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Meet the Class of 2011: Dana Miller

June 9, 2011


Christina Barbieri (left) and Dana Miller

This is the ninth in a series of profiles of Lehman College 2011 graduates.

Dana Miller has had a great senior year. Back in December, Miller, a psychology major from Jamaica, Queens, was one of two Lehman students to present papers—hers was on memory illusions—at the 22nd Annual Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research.

"For an undergraduate student to present research is an accomplishment," said Professor Vincent Prohaska (Psychology).

Now that she has graduated, she will attend Temple University in the fall to pursue her Ph.D. in educational psychology.

"I'm very excited," said Miller, the outgoing Psi Chi president at Lehman and a member of Golden Key International Honor Society. "Going to Temple is a great opportunity."

"Dana has a real passion for improving classroom pedagogies and instruction in general," says Professor Prohaska. "The experiences and skills that she's already acquired through her research, tutoring, and leadership will serve her well in this Ph.D. program. I think she is going to be a terrific faculty member somewhere."

Miller won't be alone at Temple. Her friend and colleague Christina Barbieri (B.A., '10)—who was the other Lehman alumna presenting a paper at the December conference—will also begin pursuing her Ph.D. in the same program at Temple.

Miller has also been nominated for Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, joined the Community Service Office on a service trip to New Orleans, was recognized at the Civic Engagement Recognition ceremony and graduated with honors from the Psychology department.

Barbieri is the coordinator/manager of Professor Keith Happaney's research lab and is a member of both Sigma Xi, the national scientific research society, and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

The two Lehman alumnae will be living in Philadelphia for the next five years or so and will be seeing a lot of each other. "I don't think we've ever actually taken a class together," Miller said with a laugh.

Maybe that will change.