University at Buffalo

Richard Lamb

Richard Lamb

Director, Neurocognition Science Laboratory

Associate Professor 10 Months

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Assessment; Cognition; Educator Preparation; Cognitive Psychology; Design Experiments; Science Education; Neurocognition; Measurements; Psychometrics; Virtual Reality; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues; Special Education

Contact Information
571 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4057
rllamb@buffalo.edu


Professional Summary:

Richard Lamb joined the Department of Learning and Instruction as an associate professor. He is currently the director of the University at Buffalo Neurocognition Science Laboratory and is the program director for both the science and the public program and the educational technology programs. He earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University, College of Education and Human Development in science education and educational measurement. Lamb previously served as an assistant professor at Washington State University, where he taught in the elementary education program, courses on advanced quantitative methods such as multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling, and directed a laboratory. His research interests focus on the identification and measurement of cognitive processes engaged while using technology in the learning of science and other STEM fields. The tools Lamb uses to complete his research are interdisciplinary and drawn from multiple fields to include neuropsychology, neuroscience, educational measurement, and computer science.

Education and Training:
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, George Mason University, Science Education and Measurement (2013)
Awards and Honors:
  • Faculty Research Award; Research Award; Graduate School of Education; 2018-05-01;
  • AERA Best Paper Award; Title: Sex differences in mental rotation performance using 2D and 3D molecular representations.; American Education Research Association; 2017-04-03;
Grants:
Grant:
  • Teacher education using immersive virtual reality environments.; Foundation and Research Organization; Innovative Instructional Technology; Awarded; (06/01/2018-05/31/2019)
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Lamb, R., & Firestone, J.B. (2018). Science teacher education as a way forward for medical schools: A case for MDPCK. Journal of Science Teacher Education. Impact Factor: 1.62, Acceptance Rate 20%
  • Lamb, R., Annetta, L, & Hostoni, D. (2017) Virtual reality a means to promote STEM discipline selection and perseverance. Nature: Science of Learning. Impact Factor 38.13, Acceptance Rate: 8%
  • Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Firestone, J., & Etopio, E. (2018). Serious Educational Games, Serious Games, and Simulations in the Science Classroom A meta-analysis. Computers and Human Behavior. Impact Factor: 3.44, Acceptance Rate: 11%
  • Lamb, R., Etopio, E., & Lambi, R.E. (2018) Virtual reality play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy. 13(1), 22-25. Impact Factor: .86, Acceptance Rate: 27%
  • Premoi, J., Lamb, R., and Cavagnetto, A. (2018). Conditional Cooperation: Prosociality, Enforcement, and Benefit in the Classroom Environment. Learning Environments Research. Impact Factor: 1.30, Acceptance Rate: 18%
  • Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Lamb, R., McAlisteri, C., Voii, T., & Robertsoni, K., (Accepted). Development and psychometric properties of the Healthy Brain Aging Engagement Questionnaire Scale (HBAAE). Aging and Mental Health. Impact Factor 2.66, Acceptance Rate 15%
  • Vallett, D., Lamb, R., & Annetta, L. (Accepted). Equity in after-school and informal STEM projects: The effect of participant self-selection, Journal of Science Education and Technology 25(1)1-15. Impact Factor: 1.21, Acceptance Rate: 21%
  • Ardasheva, Y., Newcomer, S., Firestone, J., & Lamb, R., (2016). Mediation in the Relationship among EL Status, Vocabulary, and Science Reading Comprehension, Journal of Educational Research. Impact Factor: 2.31, Acceptance Rate: 12%
  • Lamb, R. (2016). Examination of the effects of dimensionality on cognitive processing in science: A computational modeling experiment comparing Online Laboratory Simulations and Serious Educational Games. Journal of Science Education and Technology 25(1)1-15. Impact Factor: 1.21, Acceptance Rate: 21%
  • Lamb, R., Firestone, J., & Ardasheva, Y (2016). Modeling of social pressure in rapid attitudinal formation concerning immigrants and immigration, Computers and Human Behavior. 63, 179-188.Impact Factor: 3.62, Acceptance Rate: 11%
  • McAlister, Ci, Schmitter-Edgecombe M., & Lamb, R. (2016). Cognitive correlates of everyday functioning in individuals with mild cognitive impairment: A meta-analysis. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, acv089. Impact Factor: 2.43, Acceptance Rate: 11%
Edited Book:
  • Lamb, R. & McMahon, D.D. (2016). Educational and Learning Games: New Research. New York, NY: NOVA Publishing.
Book Chapter:
  • Lamb, R, (2016). Assessment of student learning using cognitive diagnostics and computation models of cognition. In R. Lamb & D.D. McMahon (Eds.), Educational and Learning Games: New Research. New York, NY: NOVA Publishing.
