Faculty Profile

Eugene Wong

  • Professor
  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • Child Development

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Research Interests

My research interests primarily focus on the school experience of elementary through university level students. In particular, my work examines the efficacy of cognitive training programs in supporting the development of cognitive abilities (such as working memory, executive function, and attention) that impact academic performance and success. Additionally, we examine the importance of perceived competence, motivation, and school engagement within the context of academic achievement. A second strand of my research focuses on teaching effectiveness. Specifically, students’ perceptions regarding outstanding teachers are examined as a basis for understanding how to establish positive learning environments. In general, my work is very applied because a primary objective is to equip school personnel with the resources necessary to have a significant positive impact on the students they interact with.

Representative Publications and Presentations

Wilcox-Herzog, A., Ward, S., Wong, E. H., & McLaren, M. (2015). Preschool teacher’s ideas about how children learn best: An examination of beliefs about the principles of developmental appropriate practice. International Handbook of Research on Teacher Beliefs. New York: Routledge.

Wiest, D.J., Wong, E.H., Minero, L.P., & Pumaccahua, T. T. (2014). Education, 135, 264-270.

Younger, C.M., Krzeminski E.J., Gracia-Morales, M., Gonzalez-Alfaro, K.A., Pumaccahua, T.T., Wong, E.H., & Wiest, D.J. (2014). Utilizing Cognitive Training to Remediate Cognitive Abilities Following a TBI. Western Psychological Association.

Wilcox-Herzog, A., McLaren, M., Ward, S. & Wong, E. H. (2013). Results from the quality early childhood training program. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 34, 335-349.

Wiest, D. J., Wong, E.H., Jett, A.M., Pumaccahua,T.T., Patterson, A., & Minero, L.P. (2013). Utilizing Computerized Cognitive Training to Enhance Encoding and Working Memory Among Elementary Students. NEI Psychopharmacology Congress.

Wiest, D. J., Wong, E. H., Looney, L. B., Wiest, G., & Pumacchua, T. T. (2012). Using cognitive training to improve working memory and encoding in school children. International School Psychology Association.

Adams, M.M. & Wong, E.H. (2011). Parenting styles and emotional intelligence of parents of grade school children. Western Psychological Association.

Patterson, A.M., Wong, E.H., Wiest, D.J., Lakamp, S., Saylor, A., & Armendarez, J. (2011). Using cognitive training to enhance working memory. Western Psychological Association.

Vargas, D., Wong, E.H., & Kamptner, N.L. (2011). Peers as a social-contextual factor on adolescents’ academic and career motivation. Society for Research in Child Development.

Calderon, J.R.. & Wong, E.H. (2010). College students’ academic motivation and locus of control as predictors of school performance. Western Psychological Association.

Vargas, D., Kamptner, N.L., & Wong, E. H. (2010). Parental monitoring as a predictor of adolescent females’ sexual debut. Western Psychological Association.

Teaching Interests

I generally teach courses in child development, assessment, exceptional children, and the teaching of psychology. These courses include Child Assessment, Adult Assessment, Clinical Assessment, Development of Exceptional Children, Psychology of Middle Childhood, Social and Emotional Development, Advanced Lifespan Development, and Teaching of Psychology ( a course for graduate students who intend to be Teaching Assistants in the department).

Honors and Recognitions

2014            Western Psychological Association, Outstanding Teaching Award

2011/12        Department of Psychology Service Award

2004/05        CSU, San Bernardino, Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching

2003/04        CSUSB, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Teaching Award

1999            Co-recipient for the Outstanding Research Award. California Association for Counseling and Development

1992/93        Outstanding Faculty Member, University of Maine at Farmington