Dr. Cissy Ballen (PI)

I am a discipline-based education researcher who studies biology education. My interests in this field are broad, but largely center on identifying scalable strategies in higher education that improve learning for all, and reducing attrition of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Prior to starting at Auburn, I completed postdoctoral research positions at Cornell University and University of Minnesota, studying the effects of high stakes assessment, support programs, teaching methods, and classroom culture on student performance and persistence in undergraduate biology. I completed my doctoral degree in evolutionary biology at the University of Sydney, Australia.
​Email:  mjb0100@auburn.edu


Short CV


Sara Berk, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: saraberk@uw.edu

Chloe Josefson, PhD

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow; co-advised by Amy Skibiel

Email: ccj0011@auburn.edu 

Graduate Students​

Sara Odom, M.S. student
​Email:  seo0004@auburn.edu 

Todd Lamb, M.S. Student

Email: tcl0011@auburn.edu 

Emily Driessen, M.S.

Ph.D. student

Email: epd0016@auburn.edu 



Ísada Claudio Ford

Ph.D. Student

Email: isada.claudio@upr.edu


Brandon Dye

Undergraduate researcher

Sara Beth Ramsey

Undergraduate researcher

Sara Wood

Undergraduate researcher

Keyaira Singleton

Undergraduate researcher

co-advised by Dr. Sheritta Fagbodun, Tuskegee University

Lab alumni

  • Alexis Stokes, 2018-2020

  • Taylor McKibben, 2018-2020

  • Luoying Chen, 2018-2020

  • Halle Bosso, 2019-2020