Research Associate Professor
The Center for Educational Partnerships

Dr. Joanna K. Garner

Suite 406 Research Park I
Norfolk, 23529

Dr. Joanna Garner is a Research Associate Professor and the Executive Director of The Center for Educational Partnerships at Old Dominion University. Garner is an experienced PI and scholar in the fields of applied educational psychology and human development.

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, (2003)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Garner, J. K. "World Class Military-Dependent Students: Marching Forward On Two Fronts In Paces" $40,000. Local. November 1, 2015 - August 15, 2020
Garner, J. K., Loney, M. A. and Whittecar, R. G. "Building Bridges" $63,912. Higher Education. October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017
Garner, J. K., Loney, M. A. and Whittecar, R. G. "Building Bridges" $6,090. Higher Education. March 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016
Garner, J. K. and Loney, M. A. "SAIL: Scientific Argumentation And Inquiry For Learning" $3,600. Local. October 1, 2015 - August 15, 2016


Educational Psychology
Science Education
Teacher Professional Development
Multimedia Learning
Identity Development

Research Interests

Dr. Garner's research interests include the application of complex systems theories and methods to the study of learning and identity change in formal and informal learning environments.


Kaplan, A. and Garner, J. K. (2017). A complex dynamic systems perspective on identity and its development: The dynamic systems model of role identity. Developmental Psychology 53 (11) , pp. 2036-2051.

Conference Proceeding

Garner, J. K., Alley, M., Haas, C., Sontgerath, S. and Kaplan, A. (2017). Developing a role identity as an ambassador through hands-on activities ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.