Colleen M. Seifert Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Colleen M. Seifert

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Psychology, University of Michigan

I have broad research interests in complex cognition, including memory, learning, problem solving, and creativity. With my collaborators, I am pursuing cognitive accounts of creative thinking, and ways to train students to achieve their creative potential. I am invested in improving pedagogy in higher education and engineering design.


I am an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I also hold a research faculty appointment in the Institute for Social Research. I received a B.A. degree in psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, and M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Yale University. My graduate program at Yale was an interdisciplinary in Cognitive Science combining psychology and computer science. I enjoy teaching Introduction to Psychology, and co-authored a textbook, Learn Psychology (2013), with Ken Carter. I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, and past president and executive officer of the international Cognitive Science Society. My first post-graduate award was an American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellowship which allowed me to join the Cognitive Science program at U.C. San Diego and the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center. I've come full circle with my research, and now study industrial designers and engineers to learn about design processes in research funded by the N.S.F.  A Spencer Foundation Fellowship from the National Academy of Education was also helpful in developing my interests in applications in higher education.


    Ph.D. in Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, Ct., 1987

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Cognitive Science: Learning, memory, problem solving, and creativity.

Personal Interests

    I am currently relearning 8th grade algebra (thanks to my son) and raising twin Huskeranians.


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