Eugene is a child psychologist and a Licensed Psychologist in CA who collaborates with local school districts to address students' learning needs. Specific areas of focus include social-emtotional development, achievement-related abilities (e.g., working memory and executive function), assessment and evaluation, and mentoring. Currently, he is engaged with the San Berarndino County Superintendent of Schools and San Bernardino City Unified School District in multiple projects. Eugene has been recognized with the Golden Apple Award for Teaching, as the Outstanding Professor, and as the Outstanding Advisor at CSUSB; he is also the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Western Psychologial Association (WPA) and a Fellow in WPA.
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology (Child Development), University of California, Riverside
Development of Exceptional Children
Psychology of Middle Childhood
Social and Emotional Development
Teaching of Psychology
Research and Teaching Interests
My research interests primarily focus on the school experience of elementary through university level students. In particular, my work examines the efficacy of cognitive training programs in supporting the development of cognitive abilities (such as working memory, executive function, and attention) that impact academic performance and that may be associated with school engagement. A second area of my research focuses on teaching effectiveness. Specifically, students’ perceptions regarding outstanding teachers are examined as a basis for understanding how to establish positive learning spaces. In general, my work is very applied because a primary objective is to equip school personnel with the resources necessary to have a significant positive impact on the students they interact with.
Recent Publications and Conference Presentations
Wiest, D.J., Wong, E.H., Bacon, J.M., Rosales, K.P. & Wiest, G (in press). The Effectiveness of Computerized Cognitive Training on Working Memory in a School Setting. Applied Cognitive Psychology. doi: 10.1002/acp.3634
Rosales, F.L., Bacon, J.M., Alvarez A.D., Morris, H.L., Zamora-Chavez, D, Romero, J., & Wong, E.H. (2019). Utilizing Computerized Cognitive Training to Enhance Cognitive Abilities: A Pilot Project with Elementary School Students in an After-School Program. Western Psychological Association.
Bacon, J.M., Wong, E.H., Mendez, S., Rosales, F.L, Trujillo, C., Wong, F.W., Wiest, D.J., & Criswell, R. (2018). Enhancing Working Memory with an At-risk Populations Utilizing Cognitive Training in a School Setting. 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education.
Pumaccahua, T.T., Wong, E.H., Wiest, D.J. (2017). Effects of Computerized Cognitive Training on Working Memory in a School Setting. International Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Educational Research, 16 (3), 88-104.