Stephen Briner, Ph.D.

Stephen Briner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Doc Briner joined Sacred Heart University's Psychology Department in the Fall of 2014. Before coming to Sacred Heart, he was a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he conducted research on improving literacy among secondary school students as part of Project READI (Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction). He has taught courses at DePaul University, UIC, and Chicago State University. Doc Briner has a long history of working with undergraduate researchers, so feel free to contact him if you'd like to gain experience in his lab.

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., DePaul University
    • M.S., University of Memphis
    • B.A., Lyon College

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Human and Animal Learning
    • Research Design and Analysis II
    • Applied Research Methods and Statistics

Research Interests and Grants

    Doc Briner's research primarily focuses language, literacy, and communication. How do we come to understand written communication, and what happens when that communication fails? How do we understand when a speaker is being figurative rather than literal? How do we learn from texts, and how can we address breakdowns in comprehension? What do we learn from fictional narratives?

Publications and Presentations

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Psychology
    Academic Building HC*219R
    College of Arts and Sciences
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