  • Lamb, R., Cavagnetto, A., Adesope, O., Yin, L., French, B., & Taylor, M. (2016). Artificially intelligent systems in education a tool for the future. In R. Lamb & D.D. McMahon (Eds.), Educational and Learning Games: New Research. New York, NY: NOVA Publishing.
Other:
  • Ardasheva, Y., Firestone, J. B., Lamb, R., & Newcomer, S. (2016). Contributions of strategies, self-efficacy, and general and technical vocabulary to science reading comprehension among ELs. Roundtable presentation accepted for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.
  • Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Firestone, J., Vallett, D., & Cunninghamii, R. (2016). Psychosocial factors affecting STEM career selection in computer science and engineering. Paper presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (JRST). Baltimore, MD
  • Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Firestone, J., Vallett, D., Shapiro, Mi., & Matthews, Bi. (2016). Examination of moderators of student cognition, affect, and learning outcomes using Serious Educational games, Serious Games and Simulations in the science classroom, Paper presented at the International Conference of Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Reno, NV.
  • Lamb, R., Firestone, J. & McManusi, C. (2016). Principles and applications of Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Paper presented at the National Science Foundation Laboratory Collaborative Network. Gainesville, FL & Boston, MA.
  • Lamb, R., Hand, B., & Yoon, S., (2016). An exploratory neuroimaging study of argumentative and summary writing. Paper presented at the National Conference on Understanding Knowledge Bases and Learning Environments Conference. Iowa City, IA.
  • Moorei, R., Lamb, R., & Carbonneau, K. (2016). Measuring student’s values: What secondary student in Hawai’i value in mathematics learning. Paper presented at the 13th International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME). Hamburg, Germany.
  • Moorei, R., Lamb, R., & Carbonneau, K. (2016). Values: Navigating the nepantla of mathematics and culture. Paper presented at the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME). Szeged, Hungary.
  • Vallett, D., Lamb, R., Annetta, L., & Shapiroi, M. (2016). Intersection of creativity and the design process in SEG design-based research. Paper presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (JRST). Baltimore, MD.
  • Walkeri, H., Lambi, R.E., Hardardottii, M., Lamb, R., & Firestone, J. (2016). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and cognitive function in children a meta-analysis and computational model. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Buffalo, NY.
Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Antonenko, P., Schneps, M., Lamb, R., Keil, A., Pomplun, M., Beal, C., Dawson, K., Koh, D., H., Saunders, K., Miller, S. Wang, J., Burgess, A., Cheng, L., Xu, Z., Li, J., Hardy-Pieczarka, K., Okundaye, A. O., Calhoun, C., Stieglitz, K. (2018). Cognitive predictors of 2D and 3D molecular model comparison in an authentic Organic Chemistry task. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY.;
  • Antonenko, P., Schneps, M., Lamb, R., Keil, A., Pomplun, M., Dawson, K., Koh, D., H., Saunders, K., Wang, J., Burgess, A., Cheng, L., Xu, Z., Li, J., Hardy-Pieczarka, K., Okundaye, A. O., Calhoun, C., Stieglitz, K., Miller, S., & Seccia, A. (2018). Sex differences in mental rotation performance using 2D and 3D molecular representations. Paper presented at the 2018 Conference of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY. (AERA 2018 Best Paper Award SIG-IT).;
  • Ardasheva, Y., Firestone, J. B., Lamb, R., & Newcomer, S. N. (2018). Contributions of strategies, self-efficacy, and general and technical vocabulary to science reading comprehension among Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY.;
  • DeVilleri, N., Lamb, R., Kim, S., & Zhaoi, Y. (2018). Community service and high school graduation: A survival analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY.;
  • Lamb, R. (2017). Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Electroencephalography as a means to understand learning in multimedia and virtual reality based environments. Paper presented at the MIT/Harvard Learning and the Brain Conference, Boston, MA.;
  • Lamb, R., Etopio, E., Annetta, L., Shanahan, L., Lamb, R. E., & Schwab, J. (2018). Clinical experiences using virtual reality to train pre-service science teachers. Paper presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Atlanta, GA.;
  • Lamb, R., Etopio, E., Lamb, R.E., Annetta, L., Shanahan, L., & Schwab, J. (2018) Virtual reality as means to train preservice teachers. Paper presented at the International Conference of Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Baltimore, MD.;
  • Yoon, S., Hand, B., & Lamb, R. (2018). College students’ cognitive processes in two writing tasks: Understanding resources and demands for scientific literacy. Paper presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Atlanta, GA.;
  • Annetta, L., Lamb, R., Vallett, D., Shapirio, M., & Matthewsi, B., (2016). Developing a project based learning progression in a technology rich environment. Poster presented at the International Conference of Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Reno, NV.;
  • Ardasheva, Y., Firestone, J. B., Lamb, R., & Newcomer, S. (2016). Contributions of strategies, self-efficacy, and general and technical vocabulary to science reading comprehension among ELs. Roundtable presentation accepted for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.;
