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Diane Alonso, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer and Director, Shady Grove Program


Contact Information:


Shady Grove Office:       Shady Grove III Rm 4145  

Shady Grove Phone:      301.738.6318

Main campus Office:      Math/Psychology 305

Main campus Phone:       410.455.2369

UMBC @ The Universities at Shady Grove Website


Ph.D. – University of Maryland, College Park, 1998

Area of Study:

Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests:

With a background in Cognitive Psychology as well as educational and practical experience in Computer Science/Human Factors, my interests involve the merging of technology, teamwork, and education. My two main focus areas involve (1) studying the effective use of technology in the classroom and (2) looking at mechanisms to promote interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and interprofessional experiences in education.

Courses Taught:

Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 317)

Experimental Psychology: Design and Analysis I (PSYC 331)

Experimental Psychology: Design and Analysis II (PSYC 332)

Seminar in Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 415)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

NO.  Not accepting new graduate students for Fall 2014.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  a very limited number of undergraduate opportunities available – see below for details

I generally work with a very limited number of students each year. Students must be currently enrolled as UMBC Psychology majors at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus in Rockville and have complete both both Resarch Methods courses (PSYC 311 and PSYC 312). Since I do not have an active lab at USG, students will be expected to work independently while I mentor them as they design, develop, run, and present independent research projects. Interested UMBC Psychology majors, who attend classes at the USG campus, and who have shown outstanding capacity for doing independent work and who have successfully completed both Research Methods courses (PSYC 311 and PSYC 312)  may contact me via email at


Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Program Director for Psychology at the Universities at Shady Grove

Member, Psychology Department’s Undergraduate Committee

Member, Universities at Shady Grove’s Committee for Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education Strategies (CIPES).

Mentor, Kendall Scholars program, the Universities at Shady Grove


Selected Publications:

Clark, K.C., Gerstenbilth, S, Alonso, D., Wright, R., & Pandya, N. (in press). Inter-Institutional Partnerships: The Development of a Multidisciplinary/Interprofessional Course in Forensics, Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Retrieved from

Alonso, D. L. “Diversity in the Workplace”: A Case Study of a Collaboration with Sodexo to Create an Interprofessional Course. Presented at the Collaborating Across Borders III Conference. November 2011.

Alonso, D. L. & Norman, K. L. (1998). Apparency of Contingencies in Single Panel and Pull-Down Menus. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 49, 59-78.

Alonso, D. L., Rose, A. Plaisant, C., & Norman, K. L. (1998). Viewing Personal History Records: A Comparison of Tabular Format and Graphical Presentation using LifeLines. Behaviour and Information Technology, 17, 249-262.

Alonso, D. L. & Norman, K. L. (1996). Forms of Control and Interaction as Determinants of Lecture Effectiveness in the Electronic Classroom. Computers and Education, 27, 205-214.

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