Allison G Butler

Allison G Butler

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved school. As I grew up, I developed a strong appreciation for the art and science of teaching and learning. I attended The College of William and Mary where I earned a B.S. in Psychology and teaching licensure in Elementary Education. I earned my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia and worked as a fifth grade teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. While in the elementary classroom, I became inspired to better understand the complexities of children’s learning and cognition and developed a passion for teaching. In 2008, I earned my Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. My current research focuses on learning and cognition in K-12 populations, environmental influences on children, and higher education pedagogy. I enjoy being a part of the vibrant Bryant community where I may be spotted doing improvisational theater with students, planning the freshman IDEA program, collaborating with students on research, or cheering on the Bulldogs with my family.

Ph D, Boston College

M Ed, University of Virginia

BS, The College of William and Mary

Butler, A., Well Worth the Investment: The Personal and Societal Value of a College Education, Editorial Reviewed Electronic Paper, 2015.

Weinberger, N.,Schumacher, P.,Butler, A., Looking Inside and Out: Perceptions of Physical Activity in Child Care Spaces, Early Child Development and Care, 2013.

Butler, A., Exploring the Role of Social Reasoning and Self-Efficacy in the Mathematics Problem-Solving Performance of Lower- and Higher-Income Children, Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 2013.

Butler, A., Professional and Legal Obligations Maintain School Accountability for Bullying, Editorial Reviewed Electronic Paper, 2013.

Butler, A., Toy Guns, ABC-CLIO, 2012.

Lucariello, J.,Tine, M.,Butler, A., Meet the 'Reading Rangers': Curriculum for Teaching Comprehension Strategies to Urban Third Graders, Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2012.

Tine, M.,Butler, A., Acute Aerobic Exercise Impacts Selective Attention: An Exceptional Boost in Lower-Income Children, Educational Psychology, 2012.

Butler, A., Charter Schools Chart the Course for Education Reform, Peer Reviewed Electronic Paper, 2011.

Kennedy, K.,Kennedy, M.,Butler, A., Paying Students for Good Grades: Is it Sustainable and Should it Be?, Academic Leadership, 2010.

Butler, A.,Lacey, H.,Luiggi, N.,Roberto, M., Innovation Nation: Teaching Middle School Students to be Design Thinkers, .

Freedman, E.,Butler, A., Greek Life: Perceptions on Campus and in the Workforce, .

Gonzalez, J.,Butler, A., Using Instructional Technologies to Maximize Student Engagement in the College Classroom, .

Roberto, M.,Butler, A., Why Design Thinking is Hard on the Brain, .

Butler, A.,Roberto, M., Design Thinking, Sentia Publishing, 2022.

Butler, A.,Roberto, M., When Cognition Interferes with Innovation: Overcoming Cognitive Obstacles to Design Thinking, Research-Technology Management, 2018.

Butler, A.,Lenore, S.,Perez, J., Educational exchange: Investigation of a videoconference-based instructional program for educational psychology undergraduates and fifth graders, Psychology Learning and Teaching/ Sage Publishing, 2018.

Weinberger, N.,Butler, A.,Schumacher, P.,McGee, B.,Brown, R. L., Child Life Specialists' Evaluation of Hospital Playroom Design: A Mixed Method Inquiry, Journal of Interior Design (Special Issue on Health Care Design), 2017.

Butler, A., Beyond the AP, Lincoln School, 2016.

Butler, A., The Case for Single Sex Education, Editorial Reviewed Electronic Paper, 2016.

Weber, L.,Butler, A., Lessons from the Karate Kid: Using Popular Films in Educational Psychology, Information Age Publishing, 2016.

Butler, A., Humans Are More Intelligent Working With Technology and More Intelligent as a Result of Technology, Editorial Reviewed Electronic Paper, 2014.

Butler, A.,Kennedy, K., Changing the Order of Mathematic Test Items: Helping or Hindering Students?, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 2013.

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021

Innovation Award, 2021

Distinguished Faculty Award, 2020

Faculty Merit Award, 2020

Faculty Innovation Grant, 2019

Innovation Award, Contributing to Success, 2018

Faculty Merit Award, 2017

Faculty "Honorary Coach", 2016

Excellence in Service Award, 2015

Faculty Merit Award, 2015

Faculty Innovation Grant Recipient, 2014

Contributing to Success Innovation Award, 2014

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society, 2014

Invited Scholar Grant Recipient, 2014

Lenovo Pilot Faculty Fellowship, 2013

Faculty Merit Award, 2013

Young Alumna Award for Leadership, Initiative and Service, 2013

Distinguished New Faculty Award, 2011

Faculty Merit Award, 2010

Educational Psychology
Child & Adolescent Development
Psychological Testing & Assessment
Introduction to Psychology
Child Psychopathology
Design Thinking

Sociocultural Influences on Cognition and Learning in K-12 Populations, Design Thinking in Schools, Higher Education Pedagogy, Educational Policy, Environmental Influences on Child Development and Behavior

American Educational Research Association

American Psychological Association

New England Psychological Association