Matthew Bernacki, Ph.D.

Matthew Bernacki

Carlson Education Building (CEB) 311


Curriculum Vitae

Research Expertise: Self-regulatory processes when learning with technology, roles of motivational and metacognitive processes in problem solving and problem posing

Matthew Bernacki is an Assistant Professor who joined the UNLV faculty in 2013. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology in 2010 from Temple University in Philadelphia and also holds master's degrees in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph's University and Social Work from Temple University. The majority of Matt's research focuses on the role that students' motivations and metacognitive processes play when they learn using technologies like hypertext and intelligent tutoring systems. His additional lines of research involve the development of metacognitive training programs to promote effective learning strategies, studies examining how motivational factors can explain why students learn better from personalized problem-solving exercises, and the design of personalized problem-posing modules to facilitate math learning by leveraging students' personal interests as a resource for learning. He employs a combination of quantitative and data mining approaches to conduct his research.