Being a developmental psychologist who is also equipped with counselling skills, my early research topics were focused on adolescents’ developmental problems such as alcohol and substance abuse and the intervention programmes. However, it becomes necessary for me to also investigate problems in the areas of academic achievement and lecture attendance which informed my further research into strategies for motivating my students to attend lectures and to be actively engaged during lectures, in order to learn and achieve academically. Other areas of interest also include emotional intelligence, psychological resilience, personality traits, social and moral development which are also vital for successful transition from adolescence to adulthood stage. Presently, I am investigating the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of Nigerian and Caribbean adolescents to expand literature in this area. Additionally, psychology has not really received a good attention in the area of research in the Caribbean, hence I am making valuable contributions to a research pool for the Psychology of African-Caribbean People.
Dr Grace A. Fayombo is a lecturer in Developmental Psychology in the School of Education at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados since February 2008 to date. She holds a Ph.D degree in Developmental Psychology. The focus of her research is on the developmental problems of the adolescents; she has published over 30 papers in national and international refereed journals and she has also attended and presented over thirty-five papers at national and international conferences. Dr Fayombo was given an Award for Excellence in recognition for dynamic contributions and selfless services to research, teaching and learning by African Association for Teaching and Learning during the International Conference on Teaching and Learning (ICTL) held in Abuja, Nigeria in October 2012. She was also presented the Principal Award for outstanding teaching at the University of the West Indies, Barbados in December 2013.