Dr. Joseph DuCette has been a faculty member in the College of Education since 1968. During his years at Temple University, he has served as the chairperson of the Department of Educational Psychology, the associate dean of the College of Education, and the acting dean of the College of Education. He is currently the senior associate dean of evaluation and assessment for the College of Education. Dr. DuCette has served as an assessment and evaluation consultant to numerous educational organizations in the Philadelphia region. These include the After School Activities Partnerships, the Hundred Book Challenge, the Future Stars of Delaware, De La Salle in Towne, Tell Them We Are Rising, and Philadelphia READS. He has been the co-primary investigator on several federal grants focused on math and science at the high school and college level. His current interest is in factors that affect retention in both basic and higher education. He received his doctoral degree from Cornell University in experimental psychology.

Research Interests

  • Assessment
  • Attribution
  • Program Evaluation

Courses Taught




EDUC 5325

Introduction to Statistics and Research


EDUC 8404

Quantitative Analysis, Part I


HIED 8093

Advanced Higher Education Research Seminar


HIED 8287

Research Practicum


EPSY 2325

Statistics for Decision Making


EPSY 8625

Intermediate Educational Statistics


Selected Publications

  • Sarshar, M., Farley, F., Fiorello, C.A., & DuCette, J. (2019). T behavior: Psychological implications of thrill-seeking/risk-taking. Current Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s12144-019-00557-7

  • Rovito, M.J., Gordon, T.F., Bass, S.B., DuCette, J., Tierney, A.M., & Coles, N. (2018). Developing the "Control Identity" Typology to Create More Effective Testicular Health Promotional Messaging. Am J Mens Health, 12(3), pp. 546-555. United States. doi: 10.1177/1557988315621143

  • Dimitriou, C.K. & Ducette, J.P. (2018). An analysis of the key determinants of hotel employees’ ethical behavior. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 34, pp. 66-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jhtm.2017.12.002

  • Stahler, G.J., Mennis, J., & DuCette, J.P. (2016). Residential and outpatient treatment completion for substance use disorders in the U.S.: Moderation analysis by demographics and drug of choice. Addict Behav, 58, pp. 129-135. England. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.02.030

  • Shore, S.M., Sachs, M.L., DuCette, J.P., & Libonati, J.R. (2014). Step-count promotion through a school-based intervention. Clin Nurs Res, 23(4), pp. 402-420. United States. doi: 10.1177/1054773813485240

  • Miller, M.E.T., Ruzek, S.B., Bass, S.B., Gordon, T.F., & Ducette, J.P. (2013). Why fathers are too important to ignore: communication about sexuality between fathers and daughters. Holist Nurs Pract, 27(2), pp. 89-97. United States. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318280f78a

  • Rovito, M.J., Gordon, T.F., Bass, S.B., & Ducette, J. (2011). Perceptions of testicular cancer and testicular self-examination among college men: a report on intention, vulnerability, and promotional material preferences. Am J Mens Health, 5(6), pp. 500-507. United States. doi: 10.1177/1557988311409023

  • Stull, J.C., Majerich, D.M., Bernacki, M.L., Varnum, S.J., & Ducette, J.P. (2011). The effects of formative assessment pre-lecture online chapter quizzes and student-initiated inquiries to the instructor on academic achievement. Educational Research and Evaluation, 17(4), pp. 253-262. doi: 10.1080/13803611.2011.621756

  • Stull, J.C., Varnum, S.J., Ducette, J., Schiller, J., & Bernacki, M. (2011). The Many Faces of Formative Assessment. International Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, 23(1), pp. 30-39. Retrieved from

  • Stull, J., Jansen, S.A., Schiller, J., Ducette, J., & Roberts, L. (2007). The many faces of formative assessment in university science courses. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 234. Retrieved from

  • Jansen, S.A., Ducette, J., Stull, J., Schiller, J., Roberts, L., & Gilles, T. (2007). Formative assessment as a pedagogy in General Chemistry. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 234. Retrieved from

  • Garro, A., Thurman, S.K., Kerwin, M.E., & Ducette, J.P. (2005). Parent/caregiver stress during pediatric hospitalization for chronic feeding problems. J Pediatr Nurs, 20(4), pp. 268-275. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2005.02.015

  • Hakim, R., Newton, R., Segal, J., & DuCette, J. (2004). A Group Intervention to Reduce Fall Risk Factors in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 22(1), pp. 1-20. The Haworth Press. doi: 10.1300/j148v22n01_01

  • Hakim, R.M., Newton, R.A., Segal, J., & DuCette, J.P. (2003). A group intervention to reduce fall risk factors in community-dwelling older adults. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 22(1), pp. 1-20. doi: 10.1300/J148v22n01_01

