Susie M. Vecchio
Location: Hickory NC United States
I am a recent graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte this May 2020 with both a Master of Art in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Cognition and earned an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science. I also earned my Psychology, BS at UNCC.
As a graduate student my researched focused an array of concepts associated with pregnancy and childbirth. I was most interested in perinatal mental health, mother-infant bonding, and student-parent advocacy. I have applied psychology, cognition, neuroscience, and behavioral sciences in my methods to concentrate on lesser-known perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. My core focus has been to understand the experiences as expressed by mothers and identify any impact on infant/child cognitive development. I’ve also served as a Psychology Teaching Assistant over several years in Dept. of Psychological Sciences at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Which has led me to develop a passion for teaching psychological, physiological, cognitive, and neurological sciences as well.
As an adult non-traditional with two children, I am very active in promoting and encouraging student-parent success in higher education. I implement interdisciplinary methods from fields of psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and other social-behavioral sciences to recognize the impact on cognitive/neurological development and psychological health on parents who take on multiple roles (such as parent and professionals) and try to help them realize their potential as parents and academics.
I advocate for children’s cognitive/neurological development, perinatal mental health, and non-traditional students parents attempting to attain a goal of higher education while caring for their children. I approach everyone with compassion, regardless of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength… One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Dr. Sigmund Freud