Daniell DiFrancesca, Ph.D.

Daniell DiFrancesca, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Psychology program and Applied Clinical Psychology M.A. program
Faculty Affiliate, Susan Hirt Hagen CORE
102 Turnbull

Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

Dr. Daniell DiFrancesca earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from North Carolina State University in 2015. She is currently an assistant professor of educational psychology at Penn State Behrend. Prior to earning her doctorate, she taught middle school for seven years and worked on district and state initiatives to improve learning outcomes for students and teachers. Dr. DiFrancesca's research interests focus on developing self-regulation in learning with a focus on designing and evaluating classroom-based interventions. Additionally, Dr. DiFrancesca has worked as an evaluator for university programs and community initiatives. Her background also gives her the opportunity to teach courses in both psychology and education at Behrend.

The New Normal: How Virtual Learning can Benefit K-12 Students, Theory into Practice - August 11, 2022
Collaborator: Daniel Spencer

A study on the effectiveness of using nonlinear storytelling and simulation-based learning games in an operations research course, American Society for Engineering Education - June 26, 2022
Collaborators: Omar Ashour; Ashley Seamon; Christian Lopez; Sabahattin Ozden; Conrad Tucker

A Holistic Design Approach for Integrated Learning in Manufacturing Education, American Society of Engineering Education - June 26, 2022
Collaborators: Faisal Array; Matthew Swinarski; Qi Dunsworth; Chetan Nikhare; Mohammed Array

Exploring the interplay between attributions and metacognitive monitoring ability in a post-secondary classroom, The Journal of Experimental Education - 2021
Collaborators: Dan Spencer, Author; John Nietfeld, Author; Array Li Cao, Author

Utilizing Picture Books to Teach Through Notable Women in Science, Science Scope - November, 2020
Collaborators: Lisa Ciecierski; Jodie Styers

Changes in Teaching Efficacy Beliefs among Elementary Preservice Teachers from a STEM-focused Program: Case Study Analysis, Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL) Vol - 2018
Collaborators: Margareta Thomson, Author; Sarah Carrier, Author; Carrie Lee, Author; Temple Walkowiak, Author

Using metacognitive scaffolding to develop problem solving skills in k-12 computer-based learning environments - 2017
Collaborator: John Nietfeld, Author

Teaching efficacy: exploring relationships between mathematics and science self-efficacy beliefs, PCK and domain knowledge among preservice teachers from the United States, TEACHER DEVELOPMENT - 2017
Collaborators: Margareta Thomson, Author; Sarah Carrier, Author; Carrie Lee, Author

A comparison of high and low achieving students on self-regulated learning variables, LEARNING AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES - 2016
Collaborators: John Nietfeld, Author; Li Cao, Author

The role of observation in the recall of informational text, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH - 2015
Collaborators: John Nietfeld, Author; Roger Bruning, Author

Where Is the" E" in STEM for Young Children? Engineering Design Education in an Elementary Teacher Preparation Program., Issues in Teacher Education - 2014
Collaborators: Carrie Lee, Author; Ellen McIntyre, Author

A STEM-focused elementary teacher preparation program: Candidate and alumni perceptions, Teacher Education and Practice - 2013
Collaborators: Ellen Mcintyre, Author; Temple Walkowiak, Author; Margareta Thomson, Author; Sarah Carrier, Author; Carrie Lee, Author; Elizabeth Greive, Author; Rebecca Zulli, Author; Michael Maher, Author

The impact of genetic background and Bid on the phenotype of Bcl-2-deficiency in mice, APOPTOSIS - 2008
Collaborators: Hong-Min Ni, Author; Xiaoyun Chen, Author; Lei Chen, Author; Hisashi Harada, Author; Xiao-Ming Yin, Author

Promotion of fas-mediated apoptosis in type II cells by high doses of hepatocyte growth factor bypasses the mitochondrial requirement, JOURNAL OF CELLULAR PHYSIOLOGY - 2007
Collaborators: Yongge Zhao, Author; Xue Wang, Author; Reza Zarnegar, Author; George Michalopoulos, Author; Xiao-Ming Yin, Author

Deletion of Bid impedes cell proliferation and hepatic carcinogenesis., The American journal of pathology - May 1, 2005
Collaborators: Lu Bai, Author; H Ni, Author; X Chen, Author; X Yin, Author

Bid-dependent generation of oxygen radicals promotes death receptor activation-induced apoptosis in murine hepatocytes., Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.) - August 1, 2004
Collaborators: Wei Ding, Author; H Ni, Author; D Stolz, Author; X Yin, Author

Ph D, Educational Psychology, North Carolina State University

MA, Science Education, The University of Pittsburgh

BS, Biology, The University of Pittsburgh