Faculty Grant Spotlight: Dr. Amy Breski


Several Trocaire College faculty received Faculty Initiative Grants for the Spring 2018 semester. This small stipend is to be used to promote initiatives and innovation in the classroom that will enhance student learning, engagement, and retention.

We will highlight one faculty member per week on the Trocaire Trailblazer blog to highlight this important and exciting work and give a glimpse into what our hard-working faculty members have planned for their classrooms.

Amy Breski, PhD, MSEd, B.S, AOS


“I believe the classroom is a community and a tool for students to understand challenging concepts through practical application.”


Courses taught:

PSY101 General Psychology, PSY102 Developmental Psychology, PSY201 Abnormal Psychology, PSY303 Organizational Psychology, GS100 College Seminar, SOC101 Principles of Sociology


Faculty Initiative Grant project:

My grant project will integrate problem-based learning and scaffolding assignments in the classroom to increase students’ understanding and development of critical thinking concerning psychological research and the process of creating and developing a college-level psychology-based research paper.


What do you hope to gain from the project?

Trocaire College’s Mission Statement includes goals to empower students towards “personal enrichment, dignity, and self-worth” through the educational process, thereby preparing students “for service in the universal community.” Thus, my project goals are tri-fold.

  • First, I am hopeful that this initiative will improve student learning through the application of critical thinking, resulting in achieved course learning outcomes.
  • Second, I am hopeful that this initiative will improve retention rates through students’ increased problem-solving abilities, self-reflection, and deeper thinking, while developing transferable skills to the workplace.
  • Lastly, through this active learning process, I am hopeful that the student will demonstrate self- discovery, self-growth, and take pride in their accomplishments, while developing a sense of team work, which is sought after by many employers.



More about Dr. Breski:



Doctor of Philosophy: General Psychology, Major: Adult Development

  • Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Capella University

Master of Science in Education: Mental Health Counselor

  • St. Bonaventure University

Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services, Major Family Studies

  • State University of New York

Associates in Occupational Applied Sciences: Legal Administrative

  • Bryant and Stratton College


Time at Trocaire:

Hired December 2012 as an adjunct, full-time appointment January 2016


Teaching Philosophy:

I believe through instructor guidance and student-driven discussions, the educational system promotes the development of student learning and critical thinking skills. I believe the classroom is a community and a tool for students to understand challenging concepts through practical application. This is accomplished through multiple instructional methods like linguistic, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic, while integrating collaborative and module-based learning with scaffolding assignments.


Research/academic Interests:

Academic interests: Innovative learning techniques; collaborative student learning; practical applications of scientific research; scaffolding and module-based learning to maximize and enhance student’s critical thinking skills.

Behavioral research interests: Developmental psychology focusing on family issues such as parenting, addictions, child neglect/maltreatment/abuse, domestic violence, and mental health; developmental theories applied such as Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory (1968/1980/1986), Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Theory (1979/1986), Mary Ainsworth’s Attachment Theory (1986), John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory (1969/1988), and William Goode’s Role Strain Theory (1960), and Cherlin and Furstenberg Parenting Styles (1986).