  • Koenig, K., Johnson, C., Morano, C.K., & Ducette, J.P. (2003). Development and validation of a professional behavior assessment. J Allied Health, 32(2), pp. 86-91. United States. Retrieved from

  • Stahler, G.J., Shipley, T.F., Bartelt, D., DuCette, J.P., & Shandler, I.W. (1995). Evaluating alternative treatments for homeless substance-abusing men: outcomes and predictors of success. J Addict Dis, 14(4), pp. 151-167. England. doi: 10.1300/j069v14n04_09

  • Thurman, S.K., Brobeil, R.A., Ducette, J.P., & Hurt, H. (1994). Prenatally Exposed to Cocaine:Does the Label Matter? Journal of Early Intervention, 18(2), pp. 119-130. doi: 10.1177/105381519401800201

  • Shapp, L.C., Thurman, S.K., & Ducette, J.P. (1992). The Relationship of Attributions and Personal Well-Being in Parents of Preschool Children with Disabilities. Journal of Early Intervention, 16(4), pp. 295-303. doi: 10.1177/105381519201600401

  • Stahler, G.J. & DuCette, J.P. (1991). Evaluating adolescent pregnancy programs: rethinking our priorities. Fam Plann Perspect, 23(3), pp. 129-133. United States. Retrieved from


  • Stahler, G.J., DuCette, J., & McBride, D. (1989). The evaluation component in adolescent pregnancy care projects: is it adequate? Fam Plann Perspect, 21(3), pp. 123-126. United States. Retrieved from

  • Ducette, J.P., Stahler, G.J., & Mcbride, D. (1989). Assessing the Quality of Evaluations of Adolescent Pregnancy Care Programs. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 12(4), pp. 453-466. doi: 10.1177/016327878901200406

  • Whitlock, M.S. & DuCette, J.P. (1989). Outstanding and Average Teachers of the Gifted: A Comparative Study. Gifted Child Quarterly, 33(1), pp. 15-21. doi: 10.1177/001698628903300103

  • DUCETTE, J.P. (1986). STRESS IN ICU AND NON-ICU NURSES - REPLY. NURSING RESEARCH, 35(4), pp. 236-236. doi: 10.1097/00006199-198607000-00014

  • DUCETTE, J.P. (1986). STRESS IN ICU AND NON-ICU NURSES. NURSING RESEARCH, 35(1), pp. 59-59. doi: 10.1097/00006199-198601000-00017


  • Lowery, B.J. & DuCette, J.P. (1976). Disease-related learning and disease control in diabetics as a function of locus of control. Nurs Res, 25(5), pp. 358-362. United States. Retrieved from

  • Wright, R.J. & DuCette, J.P. (1976). Locus of Control and Academic Achievement in Traditional and Non-Traditional Educational Settings. Retrieved from

  • Wolk, S. & DuCette, J. (1974). Monetary incentive effects upon incidental learning during an instructional task., 66 (pp. 90-95). doi: 10.1037/h0035814

  • DuCette, J. & Soucar, E. (1974). A further reexamination of the vigilance hypothesis with the use of random shapes as stimuli. J Soc Psychol, 92(1), pp. 109-113. United States. doi: 10.1080/00224545.1974.9923078

  • Lintner, A.C. & DuCette, J. (1974). The Effects of Locus of Control, Academic Failures and Task Dimensions on a Student's Responsiveness to Praise. American Educational Research Journal. Retrieved from

  • Wolk, S. & DuCette, J. (1974). Intentional performance and incidental learning as a function of personality and task dimensions. J Pers Soc Psychol, 29(1), pp. 90-101. United States. doi: 10.1037/h0035687

  • Segal, S.M. & DuCette, J. (1973). Locus of control and pre-martial high school pregnancy. Psychol Rep, 33(3), pp. 887-890. United States. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1973.33.3.887

  • Soucar, E. & DuCette, J. (1972). A re-examination of the vigilance hypothesis in person perception. J Soc Psychol, 88(1), pp. 31-36. United States. doi: 10.1080/00224545.1972.9922540

  • Soucar, E. & DuCette, J. (1971). Cognitive Complexity and Political Preference. Psychological Reports. Retrieved from

  • Wolk, S. & DuCette, J. (1971). Locus of Control and Achievement Motivation: Theoretical Overlap and Methodological Divergence. Psychological Reports. Retrieved from

  • Ducette, J. & Wolk, S. (1971). The limitatations of the interaction hypothesis in regard to arility grouping., 40 (pp. 23-27). doi: 10.1080/00220973.1971.11011299