Christina Areizaga Barbieri is an Assistant Professor at University of Delaware’s School of Education. She is affiliated with both Educational Statistics and Research Methods and Learning Sciences specializations. She is Co-PI on an IES Exploration grant (R305A170226) exploring the relationship between improvements in fraction understanding and algebra readiness along with Julie Booth (PI), Kristie Newton, and Laura Pendergast. She is also Co-PI on an IES Development grant (R305A190126) focused on developing and testing GeometryByExample, an intervention that incorporates explanation of correct and incorrect examples of varied geometric content for high school Geometry students (PI: Booth). Finally, she is Co-PI on an NSF EHR Core grant (2000495) that investigates how to leverage first-graders’ informal fraction-related knowledge to develop formal fraction understandings (PI: Nancy Jordan, University of Delaware; Co-PI: Nora Newcombe, Temple University).

Prior to her role as Research Scientist at Temple University, she was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware working with Nancy Jordan and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University under the advisement of Julie Booth.

Dr. Barbieri’s research program centers broadly on instruction for students who struggle in math. Specifically, her work focuses on the evaluation and application of learning principles to improve mathematical competencies and motivation for math, especially for students with a history of low mathematics performance or motivation. A core part of her work aims to understand how common mathematical errors can be used most effectively to reduce misconceptions and improve learning in math content areas that students commonly struggle with.Recently this has involved both algebra and fractions, both gateway topics for success in STEM disciplines and careers.  Dr. Barbieri also considers the role of motivation and attitudes towards mathematics in student learning.

Dr. Barbieri earned her Bachelors in Psychology from the City University of New York and gained her first research experiences through the NSF-funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM research apprenticeship program. Born and raised Latina in New York, she is particularly concerned with math learning and instruction in urban settings as well as racially and ethnically diverse schools. Outside of her work, you will find Dr. Barbieri traveling, exploring new foods, laughing too loud, and spending time with family.

Dr. Barbieri is currently accepting PhD students who wish to specialize in either Educational Statistics and Research Methods or Learning Sciences. Please contact Dr. Barbieri directly at if you have additional questions about her research program. If you have interest in being Dr. Barbieri’s advisee, please note this in your application letter and explain how your interests align.  Applications to both programs are due December 15 for enrollment in the 2021-2022 academic year. UDSOE doctoral students receive funding for 4+ years.

If you are a current undergraduate student in the College of Education and Human Development and are interested in a part-time research apprenticeship (8-10 hrs/week) with Dr. Barbieri, please submit an application here to be considered. This is a paid apprenticeship through the CEHD’s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP).

Dr. Barbieri also works with University of Delaware Research Apprenticeship Work-study (UDRAW) undergraduate students. This is a University-wide program (not restricted to CEHD). To participate in research as part of work study, please refer to the UDRAW website.

The University of Delaware also has two paid Summer research programs for undergraduates: Summer Scholars and Summer Fellows. Information on those programs can be found here at the Undergraduate Research Program website.

Dr. Barbieri also mentors undergraduate students from other universities who participate in UD’s Summer Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) program. To apply, contact Dr. Barbieri about your potential interest and see the SOURCE website for application information.


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