I’m a postdoctoral fellow at Temple University, working with Nora Newcombe, Julie Booth, and Liz Gunderson. My postdoc is funded through an IES program to encourage more interdisciplinary research bridging cognitive psychology and educational applications. I’m a recent PhD graduate of Stanford’s Developmental and Psychological Sciences program, with a focus in Learning Sciences and Technology Design. My advisor in graduate school was Dan Schwartz.
I study human induction – the process by which people invent a solution from a series of instances. I’m particularly interested in how people discover mathematical solutions – things like equations and definitions – and in ways to help encourage induction. Most of my research investigates two components of learning in algebra and physics:
- How does task orientation affect learning?
- What must be present in the materials provided to help students notice mathematical structure?
I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where my love of learning was fostered from an early age at the the Children’s School, Carnegie Mellon University’s Psychology Department Lab School. A decade and a half later, I found myself in the same preschool classrooms as a student teacher and CMU Psychology student studying the development of children’s mathematical thinking with Dr. Robert Siegler.
In 2009, I graduated from the Science & Humanities Scholars Program with a BS in Psychology and a BA in French & Francophone Studies, spent the summer working on language learning software at Rosetta Stone, and moved to Stanford in the fall. In graduate school, I enjoyed working on research projects in diverse settings ranging from MRI scanners to preschool, elementary, and middle school classrooms to community college and university lab settings. After several semesters of TAing in college and graduate school, I had the opportunity to teach my own class in Child Development Research Methods at San Jose State University in Fall 2013 and Fall 2015, which was incredibly rewarding.
When I’m not doing research or teaching, I like to play violin, run and swim very slowly, and explore Philadelphia. After spending many years working in student life, I now enjoy the luxury of attending BBQs without being behind the grill. As a Pittsburgher, I have strong feelings about ketchup brand loyalty, french fries on my salad, and the merits of living in a climate with four seasons.