Karla Gingerich is Senior Teaching Faculty with the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Early Childhood Education in 1986, a second bachelor’s in Psychology in 1991, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from CSU in 1998. She is a licensed psychologist and has worked with various populations, including incarcerated youth, senior citizens, and adults with intellectual disabilities. She spent a year providing psychological services to women and children in a hospital setting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Karla has been teaching and supervising graduate and undergraduate teachers at Colorado State University for over 16 years. She has been named Best Teacher and Outstanding Advisor, and she received the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Innovation award. She has taught courses such as Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods, Psychology of the Individual in Context, and Supervised College Teaching, among others. She is the Faculty Supervisor for the General Psychology course at Colorado State University, and in that capacity she selects, supervises, and mentors doctoral students teaching approximately 2,500 students each year. She also supervises senior Honors Psychology students in their first experience as college teachers. Karla is involved with Writing Across the Disciplines (WAC) efforts at CSU, and has been investigating how writing enhances learning in undergraduate classrooms. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Division of the Teaching of Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science.