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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
awelch15@uco.edu (405) 974-5413 Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research ,

About

Starting her professional career as a musician and music educator, Dr. Welch has had the pleasure of performing and teaching in a number of highly-selective ensembles and institutions. She started her collegiate music career at the University of North Texas and ultimately graduated from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette. Along the way, she was fortunate to study with and teach alongside many highly-regarded musician educators all of whom helped to influence her musicianship as well as her teaching approach and philosophy. 

Along the way, she developed interests in the cognitive underpinnings of formal training, in general, and formal instrumental music training, in particular. She has a particular interest in the effects of formal training on the development of attention skills, specifically in young children. While conducting her research, she served at the University of West Georgia as a Strategic Planning Analyst, providing executive and institutional support for assessment and research efforts on factors of student success, retention, progression, and graduation. 

After completing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Cognition & Development, she is pleased to join the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma as an assistant professor. 

Classes Taught

UCO College of Education and Professional Studies:

PTE 3163 - Developmental Psychology

PTE 4172 - Educational Assessment

PTE 4811 - Contemporary Issues

ESFR 5013 - Educational Research

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. - University of Georgia, Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Cognition and Development. Dissertation research: Formal training effects on the development of attention in young children: Instrumental music.

M.Ed. - University of North Texas

B.M. - University of Louisiana - Lafayette

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