Dr. Tashana Samuel was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant in the amount of $5994.50 in order to conduct Math Anxiety Reduction Research. She was also a part of the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) where she served as a mentor to 2020 CRSP Fellow and Guttman Graduate Clarissa Intriago for research assistance on a math anxiety research project entitled, “Reducing math anxiety in the classroom using a mindfulness and growth mindset approach (MAGMA).”
Dr. Samuel co-presented (with Kate Szetela, Adjunct Manager from The College of DuPage) “Take a Deep Breath: Implementing Mindfulness in the College Setting” at the 2020 Innovations Conference: League for Innovation in the Community College, held in Seattle, WA.
Dr. Samuel also co-presented with Guttman Associate Professor Dr. Sebastien Buttet at the 2020 Lilly Conference: Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning, held in San Diego, CA. Their presentation was titled: “Reducing Academic Anxiety Using a Mindfulness and Growth Mindset Approach.
The esteemed pair from Guttman followed up with another presentation: “A Mindfulness and Growth Mindset-based Intervention in the Classroom: Reducing Math Anxiety in Students Taking STEM Courses.” This talk was given at the 7th Annual Conference on Community College Excellence (C3E) held at Bronx Community College, City University of New York.
In January, Dr. Samuel and Dr. Buttet were named Community College Research Grant Winners and continued their partnership by presenting “Mindfulness and Growth Mindset-based Intervention in the Classroom: Reducing Math Anxiety in Students Taking STEM Courses” at the Faculty Development Workshop, John Jay College, City University of New York.
Tashana S. Samuel, Assistant Professor of Psychology, holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Brooklyn College. As a developmental psychologist, Dr. Samuel’s research focused on cognitive flexibility in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and children with other cognitive and linguistic neurodiversities. Her research investigated perseveration of sameness in autism, how preschool children with ASDs represent everyday events, and the extent to which they are able to use what they have learned to flexibly apply their knowledge to new situations through the use of age-appropriate toys. She has also worked at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital on Catherine Monk’s longitudinal research project examining depression levels in pregnant teenage mothers, and developmental outcomes in their children after birth. For several years, she has taught child psychology courses at Brooklyn College, and was the recipient of several fellowships that promoted STEM education.
At Guttman Community College, Dr. Samuel teaches psychology and statistics courses. Her current research focuses on inducing mindfulness and growth mindset theory as an embedded classroom intervention to mitigate math anxiety in students as they take math-intensive courses.
Dr. Sebastien Buttet is Associate Professor of Economics and Business. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota and his research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, and economics education. At Guttman, Dr. Buttet teaches economics courses in the program of studies. His key research interests include Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, and Economics Education.