Lab Members

UNLV Faculty

Michael McCreery, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

michael.mccreery@unlv.edu
www.michaelpmccreery.com
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Dr. Michael McCreery joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Prior to that, he served three years as an Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He holds a Ph.D. in Learning & Technology from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as an M.S. in Educational Policy, Foundations, and Administration, and B.S. in Information Systems from Portland State University. His background includes over twenty years of technology experience, including fours years as a programmer/analyst for the Intel Corporation. Michael is the Director of the Interaction & Media Sciences Lab and his current research focuses on how principles of human-computer interaction can be applied to the development of video game-based stealth assessments, particularly in the areas of proactive and reactive aggression.

Research Expertise

Video games as stealth assessments; behavioral sciences and technology; technology-based ecological models of learning and behavior; and technology-based psychoeducational assessment and intervention.


P.G. Schrader

P.G. Schrader, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Professor

pg.schrader@unlv.edu
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Dr. P. G. Schrader is a professor of Interaction and Media Sciences in the department of Teaching and Learning. P. G. completed his degree in Educational Psychology with a focus on Cognition and Instruction. During that time, he instructed students of all ages in the areas of mathematics, educational psychology, and technology. He has received awards honoring his commitment to academics, the community, and higher education in general. His recent work involves learning in technology rich, immersive environments across the disciplines. Due to the nature of his interest in learning with technology, Dr. Schrader’s research has addressed a variety of contexts, methodologies, and content areas. He has presented his work more than 40 times to international, national, and regional audiences.

Research Expertise

Educational psychology, experimental design, educational technology, research methodology, immersive environments, learning with scientific simulations, and personality in virtual worlds

UNLV Graduate Students

Catherine Bacos, M.Ed.

Assistant Instructional Designer

catherine.bacos@unlv.edu
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Catherine is a Ph.D. student in the Interaction & Media Sciences program in the Teaching & Learning Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology at UNLV and her B.A. in English and American literature from New York University.

Research Interests

Social interactions, virtual and mixed reality environments, learning systems design, and children with autism


Mark Carroll, M.Ed.

Director of Assessment and College Effectiveness

mark.carroll@unlv.edu
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Mark is a Ph.D. student and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He collaborates with the faculty in the Interaction and Media Sciences program. Mark has 20 years of experience in the education sector in the southern Nevada area and 15 years of teaching experience in the secondary and postsecondary settings. He was the Task Force Chair for Technology in Fine Arts for 12 years with the Clark County School District and an
instructor and instructional designer at the Alexander Dawson School. He is a motivated education professional with backgrounds in education, data systems, instructional design, and technology leadership.

Research Interests

Mixed methods, large data sets, human-computer interactions, quantitative methods, learning analytics


Le Quanda Cole, M.A.

Director, UNLV/CSN Transfer Office

lequanda.cole@unlv.edu

Le Quanda Cole attended the University of West Florida where she obtained her bachelor’s in Communication and a minor in Leadership Skills. She acquired a masters in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor, Career Specialist, and Program Coordinator of the CSN Community and Personal Enrichment Program.

Research Interests

Computer-mediated communication and online identity


Joseph Fiorentini, M.S.

fiorej2@unlv.nevada.edu
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Joey is a Ph.D. student in the Interaction & Media Sciences program in the Teaching & Learning Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his B.A. in English Writing from the University of Nevada and his M.S. in Business Leadership from Argosy University.

Research Interests

Cognitive functions, virtual environments, emergent readers’ attitudes, video games


Danielle Head, M.Ed.

Lab Manager
Research Assistant

danielle.head@unlv.edu
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Danielle is a Ph.D. student in the Interaction & Media Sciences program in the Teaching & Learning Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology and her B.A. in Secondary Education (Mathematics) at UNLV. She has been a graduate assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, since 2017.

Research Interests

Psychometric assessment, virtual environments, quantitative methodology, video games as stealth assessments


Sam Leif, MLIS

sam.leif@unlv.edu
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Sam Leif is a Ph.D. student in the Interaction and Media Sciences program in the Teaching & Learning Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Sam received their Master of Library and Information Science from San José State University and their Bachelor of Social Work and B.S. in Human Services Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Research Interests

Expertise development in video games, psychometric assessment of expertise, virtual environments

Faculty Partners

S. Kathleen Krach, Ph.D., NCSP

Assistant Professor

Florida State University
College of Education

skrach@fsu.edu
www.kathleenkrach.com
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Dr. S. Kathleen Krach is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University. She is licensed as a psychologist in the states of Florida, Nevada, and Alabama and holds the credential of Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Kathleen has close to 30 peer-reviewed publications and has published in the following notable journals: Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, Computers and Human Behavior, Journal of Special Education Technology, and The Clinical Neuropsychologist. Dr. Krach was a recipient of the Society for the Study of School Psychology early career conference scholarship as well as a recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from U.S. Senator Harry Reid for her research work.

Research Expertise

Psychometrics, aggression and behavior, multilingual, technology, multilingual computer-adapted aggression assessment


Jeffrey Laferriere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director of Secondary Education

Lebanon Valley College

laferrie@lvc.edu
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Dr. Jeffrey Laferriere is an assistant professor and director of Secondary Education at Lebanon Valley College. He completed his doctoral work in Teacher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2019. He specialized in using innovative approaches with technology and games to help preservice teachers define, identify, and intervene in bullying situations. In 2007, he was awarded a B.A. in Secondary Education: Mathematics from Arizona State University. He was awarded an M.A. in Education & Human Development: Educational Leadership & Administration from George Washington University in 2010. From 2015 until his graduation, he served as a graduate assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously, he worked for 6 years as a high school math teacher and 2 years as a middle school assistant principal. He has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and is skilled in Secondary Education, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, Educational Technology, and Instructional Design.

Research Expertise

Technology, video games, perservice teachers, bullying intervention