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Jennifer Cromley
Faculty Profile


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Jennifer Cromley

Professor of Education Psychology

Dr. Cromley is an associate professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on two broad areas: 1) reading comprehension of illustrated scientific text and 2) cognitive and motivational predictors of STEM students' achievement and retention. Her studies include both basic processes (how learning works) and classroom interventions (how to help students learn better). She uses a variety of research methods, including questionnaires, think-aloud protocols, eye tracking, analyses of student work products such as sketches, and analyses of computer log files. Dr. Cromley’s research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. She is a consultant to the Transfer and the Undergraduate STEM Pipeline at Two-year Hispanic Serving Institutions project.


  • Ph.D., Human Development - Educational Psychology, University of Maryland College Park

Research Areas

  • Reading Comprehension of Illustrated Scientific Text
  • Cognitive and Motivational Predictors of STEM Students' Achievement and Retention