Catherine Overson

Catherine Overson
Phone: (603) 862-0902
Office: Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching & Learning, Conant Hall G31, Durham, NH 03824

Catherine Overson earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire (UNH), with a specialty in social psychology and science of learning. She is Director of UNH’s Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning’s Teaching and Learning with Multimedia program. She was previously Research Associate on the Center’s Cognition Toolbox program. Her research focuses on the application of science of learning principles to teaching and learning in college and university courses. In addition, Catherine assists faculty and teaching graduate students from across the university in designing their courses in a matter that incorporates science of learning principles. She also conducts faculty development presentations and workshops at UNH and other New England universities and colleges on applying the science of learning.

Catherine is a member of Division 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology; STP) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and she has served on the program committee for STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT). She has presented on her teaching and learning research at the ACT conference, APA convention, the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, and at other national conferences. She has published chapters in Your Graduate Training in Psychology: Effective Strategies for Success (2011; Overson & Goldstein) and in Effective University and College Teaching (2012, Stiegler-Balfour & Overson). Catherine is co-editor (with Victor Benassi and Christopher Hakala) of Applying the Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum (2014, STP). Within that book, she authored a chapter (Applying Multimedia Principles to Slideshows for Academic Presentation) based on her multimedia research as well as co-authored a chapter on UNH’s Cognition Toolbox program. Catherine has taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, social psychology, statistics, and science of learning at UNH’s main campus in Durham and at its urban campus in Manchester. At the graduate level, she has taught online courses in UNH’s Academic Program in College Teaching (Classroom Assessment and Research; Course Design).

Courses Taught

  • GRAD 950: Issues in College Teaching
  • GRAD 965: Classroom Resrch Assesmnt Mthd
  • GRAD 970: Top/Teach & Learn w Multimedia


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire