Dr. Talgar earned her Ph.D. from New York University in Experimental Psychology. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms mediating attention. This research has included understanding the spread of attention towards different stimuli, the role of perceptual factors on the recognition of faces of different races, and, more recently, understanding the role of attention in student engagement. She has published in the Journal of Vision, Spatial Vision, Vision Research, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education and Current Biology.
As Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Northeastern University, Dr. Talgar oversees the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, the Research Institute for Experiential Learning Science, the The Self-Authored Integrated Learning, and the Academic Assessment Group in addition to leading special projects out of the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Experiential Education. Her work is focused on integrating the teaching and learning landscape at Northeastern University for educators and learners alike to ensure that the University fully integrates its signature experiential learning model to all facets of University life.
Dr. Talgar joined Northeastern University in 2013 to establish the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research at Northeastern University. As its Founding Director, she successfully created a Center that offered numerous faculty development programs to engage Northeastern educators in effective and impactful educational practices. With a focus on evidence-based teaching, Dr. Talgar initiated numerous institutional programs, including the Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Teaching and the Faculty Scholars Cohort Programs. Today, the Center is recognized as a leader in evidence-based applied experiential learning science and works closely with the Research Institute for Experiential Learning Science to contribute to research on the mechanisms underlying experiential learning.