Christine Lee Bae, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Foundations of Education

Christine Lee Bae, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in educational psychology, University of Florida
  • M.A.E. in educational psychology, University of Florida
  • B.S. in psychology, University of Florida

Research interests

Cognition, reasoning, problem-solving, motivation, STEM teaching and learning

Career highlights

  • Principal Investigator for the NSF CAREER (2019-24, $1mill, NSF DRL 1845048VCU News article
  • Principal Investigator for the VCU Presidential Research Quest Early Career Research Grant (2018-19, $50k)
  • Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF DRK12 Science Communities of Practice Partnership (SCOPP) (2018-22, $3.4 mill, NSF DRL 1418440) VCU News article
  • VCU School of Education Distinguished Junior Faculty Award (2018)
  • VCU Outstanding Early Faculty Award (2019)
  • Co-Director, VCU Cognition and Learning Lab

Recent publications/projects

  • Bae, C. L., & Lai, M. (in press). Opportunities to Participate in science learning and student engagement: A mixed methods study. Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • Bae, C. L., & DeBusk-Lane. (2019). Engagement profiles in middle school: Implications for motivation and achievement in science. Learning and Individual Differences, 74.
  • Bae, C. L., Therriault, D.J., & Redifer, J. (2019). Investigating the testing effect: Retrieval as a characteristic of effective study strategies. Learning and Instruction, 60, 206-214.
  • Bae, C. L., DeBusk-Lane, M., Hayes, K. N., & Zhang, F. (2018). Opportunities to Participate (OtP) in Science: Examining Differences Longitudinally and Across Socioeconomically Diverse Schools. Research in Science Education, 1-22.


Dr. Christine L. Bae’s research focuses on applying frameworks of cognition and motivation in educational psychology to understand science learning in complex classroom contexts. She has worked on several interdisciplinary STEM education projects that include studies of problem solving among college engineering students, middle school science teaching and learning in urban contexts, and secondary science teacher preparation. A related line of her research focuses on cognition in higher education, exploring topics such as strategies that promote meaningful learning among college students.

Bae teaches courses in human development across the lifespan, child development for inclusive education, educational psychology for secondary teachers, cognition and learning, and mixed methodologies in educational research.

Curriculum Vitae

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