I am a post-doctoral scholar in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. I work in the Digital Learning Lab, where I manage the NSF-funded project, Investigating Virtual Learning Environments.
As an educational psychologist, I utilize theories of learning and development to understand and improve how students learn information and reason about the world.
I examine thinking and reasoning in everyday contexts, particularly among college student populations. Informed by Dual-Process Theories (DPT) of reasoning, I specifically focus on how seductive text (anecdotal stories, neuroscientific information) can hinder analytical reasoning when reading and evaluating science news.
A second area of my work involves using cognitive theories of learning to understand how students study, and whether using effective study strategies (spacing, self-testing) promotes learning in online course settings.
My final area of work examines how online learning environments shape the learning experience in college STEM courses. I am particularly interested in combining student survey and educational data mining techniques to better understand how student perceptions and behaviors predict online course success.
Prior to UCI, I worked at WestEd where I helped schools make data-driven decisions that improved learning outcomes in classrooms.
I received my master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan. I was also a fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course while at Michigan.