received national recognition from the National Eating Disorders Association for her individual and team fundraising efforts.

Sonya received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University where she worked as a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant. In 2014 Sonya received the first place award at the OSU Graduate Research Symposium. She has taught in both the private and public high school setting and has instructed students with a range of exceptionalities.

Dr. Munsell currently teaches statistics, developmental psychology, research methods, and special topics courses at RSU.

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Dissertation: Munsell, S.E. (2015).  In-service teachers’ multicultural teaching competence and teachers’ attitudes toward inclusion.

M.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
M.A., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
B.F.A., Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Presentations and Publications

  • O’Malley, & Munsell, S.E. (2020).  Photovoice: Using an innovative qualitative method in research and classroom teaching. Educational Research: Theory and Practice, 31(1), 26-32
  • Munsell, S.E., & O’Malley, L. (2019). The lived experiences of mothers of children with disabilities. The New Educator, 15(4), 269-280. 
  • Vogler, J., Munsell, S.E., Knutson, D. (2019). LOLsquared: When laughing-out-loud and learning-on-line intermingle in a computer-mediated classroom discussion. Computers and Education, 140, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2019.103597
  • Munsell, S.E., O’Malley, L., Moon, S., & Suarez, M. (2019, April). College students’ perceptions of parental involvement and academic goal orientation. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • O’Malley, L., & Munsell, S.E. (2019, April). Photovoice: Fostering growth and impacting social change.  Paper presentation at the Southwest Psychological Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Munsell, S.E., Kiselak, S., Hamner, D., & Berry, C. (2019, March). Mindset: A mixed methods approach. Poster presentation at the SHIELD Conference, Claremore, OK.
  • Moon, S., & Munsell, S.E. (2018, September). Do you play with your child?  Parents’ perceptions on children’s play.  Poster presentation at the Oklahoma Network for the Teaching of Psychology, Ada, OK.
  • Munsell, S.E., & Steeber, M. (2018, April).  Exploring the relationship between self-efficacy and mindset.  Paper presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Munsell, S.E., & Steeber, M. (2018, April). Motivation: From theory to application. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Teaching of Psychology meeting during the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Munsell, S.E., & O’Malley, L. (2017, October). Lived experiences of the parents of children with disabilities. Paper presentation at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Association Conference, Boulder, CO.
  • Taylor, J., & Munsell, S.E. (2017, October). Through the eyes of children: How does an art project create therapeutic space for healthy childhood development? Paper presentation at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Association Conference, Boulder, CO.
  • Vogler, J., Kuntson, D., & Munsell, S.E. (2016, December). Humor and language play: Multimodal literacy practices and student learning. Symposium Presentation at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Vogler, J., Knutson, D., & Munsell, S.E. (2016, August). When laughing meets learning: Insights to enhance the online teaching of psychology. Division 2 Poster Presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Vogler, J., Munsell, S.E., & Knutson, D. (2016, April). From ha-ha to ah-ha: When humor and learning intermingle in an online classroom discussion.  Division 35 Roundtable Discussion at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Munsell, S.E., & Davis, K. (2015). Dance and special education. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 59(3), 129-133.
  • Munsell, S.E., Fu, J., & Beswick, C., & Cho, Y.J. (2015, August).  Relationship between home-school dissonance and coping strategies: Mediating role of self-efficacy. Division 15 Poster Presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Cho, Y.J., & Munsell, S.E. (2015, April). Parental influence and teachers’ approach to classroom instruction: The moderating role of teacher efficacy. Division 15 Roundtable Discussion at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Vogler, J., Knutson, D., Munsell, S.E., & Lawes, R. (2015, April).  All work and some play: Co-constructing humor within online classroom discussions. Poster presentation at the Southwest Psychological Association Conference, Wichita, KS.
  • Munsell, S.E. (2015, April).  Pre-service teachers’ instructional efficacy and views of CLDE learners. Graduate Student Research Symposium Poster Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Munsell, S.E., Knutson, D., Vogler, J., & Lawes, R. (2015, February).  LOL-ing in an online discussion: Humor as a social phenomenon that can support the meaning-making process. Paper Presentation at the Oklahoma State University Graduate Research Symposium, Stillwater, OK. *First place award.
  • Munsell, S.E. (2014, December). The landscape of education: Photovoice and the construction of knowledge- Exploring diversity with graduate teaching assistants. Roundtable Discussion at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Munsell, S.E. (2014, February). Using movement to build community and meet diverse learners’ needs. Workshop Presentation at the Oklahoma Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention, Norman, OK.
  • Munsell, S.E. (2013, September). Special educators’ descriptions of teaching priorities. Paper Presentation at the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Munsell, S.E. (2013, February). Combining creative movement and English composition for alternative education students. Paper Presentation at the Oklahoma State University Annual Graduate Research Symposium, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Research Mentoring Activities

