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Faculty Directory » Laura Garofoli

Psychological Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Office hours and appointments will be held remotely.
Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (join via

If you need an appointment outside of these hours, please email me.

Office Information:

Room Number: McKay Complex 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:

Book Chapters

Garofoli, L.M. (2012). "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. & Royer, J.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.


Garofoli, L.M. (2009). "The development of sex differences in math." Harrod Lecture Series, 20, pp. 71-91. Fitchburg State College.


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

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

Daehler, M.W. et al. (2001). "Representation and perseveration: Influences on young children’s symbolic functioning." Journal of Cognition and Development, 2(4), pp. 339-365. doi: 10.1207/S15327647JCD0204_1

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