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Dr. Fran Blumberg received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Purdue University in 1988. She joined the faculty of the Fordham Graduate School of Education in 1997 after working for nearly a decade for educational testing organizations such as the Educational Testing Service and the National League for Nursing.
Dr. Blumberg's research interests concern the development of children's attention and problem solving skills in the context of informal and formal digital learning settings. Her work has been recognized through funding from the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Center for Curriculum Redesign. Dr. Blumberg currently serves on several editorial boards, including Computers in Human Behavior and Games for Health Journal.
She is also the editor of Learning by Playing: Video Gaming in Education (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Blumberg is co-editor (with Mark Blades, Caroline Oates, and Barrie Gunter) of Children and advertising: New issues and new media, (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014), and (with Patricia Brooks) of Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts (Academic Press, 2017).
Dr. Blumberg is most proud of her publications with students, some of which are listed in the selected publications below:
Kim, C. Y., Kim, S., Blumberg, F., & Cho, J. (2017). Validation of the Korean Attachment to God Inventory. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 9 (Suppl 1), S79-S89.
Stone, M.M., Blumberg, F.C., Blair, C., & Cancelli, A.A. (2016). An executive function account for a utilization deficiency among preschoolers: Developmental trends and individual differences. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 152, 367-375.
Blumberg, F.C., Rice, J.L., & Dickmeis, D. (2016). Social media as a venue for emotion regulation among adolescents. In S.Y. Tettegah (Ed.) Emotions, Technology, and Social Media (pp. 105-116). New York: Elsevier
Blumberg, F.C., Williams, J.M., & Kelley, B. (2014). Linkages between media literacy and children and adolescents' susceptibility to advertising. In M. Blades, C.J. Oates, F.C. Blumberg, & B. Gunter (Eds.). Children and advertising: New issues and new media (pp. 158-177). Palgrave-MacMillan.
Andersen, K., Levenson, L. & Blumberg, F.C. (2014). The promise and limitations of assistive technology use among children with autism. In N. Silton (Ed.). Innovative Technologies to Benefit Children with Autism (pp. 1-19). IGI Press.