WISE: The People Behind the Pages


 WISE at WPA2013 b

Mike Toma, Chris Pentoney, Jocelyn Johnson, Justin Mary, Dale Berger, and

Chris Aberson at the Western Psychological Association conference (WPA) 2013


WISE team in Cancun 2010

Justin Mary, Gio Sosa, Amanda Saw, and Dale Berger in Cancun, 2010.

WISE at WPA 2001

Mike Healy, Victoria Romero, Chris Aberson, and Dale Berger at WPA 2001.

The original “WISE Guys and Gal”

Dale Berger, Project Director

Dale Berger is Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). He retired in 2015 after 45 years teaching statistics, research methodology, and data analysis courses, and a cognitive course in the Psychology of Thinking and Problem Solving. He has written numerous articles in the fields of research methodology, public policy, and cognitive psychology, and has consulted with various organizations on applied data analysis. He began the WISE site in 1993, and continues to direct the WISE project along with colleagues and students.  email: dale.berger@cgu.edu

Andrew Conway

Andrew Conway is a Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). He joined the CGU faculty in the summer of 2015. Prior to his appointment at CGU he was on the faculty at the University of Illinois in Chicago from 1996-2004 and Princeton University from 2004-2015. Dr. Conway has taught a range of statistics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and he taught a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Statistics One offered on Coursera. He also maintains an active program of research investigating the cognitive processes and neural mechanisms involved in individual differences in cognitive abilities.

Chris Pentoney

Chris Pentoney earned his Ph.D. in applied cognitive psychology in 2015. His interest is in understanding and visualization of data.  Chris programmed many of the new JavaScript interactive materials, including the confidence interval creation applet and tutorial, and he is the lead technical expert for WISE.

Mike Toma

Mike is a current Ph.D. student in Cognitive Psychology. His dissertation examines the relationship between executive functions and user engagement. He intends to use what he’s learned about human cognition to improve the way people interact with technology and design. As part of the WISE group, he recommends and designs ways to enhance a user’s experience with WISE material and online statistical learning.

Catherine Lee

Catherine is a graduate student in cognitive psychology. She is interested in technology, usability, and user experience. Her current research examines reading comprehension across different platforms.

Maria McManus

Maria is a PhD student in Positive Psychology.  Maria is interested in web design and user experience, and is responsible for much of the beautiful layout you see at the new WISE homepage.


‘Emeritus’ members of the WISE team

Josh Penman

Josh is a graduated CGU student in organizational psychology and evaluation with an interest in developing knowledge bases that are fast, intuitive, and useful. He helped with YouTube videos and transferring lessons for the revised WISE website. You can read more about his projects at www.joshpenman.us.

Nestor Ramirez

Nestor completed his MA degree in cognitive psychology in 2014. He helped with the move of WISE to the current platform.

Hope Snyder

Hope helped with the move of WISE to the current platform.

Justin Mary

Justin Mary completed his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at CGU in 2014. He was the primary developer of the confidence interval overlap applet and took part in the development and revision of many other WISE resources. As a research staff member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, Justin provides support and analysis for the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Jocelyn Johnson

Jocelyn Johnson has an M.A. in Social Psychology and Evaluation from CGU. She is interested in statistics and social cognition.

Giovanni Sosa

Giovanni Sosa completed his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at CGU in 2012. His research has focused upon examining the interplay between technology, learning, attitudes, and well-being. As a research analyst at Chaffey College, he helps faculty and staff measure student learning and attitudes and provides the campus community with empirical findings concerning a range of student-centered initiatives.

Amanda Saw

Amanda Saw completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at CGU in 2011. She is interested in learning principles and applying and evaluating educational technologies. In addition to the WISE Project, she has conducted mathematical education research at the UCLA Human Perception Laboratory. Amanda was a major contributor to tutorials, research projects, and technological support.

Victoria Romero

Victoria Romero is a Senior Scientist in the Cognitive Systems division at Charles River Analytics. She leads research programs focused on applying current and emerging research from neuroscience and human behavior to improve our ability to assess, predict, and influence behavior. Victoria applies theories drawn from psychology and neuroscience to develop behavioral models and tools that inform and facilitate target audience analysis, influence campaigns, and strategic communications.

Michael Healy

Michael Healy completed his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at CGU in 2004. His primary research interests are human memory, cognitive aging, and human-computer interaction. Michael was the primary contributor of Java programming to the WISE Project when the project began.

Chris Aberson

Chris Aberson is a Psychology Professor at Humboldt State University. Chris completed his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at CGU in 1999. Chris teaches graduate-level courses in Multivariate Statistics, ANOVA, and Computer Applications as well as undergraduate courses in Introductory Statistics, Intermediate Statistics, and Research Methodology.

Eric P. Emerson

Eric Emerson is working as an expert-level Information Systems Specialist for the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Eric was a key contributor to development of the initial WISE site.

Jill Huntley

Dr. Jill Huntley Taylor is a Director with Dispute Dynamics, Inc. and heads the firm’s Philadelphia office. As a trial consultant she has had key involvement in over 500 cases around the country and in Puerto Rico.

Anita Blanchard

Dr. Anita Blanchard is a faculty member in Psychology and Organization Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She studies the effects of technology on employees’ affective attachment. Currently, she has two lines of research. First, she is examining sense of virtual community in virtual communities, particularly how it develops, and what it leads to. Second, she is developing an environmental theory framework to combine the social processes with the technological features that lead to successful virtual group functioning.

Diana Kyle

Diana J. Kyle is on the psychology faculty of Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, where she teaches a range of psychology courses.

Matthew Prull

Dr. Matthew Prull is on the faculty at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Matthew completed his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Psychology at CGU in 1997. He teaches various undergraduate courses such as cognitive psychology, research methods, statistics, and psychology of aging, and maintains an active research program in memory and aging.

Initial Participating Faculty

Leah L. Light, Pitzer College

Peter Nardi, Pitzer College

Kathy Pezdek, Claremont Graduate University

Patricia Smiley, Pomona College

John Sullivan, Pitzer College

Last updated July 2, 2015