FURI | Spring 2023

Determining Which Pedagogical Techniques Improve Outcomes in Students with Mental Health Disorder

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50% of engineering students screen positive for a mental health disorder, compared to only 37% of non-engineering majors who screen positive. There have not been studies to show what type of teaching method professors can use in their classrooms to help their students through the rigorous coursework. The study’s objective is to identify which persuasive method professors should implement to help improve the mental capacity for students with mental health disorders through a series of different psychometric instruments (surveys). This work will benefit engineering students’ mental health by bringing awareness of teaching styles professors can inherit in classrooms.

Student researcher

Ruhi Lakshmi Dharan

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2025