Catherine Bohn-Gettler has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in educational psychology, and was described as “that rare graduate student who learned as much as she could from many different faculty.” Today, Kate is an associate professor at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. She studies interdisciplinary connections between cognition, emotion, and instructional contexts to improve student learning and holistic development. Kate has achieved national and international distinction in the field of cognitive psychology, with more than 30 original research publications.
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, College of Saint Benedict - Saint John's University
M.A., Educational Psychology, 2005;
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, 2007
I am honored to work with future educators in the fields of educational psychology, human development, and research. This is an incredibly honor and responsibility, because these amazing individuals will help shape the future of our children, and hence our society.
I have the opportunity to engage in exciting research examining interdisciplinary connections between cognition, emotion, instructional contexts to improve student learning and holistic development. My research has been published in a variety of outlets, including:
I am also honored to serve my professional community in the following ways:
My most recent awards, since graduating from CEHD, include:
My favorite memories include the support, learning, and laughter that consistently occurred during my interactions with faculty, students, and the community. In our work, we focused on applied, school-based research, in which we sought to holistically improve the lives and learning of students. Collaboratively, we worked with students and teachers on reading comprehension interventions. We observed preschoolers play and resolve conflicts. We documented motivational techniques by expert teachers, and more. We engaged in deep discussions about the nature of learning, comprehension, development, and socialization. We built mentorship relationships, learned how to be leaders, and pushed each other’s thinking.
My advisors and the members on my dissertation committee provided me with amazing support, constructive feedback, and mentorship. They continue to be important influences in my career. These individuals include Dr. Steve Yussen, Dr. Anthony Pellegrini, Dr. David Rapp, and Dr. Paul van den Broek. They incredibly accomplished scholars, but also role models for who I want to be as a person.
Critical thinking, collaborative skills, creativity, a mastery orientation, and a desire to never stop learning.
Although he passed away over 10 years ago, Dr. Michael Pressley remains a major inspiration in my career. He introduced me to the field of educational psychology, guided me through my first research projects, and embodied excellence in teaching and scholarship.
I would not be who I am today without the education I received in CEHD. The faculty members provided top-notch training and mentorship in teaching, scholarship, and deep consideration of ethical professionalism.
I love spending time with husband and daughter (especially reading books or playing board games), curling up with a good book, jogging, Turbokick, and spending time with friends. If I can miraculously find more than 30 minutes, I love to play the piano and vibraphone, and I used to play in a steel drum band.
A collaborator, optimistic, passionate, driven, goofy, honest, and caring. I always want to know more, and try to understand the underlying causes of phenomena.
"There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up In the Other America", by Alex Kotlowitz. When first reading this book as a teenager, it opened my eyes to the challenges and strengths faced by children living in poverty.
Without a doubt, students and kids. The fact that I get to work with future educators is a privilege and responsibility. I also get excited about my research, because it seeks to highlight the holistic nature of children, learning, and development.
First a pediatric ophthalmologist, and then a professional vibraphonist. The path we might start on can lead us in surprising directions, and I am glad it led me to educational psychology.
Reading books of all genres, participating in community events, attending conferences, and engaging with the educational community.
I will do almost anything to make my three-year-old daughter laugh.