Rebecca JM Gotlieb
Rebecca JM Gotlieb

Rebecca JM Gotlieb

Cohort: 2014

USC Provost's PhD Fellowship

Dartmouth College
B.A. Psychology and Brain Sciences with High Honors

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Educational Psychology

Research Interest

 Social, Emotional, and Identity Development; Educational Neuroscience; Empathy; Perspective-taking; Imagination; Adolescence

Rebecca JM Gotlieb

Rebecca Gotlieb is an educational psychology PhD candidate in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, advised by Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang. She is interested in social, emotional, and identity development in adolescents and their relation to students' learning across cultural and environmental contexts.  Specifically, she aims to use neurophysiological and psychosocial tools to investigate how to leverage empathy and perspective-taking to promote learning and social connection. Previously, Rebecca worked as an associate analyst at Abt Associates conducting research about STEM teacher professional development and teacher preparation programs with an emphasis on their impact in high needs schools. She received a Bachelor's degree with high honors in Psychology and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College, where she also received the Cameron-Glickenhaus prize for her demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary research-based approach to improving learning and education.   At Dartmouth Rebecca worked in Dr. Michele Tine's Poverty and Learning Lab.  She reviews educational neuroscience books monthly for the Learning and the Brain blog.  Rebecca is a mentor to and advocate for students with disabilities (especially learning disabilities).


Professional Experience:

Associate Analyst, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA, 2012-2014

Research Assistant, The Poverty and Learning Lab, Hanover, NH, 2010-2012

Research Intern, U.S. Dept of Education, Washington D.C., Summer 2011

Honors and Awards:

National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow

USC Provost's Mentored Teaching Fellowship

Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications

  • Immordino-Yang, M.H. & Gotlieb, R. (2017).  Embodied brains, social minds, cultural meaning: Integrating neuroscientific and educational research on social-affective development. American Educational Research Journal: Centennial Issue, 54(1),344-367.
  • Gotlieb, R., Hyde, E., Immordino-Yang, M.H., & Kaufman, S.B. (In Press).  Imagination is the seed of creativity.  Cambridge Handbook of Creativity.  Kaufman, J. & Sternberg, R. (Eds.) Cambridge Press.
  • Gotlieb, R., Hyde, E., Immordino-Yang, M.H., & Kaufman, S.B. (2016) Cultivating the Social-Emotional Imagination in Gifted Education: Insights from Educational Neuroscience. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1377(1), 22-31.
  • Immordino-Yang, M.H. & Gotlieb, R.J. (2017). An Evolving Understanding of Social Emotions from a Mind, Brain, and Education Perspective. Mind, Brain, and Education Companion Textbook. Schwartz, M. & Pare-Blagoev, J. (Eds.) Routledge Press. 
  • Gotlieb, R., Jahner, E., Immordino-Yang, M.H., Kaufman, S.B. (2015). How Social-Emotional Imagination Facilitates Deep Learning and Creativity in the Classroom.  In R.A. Beghetto and J.C. Kaufman (Eds.), Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom (2nd edition). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tine, M., & Gotlieb, R. (2013). Gender-, race-, and income-based stereotype threat: the effects of multiple stigmatized aspects of identity on math performance and working memory function. Social Psychology of Education, 16 (3), 353-376. DOI: 10.1007/s11218-013-9224-8.

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