Dr. Alysia Roehrig
Dr. Alysia Roehrig, Professor of Educational Psychology, joined the faculty at Florida State University in 2003 and serves as the Learning and Cognition Program Coordinator. She earned both her Ph.D. and M.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Roehrig’s research interests focus on issues related to effective teaching, particularly exploring the successes of students labeled at risk for school failure. She primarily focuses on the literacy learning and motivation of students. She has published articles in the Elementary School Journal, the Journal of Literacy Research, Science, and The Teacher Educator. Her most recent project involved updating the 7th edition of the widely adopted textbook Educational Psychology by Santrock for McGraw Hill. She also co-authored the book, No more sharpening pencils during work time and other time wasters, with her former doctoral student Beth Brinkerhoff. The book was written to empower teachers to use the time they have to enhance their students’ cognitive engagement. Dr. Roehrig is committed to making educational research accessible to the public. Check out the FSU College of Education Research Briefs on the COE blog, and her article in the Educational Researcher on “Changing the default to support open access to education research.”
Dr. Roehrig is the Principal Investigator and Director of PURPOSE: Partners United for Research Pathways Oriented to Social Justice in Education. PURPOSE is an Institute of Education Sciences funded Pathways to the Education Science Training Program intended to increase the diversity of the doctorate in education. She also teaches the following graduate level courses: Methods of Educational Research, Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction, and College Teaching. She was honored with the Crystal Apple Award from Michigan State University’s College of Education in 2009. She won FSU’s University Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award in 2014 and the Transformation Through Teaching Award in 2017. She also has been nominated four times for FSU’s and four times for the College of Education’s Graduate Teaching Awards.
Dr. Roehrig is also the Research Co-Director for Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS) Freedom Schools, a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Partner. The Freedom Schools program grew out the work of the historic 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi when free alternative schools were organized during the Civil Rights Movement with the goal of achieving equality. Learn more about Freedom Schools in her chapter, “The fierce urgency of now: CDF Freedom Schools and culturally relevant pedagogy,” which is co-authored with the co-executive directors of North Florida Freedom Schools. FAMU DRS Freedom Schools provides an opportunity for children from Tallahassee’s southside communities to participate in free summer camps focused on reading texts by diverse authors and making a difference in the world.