Jennifer J. Stiegler-Balfour

Education

M.A.

University of New Hampshire

2014

B.A.

Hood College

2014

Ph.D.

University of New Hampshire

2014

M.S.T.

University of New Hampshire

2014

Clinical Affiliations

Maine

Expertise

Cognitive psychology; memory processes underlying reading comprehension; reading interventions; and learning.

Research

Current Research

At present, I have a number of research projects in progress. Of particular note is a new, cross-departmental study examining the relationship between cognitive variables and coherence in narrative discourse in older people, particularly those with AlzheimerÕs Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD). The prospects for this study are exciting, and have the potential to prolong the ability of people with ADRD to comprehend written materials thereby extending their quality of life.

The core of my research continues to be dedicated to understanding the various factors which differentiate skilled- from less-skilled readers, and the actions which can be undertaken to remediate reading deficits. My work assessing the dynamic relation between reading skill, text characteristics and reading strategies has been recognized by the Society for Text and Discourse in the form of the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2010).

Concluded studies I have conducted investigated the extent to which readers (of all levels) engage in the process of updating information while in the act of reading news articles (after they have been presented with more accurate information), and the types of cues necessary to reactivate spatial information once it is no longer active in memory.

As my academic career advances, I have found that my research interests continue to grow. My sphere of learning has broadened to include pedagogical research, and ongoing projects are focused on how adjunct questions can aid comprehension of less-skilled readers in understanding expository readings. Further, I am investigating which factors predict success in online classes as well as identifying the presentation methods capable of facilitating a deeper processing of course material by online learners. Regardless of where research projects may take me, it is my hope that as an instructor and researcher that I can optimize my studentsÕ learning experience in the classroom.

Research Interests

Through my research

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Good, J. J., Keeley, J., Leder, S., Afful, S., & Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (in press). Supporting our junior faculty: Assessing the concerns and needs of early career faculty. Teaching of Psychology.

Cook, A. E., Lassonde, K. A., Splinter, A., Guéraud, S., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. & OÕBrien, E. J. (2012). The role of relevance in the activation and instantiation of predictive inferences. Language and Cognitive Processes.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01690965.2012.748926

 

 

 

 

Blanc, N., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., & OÕBrien, E. J. (2011). Does the certainty of   information influence the updating process? Evidence from the reading of news articles. Discourse Processes, 48(6), 387-403.

 

 

 

 

 Edited Books and Book Chapters 

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (in press). Teaching Online Courses in Psychology. In D. Dunn (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education. Oxford University Press, NY: NY.

Afful, S., Good, J. J., Keeley, J., Leder, S., & Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (Eds.). (2013). Introductory psychology teaching primer: A guide for new teachers of Psych 101. Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Div. 2). Retrieved from http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/intro2013/index.php. ISBN:

Funded Grants

Stiegler-Balfour, J.J. (PI), & Robnett, R. College of Arts and Sciences Scholarly Research Mini-Grant, University of New England: Reading Comprehension and AlzheimerÕs Disease: Understanding the effects of related and unrelated text distracters, 2012-2013.

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (PI), & Benassi, V. A. Society for the Teaching of Psychology Partnership Grant (Division 2, American Psychological Association), Applying the science of learning in face-to-face and online psychology courses, 2012.

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (PI). Master Teacher Program Award, (Division 2, American Psychological Association), Applying the science of learning in face-to-face and online psychology courses, 2012.

Stiegler-Balfour, J.J. (PI). College of Arts and Sciences Scholarly Research Mini-Grant, University of New England: Learning from text: Effects of reading skill and text factors, 2011-2012.

Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour

Jennifer J. Stiegler-Balfour

,

Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Decary Hall
352

jstiegler@une.edu

(207) 602-2162