Spring 2023

Section 5139 of PSYCH1A
General Psychology -- : Jan 18 - May 19 2023
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings.

Section 5338 of PSYCH1A
General Psychology -- : Jan 18 - May 19 2023
This section has no regularly scheduled meetings.

Section 5805 of PSYCH9
Introduction to Behavioral Sciences Statistics -- : Jan 19 - May 18 2023

Section 5986 of PSYCH1A
General Psychology -- : Jan 19 - May 18 2023

Section 7001 of PSYCH34
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination -- : Jan 18 - May 19 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.

Fall 2022

Section 0191 of PSYCH1B
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods -- : Aug 15 - Dec 07 2022

Section 0234 of PSYCH34
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination -- : Sep 06 - Dec 09 2022
This is a late start section that will meet in person at the day(s), time(s), and location listed. There will be additional course content delivered asynchronously online. All students are welcome to enroll in this class; and this section will have extra support from the Lanzamientoinitiative.

Section 1221 of PSYCH1A
General Psychology -- : Aug 16 - Dec 08 2022

Section 1800 of PSYCH1A
General Psychology -- : Aug 16 - Dec 08 2022

Section 1802 of PSYCH1B
Introduction to Psychological Research Methods -- : Aug 15 - Dec 07 2022

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.