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Vandana Thadani - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Vandana Thadani Vandana Thadani

Professor of Psychology | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Professor Vandana Thadani completed her Ph.D. in Developmental psychology at UCLA and came to LMU in 2004, after doing program evaluation research for an educational consulting firm. Her research is in educational psychology, specifically using video-based observational techniques to study, understand, and measure classroom teaching. In a recent project, funded through the Spencer Foundation and an internal LMU grant, Dr. Thadani is examining whether measures of teaching that she developed predict student and teacher outcomes in elementary school science. Dr. Thadani has also worked with K12 teachers and principals, and university faculty members, on using findings from psychology in their classrooms to improve teaching and student learning.

Education (3)

University of California at Los Angeles: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology 2000

University of California at Los Angeles: M.A., Developmental Psychology 1994

University of Chicago: B.A., Psychology 1992

Areas of Expertise (4)

Educational Psychology

Program Evaluation in Education

Education Technology

Developmental Psychology

Industry Expertise (3)

Mental Health Care



Affiliations (5)

  • Psychology Early Awareness Program (PEAP)
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Center for Effective Learning, New Roads School
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group (SoTL) at LMU
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research Group at LMU