Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel obtained her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Mannheim, Germany in 2010. Afterwards she pursued postdoc positions at York University in Toronto, Canada and at the Center for Integrative Research in Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Her research stay at Washington University in St. Louis was fully funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). In November 2015, she joined the Psychology Department in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee as Lecturer in Psychology.
Her research focuses on investigating learning and memory phenomena that allow developing successful learning strategies and that enhance long-term retention. For the most part, she has been working on the distributed practice effect, but she is interested in other research topics, such as testing effects, effects of sleep on memory, or active learning strategies, too. To obtain a better understanding of the underlying cognitive mechanisms of memory effects and to evaluate existing theoretical explanations she has used mathematical modelling. Carolina is convinced that psychological research should serve the public and, hence, aims at implementing learning effects in educational settings in order to offer teachers and students a wide range of beneficial strategies that promote long-term retention.
Carolina uses evidence-based instruction methods in her teaching to provide her students with the best learning experience possible. The ultimate goal is to engage as many students as possible and, at the same time, to make sure that they obtain a deep understanding of the material acquired in lectures or seminars. To that end, Carolina conducts research projects that aim at informing learning and teaching practice and stays in the loop on learning and teaching innovations.
Carolina spends her free time with her husband, Patrick, who is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgow and with her son Emil, who lets her experience developmental psychology on a day-to-day basis. They enjoy going on day trips to explore the beauty of Scotland. Apart from work and family, Carolina enjoys listening to her vinyl records or watching movies and series.