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UGA educational psychology prof named president-elect of APA division

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia education professor Martha Carr has been named president-elect of the educational psychology division of the American Psychological Association.

“It is a great honor to be elected by my colleagues in the division, and I look forward to serving APA Division 15 as president-elect and as president,” said Carr, a professor in the College of Education’s department of educational psychology and instructional technology.

The APA’s Division 15 – Educational Psychology provides a collegial environment for psychologists with interest in research, teaching or practice in educational settings at all levels to present and publish papers about their work. Division members’ work is concerned with theory, methodology and applications to a broad spectrum of teaching, training and learning issues.

Carr was named an APA Fellow in the Educational Psychology division in 2000 and served as chair of the division’s Fellow Committee from 2005-07.

Carr received the education college’s highest honor when she was named the Aderhold Distinguished Professor for exemplary contributions in teaching, research and service in 2009.She received the college’s Russell H. Yeany Jr. Research Award in 2005 for outstanding cumulative research. She also received the Award of Excellence from the American Mensa Education and Research Foundation in 1993. She has been a Research Fellow in UGA’s Institute of Behavioral Research since 1991.

Carr, who joined the UGA faculty in 1989, received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on mathematics achievement for elementary school-age children.