Dr. Christina Shane-Simpson

Psychology Department
College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences

Office: 473F Harvey Hall
Email: shane-simpsonc@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

I joined UW-Stout as an Assistant Professor in 2017. I’ve worked as a social worker, writing fellow, researcher, and an educator in the field of psychology. I received my MSW from Grand Valley State University and my Ph.D. from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. In addition to my current position at Stout, I also serve as a Research Fellow with the non-profit think-tank, New Knowledge Ltd. My first line of research explores the access and use of computer-mediated environments by marginalized populations. For instance, I recently examined the underlying mechanisms surrounding the current Wikipedia Gender Gap to identify why women were (and are currently) not adequately represented on Wikipedia. My second line of research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including STEM education and the evaluation of innovative technologies in the college classroom.

Teaching Interests: General/Introduction to Psychology, Human/Lifespan Development, Child Development, Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Media and Development

Research Interests: Media Access and Use by Marginalized Populations (e.g., autism), Gender Identity on Social Network Sites, Wikipedia Gender Gap, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy


    • Ph D Human Development
      The Graduate Center, CUNY
      New York, NY, United States, 2016
    • Certificate Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
      The Graduate Center, CUNY
      New York, NY, United States, 2015
    • MS School Social Work
      Grand Valley State University
      Allendale, MI, United States, 2009
    • BS Psychology
      Grand Valley State University
      Grand Rapids, MI, United States, 2007

Work Experience

    Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)

      • NewKnowledge
        Researcher/ Research Fellow
        December 2013 - January 2017
      • Safe Haven Ministries
        Family Advocate
        January 2010 - December 2011

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • Hunter College, Psychology
        Adjunct Instructor
        August 2013 - May 2015
      • Hunter College, Psychology
        Teaching Assistant
        August 2012 - December 2012

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Shane-Simpson, C., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2017). Examining potential mechanisms underlying the Wikipedia gender gap through a collaborative editing task. Computers in Human Behavior, 66, 312-328.
    • Shane-Simpson, C., Che, E., & Brooks, P. J. (2016). Giving Psychology Away: Implementation of Wikipedia Editing in an Introductory Human Development Course. , 15(3), 268-293, SAGE Publications.
    • Shane-Simpson, C., Brooks, P. J., Obeid, R., Denton, E., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2016). Associations between compulsive internet use and the autism spectrum. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 23, 152-165, Elsevier BV.
    • Obeid, R., Daou, N., DeNigris, D., Christina, S., Brooks, P. J., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2015). A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Knowledge and Stigma Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder Among College Students in Lebanon and the United States.. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(11), 3520-36.
    • Gillespie-Lynch, K., Brooks, P. J., Someki, F., Obeid, R., Christina, S., Kapp, S. K., Daou, N., & Smith, D. S. (2015). Changing College Students' Conceptions of Autism: An Online Training to Increase Knowledge and Decrease Stigma.. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(8), 2553-66.
    • Gillespie-Lynch, K., Kapp, S. K., Christina, S., Smith, D. S., & Hutman, T. (2014). Intersections Between the Autism Spectrum and the Internet: Perceived Benefits and Preferred Functions of Computer-Mediated Communication. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(6), 456-469, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
    • Fraser, J., Christina, S., & Asbell-Clarke, J. (2014). Youth science identity, science learning, and gaming experiences. Computers in Human Behavior, 41, 523-532, Elsevier BV.
    • Gillespie-Lynch, K., Kapp, S. K., Christina, S., Smith, D. S., & Hutman, T. (2014). Intersections between the autism spectrum and the internet: perceived benefits and preferred functions of computer-mediated communication.. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(6), 456-69.