Cindy Miller

T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
850 S. Cady Mall
Cowden 224C
Tempe
Research Assistant Professor
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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. Millers 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 childrens 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 childrens 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.

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
SOC 390 Social Statistics I
FAS 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
SOC 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
SOC 390 Social Statistics I
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
FAS 493 Honors Thesis
SOC 499 Individualized Instruction
FAS 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
FAS 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
FAS 492 Honors Directed Study
FAS 493 Honors Thesis
SOC 499 Individualized Instruction
FAS 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
FAS 492 Honors Directed Study
SOC 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SOC 390 Social Statistics I
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
SOC 499 Individualized Instruction
FAS 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
SOC 499 Individualized Instruction
FAS 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SOC 390 Social Statistics I
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience