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Karen Singer-Freeman

Associate Professor of Psychology

I have served as a faculty member at Purchase College for 19 years. In my research I examine the factors that support or hinder persistence among underserved students and assess the efficacy of interventions. My guiding principle in each of my efforts is to find ways to help more students succeed.

I have spent many years working to improve student success through grant-funded initiatives. I serve as the co-director of a NIGMS MARC U*STAR grant, which supports juniors and seniors who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science. MARC scholars receive a two-year scholarship to Purchase College. They conduct intensive science research at Purchase College during the academic year and at another research institution during the summer after their junior year.

As the associate director of the NIGMS Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, I direct an intensive summer research program for students from neighboring community colleges.This curriculum includes the development of student ePortfolios that document learning and stimulate identity shift.

Research Interests

  • Factors supporting success of college students
  • ePortfolio-use in education
  • Analogical reasoning in childhood

Representative Courses

  • Child Development
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Gender Development
  • Social Issues in Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Development
  • Development of Language
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Social Action Leadership Seminar

Publications

Singer-Freeman, K & Bastone, L. (2016). Pedagogical Choices Make Large Classes Feel Small (NILOA Occasional Paper No. 27). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bastone, L., & Skrivanek, J. (2016). Using ePortfolios to assess applied and collaborative learning, academic identity and future orientation in a summer research program for community college students. International Journal of ePortfolio, 6(1) 45-57.

Singer-Freeman, K.E. (2015). MMR vaccine and autism: Scientific inquiry, ethics, and evidence-based problem solving. AAC&U Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills Case Study.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bastone, L., & Skrivanek, J. (2014). Eportfolios reveal an emerging community of underrepresented minority scholars. International Journal of ePortfolio, 4(1), 85-94.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bastone, L., & Skrivanek, J. (2014). Using e-portfolios to support transfer student success. Diversity and Democracy, 17(1), 14-15.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., and Bauer, P. J. (2008). The ABCs of analogical abilities: Evidence for formal analogical reasoning abilities in 24-month-olds. The British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 26, 317-335.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. (2005). Analogical reasoning in 2-year-olds: The development of access and relational inference. Cognitive Development, 20, 214-234.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., and Goswami, U. (2001). Does half a pizza equal half a box of chocolates? Proportional matching in an analogy task. Cognitive Development. 16, 811-829.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., and Bauer, P. J. (1997). Sorting out language and level: Examining the relation between productive vocabulary and category differentiation. First Language. 17, 241-270.

Freeman, K. E., and Sera, M. (1996). Reliance on visual and verbal information across ontological kinds: What do children know about animals and machines? Cognitive Development. 11, 315-341.

Freeman, K. E., and Deák, G. (1995). Commentary on MacWhinney and Smith: Systems learning symbol systems. In C. A. Nelson, (Ed.) Basic and applied perspectives on learning, cognition, and development. Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology, 29. Hillsdale NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Presentations / Conferences

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Bastone, L. (2017). Parsing the unique contributions of ePortfolio Assignments. Paper presented at the New York Regional ePortfolio Conference, New York, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Bastone, L. (2017). ePortfolios create better students: Similar students write and reflect more in ePortfolios. Paper presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities ePortfolio Forum, San Francisco, CA.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Bastone, L. (2016). Changing their minds: Using ePortfolios to deliver growth mindset interventions. Invited Address presented at the LiveText Assessment Conference, Chicago, IL.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bolte, C., Gonzalez, G., Quammie, D., & Yannarelli, A. (2016). Creating community: Classroom-based mentoring supports underserved college student success. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Meeting, New York, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Bastone, L. (2016). Growth and grit: Delivering brief psychosocial interventions using ePortfolios. Paper presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities ePortfolio Forum, Washington, DC.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Campos, J., & Bastone, L. (2015). Effects of the Purchase College Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program on degree completion. Paper presented at the SUNY STEM Conference. Albany, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Bastone, L. (2015). Making large classes feel small: Utilizing peer mentors and reflective writing. Webinar presented as part of the LiveText Best Practices Webinar Series.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Bastone, L. (2015). Making it real: Teaching through reflective writing supports conceptual mastery and student well-being. Invited address presented at the LiveText Assessment Conference, Nashville, TN.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. (2015). Making it real: Teaching through reflective writing supports conceptual mastery and student well-being. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Teaching Institute, New York, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Lewis-Jones, T., LaMarca, A., Lopez, N., & Sheridan, E. (2015). Paying it forward: Mentoring provides effective support for underserved college students. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Hunting, K., Bauer, A., Riegelman, R., Armstrong, J., Burley, L., Byrne, L., Carmichael, T., Meyers, S., Singer- Freeman, K., Singh, V., Wilson, K., Wolfson, A., & Zerr, R. (2015). STIRring up learning:  Scientific thinking and integrative reasoning through case studies. Roundtable discussion at Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bastone, L. & Skrivanek, J., (2015). Using ePortfolios to assess applied and collaborative learning in an intensive summer program for community college students. Paper presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities ePortfolio Forum, Washington, DC.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bastone, L. & Skrivanek, J., (2014). Using e-portfolios to stimulate identity change in underrepresented minority community college students. Webinar presented as part of the LiveText Best Practices Webinar Series.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bastone, L., Miller, B., & Lopez, R., (2014). I-RISE mentoring program supports underrepresented minority student success. Paper presented at the Farmingdale State College Teaching of Psychology Conference, Tarrytown, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Bastone, L. & Skrivanek, J. (2014). Using e-portfolios to promote and assess identity change in an intensive summer program for community college students. Paper presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Eportfolio Forum, Washington, DC.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Bastone, L. (2013). Collect, select, and reflect: E-portfolios enhance summer research program for community college students. Paper presented at the SUNY STEM Conference. Albany, NY.

Bastone, L. & Singer-Freeman, K. E. (2013). Intended and unintended consequences of using ePortfolios to document and assess DQP applied learning outcomes. Paper presented at the Association of American State Colleges and Universities Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Baltimore, MD

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Bastone, L. (2013). Oh the places you’ll go: Identity shift in a summer research program. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Sciences, Washington, DC.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Bastone, L. (2013). Seminar on transfer student success and engagement. Purchase College, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K.E., Bastone, L. & Ott, E. (2012). The use of ePortfolios in an intensive summer research program. Workshop presented at the SUNY Replication Conference. Albany, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K.E., Halperin, R., & Skrivanek, J. (2011). Closing the loop: A case study in the use of formative program evaluation to direct the successful modifications in an intensive summer research program. Workshop presented at the SUNY STEM Conference. Albany, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Bastone, L. (2011). I am… a college graduate: Summer bridge programs cause identity shifts. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Washington DC.    

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Nelsen, D. (2011). Measures of gender schematization in preschoolers: Are pictures as good as toys?  Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Washington DC.

Singer-Freeman, K., Skrivanek, J., & Halperin, R., (2010). Using pedagogy workshops as a catalyst for curricular change at 2-year colleges. Paper presented at MORE 2010 How-To conference, Chicago, IL.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Capalbo, A. (2010). Analogical reasoning and executive control develop together in preschool-aged children. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Boston MA.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. (2010). Benchmarks & intermediate metrics for measuring outcomes. Panel participant at NSF STEP Grantees Meeting, Arlington VA.

Skrivanek, J., Singer-Freeman, K., & Halperin, R., (2010). Lessons learned: Research and Science Visions Preparation (RSVP) program at Purchase College, SUNY. Paper presented at NSF STEP Grantees Meeting, Arlington VA.

Skrivanek, J., Singer-Freeman, K., Halperin, R., Condon, M., Butler, T., Richards, G., Kelly, C., MacMahon, T., Scullion, K. (2009). Research and Science Visions Preparation Program: A model for two-year to four-year collaboration. Paper presented at the SUNY STEM conference. Albany, NY.    

Singer-Freeman, K.E., Halperin, R., & Skrivanek, J. (2009). Closing the loop: A case study in the use of formative program evaluation to direct the successful growth of an intensive summer research program. Poster presented at the Understanding Interventions that Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers Conference. Bethesda, MD.

