Marjorie W. Schaeffer
Department of Psychology
University of Chicago
5848 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
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.
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
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
· 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.
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)
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
· 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.
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
Association for Psychology Science
Cognitive Development Society
Society for Research in Child Development