Major: Experimental Psychology in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Campus involvement: Vice President of the Graduate Student Council, and a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Amory Cox was ready for a graduate program that would give her the experience of being a graduate teaching fellow as well as the flexibility to design a research project that fits her interests. Radford University’s psychology program was her clear choice.
Cox says psychology is the perfect combination of science and the social aspects of life.
“I have always had a heart for working with children and psychology allows me to do that while incorporating science and statistics in the process,” she said. “In the field of psychology, I will always have an opportunity to make a positive influence in a child’s life.”
Cox’s master’s thesis, titled Investigating the Role of Age and Empathy in Preschoolers’ Likelihood to Help an Older Adult, gave her the opportunity to conduct research in developmental psychology – a topic that fascinates her.
“I have always been interested in what motivates children to help others and engage in pro-social activities,” she said. “In doing my literature review, I found many articles on predictors of pro-social behaviors; however, empathy was not one that had previously been researched. I took the opportunity to design a research project around that topic.”
After graduation, Cox has a position as a research specialist in Salem, Va.