  • Burnsi, H., Lesseig, K., Straus, N. & Lamb, R. (2016). STEM Interest, Poster presented at the National Conference of Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE). Portland, OR.;
  • Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Firestone, J., Vallett, D., & Cunninghamii, R. (2016). Psychosocial factors affecting STEM career selection in computer science and engineering. Paper presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (JRST). Baltimore, MD;
  • Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Firestone, J., Vallett, D., Shapiro, Mi., & Matthews, Bi. (2016). Examination of moderators of student cognition, affect, and learning outcomes using Serious Educational games, Serious Games and Simulations in the science classroom, Paper presented at the International Conference of Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Reno, NV.;
  • Lamb, R., Firestone, J. & McManusi, C. (2016). Principles and applications of Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Paper presented at the National Science Foundation Laboratory Collaborative Network. Gainesville, FL & Boston, MA.;
  • Lamb, R., Firestone, J., & McManusi, C. (2016). Examination of the Impacts of Dimensionality on the Cognitive Dynamics Associated Educational Video Game Play, Poster Presented at Washington State University Academic Showcase. Pullman, WA.;
  • Lamb, R., Firestone, J., McManusi, C., & Premoi, J. (2016). Effectiveness of mathematics and engineering integration in an elementary STEM program. Poster presented at the National Conference of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA). Portland, OR.;
  • Lamb, R., Hand, B., & Yoon, S., (2016). An exploratory neuroimaging study of argumentative and summary writing. Paper presented at the National Conference on Understanding Knowledge Bases and Learning Environments Conference. Iowa City, IA.;
  • Lamb, R., Vallett, D., Akmal, T., Schmitter-Edgecomb, M., & Cunninghamii, R. (2016). A computational modeling of student cognitive processes while solving critical thinking problems in science. Poster presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (JRST). Baltimore MD.;
  • Moorei, R., Lamb, R., & Carbonneau, K. (2016). Measuring student’s values: What secondary student in Hawai’i value in mathematics learning. Paper presented at the 13th International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME). Hamburg, Germany.;
  • Moorei, R., Lamb, R., & Carbonneau, K. (2016). Values: Navigating the nepantla of mathematics and culture. Paper presented at the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME). Szeged, Hungary.;
  • Rooi, A. K., Ardasheva, Y., Wangi, Z., Adesope, O., Newcomer, S., Firestone, J. B., & Lamb, R. (2016). Contributors to science reading comprehension: Study 1 & Study 2. Poster Presented at Washington State University Academic Showcase. Pullman, WA.;
  • Vallett, D., Lamb, R., Annetta, L., & Shapiroi, M. (2016). Intersection of creativity and the design process in SEG design-based research. Paper presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (JRST). Baltimore, MD.;
  • Walkeri, H., Lambi, R.E., Hardardottii, M., Lamb, R., & Firestone, J. (2016). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and cognitive function in children a meta-analysis and computational model. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Buffalo, NY.;
Invited Lectures:
  • Lamb, R., & Etopio, E. (2018). Charting a new reality; Virtual reality studies. Presented at the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees Meeting, Morrisville, NY. https://livestream.com/vvt/BOTMay2018/videos/174302064;
  • Lamb, R., Antonenko, P., Firestone, J., & Seccia, A. (2018). Integration of neuroscience and science education to understand student learning. Workshop presented at the International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Atlanta, GA.;
  • Lamb, R. (2016). Computational modeling and neuroimaging: New methods to understand student learning in science. Presented at the University of Iowa Knowledge Bases and Leaning Environments Workshop. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.;
  • Lamb, R. (2016). Engaging learners with educational games. Presented at the Kiwanis International Distinguished Speakers Series, Pullman, WA.;
  • Lamb, R. (2016). Neuroimaging technologies as a means to understand education. Presented at Graduate Student Association Think Tank. University at Buffalo, Amherst, NY.;
  • Lamb, R. (2016). The use of neurotechnologies to assess learning. Presented at the Learning Theories Class (LAI 695). University at Buffalo, Amherst, NY.;
  • Lambi, R. E. & Lamb, R. (2016). Response to intervention and clinical manifestations of in school behaviors. Presented at the Neuropsychology Clinic. College of Arts and Sciences, Clinical Psychology. Washington State University, Pullman, WA.;
Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editor Journal of Research in Educational Neuroscience
    01/01/2018-06/29/2018
  • Editorial Board Journal of Research in Science Teaching
    06/01/2014-06/29/2018
  • Editorial Board Journal of Science Education and Technology
    06/01/2013-06/29/2018
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    Contact Information

    571 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-4057
    rllamb@buffalo.edu