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Ciarocco, Natalie J

Natalie Ciarocco, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Department Advising Coordinator (DAC)

Department: Psychology

Office: Howard Hall 144

Phone: 732-263-5481

Email: nciarocc@monmouth.edu


Education

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

M.A., Case Western Reserve University

B.A., Case Western Reserve University

Current Research and Scholarship

A social psychologist by training, Ciarocco is a scholar of teaching and learning and coauthor of a research methods textbook, Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods in Psychology. Her scholarly work falls into the areas of undergraduate professional development and best practices in the teaching of research methods publishing in outlets such as Teaching of Psychology and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. She is the recipient of multiple grants from both the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) to develop teaching resources. These resources include a website for teaching research methods, statistics, and communicating science in psychology (www.teachpsychscience.org) and a self-administered assessment of skills for students (www.employableskills.com). Natalie is also an associate editor for Teaching of Psychology, a co-editor for the E-xcellence in Teaching Blog and a mentor for the annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop hosted by STP.

Grant Support (or Funding)

Ciarocco, N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2020). Employableskills.com: Expanding the Capabilities of an Open Resource. Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science (Award Amount: $4,990.00).

Ciarocco, N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2016). Developing an Assessment of Skills for Psychology Undergraduates. Instructional Resource Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Award Amount: $1,500).

Ciarocco, N. J., Strohmetz, D. B., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2015). TeachPsychScience.org: Communicating Science. Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science (Award Amount: $4,989.00).

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2009). TeachPsychScience.org: Resources for Teaching Research and Statistics in Psychology. Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science (Award Amount: $4,908.50).

Ciarocco, N. J., Strohmetz, D. B., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2009). Exemplar studies for teaching research methodology. Instructional Resource Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Award Amount: $1,500).

Publications and Other Scholarly Work

Books and Book Chapters

Ciarocco, N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2020). Psychology for the workforce: Using the classroom to help students develop and market their employable skills. In T. M. Ober, E. Che, J. E. Brodsky, C. Raffaele, & P. J. Brooks (Eds.). How We Teach Now: The GSTA Guide to Transformative Teaching (pp. 17-29). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.

Stein, L., Ciarocco, N. J., & Westfall, J. E. (2020). Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 19). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2019). Discovering the scientist within: Research methods in psychology 2nd Edition. New York: Worth.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr.,Ciarocco N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2017). Research methods 2.0: A new approach for today’s students. In R. Obeid, A. Schartz, C. Shane-Simpson, & P. J. Brooks (Eds.) How We Teach Now: The GSTA Guide to Student-Centered Teaching (pp. 328-338). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ciarocco, N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2018). The employable skills self-efficacy survey:  An assessment of skill confidence for psychology undergraduates. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 4(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1037/stl0000102 

Ciarocco, N. J. (2018). Traditional and new approaches to career preparation through coursework. Teaching of Psychology, 45, 32-40. doi: 10.1177/0098628317744963

Ciarocco, N. J., Strohmetz, D. B., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2017). What’s the point? Faculty perceptions of research methods courses. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 32(2), 116-131. doi: 10.1037/stl0000085

Ciarocco, N. J., Dinella, L. M., Hatchard, C. Y., & *Valosin, J. (2016). Integrating professional development across the curriculum: An effectiveness study. Teaching of Psychology, 40, 91-98. doi: 10.1177/0098628316636217

Awards

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor for Teaching of Psychology
  • Co-editor of STP’s blog/book series E-xcellence in Teaching
  • Society for the Teaching Psychology, Consulting Service Mentor

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award Nominee, Monmouth University (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • MLK, Jr. Unsung Hero Award Nominee, Monmouth University (2010)
  • Excellence & Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Florida Atlantic University; Charles E. Schmidt College of Science (2006)
  • Professor of the Year, Florida Atlantic University; MacArthur Campus (2006)
  • Professor of the Year, Florida Atlantic University; Treasure Coast Campus (2005)

Courses

Recently Taught Classes

2022 Fall

  • Career Preparation in Psychology – PY 202
  • Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory – PY 320

2022 Spring

  • Career Preparation in Psychology – PY 202
  • Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory – PY 320

2021 Fall

  • Career Preparation in Psychology – PY 202
  • Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory – PY 320

2021 Summer B

  • Introduction to Psychology – PY 103

2020 Fall

  • Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory – PY 320

2020 Summer B

  • Introduction to Psychology – PY 103

2020 Spring

  • Research I: Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory – PY 220

2019 Fall

  • Research I: Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory – PY 220

2019 Spring

  • Career Preparation in Psychology – PY 202
  • Research I: Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory – PY 220
  • Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory – PY 320

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Career Preparation in Psychology (PY 202)
  • Experimental Methods in Psychology and Laboratory (PY 320)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PY 103)
  • Research I: Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory (PY 220)
  • Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory (PY 320)
  • Research Methods in Psychology and Laboratory (PY 220)
  • Social Psychology (PY 207)