David Lopatto

HSSC S1372
1226 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

David Lopatto


Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics

David Lopatto’s research on the psychology of learning and motivation has come to focus on the learning outcomes of undergraduate experiences in science, especially the effect of undergraduate research experience on student learning, career choice, and attitude. He is the author of several surveys for the assessment of undergraduate science learning that have been used by over 150 institutions and over 10,000 undergraduates annually. His published work includes the book Science in Solution: The Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Learning.

Prof. Lopatto’s teaching interests range from Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Medicine to Industrial Psychology and the History of Psychology. His career includes a term as Chair of the Faculty as well as serving a year as Interim Dean of the College.

Link to Assessment Instruments (survey website)

  • CURE survey (Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience)
  • RISC survey (Research on the Integrated Science Curriculum)
  • ROLE survey (Research on Learning and Education)
  • SURE III survey (Survey of Undergraduate Research Experiences)

Education and Degrees

M.S., Ph.D., Ohio University
B.A., Kenyon College

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