Trina Kershaw

Associate Professor




Liberal Arts 358


1998Widener UniversityB.S. in Psychology
2002University of Illinois at ChicagoM.S. in Psychology (Cognitive)
2006University of Illinois at ChicagoPh.D in Psychology (Cognitive)


  • Cognitive Processes
  • Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology of Individual Differences
  • Psychology of Learning


Research interests

  • Transfer in educational settings
  • Creativity in engineering design
  • Insight problem solving
  • Individual differences
  • Skill learning and transfer

Select publications

Molly A. McCarthy , Trina C. Kershaw (2014).
The effects of semantic priming on novel verb inflection
Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 36, 994-999.

Trina C. Kershaw , Christopher K. Flynn , Leamarie T. Gordon (2013).
Multiple paths to transfer and constraint relaxation in insight problem solving.
Thinking & Reasoning, 19, 96-136.

Trina C. Kershaw , Katja Holtta-Otto , Yoon Soo Lee (2011).
The effect of prototyping and critical feedback on fixation in engineering design
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 33, 807-812.

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