Learning is what defines us as humans, not only in formal classrooms but across our whole lives. In Learning and Mind Sciences, we focus on the learner. Within the School of Education and beyond, our faculty examine learning and development—in sociocultural contexts and among diverse and special-needs populations—and how best to assess, measure, and investigate these fascinating and complex processes. Collectively our work crosses a wide spectrum of fields, from the micro-level of neurological development to the macro-level of social systems, yet learners are always at the center of our attention. In addition to conducting basic research, we are also makers and designers. We create and study learning environments, learning technologies, learning and behavioral interventions, and measurement and assessment systems. Come build the future of learning with us.
Graduate students in Learning and Mind Sciences typically specialize in one of the following strands, although course enrollment across areas is common and encouraged:
292* – School Based Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
242 – Text Comprehension
213 – Individual Differences and Assessment in Education
Psych 212A – Developmental Psychology: Cognitive & Perceptual Development
Psych 230 – Cognitive Psychology
PhD students are admitted into the emphasis area and into a faculty advisor’s research lab. Full-time students who are willing to commit to a complete immersion in the graduate school experience can be fully funded by a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.
LMS graduates pursue careers in academic and non-academic environments. Recent graduates are currently employed as faculty at research-intensive and teaching-focused universities and colleges, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff, specialists and program evaluators for non-profits, clinicians, and measurement scientists.
Some recent graduates
Laura Greiss-Hess, PhD: Assistant Professor of Special Education, Dominican University, San Rafael CA
Ali Sakkal, PhD: Assistant Professor of Education, Wake Forest University
Kevin Lai, PhD: Post-doctoral researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Maria Regalado, PhD: Faculty Research Chair, Educational Psychology, Sacramento City College
Jennifer Higgs is an assistant professor in the School of Education. Her research focuses on digital tool use that supports learning and teaching, adolescents’ digital literacies, and teacher education in the language arts. Using mixed methods and sociocultural theories of learning, Dr. Higgs investigates practices around digital tools as well as improvement of digital tool practices. What fundamentally drives her work is a desire to learn how the possibilities afforded by new cultural tools can support robust and socially just learning. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D.