Alfred Valdez


Emeritus Professor

Department of Communication Disorders


Dr. Valdez received his Bachelor of University Studies and Master of Science degrees at the University of New Mexico. His bachelor’s degree emphasized studies in special education, psychology and communicative disorders and he received his master’s degree in speech-language pathology. He holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and he is licensed by the state of New Mexico Occupational Licensing Board and the New Mexico Public Education Department. He served as a member on the ASHA Committee on Supportive Personnel and on the ASHA Task Force for the Improvement of Services for Minority Populations.  He also served on the State of New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Occupational Licensure Board.  Dr. Valdez has over 25 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist practicing in a variety of settings including public schools, hospitals and clinics, and in private practice.

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Research Interests

Dr. Valdez has a Educational Psychology with an emphasis in research methodology/statistics and cognitive science from the University of New Mexico. His research deals with applying cognitive theories to educational technology. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods and language development/disorders as well as a graduate course that deals with cognitive/linguistic communication disorders.

Dr. Valdez has provided assistance for two National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grants as their research methodologist/statistical analyst. He is skilled at various quantitative approaches including hierarchical regression, analysis of variance (bivariate and multivariate), exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.

Selected Publications

Valdez, A., Trujillo, K., & Wiburg, K. (2013). Using technology to support middle-school mathematics instruction: Math Snacks ratio and number line concepts. Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, 2, 154-161.

Valdez, A. (2013). Teacher judgment of reading achievement: Cross-sectional and longitudinal perspective. Journal of Education and Learning 2, 186-200. doi:10.5539/jel.v2n4p186

Valdez, A. (2013). Multimedia learning from PowerPoint: Use of adjunct questions. Psychology Journal, 10, 35-44.

Valdez, A. (2013). Student metacognitive monitoring: Predicting test achievement from judgment accuracy. International Journal of Higher Education, 2, 141-146. doi:10.5430/ijhe.v2n2p141

Valdez, A. (2012). Computer-based feedback and goal intervention: Learning effects. Educational Technology Research & Development, 60, 769-784. doi:10.1007/s11423-012-9252-7

Valdez, A. (2012). Assessing mathematics classroom instruction: Observation of Learning Environments (OLE). Psychology Journal, 9, 35-43.

Selected Grants


Flores-Uribe, L., Brown, S. W., Valdez, A., Korn, K., Wiburg, K. & Morales, S. (2014). Science and Mathematics Instrument for Learning Environments (SMILE), supported by the Institute of Educational Science (~ $3,000,000 pending).

Chamberlin, B., Wiburg, K., Gleason, J., Valdez, A., & Korn, K., (2014). Exploring the Impact of Informal Game-play on Math Preparedness in Students Entering Sixth Grade, supported by the National Science Foundation (~ $4,000,000 pending).

Wiburg, K., Chamberlin, B., Trujillo, K., Stanford, T., Korn, K., Valdez, A. (2014). Math Snacks Algebra: Using Games and Media to Help Students Understand Patterns, Variables, and Equations (revised/resubmission), supported by the National Science Foundation (~ $4,000,000 pending).

Wiburg, K., Chamberlin, B., Trujillo, K., Stanford, T., Korn, K., Valdez, A. (2013). Math Snacks Algebra: Using Games and Media to Help Students Understand Patterns, Variables, and Equations, supported by the National Science Foundation (~ $4,000,000 not funded).

Wiburg, K., Chamberlin, B., Trujillo, K., Stanford, T., Korn, K., Valdez, A. (2012). More Math Snacks: Learning to Love Variables Using Innovative Media, supported by the National Science Foundation (~ $4,000,000 not funded).


Valdez, A. (2011). College of Education Mini-Grant, Feedback Using Computer-Based Instruction: Preschool Children. New Mexico State University ($1,800.00 funded).


College Council – Vice-Chair

College of Education Budget & Technology – Chair

Selected Recognitions

College of Education Dean’s Award for Research

Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award nomination

Regent’s Scholarship nomination

Academic Background

Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Concentration in Cognitive Theory, Research Methods, Statistical Analysis

M.S. Communication Disorders, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

B.U.S. Communication Disorders, Special Education, Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM