Executive Staff Director
Room A135, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus
How She Can Help
- Funding Opportunities: Identify grant opportunities that further Center initiatives, as well as facilitate writing and submitting them for review.
- Strategic Support: Evaluate and execute on ideas that further Center initiatives.
- Conference & Workshop Organization: Brainstorm and help execute on collaborative meetings and workshops.
- Professional Development: Support the professional development of students in Cognitive Science. For example, editing professional materials such as CVs and research statements.
- Rutgers Student Opportunities: Pair students with Cognitive Science related opportunities within the Rutgers community.
Sara has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Rice University with expertise in the areas of memory, aging, and neuroscience. She has 10+ years’ experience in a university setting where she conducted empirical research, designed course curriculum, and wrote large scale grants. She recently comes to us from industry (CEB – Now Gartner), where she led a quantitative team in the design, analysis, and implementation of data-based solutions for HR executives.
- Chan, M. Y., Haber [Pixley], S., Drew, L. M., Park, D. C. (2016). Training Older Adults to Use Tablet Computers: Does It Enhance Cognitive Function? Gerontologist, 56 (3), 475-484.
- McDonough, I. M., Haber [Pixley], S., Bischof, G .N., Park, D. C. (2015). The Synapse Project: Engagement in mentally challenging activities enhances neural efficiency. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 33, 865-82.
- Park, D. C., Lodi-Smith, J., Drew, L. M., Haber [Pixley], S., Hebrank, A. C., Bischof, G. N., & Aamodt, W. The impact of sustained engagement on cognitive function in older adults: The Synapse Project. Psychological Sciences, 25, 103-112.
- Logan, J. M, & Castel, A. D. Haber [Pixley], S., Vieham, E. J. (2012). Metacognition and the spacing effect: The role of repetition, feedback, and instruction on judgments of learning for massed and spaced rehearsal. Metacognition and Learning, 7, 175-195.
- Halcomb [Pixley], S. H., Taylor, J. P., DeSouza, K. D., & Wallace, W. P. (2008). False recognition following study of semantically related lists presented in jumbled word form. Memory, 16, 443-461.
- Webster, M. A., Yasuda, M., Haber [Pixley], S., Leonard, D., & Ballardini, N. (2007). Adaptation and perceptual norms. Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XII, 6492.
- Industry - CEB (Now Gartner): Dr. Pixley was the primary author of The Real Impact of Removing Ratings, which has been cited by the Harvard Business Review and The Washington Post, and was CEB’s most downloaded resource in 2016.
- Academia - Center for Vital Longevity: While working on the SYNAPSE project, it was referenced over 100 times on TV, news stations, and other media outlets (e.g., NPR and KERA News).
Executive Staff Director
RuCCS, The Center for Cognitive Sciences
152 Frelinghuysen Road, A135, Busch Campus
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Phone: (848) 445-2973 / Fax: (732) 445-6715