Merrin Oliver, PhD (former student), Assistant Professor, Mercer University's Penfield College
EPSE Departmental Fellow, PhD Student, Educational Psychology
I received my Master's in Ed. Psych from Georgia State University in 2013 after completing a thesis that employed imagery procedures in a DRM false-memory paradigm. Subsequently, I joined Dr. Renken's Scientific Thinking lab as a Ed. Psych Research Fellow for my Doctoral degree. I expanded my basic cognitive psychology-based research into more applied school-settings and began conducting studies on testing effects in undergraduate science classrooms. I further expanded my line of research in my dissertation to design conceptual change distance-learning materials for undergraduate science courses that could assess the effects of self-explanation prompts on the revision of common Biology misconceptions. I am interested in designing effective distance-learning conceptual change instruction and identifying ways that it can be adapted to learners' individual differences, like their level of prior knowledge or epistemology. After graduating with my PhD in 2017, I accepted a job as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Mercer University's Penfield College. I continue to collaborate with my colleagues at GSU in both service and research.