Researcher Biography Projects
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Janice Mcdonnell

Janice is currently serving as the Science Engineering & Technology Agent for the department of 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers University where she supports county 4-H Agents in promoting STEM in their communities. She hosts a variety of on-campus programs designed to engage young people in Rutgers University science and engineering programs. In addition, Janice helps university faculty to develop innovative and effective broader impact statements in accordance with NSF’s Criterion II. Scientists and Engineers are engaged in a wide variety of education and outreach initiatives designed to educate the public about STEM disciplines. Janice works with scientists to translate their research into educational products that can be used by K-16 students, teachers and the general public. Finally, Janice is interested in program evaluation and works with a range of external collaborators to conduct a range of program assessments.

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Rebecca Reynolds

My research focuses on the learning that occurs during young people's active social media use and digital media content creation, and the ways in which such activity contributes to the development of new literacies, in the context of both naturalistic digital environments/ communities, and, educational interventions designed with explicit learning goals and objectives.

My work considers the design of learning innovations and experiences involving computing technologies, and the factors that contribute to students’ motivation to learn, levels of school engagement, and learning outcomes. I also study how children’s school technology engagement can mitigate known societal-level digital inequalities, if offered at a larger level of scale, for instance as standardized curriculum in the U.S. public education system.

My most recent work has been funded by an Institute for Museum and Library Services Early Career Development Grant ($399,995), a Rutgers University Faculty Research Grant ($47,006, with Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver of Rutgers GSE), and a SC&I Summer Fellowship Grant ($13,000, with Dr. Nick Belkin and 2 Ph.D. students).

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David Shernoff

Dr. Shernoff is an educational psychologist who conducts applied research in schools, after-school settings, technology-supported environments, and other learning environments. He is interested in educational and other holding environments supportive of positive development. Specific areas of research relate primarily to the motivation and engagement of youth, engagement and learning in game-based, digital learning environments, and mentoring in early career development. He has served as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on over 12 research projects on community engagement, student engagement, or teacher professional development. His research has yielded 5 authored or edited books, and over 35 other publications. He serves on several editorial boards and as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He served as chair and program chair of the Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

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Elisa Shernoff

Dr.Shernoff’s work centers on developing and testing interventions to enhance the use of evidence-based instructional and classroom management practices among teachers working in high poverty schools. Her primary focus is on mental health promotion and resilience by enhancing the capacity of teachers, particularly early career teachers, to accomplish their goal of supporting student learning, behavior, and development. In addition, Dr. Shernoff’s work focuses on ensuring school psychologists enter the workplace prepared to deliver and support high quality, effective services through developing effective training in evidence-based practices and consultation.

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