AMHERST, Mass. – Christine B. McCormick, dean of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s College of Education, was elected a fellow in Division 15 Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA), the premier scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
The APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.
McCormick is the author or co-author of publications on a variety of topics in child development and education, including recent chapters on metacognition and cognitive strategies, 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, is titled “Child and Adolescent Development for Educators,” published in 2007 by Guilford Press.
In 2012, 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 elected to the executive committee of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Organization of Institutional Affiliates (OIA), which provides a forum for academic institutions, non-university based research institutions, and professional associations to share information about federal education research issues, people, and events, as well as to be engaged in shaping policy with regard to significant research issues. She was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning, which completed its work last January. She also served on the editorial boards of two major journals in her field: The Journal of Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology Review.
McCormick came to UMass Amherst in 2005. 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.