ACADEMICS

Nicole Rosa

Assistant Professor of Psychology

I am interested in development across the lifespan with a focus on aging, memory, and disability.

Education

1995
Stonehill College
BA
1997
Boston College
MSW
2010
Brandeis University
MA
2013
Brandeis University
Ph.D.
Skills Developmental Psychology Aging Disability Memory

Achievements

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Society For Teaching of Psychology Instructional Resource Award
Increasing Inclusiveness and Awareness: Disability in Introductory Psychology
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Worcester State University Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant
Metacomprehension, Comprehension, and Boredom Proneness
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Worcester State University Faculty Mini-Grant
Aging and Disability
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Publications

  • Articles
Articles
Bogart, K.R., Rosa, N.M., & Slepian, M. (2018). Born that way or became that way: Stigma toward congenital versus acquired disability, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Read More
Articles
Rosa, N.M., Bogart, K.R., Bonnett, A.K., Estill, M.C., & Colton, C.E. (2016). Teaching About Disability in Psychology: An Analysis of Disability Curricula in U.S. Undergraduate Psychology Programs. Teaching of Psychology. Read More
Articles
Rosa, N.M., Deason, R. G., Budson, A.E., & Gutchess, A.H. (2015). Self-referencing and false memory in mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychology. Read More
Articles
Lee, H.N., Rosa, N.M., & Gutchess, A.H. (2015). Aging and the Group-Reference Effect in Memory. Memory. Read More
Articles
DeScioli, P., Rosa, N.M., & Gutchess, A.H. (2015). A selective memory advantage for property. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 411-423. Read More
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Rosa, N.M., Deason, R. G., Budson, A.E., & Gutchess, A.H. (2014). Source memory for self and other in patients with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Read More
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Gutchess, A.H., Sokal, R., Coleman, J.A., Gotthilf, G., & Rosa, N.M. (2014). Age differences in self-referencing: Evidence for common and distinct encoding strategies. Brain Research. Read More
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Rosa, N.M. & Gutchess, A.H. (2013). False memory in aging resulting from self-referential processing. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68B, 882-892. Read More
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Rosa, N.M. & Gutchess, A.H. (2011). Source memory for action in young and older adults: Self vs. close or unknown others. Psychology and Aging, 26, 625-630. Read More

Service Projects

Collaboration with Worcester Senior Center

Collaboration with Worcester Senior Center

Students in PS322 Psychology of Aging spend time volunteering at the Worcester Senior Center.

Research

Aging and Disability

This project examines the role of age in attitudes toward ability.

Comprehension and Metacomprehension

This project explores tools that can be used to improve comprehension in the classroom and enhance student awareness of learning.

Courses

PS210

Developmental Psychology


Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development from conception to adolescence is examined within a framework of various theories.
3 credits
PS312

Psychology of Adolescence


The mental, emotional, social and physical changes of contemporary adolescence are examined with emphasis on family, peer and school influences.
3 credits
PS322

Psychology of Aging


Adulthood and old age are studied with special emphasis on current developmental theories.
3 credits
PS410

Capstone: Seminar in Developmental Psychology


Patterns of physical, mental, and emotional development are explored with an emphasis on independent work.
3 credits
PS307

Applied Research Methods


Extension of research design and methods introduced in PS276. Research methods, including applied research design, statistical analysis, and scientific writing.
3 credits
PS400

Internship in Psychology


Provides opportunity to advanced students to increase experience through internship with sponsoring community organization, institution, or business under appropriate supervision.
1-3 credits