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Sue Hyeon Paek

Sue Hyeon Paek

Assistant Professor

Psychological Sciences
Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

McKee Hall 14N
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Psychological Sciences
Campus Box 94
Greeley, CO 80639


Ph.D. - University of Georgia, USA

MEd. - University of Georgia, USA

M.A. - Seoul National University, South Korea

B.A. - Seoul National University of Education, South Korea

Professional/Academic Experience

Dr. Sue Hyeon Paek, an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and an MEd in Quantitative Methodology. As an emerging scholar, she received awards for her outstanding works in the field of creativity and gifted education including the Barron Award from the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts Division (Division 10) of American Psychological Association and the Doctoral Student Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. She has served as a chair for the Research into Practice subgroup of the National Association of Gifted Children.

Dr. Paek began her career teaching elementary students in Seoul, South Korea. After teaching for over seven years, she obtained her MEd and Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, she served as a graduate researcher for the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. She worked as a consultant in training for the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking and taught enrichment programs.

Research/Areas of Interest

Dr. Paek’s research interests are driven by inquiry into informing and improving evidence-based teaching in the development of creativity. Her research focuses on formal and informal assessment of creativity with an emphasis on creative thinking. She has researched foundational issues and psychometric qualities of divergent thinking tests and creative achievement inventories. She has also studied implicit theories of creativity in teachers and children, which influences the ratings of child's creative potential.

Dr. Paek has taught undergraduate and graduate classes, including an introductory Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and seminar courses in Educational Psychology.

Courses Taught

Publications/Creative Works

Paek, S. H., & Sumners, S. E. (2017, July) The Indirect Effect of Teachers’ Creative Mindsets on Teaching Creativity. The Journal of Creative Behavior. Advance online publication. doi/10.1002/jocb.180.

Paek, S. H., & Runco, M. A. (2017). Dealing with the Criterion Problem by Measuring the Quality and Quantity of Creative Activity and Accomplishment. Creativity Research Journal, 29 (2), 167-173.

Paek, S. H., Park, H., Runco, M. A., & Choe, H-. S. (2016). The contribution of ideational behavior to creative extracurricular activities. Creativity Research Journal, 28(2), 144-148.

Runco, M. A., Abdulla, A., Paek, S. H., Al-Jasim, F., & Alsuwaidi, H. N. (2016). Which test of divergent thinking is best? Creativity. Theories – Research – Applications. 3(1), 4-18.

Paek, S. H., Abdulla, A. & Cramond, B. (2016). A meta-analysis of the relationship between three common psychopathologies – ADHD, anxiety, and depression – and indicators of little-c creativity. Gifted Child Quarterly.60(2), 117-133.

Chand O’Neal, I., Paek, S. H., & Runco, M. A. (2015). Comparison of competing theories about ideation and creativity. Creativity. Theories – Research – Applications.2(2), 145-165.

Runco, M. A., Paek, S. H., & Jaeger, G. (2015). Is creativity being supported? Further analyses of grants and awards for creativity research. Creativity Research Journal. 27(1), 107-110.

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