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Donna J. Dahlgren Ph.D.

Univ. Center South 150
Phone: (812) 941-2682


Since 2000, my research has centered on the campus activities encouraging student involvement (both curricular and co-curricular) that increases student learning and student persistence. The beginning of this focus occurred with the work examining how to enhance teaching effectiveness in Introductory Psychology I. By 2004, my focus of interest expanded from assessing the effectiveness of psychology courses to courses and programs that affected all first-year students at Indiana University Southeast. I work with multiple measures that can be used to assess student achievement, college progress, and instructor effectiveness across multiple areas. For the past five years, my focus has been implementing programs that affect student persistence. Working with faculty, staff, and students on the IU Southeast campus, I work to ensure that more students succeed. Using data driven practices, I aspire to determine what factors can enhance student success and improve the quality of the undergraduate experience at Indiana University Southeast. Finding the right combination of academic, faculty, and social support to ensure their students make it to graduation is my goal. This area of research has given me many opportunities to share my research locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • Kent State University, Kent, OH, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Cognitive Psychology
  • Masters

    • Kent State University, Kent, OH, United States
    • Master of Science, Major in Experimental Psychology
  • Bachelors

    • Northern Michigan State University, Marquette, MI, United States
    • Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology and Political Science

Professional Interests


Introductory Psychology Experimental Methods and Statistics Cognitive Psychology Animal Learning and Memory.


Campus Events

LAST CAB Meeting

LAST CAB Meeting

April 17th, 2024

All day event

Study Buddies

Study Buddies

April 17th, 2024

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Admitted Students Day

Admitted Students Day

April 17th, 2024

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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