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MCPHS Faculty Fred Garafalo

Alfred Garafalo, PhD

Professor Emerita School of Arts and Sciences
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Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Fennell 215

(P) 617.732.2949


School of Arts and Sciences


Chemistry (BS)


BA, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
PhD, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.

Research Interests

Curriculum development based on constructivist learning theory

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Garafalo, F., DePierro, E., & Gordon. P. (2018). Exploring exponential decay using limited resources. Journal of Chemical Education, 95 (3), 428-432.

Garafalo, F. (2011). Observations about matter. In B. Nash (Ed.) Laboratory manual for general chemistry (pp. 5 – 11). Boston: Pearson Learning Solutions.

Garafalo, F., E. DePierro, & R. Toomey (2008) "Helping Students to Make Sense of Logarithms and Logarithmic Relationships", Journal of Chemical Education, 85 (9), 1226 - 1228.

"Insights Obtained through the Study of a Concentration Cell," by R. Toomey, E. DePierro, and F. Garafalo, The Chemical Educator, 2007, 12, 67-70, S1430-4171(07)22008-2, Published on the Web, April, 2007.

Garafalo, F. and E. DePierro, (2005). Some Insights Regarding a Popular Introductory Gas Law Experiment, Journal of Chemical Education, 82(8), 1194-1196.

Garafalo, F., et. al., (2003). Using a Socratic Dialog to Help Students Construct Fundamental Concepts,, Journal of Chemical Education, 80 (12), 1408-1416.

Garafalo, F. and R. Toomey, (2003). Linking Chemistry with Physics - Oppportunities in a Constructivist Classroom.. Chemical Education: Research & Practice, 4, No. 2, 189-204.

Garafalo, F., et. al., (2001). Helping Students to Make Inferences about the Atomic Realm by Delaying the Presentation of Atomic Structure,, Chemical Education: Research & Practice in Europe, 2, No. 3, 183-202.

Garafalo, F., et. al., (2000). Encouraging Meaningful Quantitative Problem Solving,, Journal of Chemical Education, 77 (9), 1166-1173.

LoPresti, V., F. Garafalo, and K. Ondhia, (1994). Multi-Tier Question Groups for an Integrated HyperCard Natural Science Stack Library,, Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 13 (3), 303-320.

LoPresti, V., and F. Garafalo, (1994). Global Organizing Themes for Biology Students,, American Biology Teacher, 56 (6), 342-346.

Garafalo, F., and V. C. LoPresti, (1993). "Evolution of an Integrated College Freshman Curriculum: Using Educational Research Findings as a Guide," J. Chem. Educ., 70 (5), 353.


Trusteees Award for Excellence in Teaching (One of only two faculty members to win the award twice.)
Nominated for the American Chemical Society Norris Teaching Award, 2009
Nominated for Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year, 2005
Faculty Scholarly Publication Award: 2018, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

American Chemical Society
Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society
Manuscript Reviewer: Chemical Education: Research and Practice
Question Reviewer & Writer in Chemistry for the Graduate Record Exam, Educational Testing Service