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Amy Fineburg

Using Psychology to Grow Psychology

Amy C. Fineburg, PhD, is the Advanced Programs Specialist for Jefferson County Schools, a large, metropolitan school district serving over 35,000 students in Birmingham, Alabama. In this role, she supervises Advanced Placement (AP), dual enrollment, early college, and virtual learning programs for the district. She taught high school psychology for 14 years, starting successful AP Psychology courses at two different high schools. Amy has written teaching resources for two best-selling psychology textbooks and lead the most recent revision of the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (APA, 2011). She has served as chair of Teachers of Psychology In Secondary Schools (TOPSS) and was a member of the Board of Educational Affairs for the APA. She is currently Vice President for Awards and Recognitions for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) and co-chair of the Steering Committee planning the National Summit for High School Psychology Education to be held in Ogden, Utah, in July, 2017. Amy earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama in 2010, researching the role of explanatory style in teacher burnout.