Dimitri Dounas-Frazer , PhD

Assistant Professor


Dr. Dimitri Dounas-Frazer is an Assistant Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE) Program. He has interdisciplinary expertise in experimental atomic physics and education research. He primarily studies three aspects of physics laboratory coursework: students' use of model-based reasoning in experimental physics contexts, instructors' beliefs and practices regarding teaching and learning laboratory skills, and classroom factors that cultivate student ownership of research projects. His interests also include students' development of non-cognitive skills, like resilience to failure, through self-reflection and personalized feedback. Additionally, Dr. Dounas-Frazer is an active member of local and national physics diversity initiatives. He completed his Ph.D. in 2012 at the University of California Berkeley, where he performed high-precision measurements of weak nuclear effects in atomic systems. His postdoctoral experience includes teacher preparation at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and education research at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Educational & Professional Experience

Ph.D., Physics, University of California Berkeley, 2012

M.S., Applied Physics, Colorado School of Mines, 2007

B.S., Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Colorado School of Mines, 2006

B.S., Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines, 2006

Recent Publications

Free versions of almost all my publications (including pre-prints of manuscripts under review) are available on arXiv. All my publications and grants are available on ORCiD. I publish primarily in open-access journals such as Physical Review PER and PER Conference Proceedings, so many of my publications are freely available to the public.