Monday, October 20, 2008

Curriculum Vitae

Olivia K. Lima

Contact Information

Augustana College
Department of Psychology
2001 S Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD, 57197

Email: olivia.lima@augie.edu
Phone: (605) 274-5440
Website: http://ok-lima.blogspot.com
Teaching Portfolio: http://oklportfolio.wordpress.com


Education

Ph.D., Psychology
University of Virginia, 2008
Doctoral Dissertation: Proximal processes in preschoolers’ word learning from classroom storybook sessions: Effects of teacher elaboration and child attention
Committee: Dr. Robert C. Pianta (chair), Dr. Daniel T. Willingham, Dr. Vikram K. Jaswal, Dr. Tina Stanton-Chapman (Curry School of Education)

M.A., Psychology
University of Virginia, 2006
Masters Thesis: When Two Heads Are Not Better Than One: Partner Neglect in Paired Memory Tasks

B.A., Mathematics
Goucher College, 1998
Degree with Distinction, Honors in Major, Dean’s List, Board of Trustees Scholar

Exchange programs
University of Exeter (England), 1997-1998
Instituto Dialogo (Salvador, Brazil), 1996
School Year Abroad (Barcelona, Spain), 1993-1994

Honors and Awards

Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008
Selected for Participation in Tomorrow’s Professor Today program, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia, 2006- 2008
Trustees of Goucher College Four-year Merit Scholarship, 1995-1998
Maryland Psychological Association Student Research Award, First Place (“The generation effect and originality in definitions of unfamiliar words”), 1997
National Security Education Program Scholarship for Study Abroad, 1996
Goucher College Writing Prize (Statistics: “Discrepancies between perceived risk and actual probability”), 1996


Publications

Lima, O., Jaswal, V., & Dodson, C. (2007). When two heads are not better than one: Partner neglect in paired memory tasks. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 88–94.

Jaswal, V. K. & Lima, O. K. (in preparation). Compliance, conversion, and category induction.


Presentations

Lima, O. K., Hege, A. C. G., & Seder, J. P. (2007).
Practicing mentorship: Graduate-student supervision of undergraduate research assistants. Poster to be presented at the Thirtieth Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL, Jan. 3-6, 2008.

Lima, O. & Jaswal, V. K. (2007). Children rely on unexpected labels to make inferences beyond the original task. Poster to be presented at the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Santa Fe, NM, Oct. 26-27, 2007.

Lima, O. K., Downer, J., Gerber, E., & Pianta, R. (2007). School readiness: A new observational measure of children’s classroom interactions. Poster presented at the Institute of Education Sciences 2007 Research Conference, Washington, DC, Jun. 7-8, 2007.

Lima, O. & Jaswal, V. (2007). Why children perform label-based category induction: More than compliance. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC, May 24-27, 2007.

Lima, O. K., Downer, J., Gerber, E., Henry, A., Nishida, T., Yoder, B. & Pianta, R. (2007). Children’s interactions across preschool contexts: An observational assessment. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr. 9-13, 2007.

Downer, J., Gerber, E., Lima, O., Henry, H., Nishida, T., Yoder, B. & Pianta, R. (2007). Observational assessment of young children in a preschool environment. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Boston, MA, Mar. 29 - Apr. 1, 2007.

Lima, O. & Jaswal, V. (2007). The persistence of labels: Category induction reflects change in children's representation of labeled objects. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Boston, MA, Mar. 29 - Apr. 1, 2007.

Hege, A.C.G., Seder, J.P., Lima, O.K., Riener, C., Malone, L.S. & Proffitt, D.R. (2006). Improving the educational quality of the undergraduate research assistantship in psychology. Poster presented at the Teaching Institute of the 18th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY, May 25-28, 2006.

Lima, O., Jaswal, V., & Dodson, C. (2006). When two heads are not better than one: Partner neglect in paired memory tasks. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY, May 25-28, 2006.

Pinto, K., Hisley, J., Aranda [Lima], O., & Mills, C. (1998). The generation effect and originality in definitions of unfamiliar words. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD, Feb.27-Mar.1, 1998.


Research Interests
  • Educational applications of cognitive development
  • Word learning
  • Testimony (learning from others)
  • Metamemory and self-regulation in learning
  • Teaching of psychology


Teaching Interests
  • Child Development
  • Word Learning
  • Introductory/General Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Faculty Development


Teaching Experience

Lifespan Development
Child Psychology
Introduction to Child Development
Research Methods & Data Analysis
Breakdown of the Mind: Psychology
The Science of Memory


Professional Activities

Affiliations
Association for Psychological Science
Society for Research in Child Development
Cognitive Development Society
American Educational Research Association
Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Service
Co-Coordinator, Developmental Psychology Area Lecture Series (UVa., 2005-2006)
Co-Coordinator, Prospective Graduate Student Planning Committee (UVa., 2005)

Professional Development
Member, Tomorrow’s Professor Today program (2006-2008)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Practicing Mentorship: Graduate Supervision of Undergraduate Research

Lima, O. K., Hege, A. C. G., Seder, J. P., & Proffitt, D.R. (2008). Practicing mentorship: Graduate-student supervision of undergraduate research assistants. Poster presented at the Thirtieth Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL, Jan. 3-6, 2008.

Many research universities rely on graduate students to supervise undergraduate research assistants (RAs) who collect data and handle research logistics. This experience can be mutually beneficial, as RAs receive hands-on learning, and graduate students practice mentorship in preparation for assuming a faculty role. However, assistantships must be intentionally designed to meet educational (not just practical/data collection) goals. In the first survey, undergraduate RAs reported on satisfaction, educational benefit, and desired changes. In a second survey, graduate students reported on their goals, challenges, and the support they receive in their duties as mentor to undergraduate RAs.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Children Use Labels for Later Inferences (Presented at CDS 2007)

Lima, O. & Jaswal, V. K. (2007). Children rely on unexpected labels to make inferences beyond the original task. Poster presented at the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Santa Fe, NM, Oct. 26-27, 2007.

In category induction tasks, hearing an object's name can lead even toddlers to make inferences about the object that are different from those they would otherwise make. Do children really believe these unexpected labels? Or are they merely playing along? Our previous work suggests that 3-yr-olds’ label-based inferences cannot be explained solely by social demands. In fact, children will pass unexpected labels on to another (presumably na├»ve) person, suggesting that they actually believe those labels. In this study, we show that 3-yr-olds will make label-based inferences not just about the properties queried by the same experimenter who provided the unexpected labels, but also about new properties queried by a different experimenter, who does not even mention the labels.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Joe Hoyle: Improving Teaching

For a first-class collection of teaching tips, and thoughtful reflective essays on the process and principles of teaching, see Joe Hoyle's website. Hoyle is the David Meade White Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of Richmond, where he is Associate Professor of Accounting. If he can make introductory accounting classes engaging and memorable, surely we can all learn from him. His book -- Tips and Thoughts On Improving The Teaching Process In College: A Personal Diary -- is available free of charge for download.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Visual Representation of Data

Edward Tufte will be speaking in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16. The one-day workshop will include a discussion of his new book, Beautiful Evidence.