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Dr. Amy Roberson Hayes

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology and Counseling

College of Education and Psychology

UT Tyler

It was such an honor to receive this recognition for teaching from a group of colleagues that I greatly admire.  Teaching students how to think critically and to engage in science is my passion, and to have a group of the best teachers at my institution recognize the work that I have put into my job was truly a milestone for me as a professor.

Amy Roberson Hayes is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Education and Psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Hayes was born in raised in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has enjoyed coming back home to East Texas to teach and give back to the community. A member of the Psychology and Counseling faculty since 2014, Hayes has taught undergraduate classes in statistics, research methods, developmental psychology, and honors research. During her time at UT Tyler, Hayes has mentored undergraduate students in research through their work in her Child and Adolescent Development Lab, as well as through the Department of Psychology Research Program. Hayes is the proudest when she gets to see her students presenting their research at conferences all across the United States. Her passion for undergraduate student research lead to a position as the Faculty Liaison for Student Research at the University of Texas at Tyler, through which she has worked to facilitate student and faculty research collaboration university wide. Hayes research focuses on the gender-differentiated pathways of occupational values, interests, and achievement throughout the lifespan. Her recent work has focused on the effects of seeing and learning about gender-segregated occupations on children’s occupational interests, the effects of gender-typed toys on children’s spatial play, and the factors that affect self-efficacy among college women in science and mathematics classes. When she is not teaching and mentoring students, Hayes enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin and their two children, Henry and Bobby. They love to explore parks, zoos, museums, and swimming pools together.