Name: Dr. Zsuzsanna Szabo
Title: Associate Professor &
Director of Graduate Education Programs
Office Location: Dyson 388E
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2994
Degrees Held:
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Master of Education 
SUNY University at Buffalo, NY
BS Psychology
UBB Cluj, RO
BA Theology
Faculty of Theology, Alba-Iulia, RO
BS Civil Engineering
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, RO



Dr. Szabo had a successful career as a civil engineer in the Plan and Organizational Development at a rail road company in Europe, Romania for 9 years till she decided to change careers and returned to school to complete a  BA in Theology and BS in Psychology from University Babes-Bolyai in Romania.  Then followed studies at SUNY Buffalo where she completed a Masters in Education degree with focus on counseling and educational psychology.  She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from University of Arizona, Tucson.    As an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in educational psychology.  Enjoyed a short but successful activity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY as Student Learning and Assessment Specialist.  Then joined Marist College in 2010 in the Department of Education where she is director for graduate education programs and Associate Professor teaching graduate courses face-to-face, hybrid, and online.


Director for the following Graduate Education Programs (email me with any questions):

- Master of Education

- MA in Educational Psychology - Campus

- MA in Educational Psychology - Hybird

- 5-year program BA/MA in Educational Psychology


Faculty liaison for Marist College Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT)  and Graduate Education Students Association (GESA)


Select Recent Publications:

Yager, S. E., & Szabo, Z. (2014). Using electronic resources to teach computer literacy: students’ perceptions and use. International Journal of Education and Psychology in the Community4(1), 7-27.

Szabo, Z., Schwartz, J, & Lopez, A. (2013). Helping preservice teachers develop better  lesson plans. Review of Social Studies, Law, and Psychology, 7(3), 46-52.

Sano, W.,  Szabo, Z., Borca-Tasciuc, D. A., & Borca-Tasciuc, T. (2013). Introducing Nanotechnology into the Thermal and Fluids Curricula: Pool Boiling Heat Transfer in Nanofluids. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 40(4), 276-288.

Szabo, Z., & Seifert, K. (2012). Teaching about and teaching with the Teaching Educational Psychology wiki. Teaching Educational Psychology, 8(1), 51-59.

Puchner, L., Szabo, Z., & Roseboro, D. L.  (2012). The short-term effect of a race-related course on racial identity of White students, Teaching in Higher Education, 17(4),

399-410. DOI:10.1080/13562517.2011.641003

Marley, S.C., Szabo, Z., Levin, J.R. & Glenberg, A.M. (2011). Investigation of an activity based text-processing strategy in mixed-age child dyads. Journal of Experimental Education, 79, 340–360.

Szabo, Z., & Schwartz, J. (2011). Learning methods for teacher education: The use of online discussions to improve critical thinking. Technology, Pedagogy, and Education. 20(1), 79-94.


Research Interests:

My research interests focus on cognition and learning, student learning assessment, integrating technology in instruction, and gender issues in education. 

Conferences & Workshops:

Szabo, Z. (2014, November). Using Teams as forum discussion facilitators. Presentation at the Sakai Virtual Conference 2014.

Szabo, Z. (2014, February). Thinking like a researcher: Teacher education course to develop the teacher-inquirer. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators, Saint Louis, MO.

Szabo, Z., Schwartz, J, & **Lopez, A. (2013, October). Helping preservice teachers develop better lesson plans. Paper presented at the International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Hirsa, A., Szabo, Z., Kalsher, M. and Plopper, G. (August, 2013). Building an interdisciplinary classroom environment: Integrating sociological, psychological, and pedagogical elements to train biologists and engineers. Paper presented at Vision & Change: Chronicling the Change, Inspiring the Future, Washington DC.

Szabo, Z., & **Lopez, A. (2013, March). Better together: Team facilitation in asynchronous online discussion forums. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Szabo, Z. (2013, March). Teams and discourse in asynchronous online discussion forums. Paper presented at the 9th Qualitative Research Conference, Saint Louis, MO.

Schwartz, J., & Szabo, Z. (2012, April). Online Discussion Forums in Blended Learning:  Is the Task Level Important? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Szabo, Z., & Marian, M. (2012, April). Stress Inoculation Training in Adolescents: Classroom  Intervention Benefits. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Szabo, Z., & Calista, M. (2011, October). Changing Trends in a Changing World: The Advantage of Being Small and Flexible. Paper presented at the Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference, Akron, OH.

Stivers, J., & Szabo, Z. (2011, November.) From Peanut Butter and Jelly to Holmes and Dr. Watson: Using Metaphors to Improve Understanding of Teacher and Paraeducator Roles. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Austin, TX.

Yager, S., & Szabo, Z. (2011, July). Using ICT to Teach Technology: A Case Study in Higher Education. Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: EISTA 2011. Orlando, FL.

Plopper, G., & Szabo, Z. (2011, June). Successful teaching: When research expert faculty understand assessment and accountability. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of  American Association of University Professors. Washington, DC.

Yager, S., & Szabo, Z. (2011, May). Using an e-Book to Teach Technology: Effects on Student Performance. Paper presented at the ACM SIGMIS CPR 2011 Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Szabo, Z. & Marian, M. (2011, April). Cognitive Intervention for Stress in Adolescents: Does it Help their Self-Esteem? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Szabo, Z., & Mahoney, J. (2011, March). The syllabus in assessment and accountability: A window on student learning outcomes. Paper presented at the American Society for             Engineering Education Conference. Albany, NY.

Schwartz, J., & Szabo, Z. (2011, January). Questions in assignments: Does it matter how we ask?. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities,          Honolulu, HI.

Szabo, Z. (2010, October). Lessons learned from blended courses: Tips for new cyber-instructors. Paper presented at the E-LEARN 2010 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education, Orlando, FL.


** Graduate Student at Marist College


American Educational Research Association (AERA)

American Psychological Association (APA) 

Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) 

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Association of American University Women (AAUW) 


I have a little Jack Russell Terrier named Taylor (actually the meaning of my last name).
I like traveling and am interested in learning more about digital photography, and plan to learn a new language (to add to Hungarian, Romanian, English, and French).

My name is Hungarian and is read like the tools: Saw-Bow