Christine B. McCormick, Ph.D.


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

University of Massachusetts Amherst
N170 Furcolo
Amherst, MA 01003

Professional Interests: 

Christine B. McCormick was Dean of the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 2005 until 2016.  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 publications on a variety of topics in child development and education, including research on metacognition and cognitive strategies. Her publications include chapters on metacognition published in the Handbook of Psychology, 1st and 2nd Edition, published by John Wiley & Sons and in the Educational Psychology Handbook, published by the American Psychological Association.  She also co-authored several textbooks with Michael Pressley, including Child and Adolescent Development for Educators and Educational Psychology:  Learning, Instruction, Assessment.   

Dr. McCormick has served three-year terms on the executive boards 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 and of the American Educational Research Association’s Organization of Institutional Affiliates.  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 and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.