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Faculty Directory » Laura Garofoli

Psychological Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2019
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:45am - 9:15am
Wednesday 8:45am - 9:15am and 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Office Information:

Room Number: MCK 262
Phone: (978) 665-3451

Courses Taught:

Lifespan Development (PSY 1200)
Adolescent Development (PSY 2230)
Psychological Science in Schools (PSY 3150)
Psychology of Learning (PSY 3500)
Psychology of Learning Lab (PSY 3501)
History & Systems of Psychology (PSY 4000)
Research Practicum in Psychology (PSY 4810/4820)
Behavioral Science in Early Childhood Education; Child Development and Observation
Assessment of Academic Skills in Early Childhood (independent study)


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

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:

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