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Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-624-6083

Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-624-6083
Fax: 612-624-8241

Michelle G. Everson


Senior Lecturer

Educational Psychology
159 EdSciB
56 East River Rd

M.A., San Jose State University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

I completed a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from California State University, Hayward and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from San Jose State University before coming to the U of M to pursue a Ph.D. in educational psychology. My emphasis was in learning and cognition, and I was involved in research on text comprehension. Specifically, my research focused on understanding the processes readers use to comprehend content-area texts. My background in statistics led to several opportunities to teach both undergraduate- and graduate-level introductory statistics courses within the department, and I enjoy introducing students to the wonders of statistics and showing them that statistics can in fact be fun. I played a large role in developing online versions of two of our introductory statistics courses and our intermediate statistics course, and I currently teach these courses. Recently, I have begun to explore how to best structure the online statistics course. In particular, I am interested in ways in which active learning can be fostered in the online environment.  I am the recipient of the College of Education and Human Development’s 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2011 recipient of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Waller Education Award .

Courses I teach
(all EPSY courses)

EPSY 3264—Basic and Applied Statistics
EPSY 5261—Introductory Statistical Methods
EPSY 5262—Intermediate Statistical Methods
EPSY 8261—Statistical Methods I: Probability and Inference


  1. Everson, M. (2006, April). Group discussion in online statistics courses. eLearn Magazine,

  2. van den Broek, P., Virtue, S., Everson, M. G., Tzeng, Y., & Sung, Y. (2002). Comprehension and memory of science texts: Inferential processes and the construction of a mental representation. In J. Otero, J. A. Leon, & A. C. Graesser (Eds.), The psychology of science text comprehension (pp. 131-154). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

  3. Gaddy, M., Sung, Y., & van den Broek, P. (2001). The influence of text cues on the allocation of attention during reading. In T. Sanders, J. Schilperoord & W. Spooren (Eds.), Cognitive approaches to text coherence (pp. 89-110). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.

  4. Linderholm, T., Everson, M. G., van den Broek, P., Mischinski, M., Crittenden, A., & Samuels, J. (2000). Effects of causal text revisions on more- and less-skilled readers’ comprehension of easy and difficult narrative texts. Cognition and Instruction, 18, 525-556.

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