Cheryl Cisero Durwin



Ph.D., University of Mass., Amherst, MA


Phone: (203) 392-5562

Research Interests:

I am interested in the cognitive processes involved in the development of reading and math skills; learning disability assessment and remediation; and college-level teaching and learning.

Current/Recent Research Projects:

Current: Investigating a word-families flashcard approach for teaching kindergarteners to read 
Recent:  Improving revising skills in writing intensive courses



Bohlin, L, *Cisero-Durwin, C, & Reese-Weber, M.  (2012).  EdPsych Modules (2nd ed.).  New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.


Bohlin, L, Cisero-Durwin, C, & Reese-Weber, M.  (2012).  Instructor's Manual: EdPsych Modules (2nd ed.).  New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.


Recent Publications:

Cisero, C. A. & Sherman, W. M. (2008). Does instructor's choice of textbook make a difference in students' comprehension? College Teaching, 56(1), 28-34.


Cisero, C. A. (2006). Does reflective journal writing improve course performance? College Teaching, 54(2), 231-236.


Cisero, C. A., Royer, J. M., Marchant, H. G., & Jackson, S. J. (1997).  Can the Computer-based Academic Assessment System (CAAS) be used to diagnose reading disability in college students? Journal of Educational Psychology, 89, 599-620.


Recent Conference Presentations:

Cisero Durwin, C., & Moore, D. (2011, April). Can word-families flashcards facilitate acquisition of word recognition skills in kindergarteners? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Bohlin, L. Cisero Durwin, C., & Reese-Weber, M. (2009, January). Teaching with cases in Ed Psych. Poster presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Cisero, C. A. (2006, October). Put your red pens down!: Empowering students to become better at revising their own papers. Poster to be presented at the annual Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH.

Cisero, C. A., & Sherman, W. M. (2004, October). Does the textbook instructors use make a difference in students' comprehension? Poster presented at the annual Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

Research Internship:
Every semester, students can register for PSY 197 (Research Internship) for up to three credits. PSY 197 is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience in how research is conducted. Students enrolled in PSY 197 may be responsible for a variety of duties, depending on the project, such as developing stimulus materials, data collection, test administration, organizing data and files, and helping with data entry and analysis.

If you are interested in enrolling in PSY 197, please email me during the registration period or during add/drop to inquire about current and upcoming research projects.


Field Practicum in Psychological Research (PSY 463):

I have created a partnership with Hamden Public Schools to offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on school-based research experience.  This field practicum is focused on the Response-to-Intervention (RTI) approach to indentifying learning disabilities in elementary school students.  RTI is a data-driven approach to assessment and remediation of learning problems.  Successful applicants who register for PSY 463 with me will work in an elementary school under the supervision of the literacy specialist and will: (1) acquire skill in administering reading tests to identify students at-risk for learning problems; (2) learn to monitor intervention effectiveness, and (3) participate in the decisions and curricular interventions related to RTI. 

This is a competitive research practicum.  Only a few students can be placed in the practicum setting each year.  Please contact me for further information, qualifications, and application materials.


Independent Study / Undergraduate Honors Thesis / Master's Thesis: 

If you have an idea for a study that pertains to educational research, or any type of project that involves research questions regarding the practical application of cognitive or developmental psychology, please see me so we can discuss how to set up an independent study project.


*Please note that prior to 2008 the name Cisero was used for publications and presentations, and Cisero Durwin is currently used for publications and presentations.