Jennifer J. Stiegler-Balfour

Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the principle investigator of the Reading Comprehension and Cognition Lab at the University of New England. Her program of research explores memory processes related to reading comprehension and learning. Dr. Stiegler-Balfour’s current projects are focused on examining how aging affects reading comprehension and the impact of emerging technologies on learning processes. Dr. Stiegler-Balfour teaches Psychology Statistics and Research Methods, Cognition & Memory, Psychology of Consciousness and Cognition & Learning at UNE.

Education

Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology

University of New Hampshire

2010

M.S.T. in College Teaching

University of New Hampshire

2010

B.A.

Hood College

2005

Research

Current Research

The foundation of Dr. Stiegler-Balfour’s research is focused on exploring basic and applied questions of human learning and the ability to recall information. Within this area, her research primarily focuses on gaining a better understanding of how people comprehend written text.

At the center of her research is the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the various factors which differentiate skilled- from less-skilled readers, and the actions which can be undertaken to remediate reading deficits. Her work in 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.

One of Dr. Stiegler-Balfour’s current research projects is a cross-departmental study examining the relationship between cognitive variables and coherence in narrative discourse in older people, particularly those with Alzheimer’s 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.

Dr. Stiegler-Balfour’s research into comprehension and learning processes has created new research opportunities related to applied cognitive and educational settings. Additional projects currently in process within her lab examine best practice approaches for presenting material to students for whom technology and technology-based settings are now the norm.  

Research Interests

Through her research, Dr. Stiegler-Balfour is committed to developing a deeper understanding of the cognitive processes involved in reading comprehension, memory, and learning. 

Selected Publications

                                                                            * denotes student author

2015

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (in press). Teaching online courses in psychology. In D. Dunn (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education (pp. 275-285). Oxford University Press, NY: NY.

Troisi, J.D., Leder-Elder, S., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Fleck, B.K.B., Good, J.J. (in press).Effective teaching outcomes associated with the mentorship of early career psychologists. Teaching of Psychology.

Troisi, J. D., Leder-Elder, S., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Fleck, B. K. B., Good, J. J. (2015). Not all types of mentors are created equal: Comparing the effectiveness of intra-departmental, intra-university, and self-selected mentors. Teaching of Psychology, 29, 17-22.

2014

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Benassi, V. A., Tatsak, H.*, Taatjes, A. * (2014). The influence of guiding questions on skilled- and less-skilled readers’ understanding of written discourse. In V. A. Benassi, C. E Overson, & C. M. Hakala (Eds.), Applying the science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum (pp. 293-298). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/asle2014/index.php. ISBN:  978-1-941804-29-2.

Benassi, V. A., Tappin, E. M., Overson, C. E., Lee, M. J., O’Brien, E. J., White, B. P., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Applying the science of learning: The cognitive toolbox. In V. A. Benassi, C. E  Overson, & C. M. Hakala (Eds.), Applying the science of learning education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum (pp. 194-205). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/asle2014/index.php. ISBN: 978-1-941804-29-2.

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (2014). Turning your foundation into a launching pad. In J. Busler, B. Beins, & W. Buskist (Eds.), Preparing the new professoriate: Helping graduate students to become competent teachers, 2nd ed (pp. 220-225). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website: http://teachpsych.org/page-1862898. ISBN: 978-1-941804-33-9.

2013

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (2013). Maximize student- and peer evaluations: Leveraging feedback to become a more effective teacher and improve student learning. In J. Keeley, S. E. Afful, J. J. Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. Good, & S. Leder  (Eds.), So you landed a job – what’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists (pp. 14-26). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website:   http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/ecp2013/index.php. ISBN: 978-1-941804-26-1

Afful, S. E., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Good, J. J., Leder, S., & Keeley, J. (2013). Realistic expectations for your first few years. In J. Keeley, S. E. Afful, J. J. Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. Good, & S. Leder (Eds.), So you landed a job – what’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists (pp. 128-131). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website:  http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/ecp2013/index.php. ISBN: 978-1 941804-26-1

Keeley, J., Afful, S. E., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Good, J. J., & Leder, S. (2013). Introduction: A field guide to this book. In J. Keeley, S. E. Afful, J. J.Stiegler- Balfour, J. J. Good, & S. Leder (Eds.), So you landed a job – what’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists (pp. 1-4). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/ecp2013/index.php. ISBN: 978-1-941804-26-1

Keeley, J., Afful, S. E., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Good, J. J., & Leder, S. (2013). So you landed a job - what’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/ecp2013/index.php.ISBN: 978-1-941804

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. Retrieved from Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/intro2013/index.php. ISBN: 978-1-941804-27-8

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (2013). Consciousness. In S. E. Afful, J. J. Good, J. Keeley, S. Leder, & J. J. Stiegler-Balfour (Eds.), Introductory psychology teaching primer: A guide for new teachers of psych 101 (pp. 37-41). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/intro2013/index.php. ISBN: 978-1-941804-27-8

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (2013). Memory. In S. E. Afful, J. J. Good, J. Keeley, S. Leder, & J. J. Stiegler-Balfour (Eds.), Introductory psychology teaching primer: A guide for new teachers of psych 101 (pp. 26-30). Retrieved from Society for the Teaching of Psychology website: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/intro2013/index.php. ISBN: 978-1-941804-27-8

Good, J. J., Keeley, J., Leder, S., Afful, S., & Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. (2013). Supporting our junior faculty: Assessing the concerns and needs of early career faculty. Teaching of Psychology, 40, 340-345. doi: 10.1177/0098628313501048

2012

Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., & Overson, C. E. (2012). Useful resources for preparing the new professoriate. In W. Buskist, & Benassi, V. A (Eds.), Effective college and university teaching: Strategies and tactics for the new professoriate (pp. 207-217). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 978-1-4129-9607-5

Cook, A. E., Lassonde, K. A., Splinter, A., Guéraud, S., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J. & O’Brien, E. J. (2012). The role of relevance in the activation and instantiation of predictive inferences. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29 244-257. doi: 10.1080/01690965.2012.748926

2011

Blanc, N., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., & O’Brien, E. J. (2011). Does the certainty of information influence the updating process? Evidence from the reading of news articles. Discourse Processes, 48, 387-403. doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2011.552844

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