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Gale M. Sinatra, Ph.D.

Dr. Gale M. Sinatra is the Stephen H. Crocker Chair and Professor of Psychology and Education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the past Editor of the APA Division 15 journal, Educational Psychologist, Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin and Associate Editor of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. She is past President of APA’s Division 15, Educational Psychology. She is a Fellow of both APA and AERA. She chaired the APA Climate Task Force. She heads the Motivated Change Research Lab at USC, the mission of which is understanding the cognitive, motivational, and emotional processes that lead to attitude change, conceptual change, and successful STEM learning. She is the co-author (with Barbara Hofer) of Science Denial: Why It Happens and What to Do About It.​

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Barbara K. Hofer, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara Hofer is a Professor of Psychology Emerita at Middlebury College and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, with a certificate in Culture and Cognition, and an Ed.M. in Human Development from Harvard University. She is the recipient of the Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association (with Paul Pintrich) and the McKeachie Early Career Teaching Award from the American Psychological Association. She has published several dozen articles and book chapters, has served on multiple editorial boards, and co-edited the book Personal Epistemology: The Psychology of Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing, and co-authored the books The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) while Letting Them Grow Up and Science Denial: Why It Happens and What to Do About It (with Gale Sinatra). Her research on epistemic cognition in adolescence has been funded by a National Science Foundation grant from the Developmental and Learning Sciences area.