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Debra Park is a Part Time Lecturer at Rutgers University-Camden NJ, Psychology Department, as

well as the Institute for Effective Education where she teaches Lifespan Development, Psychology

of Happiness and Well-Being, and Behavior Management. Currently, she teaches a variety of

courses at the Pursuit of Happiness including the Psychology of Happiness and supports the

organization in content and curriculum development and design. Debra taught high school AP

Psychology for 33 years and has been involved in the American Psychological Association (APA) in

many capacities. At present, she is the Membership Committee Chair for the Society for the

Teaching of Psychology (STP), Division 2 of APA. Debra has been honored over the years as the

recipient of many awards including the APA Presidential Citation in November (2011), the APA

Moffett Memorial Teaching Award (2007), the APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Award (2006),

Rutgers University Public School Educator of the Year (2004), Gloucester County Teacher of the

Year (1999–2000), and State Finalist New Jersey Teacher of the Year (1999-2000). She is an

Advanced Placement Reader for AP Psychology exams and has presented at many national and

regional conventions, most recently the APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers in

Worcester MA (July 2012) and the Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology Conference (Sept

2011/2013). Debra serves on the Educational Advisory Board for Myer’s Psychology for AP 2012

Ed/2010 Ed. W H Freeman and CO/Worth Publishing.

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