Christine B. McCormick, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean
Office of the Dean

B.A., Purdue University, 1977
M.S., University of Wisconsin Madison, 1979
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison, 1981

(413) 545-2705

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Room W115A, Furcolo Hal
Amherst, MA 01003

Professional Interests: 

Christine B. McCormick came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005 as Dean of the School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a minor in measurement and statistics, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously she was a faculty member and held administrative roles at the University of New Mexico and the University of South Carolina where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in human growth and development, educational psychology, learning and cognition, and classroom assessment.

Dr. McCormick is the author or coauthor of more than 40 publications on a variety of topics in child development and education, including research on metacognition and cognitive strategies. She recently co-authored two chapters on metacognition, one in the Handbook of Psychology, 2nd Edition, published in 2013 by John Wiley & Sons and the other in the Educational Psychology Handbook, published in 2012 by the American Psychological Association. She also served as an associate editor of the APA handbook.  Her most recent book, co-authored with Michael Pressley, and published in 2007, is titled “Child and Adolescent Development for Educators,” published by Guilford Press.  

In 2012 Dr. McCormick was elected to serve a three year term on the Executive Board of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), an assembly of deans of education from research and land grant institutions throughout North America. She was also appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning which completed its work in January 2013. Dr. McCormick has served on the editorial boards of two major journals in her field:  The Journal of Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology Review.