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Emily Peterson Assistant Professor SOE Faculty

Emily Peterson
(202) 885-3098
SOE | General Academics & Research
Spring Valley Building 457
Additional Positions at AU
Affiliate Faculty, Psychology Department
Affiliate Faculty, Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience Program
PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Maryland

MA, Educational Measurement and Statistics, University of Maryland

Dr. Emily Grossnickle Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Psychology Department and the Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience PhD program. She joined the faculty at AU in 2017 after receiving a PhD in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology with a specialization in Educational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her research, Dr. Peterson applies methods from educational psychology and cognitive neuroscience to investigate cognitive and motivational factors that support (or hinder) student learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Her current research examines questions such as why spatial reasoning skills predict science achievement and how teachers support student curiosity. She was awarded an NSF CAREER grant to study the impact of curiosity on visual processing.

She is accepting a new PhD student in the BCAN program for Fall 2024.
See Also
Peterson Research Lab
For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • EDU-420 Psychology of Education

  • NEUR-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • NEUR-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2024

  • NEUR-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • NEUR-899 Doctoral Dissertation