Texas Tech University

Lisa B. Limeri

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Email: LLimeri@ttu.edu

Phone: 1 (806) 834-8812

Office: 517
Research Keywords:
Biology education, Motivation, Psychometrics
Research Groups: DBER
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Lisa Limeri's CV
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Current Graduate Students:


  • Postdoctoral Research, Biology Education Research (advised by Dr. Erin Dolan), University of Georgia (2017-2021)

  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences (advised by Dr. Nathan Morehouse), University of Pittsburgh (2012-2017)

  • B.S., Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Binghamton University (2008-2012)

Research Interests

Some students who equal their peers in knowledge, skills, and abilities leave science for reasons unrelated to their competence or potential as scientists. In order to prepare a diverse and talented scientific workforce, it is critical to understand the social and psychological factors that motivate students' decisions to leave or persist in STEM career pathways. In the Limeri Lab, we investigate the impacts of social-psychological factors on undergraduates' performance and retention in STEM. We explore how students' and instructors' beliefs students' abilities affects their psychological experiences and academic success. We also work on transforming this knowledge into practical classroom interventions that can improve academic outcomes and well-being by reducing negative stressors so that all students can grow through their college education.

Recent Publications

  • Limeri, L. B., Carter, N. T., Hess, R., Tuma, T. T., Koscik, I., Morrison, A., Outlaw, B., Royston, K., Bridges, B., & Dolan, E. L. (2024). Development of the Mentoring in Undergraduate Research Survey. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 23(2), ar26. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.23-07-0141
  • Chouvalova, A. C., Navlekar, A., Mills, D. J., Adams, M., Daye, S., De Anda, F., & Limeri, L. B. (2024) Undergraduates' reactions to errors mediates the association between growth mindset and study strategies.International Journal of STEM Education, 11(26), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-024-00485-4
  • Limeri, L. B., Carter, N. T., Lyra, F.*, Martin, J.*, Mastronardo, H.*, Patel, J.*, & Dolan, E. L. (2023). Undergraduate Lay Theories of Abilities: Mindset, universality, and brilliance beliefs uniquely predict undergraduate educational outcomes. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 22(4)ar40. https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.22-12-0250
  • Canning. E. & Limeri, L. B. (2023) Theoretical and methodological directions in mindset intervention research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 17(6) e12758. 1-11. http://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12758 
  • McDaniel, M. A, Cahill, M. J., Frey, R. F., Limeri, L. B., & Lemons, P. L. (2022) Learning introductory biology: Students' concept-building approaches predict transfer on biology exams. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 21(4), ar65. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.21-12-0335
  • Chen, S., Binning, K. R., Manke, K. J., Brady, S. T., McGreevy, E. M., Betancur, L., Limeri, L. B., & Kaufmann, N. (2021) Am I a science person? A strong science identity bolsters minority students' sense of belonging and performance in college. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47(4), 593-606. [Access this paper]
  • Limeri, L. B., Carter, N. T., Choe, J., Harper, H. G., Martin, H. R., Benton, A., & Dolan, E. L. (2020) Growing a growth mindset: Characterizing how and why undergraduate students' mindsets change. International Journal of STEM Education, 7(35), 1-19. [Access this paper]  

  • Limeri, L. B., Chen, M. M., Henry, M. A., & Schussler, E. E. (2020) Leveraging psychosocial interventions to motivate instructor participation in teaching professional development. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 19(3), es10. [Access this paper]

  • Binning, K. R., Kaufmann, N., McGreevy, E. M., Fotuhi, O., Chen, S., Marshman, E., Kalender, Z. Y., Limeri, L. B., Betancur, L., & Singh, C. (2020). Changing social contexts to foster equity in college science courses: An ecological-belonging intervention. Psychological Science, 31(9), 1059-1070. [Access this paper]

  • Dolan, E. L., Borrero, M., Callis-Duehl, K., Chen, M. M., de Lima, J., Ero-Tolliver, I., Gerhart, L. M., Goodwin, E. C., Hamilton, L. R., Henry, M. A., Herrera, J., Huot, B., Kiser, S., Ko, M., Kravek, M., Lee, M., Limeri, L. B., Peffer, M. E., Pires, D., Ramirez Lugo, J. S., Sharp, S. B., & Suarez, N. A. (2020) Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Conference: A meeting report. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 19(2), mr1. [Access this paper]

  • Limeri, L. B., Choe, J., Harper, H. G., Martin, H. R., Benton, A., & Dolan, E. L. (2020) Knowledge or abilities? How undergraduates define intelligence. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 19(1), ar5. [Access this paper]

  • Limeri, L. B., Asif, M. Z., Bridges, B. H. T., Esparza, D., Tuma, T. T., Sanders, D., Morrison, A. J., Rao, P., Harsh, J. A., Maltese, A. V., & Dolan, E. L. (2019) “Where's my mentor?!” Characterizing negative mentoring experiences in undergraduate life science research. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 18(4), ar61. [Access this paper]

  • Limeri, L. B., Asif, M. Z., & Dolan, E. L. (2019) Volunteered or voluntold? The motivations and perceived outcomes of graduate and postdoctoral mentors of undergraduate researchers. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 18(2), ar13. [Access this paper]

  • Hanauer, D. I., Graham, M. J., SEA-PHAGES*, Betancur, L., Bobrownicki, A., Cresawn, S. G., Garlena, R. A., Jacobs-Sera, D., Kaufmann, N., Pope, W. H., Russell, D. A., Jacobs W. R., Sivanathan, V., Asai, D. J., & Hatfull, G. F. (2017) An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(51), 13531-36.  *Contributing author in SEA-PHAGES group: Contributing author list, https://bit.ly/2FhkqBH    [Access this paper]

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