ASSOCIATE DEAN OF RESEARCH
DREXEL SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
COURTESY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
APA DIVISION 10: SOCIETY FOR PSYCHOLOGY OF
THE AESTHETICS, CREATIVITY & THE ARTS
PSYCHOLOGY OF AESTHETICS, CREATIVITY & THE ARTS (APA JOURNAL)
RECIPIENT OF THE DANIEL E. BERLYNE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RESEARCH BY AN EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION DIVISION 10: SOCIETY FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AESTETICS, CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS
Helping children and adults learn to think and act in creative ways that optimize their academic and professional success is the central motivation of my research, teaching and service.
Dr. Katz-Buonincontro's research aims to clarify and build socio-cognitive theories of creative agency to ultimately advance educational research with knowledge and applied teaching tools. Her scholarship traces inborn versus learnable beliefs about creativity and talent in philosophical tracts and political rhetoric, documents the process of learning how to effectively problem solve through the arts in leadership development and integrates the arts into leadership curriculum and STEM education.
Current studies focus on creative thinking and problem solving as a function of learning domain-specific content knowledge. These studies on beliefs about creativity, creative performance and academics extend past research on creativity, motivation and identity with a distinctive emphasis on learning.
Grant-funded projects include a National Science Foundation two-year study of student creativity in engineering technology and faculty workshops, a Career Development Award for using experience sampling method research, and The Barnes Foundation app Keys to the collection (KTTC), a 3D immersive visual arts digital game.
Courses she teaches are Creativity and Innovation in STEM Education, Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis and Mixed Methods Research; as well as Leadership Development courses.
Dr. Katz-Buonincontro is Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee (SoE), Chair of the Social Science Committee (Drexel), Chair of the Arts and Learning SIG (AERA), Program Chair (Division 10-APA), and serves on three editorial boards.
Ph.D. Educational Leadership: Policy, Management & Organization, University of Oregon
M.F.A. Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
B.A. Sociology, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Associate Dean of Research, School of Education, Drexel University.
Professor, School of Education, Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Assistant Professor, School of Education, Drexel University, Philadelphia,
Non-tenure track faculty member, Educational Leadership, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
Program Assistant, Area of Educational Leadership, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR:
Assistant to Director, Leadership Development Program, Educational Leadership, University of Oregon.
Chief Administrative & Financial Officer, Educational Policy Improvement Center, Eugene, OR.
President-Elect, Division 10, American Psychological Association
Past Chair, Faculty Steering Committee.
Past Chair, Social Science Research Committee, Social Sciences Initiative at Drexel.
Past Chair, Arts and Learning Special Interest Group, American Education Research Association.
Past Program Chair, Division 10, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, American Psychological Association Annual Convention 2017.
Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP). American Psychological Association.
Editorial Board Memberships: