Welcome!

I am a developmental cognitive psychologist, and here, you can find out about my research, teaching, and the UK Cognition & Development Lab!

If you are a UK undergraduate interested in joining my lab,
you can find more information here!

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 am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky and head of the Cognition & Development Lab. 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 and recently completed a postdoc with Dr. Clarissa A. Thompson in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University.

If you are planning to apply to the Psychology graduate program for Fall 2019, and hope to join my lab, please contact me directly.