  • Hamner, D. (2020, April). Is there a correlation between academic motivation and basic psychological needs? Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Frisco, TX. Undergraduate Research Showcase Award Recipient
  • Punneo, K. (2020, April). The effects of smartphone deprivation on individual levels of anxiety. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Frisco, TX.. Undergraduate Research Showcase Award Recipient and RSU Capstone Award Recipient
  • Tackett, B. (2020, April). High school educators’ influence on post-graduation goals. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Frisco, TX. 
  • Tilley, C. (2020, April). Exploring the relationship between parenting style and pro-social behavior. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Frisco, TX. Undergraduate Research Showcase Award Recipient and RSU Capstone Award Recipient
  • Wilson, R. (2020, April).The impact of the internet on our relationships offline. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Frisco, TX. Undergraduate Research Showcase Award Recipient 
  • Suarez, H. (2019, April).  Comparing social anxiety levels in adults based on K-12 education types.  Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Farrill, M. (2019, April). Positive feminist attitudes in relation to sex role adherence.  Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Robinson, A. (2019, March).  Correlations between music tastes and personality.  Poster presentation at the SHIELD Conference, Claremore, OK.
  • Bologna, D. (2019, March). Tobacco and mental health.  Poster presentation at the SHIELD Conference, Claremore, OK. *SHIELD Student Award Winner (3rd place)
  • Nunn, K. (2019, March).  Drug court: A path to recovery or a cog in the wheel of addiction.  Poster presentation at the SHIELD Conference, Claremore, OK.*SHIELD Student Award Winner (2nd place)
  • Farrill, M. (2019, March). Exploring the relationship between sex roles and feminism.  Poster presentation at Research Day at the Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Aubrey, K. (2018, April).  Students’ perceptions of teaching styles influencing students’ intrinsic motivation. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Butler, S. (2018, April).  Perceived mental health counselor bias and LGBTQ mental health service utilization.  Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Houston, TX.
  • McClellan, M. (2018, April). Anxiety and student performance. Poster presentation at the Student Research Competition: Undergraduate Student Showcase, Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Houston, TX.**Psi Chi Student Award Recipient
  • Sherrick, S. (2018, April). Stress and attribution type.  Poster presentation at the Student Research Competition: Undergraduate Student Showcase, Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, Houston, TX.**Psi Chi Student Award Recipient
  • Anderson, L. (2018, March). Parent and teacher attitudes toward inclusive education. Paper presentation at the Society for Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Learning, and Discovery Conference, Claremore, OK.
  • Sherrick, S., Garcia, Y., & Hardesty, H. (March 2017). Home-school dissonance, grit, and academic achievement. Paper presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. *Received a Psi Chi International Honor Society Award and $400 Scholarship

Manuscripts In-progress/Under Review

  • Vogler, J., Knutson, D., & Munsell, S.E. Unraveling the thread: Humor as socially constructed phenomenon in computer mediated classroom discussion (in progress).