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Dr. Barbieri is an assistant professor affiliated with the Ph.D. in Educational Statistics and Research Methods (ESRM) and the learning sciences Ph.D. in Education specialization in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on the evaluation and application of cognitive learning principles to improve mathematical competencies, especially for students at risk for low mathematics achievement. Currently, Dr. Barbieri is co-PI on an Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded Goal 1 Exploration grant focused on the relationship between improvements in fraction understanding and algebra readiness. She teaches courses related to human development and quantitative methodology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Temple University, Dr. Barbieri spent several years as an evaluation and assessment analyst for New York State’s Safe Horizon Forensic Interviewing Best Practice Project. She completed postdoctoral training at the University of Delaware through an IES training grant focused on bridging research in education and cognitive science. Throughout her postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate training, she has specialized in analyzing quantitative data, and has completed significant training and coursework using a variety of advanced statistical techniques.
Dr. Barbieri has published in both academic and policy outlets and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Education.
- Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2015
- M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2014
- B.A., Psychology, City University of New York, New York City, NY, 2010
- Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware, 2018–present
- Research Scientist, Temple University, 2018
- Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Delaware, 2015–2018
- Jordan, N. (PI), Newcombe, N., and Barbieri, C. A. (co-PIs). Paving the Way for Fractions: Exploring Foundational Concepts in First Grade. National Science Foundation, 2020– 2024. ($1,725,620)
- Booth, J. L. (PI), Donovan, S., McGinn, K. M., Schneider, J., and Barbieri, C. A. (co-PIs). GeometryByExample: Developing an Effective Intervention for Varied Geometry Content and Learner Characteristics. U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, 2019–2022. ($1,396,715)
- Booth, J. L. (PI), Newton, K., Pendergast, L., and Barbieri, C. (co-PIs). Opening the door to Algebra: Does Improving Fraction Knowledge Impact Algebra Learning? U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, 2017–2020. ($1,301,369)
Recent Professional Awards
- Cognitive Development Society Diversity Award, 2015
- Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, 2013
- Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, 2010
- Rolland S. Parker Award for Outstanding Research Paper, 22nd Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research, 2010