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Minna Ng

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Neuroscience
Psychology & Neuroscience
308 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710
308 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710

Overview


Dr. Minna Ng teaches and advises for Duke's Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience program. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology at City College, City University of New York. After that, she was a research technician in a molecular biology lab that used optogenics. Dr. Ng earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego through the Department of Psychology. She investigated the perception of faces using psychophysical and brain imaging methods. Dr. Ng received postdoctoral training in the Department of Ophthalmology, where she studied glaucoma.

Within the Undergraduate Neuroscience program, Dr. Ng instructs several courses, including the Introduction to the Biological Bases of Behavior (gateway course to the Neuroscience major); Educational Neuroscience; Neuroscience and Nutrition; and Neuroscience Service Learning.  Her approach to teaching prioritizes cognitive diversity and student collaboration, using team-based methods that promote active learning and critical thinking skills. Dr. Ng's current research focuses on identifying teaching practices that increase student learning and improve classroom dynamics. 

Dr. Ng is actively involved in supporting first-generation, working-class and low-income students. She also partners with local community organizations to promote STEM education. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations


Assistant Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Neuroscience · 2018 - Present Psychology & Neuroscience, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications


University of California, San Diego · 2007 Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego · 2006 M.A.
City College of New York · 1999 B.S.