Dr. Carol Gegenheimer has a background in clinical management and education. She has been teaching online and in the traditional classroom for the past 5 years. Dr. Gegenheimer is a University of Phoenix alumnus from the Master in Counseling/Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling program. She received her doctorate from Capella University in General Psychology. She also has an Advanced Graduate Certificate in the Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation from Ottawa University. Her research interests are in the area of early intervention EMDR. Dr. Gegenheimer is also in private practice in Glendale, AZ.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating online courses at Grand Canyon University, in the College of Doctoral Studies, has been an enriching experience. The opportunity to educate and encourage future scholars is rewarding and gives me energy. I enjoy the interactions that stimulate my own creativity as I help learners reach their goals.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
One effective teaching strategy that I use in the online classroom is to bring my clinical experience into the discussions. As a trauma specialist I have witnessed changes in human insight and healing in a short period of time. While teaching Human Learning and Cognition, I am able to use my clinical examples to help learners understand how the brain processes and stores memory.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Many of the recent classes I have instructed have been PSY801 Doctoral Studies in Psychology. While learners are adequately prepared from their master's programs, many are new to the online environment. I recently worked with one learner who was challenged by the online environment. We were able to connect via telephone and e-mail and smooth out the gaps in understanding so that she could successfully complete the class. She was able to move forward and is finding success in her program.