Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Professor of Psychology and Education; Associate Dean of Faculty and Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership


  • B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Courses Taught

  • Educational Psychology
  • Seminar in Educational Psychology: Motivation
  • Statistics
  • Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
  • First Year Seminar: 100 Marathons


I am interested in mentoring and persistence, with a focus on women, people of color, and first-generation college students in science and technical fields. My research focuses on the transition from high school to postsecondary education and work, and how mentoring relationships and an institution’s mentoring or advising infrastructure can support student or employee success. Community-based partnerships are central to my teaching, and I enjoy thinking about how to motivate ourselves and others.

Recent Publications

 (* indicates Mount Holyoke College student/alumna)

Packard, B.W., Tuladhar, C.* & Lee, J.* (2013). Advising in the classroom; How community college STEM faculty support transfer-bound students.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 42(4), 54-60.

Packard, B. W., Leach, M.*, Ruiz, Y.*, Nelson, C.*, & DiCocco, H.* (2012). School-to-work transitions of career and technical education graduates. Career Development Quarterly, 60(4), 134-144.

Packard, B. W., Gagnon, J. L.*, & Senas, A.* (2012). Navigating community college transfer in science, technical, engineering, and mathematics fields. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36(9), 1-14.

Packard, B. W., Babineau, M. E.*, Machado, H. M.* (2012). Becoming job-ready: Collaborative future plans of Latina adolescent girls and their mothers in a low-income urban community. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27(1), 110-131.

Packard, B. W., Gagnon, J. L.*, LaBelle, O.*, Jeffers, K.*, & Lynn, E.* (2011). Women’s experiences in the STEM community college transfer pathway. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 17(2), 129–147.

Packard, B. W., Gagnon, J. L.*, & Moring-Parris, R.* (2010). Investing in the academic science preparation of CTE students: Challenges and possibilities. Career and Technical Education Research, 35(3), 137-156.

Packard, B. W., Kim, G. J.*, Sicley, M.*, & Piontkowski, S.* (2009). Composition matters: Multi-context informal mentoring networks for low-income urban adolescent girls pursuing healthcare careers. Mentoring & Tutoring, 17(2), 187 - 200.