My research program sits at the intersection of cognitive development and education. I explore the cognitive and social factors that influence performance in mathematics and spatial processing. In particular, I focus on the role of numerical competency, anxiety, and stereotypes in math and spatial achievement. In addition to answering basic questions about cognition, with my research, I aim to inform educational practice and policy.
I am currently working as a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, working with Sian Beilock and Susan Levine on a project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). In 2011, I received my PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Jonathan Fugelsang.
My research takes place both in the lab and in the classroom studying adults, young children, their teachers, and their parents. I have also recently begun conducting behavioural studies online and intend to use this technology in longitudinal and cross-cultural studies.