Dawn Schrader is interested in the role of new media and technology in judgment, psycho-social development and action. She examines dynamics between cognition, metacognition, epistemology, sociality, and the moral self, particularly in regard to online activity and technological change. Research focuses on privacy awareness and personal information sharing that affects interpersonal relationships and personal and professional development, especially ethical leadership. Additionally, she is interested in the psychology, epistemology and ethics of emerging technological developments, including AI, robots, and cybersecurity.
My research combines a social contextual constructivist view of knowledge and a social-cognitive psychology of human development within the domains of moral, self and intellectual development. I believe these domains are interconnected, and developed a model that I refer to as the Action-Judgment-Awareness model. The model consists of three dynamically related components: Action--the real life choices and experiences of persons; Judgment--the cognitive perspective or framework that people currently have and use, which includes personal epistemology, self development, and moral psychology; and Awareness--the metacognitive awareness of thoughts, strategies, experiences, and tasks. My primary research interest is the exploration of cognitive moral psychology, its structure and development, and the actions and decisions made in real life settings, including personal, interpersonal and professional decisions in the moral domain. I take a lifespan developmental approach to understanding social and psychological influences on cognition and action, with a particular emphasis on early adolescence through adulthood, with the ultimate goals of creating better, more comprehensive, explanatory, and inclusive theories, and understanding how individual lives and communities are improved through thoughtful action. I apply a model of action, judgment, awareness to understanding developmental change as well as to practical matters such as learning, self help, and protections of privacy and security in technological interfaces.
- Schrader, D. E., & Ghosh, D. (2018). Proactively protecting against the singularity: A framework for ethical decision-making in AI development and applications. IEEE Security & Privacy. Vol. 16:56-63.
- Tse, J., Schrader, D. E., Ghosh, D., Liao, T., & Lundie, D. (2015). A Bibliometric Analysis of Privacy Ethics in IEEE Security & Privacy. Ethics and Information Technology. 17:153-163.
- Ghosh, D., Schrader, D. E., Schulze, W., Wicker, S. B., & , (2012). Economic Analysis of Privacy-Aware Advanced Metering Infrastructure Adoption. Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT), 2012 IEEE PES. 1-4.
- Wicker, S. B., Schrader, D. E., & , (2011). Privacy Aware Design Principles for Information Networks. Proceedings of the IEEE. 99:330-350.
- Schrader, D. E. (2008). Cognitive Moral Development. Moral Education: A Handbook Power, F. C., Nuzzi, R. J., Narvaez, D., Lapsley, D, & Hunt. T. C. (ed.), Praeger, New London, CT, USA.
- Schrader, D. E. (2008). Moral Development. Moral Education: A Handbook Power, F. C., Nuzzi, R. J., Narvaez, D., Lapsley, D, & Hunt. T. C. (ed.), Praeger, New London, CT, USA.
- Schrader, D. E. (2008). Moral Judgment. Moral Education: A Handbook Praeger, New London, CT, USA.
- Schrader, D. E. (2008). Teaching Moral Leadership: Becoming Moral Leaders and Being Moral Leadership. p. 227-248 Getting involved: Global citizenship development and sources of moral values Oser, F. & Veugelers, W (ed.), Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
- Schrader, D. E. (2006). Metacognitive reflection in university students. Human Development across the life span: Educational and psychological applications (2nd Edition) Mosher, R., Youngman, D. & Day, J. (ed.), Information Age Publishing LLC, Westport, CT.
- Schrader, D. E. (2003). Moral metacognition in adolescence and adulthood. p. 301-327 Handbook of Adult Development Demick, J. & Andreoletti, C (ed.), Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
Presentations and Activities
- A Framework for Engineering the Inclusion People of Color in Digital Technologies. Association for Moral Education: Morality, Environmental Sustainability, and Education. October 2020. Association for Moral Education. Online.
- Informed Consent or Coercion? Technological necessity constraints to autonomy and self-determination. Association for Moral Education: Morality, Environmental Sustainability, and Education. October 2020. Association for Moral Education. Online.
- Incidental Therapy of Social Media Apps. Moral Education Toward A Caring Society: Civic Engagement And Moral Action. June 2018. Association for Moral Education. Barcelona, Spain.
- The Future Of Humans In A Robotic World. Moral Education Toward A Caring Society: Civic Engagement And Moral Action. June 2018. Association for Moral Education. Barcelona, Spain.
- Incorporating Zero-Knowledge Proofs in Privacy-Aware Systems. NSF SaTC PI Meeting 2015. January 2015. National Science Foundation. Arlington, VA.
- Being in and helping out: Inclusion, Exclusion and Bystanding Behavior in Adolescent Girls. Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education. November 2014. Association for Moral Education. Pasadena, CA. .
- Adolescents’ Views on Psychological aggression in dating relationships. Society for Research on Adolescence . March 2014. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Austin, TX.
- Adolescent girls’ considerations when deciding whether or not to upstand. 39th Annual Conference of The Association for Moral Education. October 2013. Association for Moral Education. Montreal, Canada.
- Balancing moral challenges and opportunities under surveillance: Liberty, autonomy and civic responsibility. 39th Annual Conference of The Association for Moral Education. October 2013. Association for Moral Education. Montreal, Canada.
- Cliques and popularity influences on upstanding and bystanding behavior. 39th Annual Conference of The Association for Moral Education. October 2013. Association for Moral Education. Montreal, Canada.