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Cheryl Talley

Talley, Cheryl, PhD



Phone: 804-524-5130
Fax: 804-524-5460
Location: Hunter McDaniel, Rm 30 N-A


  • PhD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • MS, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • BS, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA


  • Collaborative Research in Academic Interventions spanning grades 4-16 The Role of Psychosocial and Affective Motivational Factors

Research Interests

  • Data driven and theoretically based intervention strategies that can be applied to under-resourced public schools
  • Mindfulness and other types of Meta-cognition as protective factors that strengthen self-regulation
  • Near-Peer Bi-directional mentoring
  • Culturally relevant and culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Community, School and HBCU intentional partnerships

Courses Taught

  • Graduate:  Introduction to Neuroscience, Dissertation and Master's Thesis
  • Undergraduate:  Physiological Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Vision and Audition, Brain Damage, Problems in Psychology

Dr. Cheryl Talley examines factors that lead to lasting behavioral change, specifically those related to high academic achievement. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Talley and her colleagues have sought to reveal the role that affective factors like academic identity and self-regulation play in student success. With her training in affective neuroscience, Dr. Talley utilizes various strategies, including mindfulness training and values based education to help students develop strong academic identities and associated behaviors. The academic intervention that was developed at Virginia State University, Project Knowledge, is currently being adapted for students in grades K-12 through a collaboration with Dr. Kate Shows in the Biology department of Virginia State University.

In a separate collaboration, Dr. Talley works with Drs. Brian Sayre and Leslie Whiteman to help inform the STAR-SI Supplemental Instruction program that is currently being adapted for use in the VSU Math and Computer Science departments.

Dr. Talley also serves a co-PI on HBCU-up Center grant housed at Virginia State. The $1.3M project aims to coordinate VSU academic enrichment programs that serve K-12 students. An additional goal is to provide training for pre-service teachers in effective teaching for impactful early STEM learning.

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Finally, Dr. Talley serves as the director of the Analytic Hub of the STEM-US Center, which is housed at Morehouse College. With a team of statisticians, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students, the Hub supports a national collaboration of up to 50 HBCU's that will examine STEM interventions developed or revised using a common theoretical framework and linked assessment instruments. The initial work of the Center was supported by a $1.5M planning grant in 2017. The full $9M proposal will be submitted in November 2019.

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