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M. Beth Casey

research professor and professor emeritus
counseling, developmental and educational psychology department

Dr. Beth Casey


Campion Hall
Room 341


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Brown University


Basic and applied research on early learners relating to spatial and math skills, individual differences in cognitive processes, gender differences in spatial skills, development of spatial and math skills through storytelling and multi-media


2012-2015  National Science Foundation Gender, Science and Engineering Grant ($499,000)

2008-2012 National Science Foundation Gender, Science and Engineering Grant ($496,000)

2005-2008 National Science Foundation Gender, Science and Engineering Grant ($496,000)

2000-2001 National Science Foundation Instructional Materials Development Grant ($85,770)

1998-2002 National Science Foundation Instructional Materials Development Grant ($1,100,000)



Publications related to early childhood and elementary spatial and math problem solving skills:

Laski, E.V., Casey, B., Yu, Q., Dulaney, A., Heyman, M. & Dearing, E. (2013).  Spatial ability as a predictor of first grade girls' use of different arithmetic representations and strategies.  Learning and Individual Differences, 23, 123-130.

Vasilyeva, M., Ganley, C.M., Casey, B., Dulaney, A., Tillinger, M. & Anderson, K. (2013).  How children determine the size of 3D structures: Investigating factors influencing strategy choice.  Cognition and Instruction, 31(1), 29-61.

Dearing, E., Casey, B., Ganley, C.M., Tillinger, M., Laski, E.V., & Monticello, C. (2012).  Young girls' arithmetic and spatial skills:  The distal and proximal roles of family socioeconomics and home learning experiences.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27, 458-470.

Casey, B., Dearing, E., Vasilyeva, M., Ganley, C., & Tine, M. (2011). Spatial and numerical predictors of measurement performance:  The moderating effects of community income and gender. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103, 296-311.

Vasilyeva, M., Casey, B., Dearing, E., & Ganley, C. (2009).  Measurement skills in low-income elementary school students:  Exploring the nature of gender differences.  Cognition and Instruction, 27, 401-428.

Casey, B., Erkut, S., Ceder, I., & Mercer Young, J. (2008).  Use of a storytelling context to improve girls' and boys' geometry skills in kindergarten.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 28, 29-48.


Publications related to individual differences in cognitive processes:

Sorby, S., Casey, B.M., Veurink, N., & Dulaney, A. (2013). The role of spatial training in improving spatial and calculus performance in Engineering students.  Learning and Individual Differences, 26, 20-29.

Casey, B.M. (2013). Spatial abilities and individual differences.  In D.A. Waller and L. Nadel (Eds.). Handbook of spatial cognition (pp. 117-134).  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Casey, B.M., Pezaris, E., & Bassi, J. (2012).  Adolescent boys' and girls' block constructions differ in structural balance:  a block-building characteristic related to math achievement.  Learning and Individual Differences, 22, 25-36.

Vasilyeva, M., Ludlow, L.H., Casey, B.M., & St. Onge, C. (2009).  Examination of the psychometric properties of the Measurement Skills Assessment.  Educational and Psychological Measurement, 69, 106-131. 



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