Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A., Cognitive Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.A., Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz
A little bit about me... I grew up in rural West Virginia with parents who taught psychology and math at a small college. Although I've traveled to the other side of the country I still prefer to live close to lots of trees.
As an undergrad at UC Santa Cruz I discovered cognitive psychology and developed a fascination with using experiments to understand invisible processes like memory, learning, and language. Thanks to a great experience working in Dr. Jean Fox Tree's lab I decided to go to graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I studied learning and memory and learned about computational modeling. After graduating I went to work for a small business owned by one of my professors. This company developed new applications for education and assessment - things like automated essay grading, and writing tutors, and training systems for the Army. After the company was sold to Pearson Education (yea, the company that sells expensive textbooks) I left and started my own very tiny business. Along the way I've also done user experience research and statistical consulting.
I've always loved to teach psychology and have been teaching part-time since I was a graduate student. I'm especially excited to share what I know about cognitive psych (and cognitive science), research methods, and statistics with my students at SRJC.
LaVoie, N., Parker, J., Legree, P. J., Ardison, S., & Kilcullen, R. N. (2019). Using Latent Semantic Analysis to score short answer constructed responses: Automated scoring of the Consequences Test, Educational and Psychological Measurement.
LaVoie, N., Lee, Y. -C., Allison, A., & Parker, J. (2018). A new approach for assessing and training drivers’ speed management. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 111, 266-270.
LaVoie, N., Parker, J., Legree, P. J., Ardison, S., & Kilcullen, R. N. (2017). Automated scoring of the consequences test using Latent Semantic Analysis. Poster presented at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orland, FL, April 27-29, 2017.
LaVoie, N., Lee, Y.-C., & Parker, J. (2016). Preliminary research developing a theory of cell phone distraction and social relationships. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 86, 155-160.
LaVoie, N., & Cianciolo, A. T. (2014). Advanced assessment to accelerate diagnostic skill acquisition. Invited presentation for the Academy for Scholarship in Education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, May 20, 2014.
LaVoie, N. (2010). Driving wisdom: Improving risk assessment in young drivers. Paper presented at the Lifesavers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 11-13, 2010.
LaVoie, N., Streeter, L., Lochbaum, K., Wroblewski, D., Boyce, L. A., Krupnick, C., & Psotka, J. (2010). Automating expertise in collaborative learning environments. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 14(4), 97-119.
LaVoie, N., Foltz, P., Rosenstein, M., Oberbreckling, R., Chatham, R., & Psotka, J. (2008). Automated support for AARs: Exploiting communication to assess team performance. Paper presented at I/ITSEC, Orlando, FL, December 1-4, 2008.
LaVoie, N., Chun, C., Boyce, L., Lochbaum, K., Streeter, L., Psotka, J., & Krupnick, C. (2005). Developing critical thinking skills in military leaders using on-line collaborative simulations. Paper presented at the Distance Learning Coordinating Committee Conference, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA, March 22-23, 2005.
LaVoie, N., Lochbaum, K., Krupnick, C., Psotka, J., & Streeter, L. (2004). We do the monitoring so you don’t have to: Experiences with online discussion groups at the U.S. Army War College. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, Orlando, FL, November 12-14.
LaVoie, N., Psotka, J., Lochbaum, K., & Krupnick, C. (2004). Automated tools for distance learning. Paper presented at the Society for Applied Learning Technologies, Orlando, FL, February 18–20.
LaVoie, N., Bourne, L. E., Jr., & Healy, A. F. (2002). Memory seeding: Representations underlying quantitative
estimation. Journal of Experiment Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 28, 1137-1153.