64171-Kaminske, Althea

Althea N. Kaminske, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Senior Director of Student Academic Support and Achievement

MS 119 B
Indianapolis, IN


Althea N. Kaminske, PhD, (she/her) is the Senior Director of Student Academic Support and Achievement at IU School of Medicine. As senior director of student academic support and achievement, Dr. Kaminske develops and oversees effective evidence-based practices in student support programs. Dr. Kaminske is a cognitive psychologist interested in the application of human memory research to educational settings. She completed her PhD and MS from Purdue University, West Lafayette and she completed her BA and BS at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Kaminske is an award-winning educator, author, and science communicator. She is passionate about making the science of learning accessible for students, educators, parents, and life-long learners. Outside of IU School of Medicine, Dr. Kaminske helps run The Learning Scientists, an international group of cognitive psychologists who engage in science communication about the science of learning. They provide free resources for students, teachers, and parents on empirically-based learning strategies.

Before joining IU School of Medicine, Dr. Kaminske was the Chair of the Psychology Department, Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, and Co-director for the Center for Attention, Learning, and Memory at St. Bonaventure University.

Key Publications

Sumeracki, M. A., Nebel, C. L., Kuepper-Tetzel, C. E., & Kaminske, A. N. (2023). Ace that test: A student’s guide to learning better (working title). David Fulton, Routledge.

Sumeracki, M., Kaminske, A., Kuepper-Tetzel, C., & Nebel, C. (2023). The Learning Scientists. In C.E. Overson, C.M. Hakala, L.L. Kordonowy, & V.A. Benassi, In their own words: What scholars want you to know about why and how to apply the science of learning in your academic setting. American Psychological Association.

Kaminske, A. N., Brown, A., Aylward, A., & Haller, M. (2022). Cell phone notifications harm attention: An exploration of the factors that contribute to distraction. European Journal of Educational Research, 11(3), 1497-1494. https://doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.11.3.1487

Kaminske, A. N., Kuepper-Tetzel, C. E., Nebel, C. L., Sumeracki, M. A., & Ryan, S. (2020). Transfer: A Review for Biology and the Life Sciences, CBE – Life Sciences Education, 19(3). https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.19-11-0227

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