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Cindy Miller

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Research Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701
Biography

Cindy Faith Miller is an Assistant Research Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She is a Licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Her research and service activities seek to understand and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in educational settings. She studies social (e.g., gender stereotypes) and academic (e.g., growth mindset beliefs) cognitions and is involved in developing and implementing school-based interventions to promote positive peer relationships, inclusive school communities, and academic success. She is the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to understand and promote engineering engagement in underrepresented children. The Equity in Engineering project involves exploring the role of stereotypes, achievement-related beliefs, and teacher/parent beliefs and practices, and implementing a growth mindset intervention to promote engineering engagement and performance in elementary school children.

Dr. Miller has experience teaching statistics, clinical, and developmental courses. At ASU, she has taught undergraduate courses in social statistics and child dysfunction in the family. Dr. Miller strives to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches so that all students have a strong sense of belonging. She has developed a research-informed teaching philosophy with the intention of facilitating inclusive, engaging, and stimulating learning communities.

Dr. Miller’s community activities involve conducting growth mindset workshops in local schools and sharing research findings with community partners. She is Co-Director of the PROMISE Project, an initiative designed to promote inclusive and equitable school environments. With her colleagues, she has been implementing the Better Together Challenge (BTC), a project supporting middle and high school students with the implementation of student-led projects to promote inclusion and equity in their school communities. Dr. Miller is also leading the Gender Equity Project, which is a University-School partnership to develop and disseminate research-based practices for promoting gender equity in elementary schools.

Education

Ph.D. New York University, School Psychology

M.A. Arcadia University, Counseling Psychology

B.A. Penn State University, Psychology

Research Interests

The overall mission of Dr. Miller’s research is to understand and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in educational settings. The following goals guide her research:

  1. To understand the development of and consequences associated with children’s social (e.g., gender stereotypes) and academic (e.g., growth mindset) cognitions
  2. To examine the social factors (e.g., parents, teachers, peers) that influence children’s engagement in stereotyped academic subjects (e.g., STEM) and diverse social groups
  3. To develop and disseminate school-based practices to promote inclusive and equitable school environments, diverse peer relationships, and academic success
Research Activity

Miller, C. F. (PI), Reisslein, M. (Co-PI), Wheeler, L. A. (Co-PI), Thompson, M. (Consultant). Equity in Engineering: Understanding and Promoting All Elementary School Children’s Knowledge of and Motivation to Engage in Engineering. The National Science Foundation, EHR Core Research (ECR) Program. $919,465 in total costs. 09/01/2016-08/31/2019.

Miller, C. F. (PI), Martin, C. L. (Co-PI). University-School Partnership Workshop: Promoting Gender Equity in Elementary Schools. Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Inequality in the Social Sciences Program. $12,172. June 21-22, 2018.

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 390Supervised Research Experience
FAS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 390Supervised Research Experience
FAS 492Honors Directed Study
FAS 493Honors Thesis
SOC 499Individualized Instruction
FAS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 390Supervised Research Experience
FAS 492Honors Directed Study
SOC 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 390Social Statistics I
FAS 390Supervised Research Experience
SOC 499Individualized Instruction
FAS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 390Supervised Research Experience
SOC 499Individualized Instruction
FAS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 390Social Statistics I
FAS 390Supervised Research Experience
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 390Supervised Research Experience
CDE 450Child Dysfnc in the Family
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 390Social Statistics I
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 390Social Statistics I
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 390Social Statistics I