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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2021-2023 Faculty and Administration Biographies David J. Shernoff  

David J. Shernoff

Ph.D., University of Chicago

David J. Shernoff is associate professor of school psychology, and director of the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education (CMSCE). The mission of the CMSCE is to improve STEM education in New Jersey and beyond through research and instruction. Dr. Shernoff received his doctorate in education from the University of Chicago, and served a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). From 2003-2013, he taught courses on adolescent development, educational psychology, and motivation to graduate and undergraduate students at Northern Illinois University. His program of research focuses on three interconnected strands: (1) evaluating the predictors and impact of student engagement in promoting academic achievement and youth development; (2) developing and evaluating game-based, digital learning environments to promote student engagement and learning; and (3) evaluating models of teacher professional development to promote student engagement in integrated STEM and STEAM instruction. He has served as principal investigator or Co-PI on over 10 research projects on student engagement in classrooms, after-school settings, and educational video games. His research has yielded five authored or edited books, and over 40 other publications. Dr. Shernoff serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Adolescent Research Review and has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He served as chair and program chair of the Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group of AERA. He has been featured in Newsweek, Education Week, UC Berkeley's The Greater Good, and other print and online magazines.
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