Name of Staff: Dr Luke Moissinac
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: BA (Psychology) (Hons), Brandeis, USA; MSc (Research Methods in Developmental and Social Psychology), Strathclyde, UK; PhD (Developmental Psychology), Clark, USA
Dr Moissinac joined Wawasan Open University in June 2018 as a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the M.A. Programme in Psychology. Prior to joining WOU, he was Head of the School of the American Degree Programme at SEGi College Penang. Dr. Moissinac has garnered teaching experience in the USA, specifically at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Pacific University in Oregon. He has taught at both the Master’s and Bachelor’s level, encompassing courses such as Graduate Developmental Psychology, Graduate Qualitative Methods and Selected Multivariate Quantitative Techniques, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Statistics, Ageing, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Child Development, Research Methods, Embodied Cognition, and Abnormal Psychology.
Dr Moissinac’s research interests centre on the construction and defence of identities in conversational interaction by early adolescent boys and young adults of both genders. He is also interested in the factors that promote success in the progression from secondary school to university by adolescents. His work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
> “Development of resilient identities by Mexican immigrant first-year college students.” Co-Principal Investigator. Texas Research Development Fund Grant, # 140100-34006, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, September 2005, $21,600.
> “Sexual identities in relation to hegemonic masculinity of gay male college students in conversation.” Principal Investigator. Texas Research Development Fund Grant, #140100-34005 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, September, 2005, $18,000.
> “Construction of resilient identities among Mexican Immigrant Students.” Co-Principal Investigator. Centre for Mexican American Research (CMAR) “Seed” Funding Project, #140100-40026, Texas A&M-University-Corpus Christi, November 2006, $2,678.
> “Identity construction and development in relation to academic achievement among adolescents of Mexican descent: Identity in the ‘Life Portrait’ exercise.” Co-Investigator. Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA), NIH # 1G11HDO52357-01, July, 2007, $8,291.
> “To the island and beyond.” Co-Principal Investigator & Evaluation Coordinator. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Programme, U. S. Department of Education, October, 2007 – September 2012, $1,097,575.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
1) Moissinac, L., & Budwig, N. (2000). Development of desire terms by young German children: A semantic-pragmatic analysis. Psychology of Language and Communication, 4(1), 5-25.
2) Bamberg, M., & Moissinac, L. (2003). Discourse development. In A. C. Graesser, M. A. Gernsbacher, & S. R. Goldman (Eds.), Handbook of discourse processes (pp. 395-437). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
3) Moissinac, L., & Bamberg, M. (2005). “It’s weird, I was so mad”: Developing discursive identity defenses in conversational “small” stories of adolescent boys. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 29(2), 142-156.
4) Clegg, J., & Moissinac, L. (2005). A relational theory of self-deception. New Ideas in Psychology, 23(2), 96-110.
5) Moissinac, L. (2006). “Prejudicial expressions in defense of adolescent masculine identities in interaction. Sex Roles, 55, 609-619.
6) Moissinac, L. (2007). “Mr. Lanoe hit on my mom”: Re-establishment of believability insequential narratives by adolescent boys. M. Bamberg, A. DeFina, & D. Schiffrin (Eds.), Selves and identities in narrative and discourse (pp. 229-252). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins.
7) Hansen, A., Moissinac, L., Renteria, C., & Razo, E. (2010). “Ay ay vienen estos juareños”: On the positioning of selves through code-switching by second-generation immigrant college students. In D. Schiffrin, A. De Fina, & A. Nylund (Eds.), Telling stories: Language, narrative,and social life (pp. 57-68). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
Selected International Conference Publications
1) Moissinac, L. (2000, June). Affect and semiotic mediation: Basis and interpreter in the conceptualisation of self. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Montreal, Canada.
2) Moissinac, L. (2001, June). Embodied cognition in the microgenesis of repeated violence. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Berkeley, California.
3) Moissinac, L. (2003, June). Self-deception and emotion: Boundary conditions and distorted semiotics. Paper presented at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.
4) Moissinac, L. (2004, May). “Mr. Lanoe hit on my mom”: Re-establishment of believability in sequential narratives by adolescent boys. Paper presented at Narrative Matters 2004: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative Perspectives, Approaches, and Issues Across the Humanities and Social Sciences, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
5) Moissinac, L., Korobov, N., & Bamberg, M. (2005, August). Adolescent boys’ interactive emotion work in conversational “small” stories. Poster presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, 2005, Washington, DC.
6) Moissinac, L., & Smiler, A. (2006, June). Paradoxes of male queer identity development: Juxtapositions with dominant masculinity. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Baltimore, MD.
7) Moissinac, L., Metteer-Otani, T., & Hansen, A. (2007, August). Fluid juxtapositions with hegemonic masculinity in college gay-males’ identity constructions. Paper presented at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
8) Moissinac, L., & Hansen, A. (2008, August). Alienation as contrast structure in bolstering putative undesirable identities. Paper presented at The Fifth International Conference on the Dialogical Self, Queen’s College, Cambridge, U.K.
9) Moissinac, L., & Bamberg, M. (2009, July). Positioning in the construction of identities through ‘small’ stories in social interaction. Paper presented at the 11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Melbourne, Australia.
10) Burns-Glover, A., & Moissinac, L. (2010, August). Scoring the finale : Apprenticing research and writing for senior theses. Paper presented at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
International Symposia Organised
> Differing levels of constructing self and other relations: Transcultural to intraindividual. 10th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2003.
> Adolescent discourse development from an identity perspective. 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Chicago, Illinois, August, 2004.
> Varieties of relational narrative: Differing identities in differing relational practices. 36th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2006.
> Reflecting reflexivities in time: Process findings on LGBT identity development. Symposium presented at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2007. Symposium provided Continuing Education Credits for licensure.
> Positioning in conversational stories: Advances in theory and practice. Symposium presented at the Georgetown University Roundtable on Language and Linguistics, 2008, Washington, DC, March 2008.
> Positioning theory and analysis in the pragmatics of linguistic social interaction: The state of the art. Symposium presented at the 11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Melbourne, Australia, July 2009.
Official Correspondence Address:
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
54 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
10050 George Town, Penang, Malaysia