Jennifer Cromley, Ph.D
An Assistant Professor in the department of Psychological Studies in Education, in the Educational Psychology Program. Her research looks at cognition and motivation in science learning at the middle school through undergraduate levels. She and five collaborators from the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology together supervise the work of 7 graduate students and 6 undergraduate students on three federally-funded grant projects. At Temple, she has taught various courses on learning theories and also teaches various educational statistics courses. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology Review, and Learning and Instruction.
Dr. Cromley was named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama. She is one of 85 researchers to receive the award, which is bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
The Presidential Early Career Awards, established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach
Cromley, who also has received two NSF grants to support her work, is currently involved in three large research projects that involve middle school, high school and undergraduate college students. The projects are measuring the impact of modifications to middle school science curricula, developing workbook-and-discussion-based teaching methods to assist high school students better understand biology, and assessing why undergraduate students stay in or opt out of biology and chemistry majors. The middle and high school projects involve teachers and students in school districts in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Arizona and New Jersey, while the undergraduate project examines Temple students.
Two of Cromley’s research projects also have tight links with researchers in the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), an interdisciplinary NSF-funded center run by Nora Newcombe in Temple’s Department of Psychology.