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Joanne Sanders-Reio

University Instructor

Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology

Office: ZEB 244A

Phone: 305-348-0124


Specialty: Educational Psychology

Dr. Joanne Sanders-Reio was a junior high school English teacher before becoming a freelance writer-editor and corporate trainer, chiefly of workplace writing and other communications skills, with clients including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, and Computer Sciences Corporation. She also served as associate editor of Common Boundary, a magazine for counselors and other helping professionals. Dr. Reio began teaching at the post-secondary level in 2008 as a lecturer in human development at Montgomery College in Maryland and then as an instructor of human resource development at the University of Louisville. At Louisville, she worked on a grant exploring the effects of text-reader software on student achievement and access to the curriculum and with the Metropolitan Workforce Education Resource Center. Her research currently focuses on the mindsets and beliefs of expert vs. novice writers and the effects of these beliefs on writing self-efficacy, writing apprehension, and writing performance.

Research Areas

Writing, expert vs. novice mindsets and beliefs, self-efficacy, apprehension, metacognition, attachment


  • PhD University of Maryland, Human Development
  • MSEd Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Adult and Continuing Education
  • BA Oberlin College, English, Education