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Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Southern California

Dr. Gale M. Sinatra is the Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education and Psychology at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, where she directs the Motivated Change Research Lab. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association for career achievements in research with the Sylvia Scribner Award.

Her research focuses on understanding the cognitive and motivational processes that lead to successful learning in science. Specifically, Sinatra focuses on the role of motivation and emotion in teaching and learning about controversial topics, such as biological evolution and climate change. Sinatra developed a model of conceptual change learning, which describes how motivational factors contribute to the likelihood that individuals will change their thinking about a scientific topic.

She is the co-author, along with Barbara Hofer of Middlebury College in Vermont, of Science Denial: Why It Happens and What to Do About It. https://tinyurl.com/vdynkz83

Experience

  • –present
    Stephen H. Crocker Chair and Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Southern California