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Assessment Research Area:

Educational assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs

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Cody Ding, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Dr. Cody Ding completed his Ph.D. in University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was trained as a psychologist with emphasis on developmental psychology, methodology, and measurement. Over years, he has been working as a professor at universities, teaching educational and psychological assessment, behavioral analysis, and other methodological related courses. His research interests include statistical learning, big data analysis, multidimensional scaling, and effects of social experiences on cognition.
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Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D., Psy.D.
Department Chair

Dr. Gouwens has served as Department Chair since 2012 and Program Coordinator for the UMSL School Psychology Program since 2001. He is a certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist in Missouri, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Gouwens does not have research expectations associated with his position; however, his expertise in the provision of individial, family, and systems-level psychological services and commitment to organizational change and best practices in schools and the community enhances the courses he teaches and enables him to in...
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Charles R. Granger, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Education

Professor Granger earned a B.S. in botany and zoology from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Biology and an M.S. in science education, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in plant physiology and science education from the University of Iowa. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Biology Association for Teachers, the National Science Supervisors Association, and the National Association for Research in Science Education. Professor Granger has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Missouri system Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and is Secretary of The Academy of Science of St. Louis.
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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University (89-93) and Texas Tech University (93-01). She is a licensed psychologist (since 1993) and her theoretical orientation integrates humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural feminist therapies. Susan’s research interests fall under the umbrella of multicultural issues, broadly defined. Current projects are: 1) microaggression experiences of sexual minority individuals 2) body image and eating disorders, esp...
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Nancy Robb Singer, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Nancy Robb Singer holds B.S. Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At UMSL, Dr. Singer directs the Gateway Writing Project (GWP) and is a faculty lead in the English Education program.
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Cathy Vatterott, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Professor Vatterott received a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1972, a Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University in 1981. Professor Vatterott began working at UM-St. Louis as an adjunct in 1981 and began a full-time position in 1991. She was formerly a junior high school teacher and a middle school principal. She serves on the Board of of Advisors for Parents Magazine.