I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology. I earned my PhD at the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro, before completing a post-doc at Case Western Reserve University. My research focuses on metacognition, strategy use, and skill acquisition. In short, I study how people improve their performance with practice, and how changes in strategies contribute to these performance improvements. Metacognition—literally thinking about thinking—comes in when people evaluate their own performance to determine what strategies are most effective.

Representative publications:

Frank, D. J., & Macnamara, B. N. (in press). Does the acquisition of spatial skill involve a shift from algorithm to memory retrieval? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Frank, D. J., & Touron, D. R. (2016). Aging and task representation updating. Journal of Gerontology: Series B Psychological Sciences, 00(00), 1–11. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw165

Frank, D. J., & Kuhlmann, B. G. (2016). More than just beliefs: Experience and beliefs jointly contribute to volume effects on metacognitive judgments.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi:10.1037/xlm0000332

Frank, D. J., Jordano, M. L., Browne, K., & Touron, D. R. (2016). Older adults’ use of retrieval strategies in everyday lifeGerontology, 62(6), 304-324. doi:10.1159/000446277

Frank, D. J., Touron, D. R., & Hertzog, C. (2013). Age differences in strategy shift: Retrieval avoidance or general shift reluctance? Psychology and Aging, 28(3), 778-788. doi:10.1037/a0030473