Assistant Professor of Psychology

Oklahoma State University

Kara Moore is a cognitive psychologist who studies memory in the legal system, including eyewitness memory and how citizens search for missing and wanted persons. Kara’s teaching includes courses related to Cognition, Memory, Psychology and Law, as well as research methods and statistics. In her methods and statistics teaching and mentorship, Kara emphasizes open and transparent practices in order to normalize these practices for the next generation of researchers. She is an active member of SIPS (Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science). She has presented her work in incorporating Project TIER into mentoring undergraduate researchers at conferences such as the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Kara earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, a M.A. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining OSU in 2019, Kara was an Assistant Professor at Knox College (2017-2019), a nationally ranked private liberal arts college.


Kara will develop demonstrations of Project TIER in SPSS. Many researchers and students in psychology and other disciplines rely on SPSS software to conduct data analyses. Therefore, translating demonstrations of Project TIER into SPSS is vital to making Project TIER easy for these researchers and students to implement. In addition, Kara plans to create psychology-centric demonstrations of Project TIER in SPSS using open data from studies published in outlets such as Psychological Science. Kara will create several “soup-to-nuts” exercises. Each exercise will cover a subset of components of Project TIER. These exercises will be useful for researchers just starting to incorporate reproducibility and transparency in their work and can be implemented in the teaching of statistics, research methods, and other courses. These exercises will cover one component of the TIER framework, such as how to set a working directory, creating an organizational system for saving data and analyses, saving syntax for a file, beginning to edit syntax, how to create syntax, creating a codebook, and so on. These exercises will be especially useful in instances wherein students are learning to conduct research bit-by-bit and the instructor wants to introduce reproducibility and transparency along with those lessons. Kara will incorporate Project TIER into her laboratory manual and thus provide an example laboratory manual incorporating Project TIER. Kara plans to present on the process of Project TIER as well as preliminary qualitative data on the implementation of Project TIER at brown bag events as well as conferences such as the Society for Improving Psychological Science (SIPS) and the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP).