Marjorie W. Schaeffer

Marjorie W. Schaeffer

Department of Psychology

University of Chicago

5848 South University Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

773-834-4701

Mschaeffer@uchicago.edu

 

EDUCATION         

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                                                2013- Present

Ph.D. Student in Developmental Psychology 

Advisor: Sian Beilock, Ph.D.

 

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA                                                                                                                                                  2005—2009

B.A. in Psychology with honors, minor in education studies

Cum laude, Advisor: Beth Hennessey, Ph.D.

Thesis: Effects of High Stakes Testing on Elementary School Students’ Anxiety Levels.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS       

 

My research interests lie at the intersection of cognitive and developmental psychology and education. I explore the cognitive and social factors that influence performance in schools. In particular I focus on the influence of parents and teachers on children’s numerical competency, anxiety, and stereotype endorsement.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS      

 

Schaeffer, M.W. (2015). Bedtime Learning Together: Can an app improve children’s math knowledge?   Symposium talk presented at the Annual inter-Science of Learning Centers Conference, San Diego, CA.

 

Schaeffer, M.W. (2013). Teachers’ Efficacy Beliefs Relates to Children’s Math Learning When Controlling for  

Math Anxiety. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATIONS       

Berkowitz, T., Schaeffer, M., Rozek, C., Levine, S.C., & Beilock, S.L. (2016). Bedtime Learning Together: Boosting children’s math achievement through bedtime math. Poster presented at the Education and Inequality in 21stCentury America Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

 

Fine, R.D., Rozek, C.S., Maloney, E., Schaeffer, M.W., Ramirez, G., Beilock, S.L., & Levine, S.C. (2016). Socioeconomic Status Moderates the Relation Between Parents’ Math Anxiety and Their Math Expectations for Their Children. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science annual conference, Chicago, IL.

 

Schaeffer, M., Berkowitz, T., Levine, S., & Beilock, S. (2015) Bedtime Learning Together: Boosting Children’s Math Achievement by Doing Bedtime Math. Poster presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Psychonomics Society in Chicago, IL.

 

Fine, R., Schaeffer, M., Maloney, E., Ramirez, R., Beilock, S.L., & Levine, S.C. (2015) Differences in Pedagogy between High and Low Math Anxious Teachers and Subsequent Student Performanc. Poster presented at the Ninth Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society in Columbus, OH.

 

Berkowitz, T., Schaeffer, M., Beilock, S., & Levine, S. (2015) Bedtime Learning Together: Boosting Children’s Math Achievement by Doing Bedtime Math (2015). Poster presented at the Ninth Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society in Columbus, OH.

 

Schaeffer, M., Park, D., Nolla, K., Levine, S. & Beilock, S. (2015) Understanding the Mechanism by which Generic Language Impacts Performance.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development in Philadelphia, PA.


Berkowitz, T., Schaeffer, M., Beilock, S. & Levine, S. (2015). Bedtime Learning Together:  Exploring the use of technology to support children's math learning and attitudes. (2015). Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development in Philadelphia, PA.


Gregor, C., Lyu, J., Berkowitz, T., Schaeffer, M., Beilock, S., & Levine, S. (2015) The impact of app usage on elementary children’s math performance. Poster presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, IL.


Gregor, C., Lyu, J., Schaeffer, M., Berkowitz, T., Levine, S., & Beilock, S. (2105). The effects of parent math anxiety on their likelihood to engage children with math-related content. Poster presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, IL.

 

Owens, W. L., Schaeffer, M. W., Park, D., Gunderson, E.A., Levine, S. C., & Beilock, S. L. (2012). Children’s domain-specific theories of intelligence relate to domain-specific academic anxieties. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.


GRANTS AND AWARDS  

 

Norman Anderson Research Award, The University of Chicago                                                                                                          2015,2016  Successful Pathways from School to Work grant—$50,000                                                                                                                 2014-2016

National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship-Honorable Mention                                                                                        2014 Summer Research Award–Wellesley College                                                                                                                                       2008-2009

Undergraduate Research Award—Wellesley Center for Women                                                                                                          2007-2008

First Year Academic Distinction—Wellesley College                                                                                                                           2006—2007

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE     

Human Performance Lab at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL                                                                    August 2011—September 2013

Research Assistant for Professor Sian Beilock  

·  Liaison between the lab and numerous teachers and principals in public and private schools

·  Recruited over 70 teachers and 700 children for a study examining the effect of teachers’ math anxiety on first and second graders.

·  Administered standardized and unstandardized assessments of math achievement and attitudes to children

·  Scheduled and managed seven part time research assistants.

 

Political Science Department, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA                                                                                  June 2008—May 2009

Research Assistant for Professor Hahrie Han

·  Recruited participants for research interviews

·  Scheduled and conducted 58 interviews with civically involved individuals

·  Transcribed interviews and analyzed transcripts to find emerging trends

·  Research was used in Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation and Inequality in American Politics by Hahrie Han, Stanford University Press.  

 

Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley, MA                                                                                                  September 2008—August 2009

Research Assistant for Georgia Hall and Recipient of Undergraduate Research Award

·  Administered the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) and the Expressive Vocabulary Test (EVT) to 125 children at four different research cites.

·  Scored, coded and analyzed data using SPSS to evaluate FasTracKids, an international after-school enrichment program.

 

Feminist Majority, Arlington, VA                                                                                                                                        June 2007—July 2008

Summer Intern

·  Researched the effect of recent changes to Title IV on access to sports and academic research grants for women and girls.

·  Collected research from multiple online databases, analyzed relevant data using STATA, and wrote related abstracts.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE    


University of Chicago, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                           September 2015--Present 

Lecturer, Mind:Mechanisms of Mind (2017)

Guest Lecture, Child Development in the Classroom (2016)

Teacher Assistant, Developmental Psychology: Theories and  Techniques (2016)

Teaching Assistant, Debates in Cognitive and Social Neuroscience (2016)

Teaching Intern, Mind: The Mind in Context (2016)

Teaching Intern, Mind: Mechanisms of Mind (2016)

Teaching Intern, Mind: How the Mind Creates Reality (2015)

Teach For America, Saint Louis, MO                                                                                                                            August 2009-- June 2011

5th Grade Teacher, Larimore Elementary

·  Taught 68 students in four different subjects.

·  Worked within district, state and federal requirements to prepare students for state assessment.

·  Tracked student growth using eValuate by Edison Learning.

Kindergarten Teacher, Confluence Academy—South City

·  Taught 25 students full kindergarten curriculum.

·  Tracked student academic growth using DIBELS, NWEA and self-created assessments.

·  Students showed an average of 2.0 years growth in reading and 1.5 years growth in math as measured by the NWEA.

 

Benchmark School, Media, PA                                                                                                                                              June—August 2006

Teaching Assistant

·  Assisted with two classes of nine students with language based learning disabilities. 

·  Worked on reading and writing skills, especially using “key words” to decode unknown words and writing about the elements of a story.

·  Marked papers and made recommendations for admission to school.  

 

SERVICE   

Psychology Graduate Students Organization, Chicago IL                                                                                    September 2013—Present

Member, Travel and Research Committee

New Student Mentor (2015-2017)


 Chicago Wellesley Club, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                            June 2011—June 2013

Co-Vice President of Community Service


Students for Reproductive Rights, Wellesley College                                                                                       September 2005—June 2009

President, September 2008-June 2009


Wellesley Words on Wheels, Framingham School District                                                                                September 2007—June 2009

Coordinator and Reading Tutor

 

MEMBERSHIP/ ASSOCIATION

Association for Psychology Science

Cognitive Development Society

Society for Research in Child Development

Sigma Xi

Psi Chi