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Faculty Directory » Laura Garofoli

Psychological Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2018
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
9:45 - 10:45

Office Information:

Room Number: McKay 262
Phone: 978-665-3451

Courses Taught:

Educational Psychology (PSY 2700)
Human Growth & Development (PSY 1200)
History & Systems of Psychology (PSY 3480)
Psychological Testing
Psychology of Learning (PSY 3500)
Adolescent Psychology (PSY 2230)
Research Practicum in Psychology (PSY 4810, PSY 4820)
Behavioral Science in Early Childhood Education; Child Development and Observation
Assessment of Academic Skills in Early Childhood (independent study)


Ph.D. University of Mass., Amherst
M.S. University of Mass., Amherst
B.A. Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Research Interests:

Gender Differences in Mathematics
Teacher Preparation
Problem-solving and transfer in young children
Impact of mental health status upon educational outcomes

Current Projects:

Analysis of MCAS Data for Sex Differences in Mathematics

Representative Publications:

Garofoli, L.M. (in press). Daycare and educational settings: Responding to the needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. In C. Crosson-Tower, Exploring child welfare: A practice perspective, 6th ed. Boston, MA: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

Garofoli, L.M. (2009). The development of sex differences in math. Harrod Lecture Series, Vol. XX, 71-91. Fitchburg State College.

Garofoli, L.M. (2007, Fall). The impact of pre-service teacher preparation upon first year teacher success and student achievement. Perspectives, 14-15.

Garofoli, L.M. (2007, Summer). Literacy instruction: Empowering educators to improve student outcomes. Perkins Magazine, 1, 5-6.

O’Sullivan, L.P., Mitchell, L.L., & Daehler, M.W. (2001). Representation and perseveration: Influences on young children’s symbolic functioning. Journal of Cognition and Development, 2, 339-365.

Royer, J.M. & Garofoli, L.M. (2005). Cognitive contributions to sex differences in math performance. In A.M. Gallagher & J.C. Kauffman (Eds.), Gender differences in mathematics: An integrative psychological approach. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Professional Affiliations:

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education)
Pi Mu Epsilon (Honorary National Mathematics Society)
Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)