Singer-Freeman, K.E. & Alicea, A. (2009). Gender schema influence analogical problem solving and memory in preschool-aged children. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Singer-Freeman, K.E. & Dos Santos, M. (2008). Gender stereotypes influence emotion attributions in preschoolers and adults. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Singer-Freeman, K.E. & Perez, C. (2008). Sugar or spice…The acquisition of stereotyped gender identity in preschool. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Singer-Freeman, K.E. & Calle, N. (2007). The development of stereotyped gender attributions about Emotions in 2- and 3-year-olds: Knowledge precedes application. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Pellerito, A. (2006) Analogical reasoning in 2-year-olds: An exploration of relational inference demands. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. & Calle, N., (2006). Baby boys are from mars: Adults apply stereotyped attributions to infants. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Gibbons, E. M. & Singer-Freeman, K. E. (2003). Continuous substances impair preschoolers’ ability to solve non-isomophic numeric equivalency analogies. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Wright, E., & Green, R. (2002). Are they listening? An investigation of the effects of language on the categorization behavior of 2-year-olds. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, Charlotte, NC.

Singer-Freeman, K. E. (2001). Working memory capacity and analogical reasoning in young children.  Paper presented at a meeting of the Purchase College Chapter of Sigma Xi. Purchase, NY.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Weisman, A. (2001). The impact of relational knowledge and relational inference on preschoolers’ ability to solve simple and complex analogies. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., Zhulkovsky, D. & Dahlgren, D. (2001). Does working memory capacity limit the ability of 2-year-olds to solve complex analogies? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., (1999). Mastering fractions: The development of sensitivity to relational analogies. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Goswami, U. (1999). Analogies in fractions learning: Effects of relational and surface similarity. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Goswami, U. (1998). When does a third equal two sixths? A look at the role of relational similarity in fractional analogies. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, Mobile, AL.

Singer-Freeman, K. E., & Goswami, U. (1998). One scoop or two? The use of teaching analogies in a number-line task. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, Mobile, AL.

Freeman, K. E., (1997). Sorting out language and level: Examining the relation between productive vocabulary and category differentiation. Paper presented at the University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany.

Freeman, K. E., (1997). Does half a pizza equal half a dozen? Good analogies for introducing fractions to pre-schoolers. Paper presented at the University of Nottingham, England.

Freeman, K. E., (1997). Analogical Reasoning in 2-year-olds: A comparison of formal and problem-solving tasks. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Washington, DC.

Freeman, K. E., & Goswami, U. (1997). Does half a pizza equal half a dozen? Good analogies for introducing fractions to pre-schoolers. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Washington, DC.

Freeman, K. E., (1997). Children’s intuitive knowledge about fractions. Paper presented at the Behavioral Sciences Unit at the Institute of Child Health. London, United Kingdom.

Freeman, K. E., (1996). Expanding Horizons: Analogical understanding in 2-year-olds. Paper presented at the Centre de Recherche Epistemologie Aplique, Ecole Polytechnique. Paris, France.

Freeman, K. E., & Bearman, D. (1995). Saying is believing: Gendered vocabulary predicts gendered recall in 24-month-olds. Poster presented at the American Psychological Society, New York, NY.

Freeman, K. E. (1995). Talk about the basics: Language and basic-level category differentiation. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Indianapolis, IN.

Freeman, K. E., & Gehl, K. (1995). Beginnings, middles, and ends: 24-month-olds’ understanding of analogy. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Indianapolis, IN.       

Freeman, K. E., McKie, S., & Bauer, P. J. (1994). Analogical reasoning in two-year-olds. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, Pittsburgh, PA.

Freeman, K. E., & Deák, G. (1993). Commentary on Brian MacWhinney and Linda Smith. Paper presented at the Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology, Minneapolis, MN.

Freeman, K. E. (1993). Sorting out language and level: Examining the relation between productive vocabulary and category differentiation. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, New Orleans, LA.

Freeman, K. E., & Sera, M. (1993). What do pre-schoolers know about animals and machines? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, New Orleans LA.

Freeman, K. E., & Sera, M. (1992). The use of perceptual information in the classification of animals andcomplex machines. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, Atlanta, GA.