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I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University.

Along with my advisor, Dr. Clarissa A. Thompson, and the Cognitive Development Lab, I study students’ mathematics learning.

My research is focused on children’s understanding of math concepts. In particular, I’m interested in how children’s familiar, prior knowledge can both help and hinder new learning. How can we leverage students’ knowledge of familiar concepts to help them understand new, difficult concepts? My research has focused on relationships between students’ early whole number concepts and later fraction concepts.

I’m also interested in how people feel about math. We’ve noticed that children (and adults) really dislike fractions! Why do students dislike fractions and what are the consequences of adults’ negative attitudes and emotions for important decisions that involve fractions?

I did my PhD in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Dr. Martha Alibali in her Cognitive Development and Communication Lab.

If you’d like more information about my work, please feel free to contact me and check back here for more updates!