Developmental and Educational Psychology Research Team
Research Team 13
Supervised by
(Judith Pena-Shaff)
Office: 115-D Williams

Research Team Description: Our research team focuses on issues related to human development, learning, and education. Projects involve both qualitative and quantitative research to study human development and learning, educational issues, and evaluation of educational programs. Our team offers its members an excellent experiential learning opportunity to apply psychological methods of inquiry.

What do team members do? Members of our research team critically analyze research articles,  generate literature reviews for our projects; develop research protocols and/or surveys, collect, enter and analyze data,  write conference abstracts and develop conference presentations, and present our study results at student or professional conferences. Students in our team are ready to attend and thrive in graduate schools, work for educational, research, and other types of organizations.

Current Projects:

  • Strategies children and their families use to cope and maintain a sense of normalcy during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In this study we will survey and interview children and families to better understand the strategies they use; whether these strategies differ between children and their adult caregivers, and explore which strategies best help children cope with school and family life disturbances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Evaluation of a local after-school tutoring program: During the academic year 2017-18 our team is also helping a local organization assess whether the program is meeting its goals. As part of this evaluation, students learn to analyze qualitative data from surveys as well as use statistical measures to compare academic performance between students in the program and a comparison group.

Our team emphasizes "TEAM work." There is no "I" in team! We take hard work and fun very seriously.

If you are interested in joining our team, contact me at jpenaper@ithaca.edu to schedule an interview. You can also review what current team members say about our team so you become more aware of what we do and our expectations.