Christian Schunn

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center


Education and Training

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

  • STEM learning
  • Peer interaction and instruction
  • Engagement and learning
  • Improvement science for education reform

College Teaching & Learning Discipline-based Education Research Education Reform Educational Achievement Improvement Science Interventions Motivation Research/Practice Partnerships Science Learning & Instruction

Related Research Areas

Educational Opportunities, Equity, & Attainment Improvement Research in Education Motivation & Engagement Reasoning, Decision Making, & Argumentation STEM

Recent Publications

Tong, Y., Schunn, C.D, & Wang, H. (2023). Why increasing the number of raters only helps sometimes: Reliability and validity of peer assessment across tasks of different complexity. Studies in Educational Evaluation.

Dong, Z., Gao, Y., & Schunn, C.D. (2023). Assessing students’ peer feedback literacy in writing: scale development and validation. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education.

Walsh, M.E., Witherspoon, E.B., Schunn, C.D. & Matsumura, L.C. (2023) Mental simulations to facilitate teacher learning of ambitious mathematics instruction in coaching interactions. International Journal of STEM Education.

Gao, Y., An, Qi., & Schunn, C. D. (2023). The bilateral benefits of providing and receiving peer feedback in academic writing across varying L2 proficiency. Studies in Educational Evaluation.

Avery, M., Caldwell, J., Schunn, C.D., & Wolfe, K. (2023). Improving introductory economics course content and delivery improves outcomes for women. D-Scholarship@Pitt.

Christian Schunn's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

The Psychology Department and the University Center for Teaching & Learning just launched a new website, "Teaching in Psych." LRDC faculty members Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on this site which features helpful resources for improving and addressing barriers to teaching in Psychology.

September 26, 2022


Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on a new website, 'Teaching in Psych," and were featured in a LRDC brief.

September 26,2022


Alysa Malespina, Christian Schunn, and Chandralekha Singh were featured in the September 2022 Research News for their publication "Understanding Gender, Mindset and Performance in Physics."

September 21, 2022


Kudos to LRDC Senior Scientist Christian Schunn, LRDC Post Doc Nikki Lobczowski (Early Career Scholar), and Alum Matt Bernacki, currently at University of North Carolina School of Education, for recognition as highly productive scholars in educational psychology.

September 12, 2022


Christian Schunn and Yong Wu's research on "Using Peer Feedback in High-School Writing Classes" featured in May 24 Mashall Memo, a weekly roundup of important ideas and research in K-12 education

May 24, 2021

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