Director of the Multimedia in Education: Research with Instructional Techniques (MERIT) Lab. Research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; meta-analysis of empirical research, knowledge representation through interactive concept maps and diagrams, instructional practices in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) domains.
Physical activity assessment; barriers to physical activity during pregnancy; perceptions towards physical activity among pregnant and postpartum women; physical activity discussion between pregnant women, family, and prenatal healthcare providers; physical fitness and human athletic performance.
Motivational processes in youth physical activity; adaptive physical education environments; self-determination theory; body image and the effects of different modes of exercise on psychological outcomes.
Director of the Learning and Performance Research Center. Research focuses on educational and psychological measurement issues. Sample topics include: Measurement Invariance, Structural Equation Modeling; Item Response Theory, Classical Test Theory, Factor Analysis, Monte Carlo Studies.
Youth physical activity and health; social relationships/social contextual factors in motivational processes; positive youth development
Educational issues associated with economic poverty and homelessness, diversity, and ways of understanding and being in the world; alternative approaches to curriculum and instruction that improve educational access for all students