Spring 2024

Section 5139 of PSYCH1A
General Psychology -- : Mar 25 - May 17 2024
This is a late start, short term section that has no regularly scheduled meetings.

Section 5202 of PSYCH1B
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods -- : Jan 16 - May 17 2024
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings.

Section 5358 of PSYCH1B
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods -- : Jan 17 - May 15 2024
Choose how you attend each class session: (1) in class physically, (2) live online at the scheduled days and times (e.g. via Zoom – the link will be provided by the instructor once class starts), or (3) completing all course work asynchronously (e.g. via Canvas). You have the flexibility to attend in the format you choose from one class meeting to the next, as your schedule permits. HyFlex courses help you complete your education while allowing you to adapt it to your life.

Section 5805 of PSYCH9
Introduction to Behavioral Sciences Statistics -- : Jan 16 - May 16 2024
All students are welcome to enroll in this class; and this section will have extra support from the Lanzamientoinitiative.

Section 7001 of PSYCH34
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination -- : Jan 16 - May 17 2024
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings. All students are welcome to enroll in this class; and this section will have extra support from the Lanzamientoinitiative.

Section 7284 of PSYCH34
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination -- : Jan 16 - May 16 2024

Fall 2023

Section 0191 of PSYCH1B
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods -- : Aug 15 - Dec 07 2023

Section 0192 of PSYCH9
Introduction to Behavioral Sciences Statistics -- : Aug 15 - Dec 07 2023
All students are welcome to enroll in this class; and this section will have extra support from the Lanzamientoinitiative.

Section 0365 of PSYCH34
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination -- : Aug 14 - Dec 08 2023
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings. All students are welcome to enroll in this class; and this section will have extra support from the Lanzamientoinitiative.

Section 2380 of PSYCH1B
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods -- : Aug 14 - Dec 08 2023
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings. Optional online class meetings will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM-3:00PM. Attendance at these online meetings is recommended but not required.

Section 2503 of PSYCH1B
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods -- : Aug 14 - Dec 08 2023
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings.

Section 2542 of PSYCH9
Introduction to Behavioral Sciences Statistics -- : Aug 14 - Dec 06 2023

Section 3082 of PSYCH1A
General Psychology -- : Aug 14 - Dec 08 2023
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings.

Summer 2023

Section 8226 of PSYCH34
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination -- : Jun 12 - Jul 23 2023
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings.

No office hours

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.

Presentations and Publications

Selected Publications

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.