Contact Information
Department of Psychology
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409
Tel: 806 742-3711 ext. 247
Skype: RTaraban
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Post-doctoral training, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1988-1989

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Psychology
Major: Cognitive Psychology
Degree: Ph.D., August, 1988

University of Chicago
Major: Educational Psychology
Degree: MA, August, 1981

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Major: Elementary Education
Degree: BS, August, 1978

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Majors: English, Philosophy
Degrees: BA, 1975 (English, cum laude) 1976 (Philosophy)

Professional Appointments

Professor in Experimental Psychology, 2007 – present

Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, 2006 – present

Graduate Faculty membership, 1989 – present

Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology, 1995 – 2007

Assistant Professor in Experimental Psychology, 1989 – 1995

Instructor, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada, 1982-1983

Teacher, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1978 – 1981

Professional Service
2008 - present Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology
2008 - 2010 Chair of Texas Tech Teaching Academy Executive Council
2006 - 2010 Member of Texas Tech Teaching Academy Executive Council
2006 - 2007 President of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP)
2003 - 2006 Member of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP) Steering Committee
2002 - present Assessment Coordinator for the Texas Tech University Howard Hughes Medical Institute (TTU/HHMI) Biological Sciences Education Program
1996 - 2002 Editorial Board for the National Association for Developmental Education, NADE Monograph

Honors and Awards

2010 Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar

2004 Best Paper Award, American Society of Engineering Education – Gulf and Southwest Region Annual Conference

2003 Inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy

1995 recipient of the NADE Outstanding Research Project Award, National Association for Developmental Education

Research Areas

  • STEM Education

  • Applied Cognition

  • Language Processing & Modeling