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Katie Hope Grobman

I'm a Psychology professor who loves roller skating, volunteering, thrifting, hiking, and especially my daughter Abigail. I’ve taught math to underprivileged elementary & middle school students, physics at an all-girls high school, & psychology to high school, undergraduate, & graduate students. I have taught a diverse range of college psychology classes including intro, social, developmental, cognitive, and special topics in education, infancy, & creativity. My research examines our creativity, moments of insight, struggles with morality, & the power of teaching & parenting to transform our lives.
Katie Grobman, sitting on the rec trail while roller skating.
Katie Grobman
Roller Skating, Marina, CA
Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.
Fred Rogers
Selfie of Katie Grobman, sitting on bed in a white skirt and dainty black top.
Abigail Grobman
Halloween, Baton Rouge, LA
To me, what makes us truly persons, is how we come to our world without a predefined purpose or meaning. Rather – in stark contrast with a chair, or a chicken – we can choose to make ourselves who we decide we’re meant to be. I choose teaching, volunteering, parenting, and creativity to help everyone with our own Copernican Revolutions. I'm in awe of my daughter Abgail and so grateful to help be part of her life and help her find her way. I love teaching! Immersing myself designing lessons fosters my creativity, and I feel so much joy the moment students experience they're own ah ha moments after struggling and find their own metamorphosis.
All you can take with you is that which you've given away.
George Bailey's dad, epitaph (It's a Wonderful Life)
As a child, I felt being transgender was a curse. Society’s hate, religion's disgust, and psychology's demeaning portrayals of us reinforced my self concept. Compounding other circumstance left me feeling I didn't belong. I struggled assembling life's all mixed up puzzle pieces, transitioning as my first semester of graduate school closed. Today I feel my gender, my missteps, and my self-criticism were gifts. I feel like my struggles bring me self-compassion, compassion for others, empathy for people I don't understand, and deeper desire to find life's joy, meaning, and purpose.
Selfie of Katie Grobman, sitting on bed in a white skirt and dainty black top.
Katie Grobman
Easter & the Transgender Day of Visibility, coincide in 2024, Pacific Grove, CA
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Melody Beattie