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Bridgid Finn

Bridgid Finn was a senior research scientist in the Research & Development division at ETS until 2023. She received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Columbia University, specializing in memory and metacognition, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis before joining ETS in 2012.

Finn’s integrated program of research focused on the dynamics of learning and assessment with particular emphasis on memory, metacognitive and self-regulatory processes, motivation, and engagement and how students learn from and respond to feedback. A number of her projects targeted the cognitive processes involved in complex and adaptive learning and assessment environments, such as simulation-based assessment and learning tasks, game-based assessments, and science simulations. While at ETS, she acted as codirector of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Survey Assessment Innovations Laboratory (SAIL) research program and led a Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences–funded research grant exploring the interaction between children’s memory and motivation for challenging mathematics.

Finn’s numerous publications can be found in Psychological Science, Educational Psychology Review, and the Oxford Handbook of Memory. She has also served as an associate editor for Memory & Cognition; as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; and as an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department at Barnard College

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