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About Sarah Grison

Sarah has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience and thinks of herself as a teacher-scholar. Sarah teaches psychology and student success classes to undergraduates and conducts action research in her classroom to help improve students' abilities to pay attention, remember, and learn material, as well as develop improved study skills. She also supports teachers in developing evidence-based teaching skills through upper division courses and workshops in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Finally, Sarah helps educators understand and apply best pedagogical practices through her published books and journal articles and through presentations at national conferences and colleges.


2013 - Present Associate Professor of Psychology, Parkland College Social Sciences and Human Services
2016 - 2018 Coordinator for Faculty Engagement, Parkland College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
2011 - 2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Department of Educational Psychology
2006 - 2011 Assistant/Associate/Director for Introductory Psychology & Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Psychology Department
2002 - 2006 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, American Association of Community Colleges
2017 - Present Affiliate, American Psychological Association Community College Teacher Affiliate (PT@CC)
2013 - Present Member, American Psychological Association, Division 3 (Cognitive Science) and 15 (Educational Psychology)
2013 - Present Member, Illinois Community College Faculty Association
2013 - Present Member, International Mind, Brain, and Education Society
2010 - Present Member, American Educational Research Association
2010 - Present Member, Society for Teaching of Psychology
2001 - Present Member, Association for Psychological Science
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Honors and Awards

  • List of Excellent Teachers (15 times, various courses), University of Illinois, 2006-2012
  • Award for Teaching & Public Understanding of Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, 2010.
  • Provost’s Initiative for Teaching Advancement, University of Illinois, 2010.
  • Using Cognitive Science to Improve Learning in Introductory Psychology Students, Teaching Advancement Award, University of Illinois, 2009.
  • Event-Related Brain Potential Evidence for Representational Locus of Inhibition in Negative Priming, American Psychological Association David Pilon Award, 1998.
  • Using Event-Related Brain Potentials to Investigate Inhibitory Processes, Research Commendation, University of Utah, 1996.


2002 Ph.D., University of Wales, Bangor ‐ Cognitive Neuroscience
1993 B.A., Carnegie Mellon University

Contact Information

Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61821


Books (6)

Presentations (18)

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Workshops (12)