Department Advising Coordinator
Member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
M.A., Case Western Reserve University
B.A., Case Western Reserve University
- Regularly Taught Courses
- PY202: Career Preparation in Psychology
PY207: Social Psychology
PY220: Research I: Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory
PY320: Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory
PY407: Social Cognition
PY491: Research IV: Thesis in Psychology
Dr. Ciarocco became excited about social psychology when she began working in a psychology laboratory as a work-study student her sophomore year. Her favorite part of the research process is designing studies, making the research classes a perfect fit for her to teach. Her research interests are in the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology, with a particular emphasis on the best practices for teaching research methods. A second area of research is on undergraduate professional development. She is the Director of the Self and Identity Lab which allows students to explore topics of interest within social psychology. When away from campus, Dr. Ciarocco is busy with home improvements, baking, her dogs, and her little girl. She also enjoys travel, reading, and movies.
- Research Interests
Research interests are in the field of social psychology and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Current research focuses on one’s capacity for self-control, based on the idea that self-control is a limited, central resource. The implications of self-control in interpersonal relationships are being explored. Her SoTL work includes best practices in the teaching of research methodology and professional development for psychology majors, more specifically skill development.
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N. J., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2016) Discovering the scientist within: Research methods in psychology. New York: Worth.
(* indicates student co-author)
- Scholarly Articles
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, 43, 91-98. doi: 10.1177/0098628316636217
Ciarocco, N. J., Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Van Volkom, M. (2013). The impact of a multifaceted approach to teaching research methods on students’ attitudes. Teaching of Psychology, 40, 20-25. doi:10.1177/0098628312465859
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco,N. J., *Pettenato, M. & *Stephan, J. (2012). Pick me up: Ego depletion and receptivity to relationship initiation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 1071-1084.
Ciarocco,N. J., Echevarria, J.* & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2012). Hungry for Love: The Influence of Self-Regulation on Likelihood of Infidelity. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 1-14. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2011.555435
Ciarocco, N. J., Dinella, L. M., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2011). Strategies for making psychology self-relevant in and out of the classroom.In R. Miller & B. Rycek (Eds.), Promoting student engagement: Volume I: Programs, techniques and opportunities [E-book]. Society for the Teaching of Psychology. teachpsych.org/Resources/Documents/ebooks/pse2011vol1.pdf
Ciarocco, N. J., Vohs, K. D., & Baumeister, R. F. (2010). Some good news about rumination: Task-focused thinking after failure facilitates performance improvement. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 1057-1073.
Twenge, J. M., Baumeister, R. F., DeWall, C. N., Ciarocco, N. J., & Bartels, J. M. (2007). Social exclusion reduces prosocial behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 56-66.
Ciarocco, N. J. (2007). Modeling of behavior.In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Baumeister, R. F., DeWall, N., Ciarocco, N. J., & Twenge, J. M., (2005). Social exclusion impairs self- regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 589-684.
- Presentations/Invited Talks
Ciarocco, N. J., Strohmetz, D. B., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (March, 2016). Mythbusters: Research Methods Edition. Invited talk presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY
Ciarocco, N. J., Strohmetz, D. B., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (January, 2016). Research methods: An employer’s dream course. Invited talk presented at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) Conference, St. Petersburg Beach, FL.
Ciarocco, N. J., & Hatchard, C. J. (2013, June). Curricular Opportunities for Professional Development. Symposium conducted at Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Staunton, VA.
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Ciarocco, N. J. (2013, January). What’s The Point?: A New Approach to Teaching Research Methods. Invited talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teaching Pre-conference, New Orleans, LA.
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Ciarocco, N. J. (2012, October). It All Starts with a Question: A New Perspective on Teaching Methodology. Keynote address at the STP Best Practices Conference: Best Practices in Teaching Statistics and Research Methods, Atlanta, GA
Ciarocco, N., Strohmetz, D.B., &. (January, 2011). Teaching through example: How to use empirical studies to teach research methods. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete, FL
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N. & Strohmetz, D.B. (January, 2011). Teaching the science of psychology: A collection of resources. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete, FL.
Ciarocco, N. (June, 2009). Headliners: Making psychology self-relevant through current media. Symposium conducted at Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Staunton, VA.
- Professional Associations
- Association for Psychological Science
- Eastern Psychological Association
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology
- Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2006), Recipient from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science; Florida Atlantic University
Professor of the Year (2006), Florida Atlantic University; MacArthur Campus
Professor of the Year (2005), Florida Atlantic University; Treasure Coast Campus