Psychology Department
Dr. Dani McMay

Dr. Dani McMay

 

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Research

One area of research I am currently focusing on is the use of technology in the learning environment. I am interested in ways instructors can incorporate new technology into their classroom lectures, and how best to create true learning communities in courses that are taught entirely online. This spring, my research colleagues and I have published a paper that explored the use of podcasts to enhance studying for exams.

Here is a link to download the iTunes University and the Classroom article in the journal Computers & Education.

My other research interest also focuses on learning, but the classroom setting is not at a University, it is behind prison walls. We are researching how programming offered in the prison setting can be made more accessible and more effective in helping the offender prepare for life on the outside.  We are also exploring how community based reentry facilities contribute to a more successful transition back into family life, help with the ability to maintain steady employment, and help the ex-offender to make different choices in their lives.

Teaching

My education is primarily in the field of Cognitive Neuropsychology. The main courses I teach during the academic year are Cognitive Psychology, Statistics and Physiological Psychology. In Cognitive, I try to get students interested in how psychologists do experiments that explore how we process information, how we make decisions, and how we problem solve.  In addition to teaching in the classroom setting, I also teach Introduction to Psychology in an online format through the SUNY Learning Network.

Department, University, and Community Service

In the department, I currently serve as the faculty advisor to the Psychology Club. I also serve on the assessment committee. On campus, I serve on several technology related committees such as Online Learning Committee, Echo 360 course capture committee, and the task force to evaluate new learning management systems.  In the community, I am the Walk Coordinator for the Fredonia Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention (to be held in March), and am a member of the task force on reentry services for Chautauqua County.

Selected Student - Faculty Collaborations

McKinney, D., Dyck, J. L., & Luber, E.  (2009).   iTunes University and the classroom: Can podcasts replace professors?  Computers & Education, 52, 617-623.

Bartow, A., Borchert, C., Luber, E., & Smith, D., Dyck, J. L., & McKinney, D., (2008, April).  Computer note taking in the classroom:  If you type it will you remember? Paper presented at the 36th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA.

Borchert, C., Bartow, A., & Luber, E., McKinney, D., & Dyck, J. L.  (2008, April).  Implicit activation of associates influences confidence ratings and solvability in problem solving. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA.

Luber, E., Borchert, C., & Bartow, A., McKinney, D., & Dyck, J. L.  (2008, April).  iTunes University in the classroom: Can podcasts replace professors? Paper presented at the 36th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA.

Dent, A., Galbraith, R.,, McKinney, D. & Dyck, J. (2007, April). Intuitive Problem Solving and the Importance of Pre-existing Associates in Long Term Memory. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Grove City, PA

Finley, V.E., & McKinney, D. (2006, April). The Social Problem-Solving Inventory as an Indicator of Recidivism in Ex-Felons. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA

Guidarelli, K.A., & McKinney, D. (2006, April). The Effect of Implicit Connections on Ambiguity Resolution. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA

Howard, A.J., & McKinney, D. (2006, April). The BarOn Emotional Quotient Interview as an Indicator of Recidivism in Ex-Felons. Paper presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA

Marsden, L., & McKinney, D. (2006, April). The Self-Appraisal Questionnaire as an Indicator of Reduced Rates of Recidivism. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA

Wunder, K.N., & McKinney, D. (2006, April). The BarOn EQ:i:S as an Indicator of Recidivism in Ex-Felons. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA


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