Dr. Nikki Lobczowski

Assistant Professor
Academic title(s): 

Director, McGill CREATE (Collaborative Regulation of Emotions and Adaptive Technologies for Education) Research Lab

Dr. Nikki Lobczowski
Contact Information
Email address: 
nikki.lobczowski [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate phone: 

Education Building
3700 rue McTavish
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Educational Technology & Teaching Innovation
STEM Education
Teacher Education, Pedagogy & Leadership
Areas of expertise: 
  • Design-based research
  • Collaborative learning
  • Educational technologies
  • Learning analytics
  • Social regulation of learning
  • Self-regulated learning
  • Emotions
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Math education

Dr. Lobczowski is an Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences program in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology for the Faculty of Education at McGill University. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Learning, Research, and Development Center (LRDC) at The University of Pittsburgh and at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a specialization in the Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies. Her dissertation, Building from the Inside Out: The Formation and Regulation of Emotions in Collaborative Learning, received the 2021 Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award from Division 15 of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Lobczowski’s research focuses on designing and studying context-sensitive interventions for collaborative settings that incorporate cutting-edge technologies and analytic methods using a social regulation of learning framework. Her recent work involves investigating the dyadic differences that impact collaborative learning, examining emotional regulation strategies in a project-based learning environment, creating a theoretical model of the formation and regulation of emotions in collaborative learning, and designing technologies to support students and teachers in secondary school math contexts.

  • Ph.D. Education (Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies)
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States of America
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
    Virginia Tech, United States of Americ
  • B.Sc. Mathematics
    Virginia Tech, United States of America
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • 2023
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant
    McGill University
  • 2023
    Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grant
    McGill University
  • 2023
    Best Poster Award
    Artificial Intelligence in Education Conference
  • 2022
    Top Producing Early Career Scholar in Educational Psychology Journals from 2015 to 2021
    Fong et al., Educational Psychology Review
  • 2021
    Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award
    American Psychological Association Division 15
Selected publications: 
  • Lobczowski, N. G. (2022). Capturing the formation and regulation of emotions in collaborative learning: The FRECL coding procedure. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Lobczowski, N. G., Lyons, K., Greene, J. A., & McLaughlin, J. E (2021). Socioemotional regulation strategies in a project-based learning environment. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 65, 101968.
  • Lyons, K., Lobczowski, N. G., Greene, J. A., McLaughlin, J. E. (2021). Using a design-based research approach to develop and study a web-based tool to support collaborative learning. Computers & Education, 161.
  • Wolcott, M. D. & Lobczowski, N. G. (2021). Using cognitive interviews and think-aloud protocols to understand thought processes. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 13(2), 181-188.
  • Lobczowski, N. G. (2020). Bridging the gaps and moving forward: Building a new model for socioemotional formation and regulation. Educational Psychologist, 55(2), 53-68.
  • Lobczowski, N. G., Allen, E. M., Firetto, C. M., Greene, J. A., & Murphy, P. K. (2020). An exploration of social regulation of learning during scientific argumentation discourse. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 63, 101925.
  • Learning Sciences
  • M.Ed. Concentrations
  • Health Professions Education
Graduate supervision: 

Accepting Masters and Ph.D. students for 2023-24

Prospective students should check the CREATE Lab website for more information about joining Dr. Lobczowski's lab.

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