In 2011, Maria Kuznetsova joined the UW-Casper as an assistant lecturer of psychology. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics in 2000 from Russia, her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina at Aiken in 2005, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. Her research interests include resilience, attachment, adjustment of adopted children, and disabilities.
Courses Teaching: Adolescent Development (PSYC 4300); Psychology of Adulthood (PSYC 4350); Psychology and the Law (PSYC/CRMJ 4730); Introduction to Clinical Psychology (PSYC 4500); Cognitive Development (PSYC 4150); Service-learning in Psychology: Mentoring Adopted Youth (PSYC/SOWK 4960)
Office Hours: Varies by semester; Contact instructor for appointment
Best Method of Communication: Email
Biography: Born in northwest Russia in Komi, Maria Kuznetsova grew up during the transition from the Soviet Union to the Russian Federation. She started working as an interpreter for U.S. families adopting children from her mother's orphanage. She developed an interest in that area, and after completing her economics degree in Russia, moved to South Carolina to complete a master's degree in clinical psychology. Kuznetsova continued her work in developmental psychology, the field in which she earned her Ph.D. Her thesis and dissertation work was related to studying adjustment of children adopted from Eastern Europe. Her broader area of interest is the adjustment of individuals with adverse circumstances and their resilience.
Affiliations, Associations, Consultations: Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD); American Psychological Association (APA); Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA); Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology); Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA); Heritage camps for Adoptive families
Current Committees: Learning Community Leadership Committee; Social Fund Committee
Current Publications: Kuznetsova, M.I., & Powell, S. (2013). Careers Interests, Preferences, and Strengths Inventory: A review. In C. Wood (Ed.) A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments (pp. 169-170). Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association.
Myers, B.J., Mackintosh, V.H., Kuznetsova, M.I., Lotze, G.M., Best, A.M. & Ravindran, N. (2013). Teasing, Bullying, and Emotion Regulation in Children of Incarcerated Mothers. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 78, 26-40.
Tuck, I., Johnson, S.C., Kuznetsova, M.I., McCrocklin, C., Baxter, M.L., & Bennington, L.K. (2012). Sacred Healing Stories Told at the End of Life. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 30, 69-80.
Current Awards: Summer 2013 Innovative Course Award (UW, 2013); International Travel Grant (UW, 2013); Outstanding Developmental Graduate Student Award (VCU, 2011); Outstanding Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology (USCA, 2005)