Joan M Lucariello

Dr. Joan M. Lucariello has served as University Dean for Education at the City University of New York since March 2010 and is Professor of Psychology and Educational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Prior to this, she was CUNY’s Interim University Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Lucariello received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) predoctoral fellow. Thereafter, Dr. Lucariello was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Upon completion of her postdoctoral work, Dr. Lucariello joined the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research for several years. She subsequently assumed high-level policy and science administration posts. She was Senior Scientist at the American Psychological Association (APA), where she served as an expert and advocate for behavioral science to the NIH and the NSF and assisted in APA’s launch of the “Decade of Behavior.” Then at NICHD, of the NIH, she was Director of Research Programs in Cognitive, Social, and Affective Development, the largest federal grants program for developmental psychology. Before coming to CUNY, Dr. Lucariello had returned to academe and was Professor of Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College. There she headed the doctoral program and lead a curriculum redesign and an increase in doctoral student applications and stipends.

At CUNY, Dr. Lucariello has led key initiatives. She spearheaded the plan to enhance teacher-leader preparation with $3.5 million from the State Education Dept. She forged a data exchange with NYCDOE to track the job performance of over 30,000 CUNY graduates. She also formed a CUNY partnership with Math for America. She served as principal investigator, at CUNY, for one of the first randomized control studies of online learning (done by Ithaka S+R). She also led the development of a brochure and website on best teaching practices for university faculty. She headed planning for both the inaugural (2010) and 2012 CUNY Mathematics Conferences.

Dr. Lucariello has been appointed to two NYS Regents Advisory Groups (Professional Standards and Practices Board; Regents Task Force on APPR) and also served on the State Ed Dept Committee that developed the new NYS Teaching Standards. In NYC, she is on the CUNY-NYC Dept of Education Steering Cmt for College-Career Readiness and Success and the Steering Cmt for the P-TECH Early College High School. For the APA, she has been nationally elected (twice) to the Developmental Psychology Division Executive Committee and is the elected Chair (twice) of the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education. 

Dr. Lucariello is a nationally and internationally known scientist in the areas of cognition, learning, and education. She has authored dozens of articles and chapters. She is an editor of the book, The Development of the Mediated Mind, and co-editor of a special issue of Theory Into Practice (in prep). She was awarded a major grant from the US Dept of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She was a member of the APA Task Force on the Applications of Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning and developed two online modules for teachers. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Her distinctions include visiting faculty positions at Columbia University and UCLA. She was a Fellow at Princeton University and is a Fellow of the APA, the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and Inaugural Fellow of the American Education Research Association (AERA).